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      10-16-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Running in (320d)???

What's the consensus with running in, my dealer has told me to "drive it like I've stole it". I'm sure this has been discussed many times. Can anyone bump me to the relevant thread
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Engine - Break in secrets

Brakes

Engine - check
Brakes - check
Tyres - Drive carefully for first 40 miles to get rid of release oils, especially if wet.

Then drive like you stole it
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Engine - Break in secrets

Brakes

Engine - check
Brakes - check
Tyres - Drive carefully for first 40 miles to get rid of release oils, especially if wet.

Then drive like you stole it


PS Try not to wheel spin as you leave the dealership..
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When I bought mine new last year I emailed the dealer a few days after buying it to ask about running it in. They said "drive it however you like" and did not need running in.
I'm sure they would not say this if there was a risk to damage to anything.
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      10-16-2012, 04:25 PM   #5
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Yeah, I haven't heard of a car that needs running in for years. Very old-fashioned concept Yeah, engines, especially diesels, "loosen up" a bit after a coupla thousand but they're ready to be thrashed as soon as the oil is up to temperature
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Thanks guys, that's exactly what I needed to hear. Happy, happy days!!
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That first article on "break-in secrets" is just snake oil. No engine ever suffered because it was not hammered from new. Some cars are never hammered in their lives and the piston rings do not magically disintegrate or fail more early - if ever.

The article on bedding in brakes is bunkum too since bedding in brakes depends entirely on what discs and pads you're using and what that particular manufacturer recommends. Different pad materials and different disc materials require different treatments

But it's all cack anyway because you can just get in your new 3 series and drive it The only thing I'd take care of it letting the discs go through a few heat cycles before taking the car on a track or doing any really spirited driving otherwise you'll just warp them. But then if you're doing that you should be using uprated brakes anyway

Get in it, love it, drive it.

Don't worry about it
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