In Reply to: Note about the 4500 rpm thing posted by Rohith on November 28, 1999 at 22:57:13:
Pardon my saying so, but your youth is showing. I wouldn't believe anything the dealer says about engineering matters unless it's backed up by BMW itself. In fact, as a matter of caution, I don't believe any 'facts' that a car salesman asserts. Period. With a few exceptions, they're all slimeballs who will not tell the truth if a perfectly good lie is available.
Sure, the car they trashed has a looser engine than the one they took good care of. Eventually, the "slower" car's engine will loosen up and in the long run that engine will last longer than the other one. Of course this doesn't matter if you plan to replace the car after about 3 years.
: During the drive, the dealer said that the 4500 rpm limit during break-in is, in her words, "bullshit". I was a little surprised that she said that, but she also said that they were given 2 328i's to drive around- one they had to keep low rpm's, and the other one they had to drive hard. After 5000 miles, the one that was driven lightly was slow and unresponsive compared to the hard driven one, which drove like a demon. She did say to vary the rpm's alot, but not to worry about going over 4500 rpm.