Originally Posted by M45
so I should have driven my car like a maniac according to this poll!
No, not like a maniac. Driving the car like a maniac would mean to redline the engine during the break-in process.
I don't advocate that. What I do advocate is to frequently bring the car up to 4k RPM during the break-in process, not at full throttle but rather at 80% throttle. This should be done after the car is up to full temperature. This should be done in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears (for those of you with manual trannies). You can't reach 4k RPM in 4th gear without breaking the law.
This driving will decrease your average MPGs during the break-in process. Do it anyway. It will make your car healthier for the rest of its life. You can start increasing your average MPGs after you hit 1k miles.
I'm now at 8500 miles and my car does not burn any oil. I don't know that my car doesn't burn oil because I broke it in like this, but it certainly didn't hurt.