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ABARTH TAMER
11-11-2013, 08:38 PM
Question:

I live on a hill. It's up in the morning from a COLD START. Better to keep the revs low or higher to prevent lugging?

FTY
11-12-2013, 12:04 AM
Revs higher..lugging around isn't good.

Fiat500USA
11-12-2013, 12:32 AM
I live in the mountains, so know what you're going through. I would try to keep the revs round 2,000 rpm and not push it too hard until you get at least a couple of bars on the gauge. I've owned an Alfa GTV6 for nearly 30 years and never had head gasket issues because of that technique. If you waited until the Alfa's engine and gearbox was fully warmed up before using it hard, you would have no problems with it. The Fiat engine is more modern and not all aluminum like the Alfa's, so you don't have to be so careful, but it is still a good idea to take it easy until it is warm. Keeping the revs around 2,000 - 2,200 rpm is just above a fast idle and will help the engine warm up faster. It will also be fast enough so you're not holding up traffic if you have that concern. If you shift around 2,200, it will keep you in the torque curve so you won't bog down going uphill.