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Old 02-17-2003, 11:19 PM   #11
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How about pushing hard every now and again at 118,000 miles??? Synthetic Oil, performance plugs, Bla Bla Bla...

Most of the newer engines don't require break in periods... But I'd be good to it for the first 500-1000 miles... Other than that drive like you always would...
Most newer engines dont require break in but if you take it easy, it will seal better and not create problems down the road. Pushing hard once in a while is no biggie. I have 101,000 miles on my car now and its a 1999. (Mostly highway) but I also drift my Bonneville from time to time (4 wheel drift). If you make sure to do preventative maintenance everything will go well.
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I've heard that synthics are no good in higher milage engines. They are too thin .
Honestly synthetics work really only if you have used it since the beginning. Like when you buy the car brand new or a brand new engine, if you run synthetic its entire life it will last longer and make more power. But if it has been running regular motor oil all its life, that'* what is in the car and will stay. Can't really flush it would without a rebuild. Stick with what works for your car, no need to change it if it works.
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1995 with 15K . Where do you drive ? To the mail box?
Ha, I wish.

I had an engine swap after the other one finally burst at 155K or so. I never did drive it with the old engine.
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What exactly happened with the older engine at 155K? I know a few people with 175K-200K on theirs. Mine'* at 109,200 and I hope it lasts a LOOOOOOOOONG time.
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The first owner sadly beat the **** out of the car. I had to cut the ground effects that were hanging, and it was very dirty inside. He cracked the intake, so I got a used 3800 with about 4K on it.
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I have been lurking on this board for a while now, you all know your stuff. I was wondering if anyone had any advice as to how to properly break in a new car? I am approx. 6 weeks from getting a brand new Bonneville. This car is coming straight from the factory (I had to order it to get one w/o sunroof). One of my buddies recommends driving like a grandma for the first 500 miles and then let'er rip. Any help you could give would be cool.

i hate you. i hate you. i hate you. i hate you. grrr. hehe jk

lol I am so frustrated I can't even find a 2000 for myself !! maybe you are feeling generous and will send the car to me....no?? ok, i knew that was coming...haha...anyway enjoy the car :o
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Hey everybody!

Thanks for the tips!

Tamara, if you are ever in the Detroit area look me up. I'll take you out for a spin! PS I love the rap you have on your site!
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