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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-03-2006, 04:25 AM Thread Starter
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Break-in Period for my car?

My Phantom Black w/ Red leather '06 GTO w/ 3" SLP Performance exhausts will be at my door in two days. I got it for $500 down 39 month lease for $719 a month with a 6.3% interest rate, I think I got a very nice deal.

Anyway, what are the break-in periods like for this car? Should I wait 6-800 miles before I do any "spirited" driving or am I allowed to beat the piss out of this car the minute it's in my driveway? Anything I should watchout for on '06's?

Basically any newbie tips on this car would be incredibly appreciated.
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It seems for those who drove it hard from the get go have some oil usage issues, meaning the engine uses a qt of oil every 1000 or so miles.

I broke it in as I always have in all my cars, easy driving for the first 500 miles, keeping it less than 3500 RPMís, always alternating the RPMís. Then slowly ramp the RPM's ever so higher, like up to 4,000, but not full throttle yet. Around 800 miles, slowly take the RPM's a little higher, 4500 or so, also allow the engine to decelerate to help the rings seat such as when braking for a stop light as opposed to pushing in the clutch and letting the engine idle (obviously for the manual. For the auto, I recommend that you down shift the auto to allow the deceleration I just described). Then at about a 1,000 miles, get on it a little more, not quite to redline, always try to decelerate, then by the 1,200 mile mark, I believe you can begin to have full throttle launches and open it up as you wish.

Even more important, whenever you first start the engine let the engine idle to get the oil to circulate throughout the motor before you put the load of the car weight on it, 30 to 60 seconds in warm weather and a little longer in cold. This also helps the engine to get up to a more appropriate temp before the load of putting it in gear. I highly recommend this for the life of any engine.

Anyway, I have almost 5,000 miles on mine, have changed the oil twice, once at 1700 and the second at 3800 and my engine uses no oil, the dipstick always shows full.
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Good advice
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