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    Question Running in - required or not?

    Quick question...

    SWMBO picks up the new CDTI today, and unless she's told otherwise, will put on her lead wellies & drive like a woman possessed, making sure she achieves an all-time low MPG... i.e. she'll just drive normally (for her)

    Does the manual (or the dealer) tell you to run the engine in? If it were a company car, I wouldn't be too bothered but as it's our own hard-earned cash, and I want to try keep this car for longer than our current 14 month average, I'd like to treat it right from day 1!

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    There is no running in period for new cars these days.. but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a chance in life.. i'd always still not run the car up on the limiter for the 1st 500 miles to give it chance to bed the engine in..mind you, don't drive it like miss daisy either.. thats just as bad as flooring it everywhere.. just tell he to take it steady for a while..

    That and i always change the oil in our cars a whole hell of a lot sooner than VX recommend.. i wouldn't leave it till 20,000 to give it it's 1st oil change.. about 6,000 would be my limit..

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    Yup, am used to 6000 mile oil changes on my Saab, so I'll do the same for the Vectra. I guess there's enough info here on oil types (and prices) so I'll do a search...

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    brakes and stuff will need a few miles to bed in proper

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    These days if you ask them they will tell you there is no need to run the car in but me..........well I think there will always be a "bedding in" period, for what it's worth here's my 2p, my rule of thumb is...........do not go over 3000rpm for the first 1000miles and have the oil changed after 500miles and then again after 1000miles, give yourself more time than normal when braking (slow & even).

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    I always take it easy for the first few hundred miles (even with a second hand car) until you are sure that you are totally familiar with it's driving characteristics & that there aint nothing broke!

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    I kept the revs down most of the time for the first 2000rpm but every now and then I would use 3rd to push the full rev range. Strangly, mine seems to hit max power (with and without the box) higher in the range than the other diesels I have seen graphs for round here.

    I think I'm right there, how many diesel beasts hit their max power at just over 4300 rpm?

    I think it's important to use the whole rev range during the running in (whether such a period exists now or not) as it will at some point in its life be used to such levels.

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    One good idea, when you first get a new beast or change the tyres for a different brand (the latter was my down fall), take it to a wide open area and try it out. Supermarket carparks are still good places to go (as long as there is nobody anywhere near you!) and just throw it about and corner it hard to find its limits.

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    Well I wasn't told to but I did run it in anyway. Spent the first 1000 miles below 3000rpm then a further 500 miles slowly exploring the rev range. Now I just boot it everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    Quick question...

    SWMBO picks up the new CDTI today, and unless she's told otherwise, will put on her lead wellies & drive like a woman possessed, making sure she achieves an all-time low MPG... i.e. she'll just drive normally (for her)

    Does the manual (or the dealer) tell you to run the engine in? If it were a company car, I wouldn't be too bothered but as it's our own hard-earned cash, and I want to try keep this car for longer than our current 14 month average, I'd like to treat it right from day 1!
    http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm Have a look at this...Make your own mind up...??? Or not ?

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