In Reply to: Euro delivery and break-in period dilemma... posted by H.T. Schultz on November 28, 1999 at 12:31:30:
I understand your dilemma. I did Euro delivery in October, but drove enough to get beyond the break-in period. I would recommend strictly following the break-in guidelines.
The thrill in driving fast on the Autobahn dissipates quickly to mere novelty and then to just driving. Consider breaking in your car on the fine, scenic alpine roads. Much more interesting than the Autobahn, and you need not bust the break-in limits to have a good time. And you will necessarily be varying your speed and RPMs, which is good for break-in.
How long will you be there? You might have your cake and eat it too. Use a mix of Autobahn and alpine roads to break-in your car, and then indulge your speed fantasy.
One benefit of renting, besides avoiding premature damage to your car, is that the Euro-spec cars don't have speed limiters (I am told).
P.S. Even if you leave Germany without hitting 135 mph, you will still have a memorable experience.
: I'm seriously considering Euro delivery for my upcoming 323i, as I've always fantasized about barreling down an autobahn at break-neck speed. The problem is I'm now concerned about BMW's recommended break-in period (i.e., don't exceed 4500RPM or 100MPH for the first 1200 miles).
: How could I not break both of these recommendations, and if I do, and I doing any serious long-term harm to my baby? Perhaps I should still do the Euro delivery thing and just ante up some bucks to rent a bimmer for one day so that I can satisfy my cravings? Any/all thoughts/insights are appreciated.