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Gidday Grump

Originally Posted by grump View Post
Just wondering - if you always use this method on new cars, how do you know that other methods (including following the manufacturer's recommendations) don't give good results as well, given that you have not tried the methods?
Because I have had quite a bit of experience with cars that have not been run in at all; also with ones that have been run in 'fast' and run in 'slow' over the last 50 years. Not my cars, other people's.

BTW I don't disagree with your running in procedure - it seems quite reasonable.
Thanks. That's why I wrote it ...

When I bought my Outback from Subaru Docklands the cars used for demos were only used for demos, the dealership staff did not have personal use of them, so they only drove under demo conditions. The one I bought - a demo model - was the smoothest and nicest car of several Outbacks and Foresters I tried that day. At 185,000Km it is still smooth and nice, has very good off-idle response and uses no oil.
'Accidents' do happen ...

Just that they are more likely to work out well if one understands what one is doing and what the ramifications are. See Mocky's post above yours.

The 4.2 Torana I bought in the late 70's was another story - again it was a demo but had been used as the dealership runabout - it had been without doubt thrashed from new. While it had good midrange go a good Ford Laser could out-drag it up to about 60kph, but after that it would pull strongly to 150 or so. The motor was rebuilt at about 135,000 km I think. The metal mice got it eventually.
Either situation is "bad" for a new car. However, either can also be "good" for a new car. It depends on how the car will be used, and the user's expectations of the car. I prefer the middle road precisely because it gives a good balance of fuel economy, performance, maintenance and longevity.

Serendipity plays a huge role in this. With something as expensive as a new car, I would prefer not to rely on serendipity ...

Serendipity worked for you with your Outback, and against you with the Torana ...
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