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How many of you actually stuck with the run-in period for your new cars? I bought the inventory vehicle and during the test we of course opened her up and let her rip. I am just wondering since I hear different things. I’ve heard the factory will do it enough to not worry and others have said no.
 

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I strictly adhered to the break-in period and highly recommend you do so as well. Is it over kill, more then likely but I love this car and for me it's a keeper. If you lease your car you may feel differently but even if you lease it I still would adhere to the break-in recommendations if I were you.
 

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As my SA told me, let the second owner worry about that.

In all seriousness, given modern manufacturing techniques and tolerances, I am not certain how stringently a lengthy break in regimen must be followed in modern cars. I was moderately gentle (not exceeding 4,000 RPM too many times) for the first 1,000 miles, but then it was time to have fun.
 
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Dealer (long racing history) laughed and told me to ignore it. I'm at about 700 miles. Some spirited driving, occasionally revved over 5k rpm but not redlining it yet.
 

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Wonder what happens to the warrantee if something breaks and Porsche finds the car has not follow break-n recommendations?
 

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I strictly adhered to the break-in period and highly recommend you do so as well. Is it over kill, more then likely but I love this car and for me it's a keeper. If you lease your car you may feel differently but even if you lease it I still would adhere to the break-in recommendations if I were you.
Agreed. All new engines take time to wear-in, and for the piston rings to "seat" well. A proper break-in period won't do any harm, but ignoring it might, so why take the chance? This is especially valid if you plan to keep the car for many years like I do.

For the first 2K miles I am keeping the car under 4K RPM, except for momentary blips just above this, I vary speeds and avoid using the cruise control, and I only drive for 20 minutes or more so the engine and oil always get to normal operating temperatures.
 

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Dealer (long racing history) laughed and told me to ignore it. I'm at about 700 miles. Some spirited driving, occasionally revved over 5k rpm but not redlining it yet.
My SA didn't laugh but said there was no need to "break-in" the car and my feeling was, and is, I am inclined to follow the engineers recommendations. Even Andreas Preuninger* had a break-in recommendation though not as stringent.
My feeling is a break-in period is logical especially for the engine permitting slow wear in of those metal to metal surfaces.

*Break-in Period

300 miles < 5000 rpm
500 miles < 5500 rpm
700 miles <6000 rpm
900 miles. <6500 rpm
1100 miles <7000 rpm
1300 miles <7500 rpm
1500 miles <8000 rpm


Oil change at 1000 miles
 

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Oil change at 1000 miles
This is also a great idea, and I will be doing this too. I get a free 1 year/10,000 mile service with my 2018 718, but I do not believe a new engine's first oil change should be at 10,000 miles. Even if I'm being old-school and overly cautious, there is no harm doing any oil change if it's done correctly.

After the 10,000 oil change, I will be doing it myself every 5,000 miles, not the recommended 10,000, even though the car will not be tracked. And I might send some samples off for analysis.
 

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Porsche doesn't care about the reliability or longevity of their cars at all. They don't care about their reputation either, and have no pride in their products. They want to spend their profits fixing what's broken or worn out early.

That's why they don't recommend a run-in procedure.

Just rev it from the word go.
[sarcasm off]>:D
 

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Very interesting. I’ve been having difficulty for sure. The occasional once or twice I’ll push it, though it makes sense for things to settle. I’m just used to other manufactures already doing it for you, like AMG. I will be patient and try to tone it down. I’m a bit over 200m now from the delivery is 122.
 

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It is also more than just the engine..........it is the entire driveline. One of the things that I do not think I have run across is to use or not use Sport mode during breakin. I tend to use it frequently. This may be counter intuitive but with Sport mode (at least in my 981s) you get additional oil cooling and upwards of 15-20 degrees lower engine oil operating temperature. In view of the fact that the engine may run a bit hotter in early break in period, having cooler oil temperatures, once up to full operating temp, is a good thing.
 

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I took it easy for the first 500 miles and then drove a bit harder till about 1000. After a 1000 I drive it the way I normally would, whether that will have any negative impact later, not real sure. however I did make sure the car was properly warmed up over 180 degrees before exceeding 3k rpm. I think making sure the car is warm and oil circulated is the most important factor, imo.
 

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Currently going through a gnetle running in and, having had a read of the manual and a quick look online, I thought I'd post the recommendations from the UK manual:
Ha...1865 miles. Good to see that the UK manual translator could do math. Well, almost. The US manual says:
The moving parts of a new vehicle must be run in. The parts require the first 2,000 miles (3,000 km) for this purpose.
3000km is not 2000miles. It just isn't... For my run in peace of mind 1500 miles is plenty.;)
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