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"I notice when accelerating hard, like on a freeway onramp, that the engine bogs down a little bit around 3800 RPM (regardless of what gear its in), then bursts with power right at 4000 RPM. ... Anyone else experience this? "
Yes ... this is the characteristic of the Beta engine. There is a "flat spot" around that area of the torque curve.
2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)
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