Running in a new car
If there is not another delay, I will be picking up my brand spanking new XR6 Turbo during this week. I have not owned a brand new car before and have not had to go through the process of running one in. I have been asking around the people at work who have also bought new cars on the leasing plan I am getting the Turbo on and asked at the local Ford dealer about the best way to run it in.
The variation in responses have been amazing! From advice like "drive it like its on egg shells for the first 1,500 kms" to "hammer it to bed the engine in". I can understand both points of view. The dude that told me to hammer the car has an AUIII XR8 Ute which he drove hard from new, with about 20,000 kms on the clock now, it is a very tight and very fast car. However on the other hand I also understand that the dealer can download all the work the engine has done and see that I have been driving it hard right from the start, which may have an impact on warranty.
The main thing I am after here is a car that is not going to s**t itself but one that is as fast as any other XR6 Turbo out there. There are obviously heaps of late model ford owners visit this forum, would appreciate it if they could drop a quick replay and tell me how they ran their car in and what issues, if any, arose by driving the car hard early in it's life.