Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2000 16:44:17 GMT
From: "Foobar" <>
Subject: New engine break in period?

I'm a new owner of a 5-door 9-3 SE. I hear many conflicting stories about what a proper break in is for my car. The owner's manual has two simple rules: don't go over 5000 RPMs for the first 2000 kms and don't floor it for the first 3000 kms. Others have suggested more gentle treatment (e.g. keep it between 2000-4000 RPMs). I have taken the car on the highway and exercised the fifth gear, and I admit to some fast starts and high speeds on occasion. A couple of times I've come close to that 5000 RPM limit because the car is so damn quiet inside I get distracted and can't hear the engine speed. There have been a couple of times when I've looked down and found the car in first gear going 40 kms/h or second gear going 70 kms/h. The car is so damn fast at accelerating that if your not attentive you can find yourself at ridiculous speeds in low gears (notably first). The majority of the time however, it is very tame and pampered driving for my new SAAB (less than 3500 RPMs). My ninny question is: is it hard on the engine to have come close to the 5000 RPM limit a few times? What would be the consequences of slightly and briefly exceeding this limit on one or two times during the break in period? My second ninny question: have I been too hard on the car? j.

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