Its a Diesel
You picked it for low end and mid range shove. You picked it for mileage. You picked it for wallet friendliness at the pump.
These days you also pick Diesels because you like souping up cars.
I picked Diesel for all the above.
Most Diesels dont like being revved to the redline. Unless its a high end diesel like a merc or a beemer. BTW hyundai diesels like being near the redline.
2. Trying to accelerate while in lag.
Most of the new gen diesels spool up by 1800 to 2000rpm
Some SUVs spool up slightly earlier at 1500rpm
be gentle on acclerator inputs while in lag. giving it the beans while the car is at 1200rpm is not going to do anything.
let the revs climb to past the turbo spool up, and then, floor it all you want. if you are in a hurry, Downshift! That will take you out of lag in the lower gear
3. Avoid flooring it in 1st and 2nd gear, unless its an emergency(like a traffic light grand prix, for eg )
Our Diesels now make a lot of torque,in these gears thats multiplied. more stress on the drivetrain and engine etc and
since these gears are usually very short, redlining in 2nd is probably going to get you nowhere quick. for eg redline in 2nd in the Swift is a measly 60kmph
Let the petrol boys rev away in 1st and 2nd, we'll catch them in 3rd
4.Please dont ride the clutch- quick on and off
The clutches in diesels are built stronger, but they deal with a lot more torque, so be nice to your clutch
5.As far as possible, try and drive at 2k rpm and above. In bumper to bumper traffic, that might not be possible. because of the jerkiness that will happen during stop start conditions. The only thing to be done in these situations is to chose 1st 2nd or 3rd gear as the speed demands and let the idling engine pull you around. its not healthy, but its the best you can do. Mostly, if you're using the idling 3rd gear, you should be able to use 2nd gear in the correct rpm range, but that will murder your in city FE.
At the most, you''ll need to feather the accelerator and brake, with an occasional stab at the clutch.
No "half-clutch" business please
6.Idle on cold starts. especially in the mornings. drive gently for 100-200 mts after that, then ZOOOOOOM
7.Idle before switching off- especially after hard highway runs or manic city sprints
A minute should be sufficient in both cases
8.Stick to the same set of reliable pumps everytime. If you have to fill at a seedy place, take the minimum possible fuel on to get you to the next trusted pump, then top it up fully to dilute the filth as much as you can.
9.I find regular Diesel works best. Premium just makes more smoke(IMO)
10. Giving the car a good workout once a week seems to keep it happy.
what I do is, rev it up to 4500 rpm or slightly higher, while in 3rd gear and on an open road, but I do not hold it there for more than a few secs. Doing that once or twice on every sunday is like bonding time for me and my Diesel darling.
Please feel free to point out mistakes and to add to the above if you think its necessary.
I'm no Guru, but this article needed to be written, and someone had to do it