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    Hard Break-In: Agree or Disagree?

    Hi everyone,

    Today is my first day on the board, and I'm counting down the days until my STi arrives. Now I know there are alot of break-in posts, I've done the search and there is almost 6 pages of it, so please don't jump the gun and tell me to do the search as many people tend to do.

    I'm sure many of you have seen this article before, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion on it. I'm sure this will be helpful for all the noobs on this board as well:

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

    In short, "MotoMan" states that the best way to break-in a car for reliability AND power is to run it hard from day 1. He says that it is crucial to change the oil after 20 miles to clean out the metal debris, and to vary the RPM especially in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gear. It makes sense to me, but I make no claims that I am an expert. What does everyone think? I want to hear from everyone, especially "experts".

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    Interesting but if it were my car, I'd read the manual and follow the manufacturer's recommendation for break in and maintenance.
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    +1 for what the manual says.

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    I agree with not doing a hard break-in. I broke it in like the dealer told me to and the car runs great.
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    My response to the manual...........

    The manufacturer doesnt want to deal with the legality involved with telling drivers to break the car in with aggressive driving.........legally you should drive slow regardless of the car. This is why the manual says what it says.

    Now if you go back in time to when they didnt care so much about legality........with the old Hemi they told you to break it in hard, depending on how you would be driving it. Similar to the article that was posted.

    Im just finishing up a new engine at the moment, and I already have my plan for the break in. Im going to start it and do the whole idle thing etc......then do a conservative road tune/dyno tune immediately..........then change the oil (stick with dyno). At this point I now take it easy on the engine for the remaining 1k miles, varying my RPM's and staying away from prolonged highway drives. As the mileage increases I will also raise my RPM limit, starting at 4-5krpm and working my way up (8krpm limit).
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    My response to the manual...........

    The manufacturer doesnt want to deal with the legality involved with telling drivers to break the car in with aggressive driving.........legally you should drive slow regardless of the car. This is why the manual says what it says.

    Now if you go back in time to when they didnt care so much about legality........with the old Hemi they told you to break it in hard, depending on how you would be driving it. Similar to the article that was posted.

    Im just finishing up a new engine at the moment, and I already have my plan for the break in. Im going to start it and do the whole idle thing etc......then do a conservative road tune/dyno tune immediately..........then change the oil (stick with dyno). At this point I now take it easy on the engine for the remaining 1k miles, varying my RPM's and staying away from prolonged highway drives. As the mileage increases I will also raise my RPM limit, starting at 4-5krpm and working my way up (8krpm limit).
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    in all my new cars and the engines i built for my camaros, i break them in the way i drive them. never have I had a problem. but when we got the wrx, my wife drives it 95% of the time so it got broken in easy. i did drive it hard the second day we had it though. the thing was pinging like crazy. the dealer told my wife to run 87 octane in it so she filled the tank with it. good thing i noticed before she blew holes in the pistons.
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    thanks guys for your advice and suggestion. i had a long chat with my mechanic that has a wealth of experience with STi's. his advise is just to drive it "normally" for 5000 KM. his defintion of normal is not to baby it, and not to drive it like you stole it. just drive like the average person would drive under normal circumstances. then after 5000 KM, change the oil to remove the metal debris.

    the article was very interesting but i just can't go against my mechanic's advise, especially with a car that costs over $50,000 on the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlySTi
    thanks guys for your advice and suggestion. i had a long chat with my mechanic that has a wealth of experience with STi's. his advise is just to drive it "normally" for 5000 KM. his defintion of normal is not to baby it, and not to drive it like you stole it. just drive like the average person would drive under normal circumstances. then after 5000 KM, change the oil to remove the metal debris.

    the article was very interesting but i just can't go against my mechanic's advise, especially with a car that costs over $50,000 on the road!

    ummmmm.......who scammed you into paying over $50k on an STI
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    He's in Canada, which still is high... but I've heard that's how much they cost... they must tax the hell out of vehicles or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Integra96
    The engineers know more about my engine than I ever will. I trust their expertise and recommendations on break-in method.
    I agree. Ever read the story on the Evo that was in 2gay 2curious? They beat it from day one and now it doesn't run near ( I hear something like mid to high 14's in the 1/4 ) the numbers in the 1/4 mile that it should. I would break her in per the directions in the manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlySTi
    thanks guys for your advice and suggestion. i had a long chat with my mechanic that has a wealth of experience with STi's. his advise is just to drive it "normally" for 5000 KM. his defintion of normal is not to baby it, and not to drive it like you stole it. just drive like the average person would drive under normal circumstances. then after 5000 KM, change the oil to remove the metal debris.

    the article was very interesting but i just can't go against my mechanic's advise, especially with a car that costs over $50,000 on the road!
    Your mechanic has probably given you the best advise. Basically use common sense. I've not had a vehicle in the last 20 years that hasn't run less than 200K. I certainly didn't baby them, but didn't use the rev limiter to shift. Enjoy your car and quit worring. you'll give yourself an ulcer. 50,000 WOW!!!

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