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Old 12-09-2001, 02:06 PM   #1
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Question Delivery of WRX - 500 miles of break-in on the interstate??

I would like your opinions on my situation. I am taking delivery of my 2002 WRX Tuesday and the my question is about proper breakin periods. I know there has been much discussion about breakin and there are really the 2 camps discussing it. The first says it will happen almost immediatly and the other is the 'by the book' method.

My concern is that the only place that could get me a WRX was about 500 miles away and they are delivering it on Tuesday and by deliver I mean there have to drive it to me! So, that is the first 500 miles at a pretty constant interstate RPM and goes agains the 'book' saying to vary the RPM and keep it under 4k for the first 1000 miles. I know I really don't have any other options but would it do any good to call the dealer that is delivering it and get them to vary the Interstate speeds at which they get it here. This would probably only realistically vary by a couple of hundred RPM or so. Is there anything else I can ask of the dealer, short of having them trailor it here, to help this out or does it really not matter that much?

I guess I would just like some honest opinions and is there anything I should do after I get it to help soften the effects of this non ideal break-in?

Thanks a ton!

P.S. on the bright side the I'll have a pretty good start on the initial break-in period...less of a wait until maximum fun!!

Ryan
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Old 12-09-2001, 03:11 PM   #2
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I would prolyl vary your trek back, take the freeway for a bit, then take some frontage roads, and then the freeway, or change your speed on the freeway from 65 to 75 to change the RPM range.

Constant RPM's are pretty evil durring breaking period.
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Old 12-09-2001, 03:50 PM   #3
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Yeah I would not consider that first 500 miles as part of your break in since it is a steady rpm. It might see like it will take you forever to break the car in but trust me it will only take you a week or two. I now have 12k on my car.
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Old 12-09-2001, 07:48 PM   #4
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Hmmm.... Since it will be the dealer that will be driving it to me... I'm not sure I have any control over what their driver will do.

Otherwise, You're suggesting that I just not take into account the first 500 miles at all and break-in the car over the next 1000 miles (odo 1500)? Somehow that seems to make sense.

Anyone else have an opinion?

Thanks guys!
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:31 PM   #5
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My opinion is that the first 500 miles are quite critical to proper break in - and that a constant cruise is going to have long term negative effects. If you could get the driver to shift to 4th for a mile or two, every 10 minutes, that would help, but really the right way to do the break in is to vary speed, load and engine rpm. I was going to get my WRX from a dealer 700 miles away, but I was going to drive it home on non-interstate roads, and do the driving myself.

Luckily I found a better deal, and dealer, about 10 miles away. And my car now seems to use NO oil at all between changes, it did use a little the first 2000 miles.
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Old 12-10-2001, 01:19 PM   #6
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When I bought my WRX I was living in Toronto and I bought it in Allentown, PA (under invoice!). So I pick it up in PA and drive it directly back to Toronto. The first 100 miles or so were mostly city driving or short highway. But the rest of it was interstate/QEW. I stopped several times and varied my speed on the interstate. I'd drive in 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears to change up load and RPM. It didn't hurt that I ran into a huge downpour and had some stop and go in there for awhile too. My car mostly sits for a week in toronto and then I move back to detroit. More highway but this time I just drove it normally. A few days after getting home in detroit I tripped 1000 miles. I pronounced the engine broke-in and started dialing up the fun level. I don't think I hit a WOT till around 1600k. No problems yet!

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Old 12-10-2001, 05:55 PM   #7
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Uhhh...

...are you really willing to trust your brand new car to some guy that has to baby it for seven hours straight just to get it to you?

I say get it trailered - if the dealer wants the deal to go through smoothly they will trailer it for you, and it won't cost them much overhead because they get cars delivered that way all the time...
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:28 PM   #8
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Either get it trailered or pick it up yourself. I had a 275 mile trip home when I picked up my wagon...I went by the book, varying speeds, not using the cruise control, etc. You will feel better if you DIY.
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Old 12-19-2001, 03:41 PM   #9
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I second the vote for get it yourself. Vary speed, rpm, get off the highway some, etc. You know the delivery driver is going to push it hard!

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Old 12-21-2001, 09:15 PM   #10
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I drove mine from Victor, NY to Skokie, IL (750 miles)- all highway, then 50 miles city, then Marco Island, FL (3800 miles).

