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Old 07-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sophia - '13 Fiat 500
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Ummm.....I coast A LOT.

Originally Posted by rmay635703 View Post
My Dodge in Neutral idles between 500-600rpms in Drive it Idles 1000-1200rpms.

My Dodge really isn't supposed to be "flat towed" but I coast in neutral all the time and even with the engine off, no issues. (Deep in the manual even though dodge strongly discourages flat tow it does admit up to 25mph for 10miles)

But then again my low mileage clean and perfect Dodge is worth the salvage value only so I don't care if I destroy the thing since I can't sell it.

That said, YES your transmission may wear slightly faster (make more heat) if your idle speed changes in neutral versus in gear because the pump is pumping more slowly.

Thing is, this is over such a short distance and the temperature gain is so small unless Toyo purposely did something nefarious I can see no way that it will lead to a statistically significant increase in failure rate.

Hi Ryan,

When I pressed the mechanic and said, "Well, if I'm using neutral more, aren't I also SAVING the other gears by not using them as much?" And he said that was true. He didn't seem OVERLY concerned about what I've been doing and said the transmission should last 150-200,000 miles, but I am a bit "nervousy" and don't want to jeopardize anything. The thing is, I coast a lot. I sometimes coast at 65 mph on the freeway. I don't just coast to stop signs. I can go a mile at a time in neutral if the street is slightly downhill. You did make me feel a little better though.

Thank you,
I love my cute Fiat 500, Sophia!
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