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Old 12-16-2001, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default What My Dealer Said about Break-in-Period...

The person who helped sell me my '02 WRX was previously an open class F1 driver, and this is what he said...

From 0-500 miles, take it very easy...keep it under 4,500 rpms...

From 500-1000 miles, still take it easy, but twice a day, redline any gear briefly (preferably 1st or 2nd)...

1000+ miles = have fun.

I dunno. That's what he suggested. Then again, it contradicts the manual.

btw...I'm at 480 miles now...and I haven't redlined yet, and the most I've taken it to is about 6,000 rpms like four times ( i know the manual says it's a no-no)


p.s. - please don't post any 'RTFM' posts, because i obviously already have. it's good bathroom reading =)

just wanted to let you guys know what was said to me
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Old 12-17-2001, 12:08 AM   #2
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There are too many of these "experts" floating around giving out their "expert opinions" about various things.

I would suggest that you follow the recommendations in the manual, since those recommendations are put together with inputs from Subaru engineers - the folks who designed your car.

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Old 12-17-2001, 12:47 AM   #3
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Of course subaru will have a conservative rating of when and how to break in their car. It's their ass on the line. I'm sure 1000 miles is a bit more than what is really needed. But just to be sure, I'm sure people follow. Who wants to blow up their new toy?

But now the dealer/sales person.... I am not calling him a liar. But, once when I was back home in hawaii. There was a foot locker sales guy that was trying to sell me and my buddies sole inserts. Same with all the other sales guys... They get a commision off of certain items during certain times. So anywho... He is trying to talk about racing with us and tells us that he has a Type R integra. Yeah BULLS***! At that time in hawaii when the Type R first came out it was a spoiled kid and a tuner shop that had one. There were only two the first year in hawaii. What a LIAR!!!! He tried so hard to sell us things and trying to be our friend by talking cars with us. Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do to make a living.
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Old 12-17-2001, 12:56 AM   #4
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Open class F1 driver??? Are we talking boats,or did Eddie Cheever sell you your Sube?

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Old 12-17-2001, 01:11 AM   #5
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Originally posted by Gmachine
Open class F1 driver??? Are we talking boats,or did Eddie Cheever sell you your Sube?

Actually his badge did read 'Eddie C.'

Just kidding

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Old 12-17-2001, 09:07 AM   #6
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Unless he wrote you owner manual then I wouldn't do it. Just follow your owners manual that way if anything happens it's SOA fault not yours. Besides 1k miles won't take very long to get to. Hell I already have 12k on my car.
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Old 12-17-2001, 09:33 AM   #7
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One thing that might be said about the WRX's longer break-in period (I'm not sure if other Subaru's are like this) is that this is a forced induction engine and a lot of power is put through a relatively small engine.

The same amount of power in a much larger NA engine like a 3.xL V6 or something would probably be much easier on it and not need as thorough of a break-in as a small turbocharged one with the same power.

Suby engineers probably require the longer and more conservative break-in to ensure that the engine is good and ready to handle all of its power when you finally let lose on it.

When in doubt, just follow the manual. And I agree with hunter that there are too many "experts" out there.

Afterall, the Suby engineers are the ones that had the most input in that for the most part, and they designed the car and not you. Did this "expert" open class F1 driver design your car or did Subaru engineers? That's why I always trust the book
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Old 12-18-2001, 04:52 PM   #8
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Default SHouln't this be in the Newbies Forum??

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