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I just joined the forum today and am very excited about my expected GTO delivery next week (Silver '06 Auto). After test driving every car imaginable (G35, 330i, 525, TL, Mustang, IS350, Grand Prix GXP ... the list goes on), I can honestly say the only car that put a smile on my face (and brought out the kid in me) was the GTO. I can't wait until it sits in my driveway!!

I realize this topic has been posted before, however, I am now confused and concerend as I prepare for my first ride: I've read the information about driving hard versus a gentle break-in from the following web site:

http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

I also read how a number of GTO owners are adding 1 quart of oil between changes. My previous car ('97 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP) was broken in slowly and I switched to Mobile 1 after the 2nd oil change. After 124K miles and changing at 7,500 mile intervals, the car does not use oil at all. With all that being said, does anyone know if today's engines need to be broken in and/or if the engines are already dyno'd before delivery? Also, I'd really appreciate any feedback regarding how you broke your engine in (e.g. slowly versus hard) and if you are adding oil in between oil changes.

Many thanks, in advance.

Mike
 

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The engines are already broken in before you get them. I waited until I had about 100 miles before I went WOT in 3rd gear. Wanted to get the clutch broke in somewhat. Been fine and no oil loss.

Was at the track by 600 miles :)
 

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I was gentle until I got 500 miles on it, then I opened her up a bit. Changed the oil at 1200 and now I got 1346 on her now.

Oh...and you wont have to switch to Mobile 1....we already have it in our cars. :)
 

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I went real easy on mine the first couple days I had it, then I swung by the dealership when i was in the area and asked about the break in period, and they told me the engines are "line tested" and there is no break in period. :rolleyes: Thats when the T/C came of and the fun began.:party:
 

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The engines are already broken in before you get them.
If there is any breakin prior to shipping, it is insignificant.

My personal opinion is to use the car moderately for the first 500 miles, varying engine speed and load to help seat the rings and bed in the gears in the tranny and diff. After 500 miles, I use it aggressively until 1000 miles, then change the fluids. :cheers

P.S. Congrats on the new car and welcome to the forum.
 

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I took it easy the first 500 miles keeping it below 5000rpm with no agressive power shifts, I believe it is important to be less agressive at first to break in the trany and differential and clutch. 6500 rpm redlines should be avoided to allow rings to seat, but gradual full throttle application in third and forth at lower rpm can help seat the rings...just my opinion. Enjoy your new ride, I love my GTO would not trade it for anything! The oil consumption on mine was high until break in. 3/4 qt. in first 1200miles. Then approx. 1/2 qt. in the next 1500miles. I now have 800miles since the last change and it looks like I have used 1/4 qt. I use Mobil1 5w30. :cheers
 

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I have had a couple of C5`s and now the GTO that I have broken in moderately,it is amazing how they come alive around 5thousand miles (like day and night). I don`t baby them but don`t redline it evert shift either. I have read countless articles on how these motors are bullet proof.I believe enjoy the ride the smile will stay on your face.
Mike:cool :cool :cool
 

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Thanks for your input. I was mostly concerned about the traditional belief that you can't break in an engine with Mobil 1 ... I had also seen this mentioned on a few web sites such as:

http://www.ntnoa.org/enginebreakin.htm
"Use high quality, low viscosity oil (Valvoline 30 weight), no synthetics, too slippery. If synthetics are used during initial break in the rings are sure to glaze over."

Since GM decided to ship the engine with Mobil1 already in, I visited the Mobil Oil web site FAQs and was encourged by other manufacturers who are also shipping new engines with synthetics (and not "break-in oil")

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Synthetics/Myths.aspx
Myth: You should break in your engine with conventional oil, then switch to a synthetic oil like Mobil 1.

Reality: You can start using Mobil 1 with SuperSyn Technology in new vehicles at any time, even in brand new vehicles. In fact, Mobil 1 with SuperSyn Technology is original equipment (it is installed at the factory) in:
Aston Martin
Bentley Amage and Bentley GT
Cadillac CTS, XLR, SRX and STS
Chevrolet Corvette
Dodge Viper
Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles
Mercedes SLR
Mitsubishi EVO
Pontiac GTO
All Porsche vehicles

I've seen other posts from the forum that the engine opens up at 5K. I'm going to stop worrying and get ready to have some fun!!
 

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Subdriver said:
If there is any breakin prior to shipping, it is insignificant.

My personal opinion is to use the car moderately for the first 500 miles, varying engine speed and load to help seat the rings and bed in the gears in the tranny and diff. After 500 miles, I use it aggressively until 1000 miles, then change the fluids. :cheers

P.S. Congrats on the new car and welcome to the forum.
:agree .this is the correct way to break an engine in.
 

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I have broke in the last 4 engines that I have had brand new with the method listed in that mototune article. in every case the car/motorcycle dynoed several hp higher than what is regularly noted by other people with the same vehicle. My current motorcycle dynoed 4whp more than my friends that is exactly the same. The only thing that I am concerned about with my Goat is the clutch.
 

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Subdriver said:
If there is any breakin prior to shipping, it is insignificant.

My personal opinion is to use the car moderately for the first 500 miles, varying engine speed and load to help seat the rings and bed in the gears in the tranny and diff. After 500 miles, I use it aggressively until 1000 miles, then change the fluids. :cheers

P.S. Congrats on the new car and welcome to the forum.
You should take a tour of the Corvette plant and see how they "break in" freshly put together Corvettes. They are fired up and driven in a dyno room and beat the living crap out of to make sure everything is right before leaving the plant.

I've taken the tour 3 times and its been the same every time I've gone through it.
 

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My only suggestion - as I believe in the Mototuneusa suggestions - is to change the oil and filter as soon as possible. It doesn't take too many miles to get all the crud flushed out of a new engine and I think it is important to get it out of the system asap.
 

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Rob said:
You should take a tour of the Corvette plant and see how they "break in" freshly put together Corvettes. They are fired up and driven in a dyno room and beat the living crap out of to make sure everything is right before leaving the plant.

I've taken the tour 3 times and its been the same every time I've gone through it.
Yea, I have toured the Bowling Green Plant 3 or 4 times. And you are 100% correct on them beating the crap out of the new engines! They do it.
 
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