I'm a newbie to driving and I'm in need of advice for my Peugeot 308. It's the 2009 five door hatch back - 1.4 petrol.

Usually the RPM's of the car are between 1500 - 2200, but when i shift to fifth gear, the rpms go to 3000+, and when i'm driving at 70mph on the motorway it's 6000+.

I'm just curious if there is anything i should be concered about, or is this perfectly normal for this car? The car jolts a bit when i shift from fourth to fifth, and i'm not sure if that is of any relevance.


  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Is this an automatic or standard shift? Jan 9, 2022 at 19:46
  • Hi! Standard shift Jan 9, 2022 at 19:48
  • Do the RPMs increase when you shift from 4th to 5th? Jan 9, 2022 at 19:49
  • Yep. They go up and not down (unlike the other gears) Jan 9, 2022 at 19:55

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From your description, I'm betting you're actually shifting not into 5th, but back into 3rd. This could be caused from a shifter linkage issue or from a problem within the transmission itself.

  • Some shift systems have a rather strong spring which biases the stick position to 3rd-4th gear, in a left-to-right sense. It might need more of a deliberate sideways movement than you are giving it, to get it into 5th gear, than the car you learnt to drive in. I remember when a friend let me take the wheel of his Alfasud, I kept embarrassing myself with fluffed gear changes, for this reason. Jan 9, 2022 at 20:07
  • Thanks both, this actually makes a lot of sense! I'll get this checked out asap. Jan 9, 2022 at 20:29

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