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Your engine is not fragile-more (archive)

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Posted by Rohith on November 29, 1999 at 01:15:57:

In Reply to: Kris I have kept my 328Ci below posted by Adam on November 29, 1999 at 00:02:40:

I don't mean to be an punk, but come on. Your car won't blow up if you hit 4501 rpm during breakin. You can go to 6000 rpm, and your car won't blow up. Keeping it near the redline consistenly, even after breakin, isn't good, but you're not going to ruin the car by hitting it once in a while. Just go out and enjoy your car, and be sensible about the rpm's. my dealer said that the 4500 rpm limit isn't real, and not to worry about exceeding it. Just vary the rpm's. The engine 'learns' how to operate depending on how you drive. If you keep a light foot on the pedal and shift early, it'll learn to drive that way, and will be a bit sluggish. Conversely, if you have a lead foot, it'll jump off the line. When I finally get my car for good (if you are so inclined, read my post below this thread), I'm going to vary the rpms, and not be too concerned about the 4500. If I go beyond it, oh well. The car isn't going to break down.
Think about this- if you bought, say, a Ford, would you be as concerned about keeping it under 4500 rpms for the first 1200 miles?

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