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Old 08-10-2008, 11:14 AM
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Question Taking the X5 on a first highway ride. Advise needed!

OK, I have an X5 that has less than 40 miles on the odometer and I have to go to the airport to pick up a bunch of people and their baggages.
This involves about an hour and a half of highway ride, both ways.
There'll be very light traffic when I'm going, so I'm wondering how my driving style should be, considering the break-in period.

I know I'm supposed to vary the engine speed.
So does that mean going like 30mph for one minute and 50mph the next and then again 40mph for a minute and then 60mph a minute later, and so on?
Or how about 30mph for ten minutes and 60mph for another ten and say 35mph for... you get the idea.
How should I drive to vary the engine speed for a good break-in on a highway?
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:26 AM
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I think you are worry about this a little too much. My advice would be to accelerate easy and get up to speed. You should be fine going normal highway speed, just be a little easy getting up to the speed and not rev the engine too high.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:28 PM
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Just freakin' drive normally. It's extremely unlikely that you're going to be keeping the exact same rpm for 90 minutes nonstop.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:40 PM
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what a question and this keeps coming LOL
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No manufacturer will say this in public, especially not BMW, but the break-in period is mostly bogus. The main reason they warn you about a break-in period is to ensure that IF the engine has a defect (metal shavings from the manufacturing process, for example), it can be detected early in the engine's life. If there IS a serious defect with the engine, though, that defect will make itself known whether you're doing 30 or 70.

Drive the car the way you'd normally drive. It'll be alright.

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The break in period is important for the all the moving parts of the engine.
If i were you i would not pass the 3000 rpms for the first 2000 kms nor exceed the 120 kms/h.
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Alright thanks. Just drive normally and don't rev over 4500rpm.

It's just that this is my first new car and it's a first lux vehicle. Just feels like something's gonna happen if I don't baby the vehicle. Hey, I just realized something. I got issues!

I won't ask about this anymore!

Thanks anyways!
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Alright thanks. Just drive normally and don't rev over 4500rpm.

It's just that this is my first new car and it's a first lux vehicle. Just feels like something's gonna happen if I don't baby the vehicle. Hey, I just realized something. I got issues!

I won't ask about this anymore!

Thanks anyways!
Completely understandable..........I remember when my parents moved "up" to the used Lexus about 7 years ago. Wow, it was nice (even if used) and no one dared to break anything on it.

But put it this way. You're paying for a better vehicle. Shouldn't a better vehicle be more tolerant of aggressive driving?
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Wow, dude chill. As almost everyone has said, drive the car normally. If normal for you is flooring the car, and taking it to 8000 rpm, uh.... then just don't do that! Enjoy the car, chill out, and have fun!!!
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