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Old 03-06-2003, 18:23   #1 (permalink)
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How long till you felt engine was run in?

Believe it or not however our 11 day old Futura wagon has only 650 km on the clock. Wife has only done local trips and due to work I've had little chance to drive it apart from the late night nappy runs to the supermarket.

My question is: How many kays have some of you done before you felt engine was nicely freed up and economy settled down? I also plan to change the oil & filter at the first 3000km service even though it is not required by the factory.

Lucky it's a long weekend coming up, I have tarmac to travel over!!

Enjoy the break all & stay safe (or if not, stay away from me at least),

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5000 Kms seams to be when they break free, depending on who drives the car and as you say your wife has been driving it, it will probarly take a bit longer to open out. You should be able to use the Cruise Control and Squential sports shift after about 1500kms.
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I have a BA V8 and i can tell you the she started to fly at around 5000km.
Ive had about 12 new cars and motorcycles in the past 20 years and there is no magic number but 5000km come close.
With a new BA ford i would change oil and filter first at 1000km and then 3000km and for the rest of her life it will be 7500km.
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My ED's never gone better, just past 150,000km's.
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My ED's never gone better, just past 150,000km's.
Same, 185k here
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We have had a few falcons over the years. and when they hit between 80 and 90k they were running sweet. then they went back :-(

I dont like this 15,000k Service intervals though. Just think when they get a few more kms on them. wrecked engines and ones with lots of oil sludge.
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5000 Kms seams to be when they break free, depending on who drives the car and as you say your wife has been driving it, it will probarly take a bit longer to open out. You should be able to use the Cruise Control and Squential sports shift after about 1500kms.
LOL .... betcha you are a real ladies man BIG ...

What the hell difference would it make if a woman or a man drives the car?

And gee I must be a risk taker .... using the cruise AND the sequential shift right from new! Will I get into trouble or maybe just void the warranty coz I didn't wait til 1500km's ....?
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LOL .... betcha you are a real ladies man BIG ...

What the hell difference would it make if a woman or a man drives the car?

And gee I must be a risk taker .... using the cruise AND the sequential shift right from new! Will I get into trouble or maybe just void the warranty coz I didn't wait til 1500km's ....?
Im just going to ignor the women part, as we all know most women dont trash their new cars as much as males.

As for the squential shift this is just what the dealers tell their customer as they dont really want people red lining their new falcon down the highway with 34 kms on the clock. Cruise control shouldnt be used for atleast 1000 kms as it has been proven that use before the car has had a fair time to run in will cause damage to the engine as the car shouldnt be driven at a constand speed, Dont believe me? Read the owners manual that comes with the car.

And you think that the dealer wont know? They cant tell by pluggin a computer into the car.
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