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Do you drive it hard, pedal to the floor? Gently? City stop and go? Highway? What's the best way to do it?
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Best break in procedure?
I just tried the link, it most certainly does.Good job the link still doesn't work ?
FFS, it a Fiat, it's designed to break down!I could tell a story of a 1967 Fiat that had an extensive break-in program and STILL blew a head gasket in its first months!
Don't tell that to the NEW Fiat owners! (Fix It Again, Tony.)FFS, it a Fiat, it's designed to break down!
I think what happens is when you baby it, ECU will learn your driving habits and because of that, your car will feel sluggish. Just need to reset the ECU. With that in mind, babying is okay as long as you give enough range of RPM. But this is just an opinion. lol....
Almost everyone agrees that babying the engine is counterproductive. Without fairly aggressive throttle use, the rings and cylinders never properly work in and the engine will suffer from low power, excessive oil consumption, and other ailments. So it seems safe to advise people NOT to baby new engines.
I think the ECU issue is separate from the break-in issue. I agree that the ECU will learn that the driver is an 80-year old great grandmother who only drives to church on Sunday and adjust performance accordingly. But for break-in, there seems to be a specific set of procedures that exist regardless of whether an ECU controls the tune or not. If there were no ECU at all, the break in procedure would be dictated by the drive-it-like-you-stole-it or the follow-the-mfg philosophy. Add an ECU and the procedure changes not a whit.I think what happens is when you baby it, ECU will learn your driving habits and because of that, your car will feel sluggish. Just need to reset the ECU. With that in mind, babying is okay as long as you give enough range of RPM. But this is just an opinion. lol.
If I were buying a used car with 30k or 60k or 90k miles, I'd take the babied car (especially if it was driven by a granny, with proper maintenance) any day over the normally driven one.
Thinking back to all the cars that I bought new (9 of them), I basically followed the break-in regimen I advocated in the previous post. I never had any engine issues with any of those cars, and they all ran sweetly with good power. My MR2 definitely got the full RPM range/spirited driving treatment during break-in, and it was fine. My latest new car, a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, has 168,000 miles on it and is still going strong.But there's a difference between normal and thrashed .I agree I actually bought a grannies car in a way. Toyota mr2 mk 2 at 6 years old had only done 24000 mils. I've no . Way of knowing how those were driven but it was garages at home and work, and very pampered. It lasted me another 12 years and when I sold it at 160000 it was still running like a dream using only 0.5 lr oil every 6000. I'm afraid I'd a car doesn't need running in then I'd argue it doesn't need thrashing either. Given the choice thrashed or nannieds I'd have t h e nannied car any day, BUT FOR ME THE MOST IMPORTANT THINK IS IT HAS BEEN LOOKED AFTER ie fluids topped up not thrashed from cold etc and regular oil changes. etc.sadly many people don't bother.