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This is a discussion on Break in new car? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I'm getting a WRX in 2 days but then I realized that I only have 2 weeks till I have ...

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    Break in new car?

    I'm getting a WRX in 2 days but then I realized that I only have 2 weeks till I have to go back to college, a 320 mile trip on the highway... Is it terrible for the car to be on the highway for 5 hours straight without it being broken in? Or will it be broken after I get there? Thanks.

    Oh and are 03 WRX trannies any more reliable than the 02?

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    Your dealer should outline the break in procedure and it's also found in your owners manual. Just remember to vary your revs when you're on the highway and follow the procedure.
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    Read this.

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    Misterx, did you break in your car this way? It is just hard to believe that everyone says 1000 miles contrary to the article you suggested. I am going to get a WRX soon and I want to break it in correctly. I wonder how the other members broke their car in. When you get a new car, it has a few miles on it. It is sometimes hard to find a car with under 20 miles on it.

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    I pretty much broke my car in that way. There was a thread here a few months ago, I believe sonicyellowWRX started it, and several other members followed the same procedure. I searched unsuccessfully for the thread.

    I've never believed babying an engine was good practice. My rings are well sealed - I never burn oil. The important thing is, oil temp must be at full operating level and that doesn't happen until long after the water temp gauge has fully risen.

    Pace might consider adding his input to this thread. I believe he stated he broke his engine in similarly.

    Also consider the miles on the car when delivered probably weren't driven in accordance with the recommended break-in procedue. Remember your test drive?

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    Originally posted by MisterX
    I pretty much broke my car in that way. There was a thread here a few months ago, I believe sonicyellowWRX started it, and several other members followed the same procedure. I searched unsuccessfully for the thread.
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