I kept the revs<4000, no cruise, mostly 2 lane/non-interstate until about 1000 miles. Speed was never constant for more than a few minutes- slow accels, slow decels- varying between 3rd, 4th, and 5th. No lugging. Close attention to temps.

Oil changed at 1200 miles, 4200 miles.

I now have 5200 miles on the clock. No oil consumption. Oil looks clean- even just prior to the last change.

Oh yes- there is a sweet spot: any time my foot is on the floor and the tach is winding through 4000 rpm!
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Old 12-21-2001, 10:07 PM   #11
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Have them put on a flat bed. It is Your car. Why let so **** drive your car....no way. Constant speed, no varried rpm, speed.. This is an investment...baby that baby now.
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Old 12-26-2001, 07:18 PM   #12
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Default My take on this

I actually drove 800 miles to pick up mine (long story), so I also was very interested about this topic. Here is what the Subaru service manager told me prior to my trip:

Subaru engine comes broken-in already prior to mounting to your car. The newer engine are manufactured and designed much more percise. There is really no need to break the engine in any more. Altought, I am sure it never hurt to always take it easy on the engine anyway regardless of miles.

On the other hand, I supposed you still need to use the break slowly for the first 1,000 miles. Personally, I would not want to let anyone drive my car. I am sure he/she will have a big smile when delivering the car. I would, too. So it would make sense to do that yourself.

Best regards,

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Old 12-30-2001, 08:29 PM   #13
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I hate to say this but you know who's most likely going to be driving your car for those 500 miles ?

Some 18 kid who cleans cars for the dealership. I used to do the same thing when I was 18 [ for Toyota & Mazda ] and as an immature young'um I was less concerned with "breaking the car in" than "how fast will this Celica / MR2 / RX7 go ? "
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Old 04-23-2002, 08:23 PM   #14
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Don't do it man. I can tell you from experience. People who drive cars for delaers couldn't give a s**t about the car. This person is going to have some fun with that car boy. I know I would. If I had to deliver a brand new WRX 500 miles away you can bet that by the end of that 500 miles I will know exactly what that car can do.

Have it flatbeded or something. Take Amtrak and pick it up yourself. Hire a car transport company for $500 and have them deliver the car to you with no miles. Push it if you have to. Do anything but don't let them drive your new baby for 500 miles, especially the first 500 miles.
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Old 04-24-2002, 02:51 AM   #15
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Has everyone here forgot about other important parts that need proper brake in like brakes and clutches?
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Old 04-24-2002, 11:10 AM   #16
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No. Your point being ...?
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Old 04-24-2002, 11:59 AM   #17
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No. Your point being ...?
Uhh I think the point is clear. Not only does the motor need break in but so do the clutch and brakes.
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Old 04-24-2002, 12:33 PM   #18
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Obviously. So what was the point of bringing it up? I'm not trying to be a dick, but I don't understand what you're getting at.
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Old 04-25-2002, 07:16 AM   #19
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You must be nuts to even entertain the idea of someone else drive a brand new car. Surely this is a joke.
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Old 04-25-2002, 09:00 AM   #20
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You guys are killing me!

This was originally posted on 12-09-2001 01:06 PM, with the suby being picked up a few days later. Umm, do you think it hasn't been picked up yet?

Yeah, I bet chilipepper is still waiting for opinions to trickle in

This thread is dead, long live this thread!
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Old 04-25-2002, 05:56 PM   #21
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Originally posted by 2OHOH2WRX


You guys are killing me!

This was originally posted on 12-09-2001 01:06 PM, with the suby being picked up a few days later. Umm, do you think it hasn't been picked up yet?

Yeah, I bet chilipepper is still waiting for opinions to trickle in

This thread is dead, long live this thread!
The thread is dead but the moral of the posts still hold:


Never, ever allow a moronic kid (from the dealership) to get behind your car, especially during the initial 1500 miles. NEVER, EVER. Might as well get your WRX from a rental agency.


Later...AH
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Old 04-28-2002, 01:03 PM   #22
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I had that job one summer.....I was 18 and I beat the crap out of every car I drove new or used...I didn't care.....always have them trailer it..or get it yourself!!!
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Old 04-29-2002, 11:36 AM   #23
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Here is this same guy complaining about a "rough idle":

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...54#post1320354

Later...AH
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