351 - What a magic number
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Central Queensland Coast
Re: Is it bad to "lug" a manual car?
Depends on the car and conditions really.
I let my XF ute lope around in top gear a fair bit, and she pulls from about 900 rpm with no worries.
However, I don't floor the the trottle expecting her to get up and go, it is usually just a light load or throttle.
If I had her full of gear in the back, or towing a trailer, then I wouldn't allow it to lug at all.
It's much better for the engine to have a few rev's on board while allowing the torque to do it's work.
You're just asking for trouble doing that under reasonable load, and there's always a good chance of stalling the engine and looking like a fruitcake!!
Not to mention the loss of vehicle control, braking and steering etc....
Original XD 351 Ute - I got one!!
HSV - I just don't want one....EVER!
My XF 3 on the tree ute is ALWAYS stuck in third......