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Old 01-05-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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After some extensive search around the Northern VA area, I finally got my hands on a brand new WRX. This is my first Subaru and my first stick shift, although I'm fairly familiar with MT thanks to my uncle. It's taking me a little longer to get use to Subaru's transmission and clutch feel compare to other MT I've driven but overall very happy with the purchase. Since this is my first time owning a new car, I would like to get some advice on how to properly break in the engine, any tips would great.



(Iphone 5 camera ftw)


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Old 01-05-2013, 11:09 PM   #2
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Very nice, congrats! I just got my brand new WRX last month, though it's the fourth Subaru I've owned.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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Very nice, congrats! I just got my brand new WRX last month, though it's the fourth Subaru I've owned.
thank you. cant wait till the engine is broken in
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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Your gonna to want to throw some boost at it. DO NOT baby the car or else you'll never seat those piston rings and for the life of the car will go through more oil then desired. I'm not saying bounce her off the rev limiter and give it hell, but definitely don't be afraid to get into it!

There's many people that will have their own opinion but this always worked great for me! Hope this helps!
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #5
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Welcome and congratulations on your 13. Many people do the oem recomended break in, while others do the hard break in. Some even do a combo of both. Google search engine break in tips and you'll find what
your looking for to make an educated decision for yourself.

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

Personally I followed the hard break in and have had no problems yet at 11k. Get educated and choose for yourself, don't just listen to a bunch of internet people. This forum however does have some wonderful people with great amounts of knowledge. Be one with the search function and the FAQ threads and it will all work out.

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Old 01-06-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys. I'm a little over 100 miles , hope its not too late to seal the rings
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #7
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Congrats and welcome.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #8
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FWIW, I broke mine in the way the manual said and I don't have a drop of oil lost in 20k miles. And welcome!

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:14 AM   #9
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Congrats on the car! Looks nice.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:25 AM   #10
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FWIW, I broke mine in the way the manual said and I don't have a drop of oil lost in 20k mikes. And welcome!
Word to your mother. 12.5K here and much oil to be found. The owner's manual is your friend.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:26 AM   #11
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Congrats looks great. I agree in just following what the manufacture recommends. That way if something happens you can honestly say you were just following what they recommended.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #12
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Very nice! Congrats
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:22 PM   #13
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Thanks guys, I think I'm gonna do a combination of both OEM and hard break in. Plus I've been itching to step on the throttle
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #14
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Looks good! I can't wait to buy mine!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #15
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Welcome and Enjoy your car.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #16
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Congrats! Just got a 2013 wrx myself too. I've been following the manual for break-in procedure.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:43 PM   #17
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Nice car! I just got a '13 WRX sedan and for the most part have been following the manual break-in procedure too. Of course there have been a few occasions where the tachometer jumped over 4,000 rpms by accident ;-)
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:37 PM   #18
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Welcome and congrats!
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #19
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nice pick, I thought I was being unique buying SWP... I passed one this morning and then I see yours... guess they will be popping up everywhere now!

I have been trying to do the recommended break in, but 4K comes up real quick... so I have guess I am leaning toward the combo break in.. I used to work at an engine shop many moons ago and we would build an engine, run it on the dyno for a bit, than start doing pulls.. pack it up and stuff it in a car to run 24hrs around a track.. so I dont think 1000 miles of break in are really necessary.. however I am trying to take it easy while I get used to it all....
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:34 PM   #20
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If you want to speed up the process, do loser laps around town for a couple days and BAM! You'll hit 1k miles in no time.

P.S. I did the loser laps because I couldn't bear waiting more than 3 days to go WOT
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:59 PM   #21
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Hello Everyone,

After some extensive search around the Northern VA area, I finally got my hands on a brand new WRX. This is my first Subaru and my first stick shift, although I'm fairly familiar with MT thanks to my uncle. It's taking me a little longer to get use to Subaru's transmission and clutch feel compare to other MT I've driven but overall very happy with the purchase. Since this is my first time owning a new car, I would like to get some advice on how to properly break in the engine, any tips would great.

(Iphone 5 camera ftw)

- Sonny
Congratulation!! Great car! I pick my '13 Wrx DGM 5 door Limited up Saturday at 10:00 am sharp! Enjoy I will!
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:20 PM   #22
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I'll tell you what though, I've seen more WRB than any other color so in a way SWP is unique. Mr. Wrex, that's exactly what I've been doing, going out every night for a cruise (just hit 300 miles today lol)
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:27 AM   #23
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Just purchased mine a few months ago. Followed the manual for break in.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:36 AM   #24
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How you break it in, in the grand scheme of things, has little to do with longevity. What does have a huge impact in the grand scheme of this is below:

1. Don't drive like a jacktard. Do not bang shift. Do not nail the gas in 5th gear. Do not nail the gas in all gear/every gear all day long.
2. Keep up on maintenance. Don't obssess about it....just do it. If you don't have the dealer do it, make damn sure you keep all receipts in case the dealer wants to play hard if a warranty issue occurs.
3. If you modify the car in terms of power, BE SURE you do so by researching the mods to the end of the earth. Don't slap on an intake because it was awesome on your old Honda....mods that are great on XXX car do little on Subarus.
4. Go to the top of this forum and read the sticky threads, in particular the one titled Unabomber's Manifesto.
5. Keep it stock.
6. There are MANY locals in NOVA....go to the Mid Atlantic forum and get to know them. www.fastwrx.com is in your area so support local businesses....them boys are the real deal and have been doing Subarus for well over 10 years.
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:47 PM   #25
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4. Go to the top of this forum and read the sticky threads, in particular the one titled Unabomber's Manifesto.
I just read the whole Manifesto, great information for anyone who's new to the Subaru world.
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