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Old Mon, Apr-26-2010, 09:35:21 AM   #1
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hey there folks, i got a question to ask.
in the driver's manual, it says i can't go up to 106mph and can't pass 5.5k rpm untill 1200 miles, and till i reach 3100 miles, i can't go above 135mph.
Do i really have to wait till 3100miles or 1200 miles is good enough to go full throttle?
My dealer said i gotta wait till 1500 miles...
so.. i don't know who to believe...
by the way, i have E92
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Whenever I blow 72k on a car, I usually follow the directions in the manual.
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Old Mon, Apr-26-2010, 11:42:13 AM   #3
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Whenever I blow 72k on a car, I usually follow the directions in the manual.
I concur. I'm waiting 'til 3,000. I thought it said 3,000. If it says 3,100 then I'll wait until then.
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I followed the Running-in brief to the letter, now with 3800miles on the car it's real quick and uses NO Oil.
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hey there folks, i got a question to ask.
in the driver's manual, it says i can't go up to 106mph and can't pass 5.5k rpm untill 1200 miles, and till i reach 3100 miles, i can't go above 135mph.
Do i really have to wait till 3100miles or 1200 miles is good enough to go full throttle?
My dealer said i gotta wait till 1500 miles...
so.. i don't know who to believe...
by the way, i have E92
After 1200, there is a service done to the car; oil change, transmission and diff fluid flush. After that, you can start to exceed the temp. restrictions, until you reach 3100 miles. After 3100 slowly keep increasing engine speed. After that time the car is safe to go full throttle.
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meh, gun it from the minute you get it.
that drivers manual is useless, and those guys who make M3's have no idea about cars. i think you should just use your own judgement.
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hmmm break in right or it will break on you
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meh, gun it from the minute you get it.
that drivers manual is useless, and those guys who make M3's have no idea about cars. i think you should just use your own judgement.
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Well, most things mechanical will benefit from a reasonable break in period after assembly. Obviously, the manufacturer has to have guidelines, and understandably, they will be conservative. For the most part, common sense will work, generally avoiding prolonged steady state operation, and high rpms. If an occasional run to higher rpms damages anything, then there was another underlying problem. Maybe the compelling sales point for following the rules is warranty coverage. Short of anything really stupid (like a flat bed showing up at the dealer from the track), I expect the owner would prevail in a warranty claim dispute, but it could be a hassle.
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I just got my 1200 mile service done yesterday. Per the sticker on the top left of your windshield, it says to keep it below 5.5rpm and 106mph for the first 1200, I did that. The only other thing on there is to keep it below 137mph until you hit 3100, that shouldn't be a problem.

Personally, I think the first 1200 miles are the most important, I followed those instructions to a T. Now that I'm past 1200, I'm going to worry less and watch the miles less. I won't go above 137mph but I've already tested out the "M" button, and no I didn't drive like a maniac...

I picked up my car on March 17th and got the 1200 mile service April 26 (with 1197 miles on the car). I had more fun with my car in the hour after I picked her up than I had in the five weeks combined. It's a TOTALLY different car with EDC at stiff, sport on, and above 5.5 rpm's (DSC on).

Cliff's...wait until 1201 miles to see what she can do.
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