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Old 03-13-2002, 12:41 PM   #1
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just got my new Black 2002 WRX Wagon last week (1000miles on it already :P I canít stop driving it). My salesman told me not to worry about any kind of break in period that all the new engines these days didnít really need it. He said to just keep it away from the read line. So I did that. But I went past 4k rpm quite a few times up around 5-6k. I didnít do it /too/ much but now I have been looking around the board and checked my manual. What have I done to my new baby ?

I had originally intended to fit this car in my garage but it doesnít look like thatís going to work out. Does anyone have any tips on keeping it looking great being outside 100% of the time? I plan on keeping it waxed but is there anything I can do to help against UV or fading?

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Old 03-13-2002, 01:11 PM   #2
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yah, i wouldn't drive it at constant speeds for a long time during break in period and be easy on the brakes. if you don't go crazy on the acceleration and stuff, you should be okay. i went up to 5k during my break in quite a few times.

hahaha, keeping a black car outside 100% of the time is going to be a big task. my best advise to you is... to accept minor swirl marks. i got a silver one as part of the reason. mine sits on the driveway.

use a california duster (if not wet) if you see signs of dust accumulation. when that dew hits in the morning, all that dust is going to stick to your car's finish. wash frequently with lots of water. wax once 3-4 weeks. get a body cover for times you will not be using the car for longer than a few days. stay away from bra's. get a nice window tint on the rear windows.
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Old 03-13-2002, 01:15 PM   #3
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i see you have a black car..dark colored cars are hard as hell to maintain clean. ive been washing my car like every week.
if you gotta keep your baby outside, get her cover
&...you may wanna get a microfiber cover to protect your clear coat
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Old 03-13-2002, 04:58 PM   #4
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Sounds like a cover is the way to go. Any recomendations?

I drive it almost everyday. Would I want to put it on a night? Is it safe to put on when the car is wet?
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Old 03-13-2002, 05:07 PM   #5
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noticed that you live in OR. do you get like a misty fog every evening like they do in LA? if so, definitely get a car cover! that mist is deadly to paint finish.

but don't put it on while the car is wet (after a rain), you will contain the moisture inside the cover (even if it says the cover can 'breath' it's not enough) and start rusting your hubs, arms, etc. not good.

wash frequently and dry frequently. drive your car for at least a few miles after washing the car before you put on the body cover to dry off the suspension, hubs, etc. body covers can cause more damage if used incorrectly.
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Old 03-14-2002, 12:48 AM   #6
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And may I suggest that to avoid the Auto Car Wash thing?! It hurts paint seriously, and especially noticable on a black car.

Also, if you choose to dust off the car try to find a very soft feather dust sweeper; mine was purchased oversea (made of chicken feather).

Good luck keeping your clean and spotless!

-Benson (Another MY98 Owner)
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Old 03-14-2002, 01:46 AM   #7
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