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Thought i'd introduce myself - Patrick from Washington DC - my wife and I are a one car family and put about (gasp) 6K miles a year on a car between the two of us. Just Clunker'd the pick up truck we've been driving for years to get into a brand new 09 C30 R-design. God love my wife as it was completely her choice on this one (i bought the pick up truck)... will post pics when i take delivery tonight! <p>Anyhow, i'm curious about recommended Engine break-in for the T5 motor. i've never owned a new car before but i've broken in plenty of motorcycle engines over the years. Any particulars to the Volvo? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (monarc)

Congrats on the R-Design!<p>Just drive it normal but do not over rev or drive with cruise control for 500-600 miles. Just vary the rpms to change the load on the engine. No red line runs. You will be good after that. Enjoy!<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (WA V50 T5)

nice, thanks for the advice. i've got a road trip planned for this weekend so it sounds you're giving me the go-ahead to take the long way there and stay off the interstate! <p>
 

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Yeah, just dont cruise at one rpm for long, just vary the load on the engine.<br>Have fun!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (WA V50 T5)

Drive it like you normally would. Get some highway and some city driving in an be sure not to cruise at any particular RPM for too long.<p>A more controversial approach is this chaps suggestion: <A HREF="http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm</A>
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (Shomare)

hey thanks guys we've got a trip planned for this up coming weekend and may actually get to the 600 mile mark much quicker than usual. after a lifetime of driving crap cars it is surreal to be driving something i actually want to keep clean and running well! Oh and needless to say this car is a product of the "Cash For Clunkers" program. <p>Lots of miss-information about the recommended octane on the t5 motor out there... the salesman said 87, another one recommended premium "every 3rd tank" and the internet seems to be abuzz with folks who never run anything less than Brand x with the highest octane rating possible. realizing modern engines have knock sensors that adjust i plan to go with the mfg recommended mid grade or premium depending on what's handy. <br>
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (monarc)

I have a V50 T5 and have run mostly 87 and never had any issues. No knocks or poor fuel mileage. 92 is recommended but Volvo has published info to us sales people that 87 will not harm the engine. You will always get conflicting info on this subject, everyone has their opinion. Do what makes you feel good.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (WA V50 T5)

I would recommend running what is suggested. I do, since having to pay 7 grand for a whole engine swap on my S-class. I had the motor pulled thinking that this ticking/knocking noise was bad lifters, a common problem with Mercedes Benz. Ended up stripping the block to find serious piston slap, and a cracked block. The engine was running still at 50k miles when i pulled it and would have kept running quite a while longer is my guess. <p><IMG SRC="http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a338/BigStickChris/Mercedes%20S-Class/BenzSwap002.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a338/BigStickChris/Mercedes%20S-Class/BenzSwap003.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a338/BigStickChris/Mercedes%20S-Class/BenzSwap001.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Mach_T5 at 8:04 PM 8-7-2009</i>
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (Shomare)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Shomare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Drive it like you normally would. Get some highway and some city driving in an be sure not to cruise at any particular RPM for too long.<p>A more controversial approach is this chaps suggestion: <A HREF="http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, this guy caters more to smaller and higher rpm engines such as in motorcycles and/or snowmobiles, etc. Car engines function a bit differently (as far as operating temps, RPMs, etc).<p>I do not disagree with some of the stuff he has written; i.e. I do not believe in babying the new engine for a prolonged period of time but I would not red line it. I would simply run it normally with a few "hard" pushes in the first few hundred miles. I would not be avoiding a few open runs.<p>He is also against using full synthetics in the beginning. That might have been the case 10 years back but not now. I would change the oil early though...
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (monarc)

Congratulations on your new Volvo.<p>I tell my new Volvo customers to drive at speed with the rest of traffic but vary your rpm and don't use the cruise control for the first 1,000 miles.<p>Enjoy your C30!<p>William
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (WA V50 T5)

Back from the trip, have just a shade under 1000 miles on the odometer so we're through the break-in. i averaged about 31 with straight highway driving using 89 octane. i then filled it with 93 for the return trip to see if i could average any different, but i blew that by taking the twistiest route home possible through the west VA mountains - so no fair comparison yet. I can't say that i felt any difference in the fuel and performance. but when you're just cruising in 6th it's tough to tell. <p>about 300 miles into the trip a semi threw a re-tred tire that slipped under the van in front of us and slammed into the drivers side front bumper <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> on the middle of the pensylvania turnpike going about 70 mph. looks like some slight paint damage on the lower lip, and knocked about three separate bumper pieces out of their clips and alignment. going into he shop already <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> . i'll post some pics once i get them off of my phone.
 

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Re: Brand new C30 owner here... question about engine break-in (monarc)

<IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/3810951265_ca5e41d3ed.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>there are about 3 pieces knocked around here... nothing is cracked and no paint is split. the lower lip, front bumper and the fog light area are all out-of-wack but i believe is someone knows the right sequence they can all be refastened. i pushed and nudged a little but without direct knowledge here i'm afraid i could do paint damage. <p>
 

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To pop it back in, this might help a little bit:<p><A HREF="http://vccs.volvocars.se/accessories/ii/vccsMawebTransform.asp?type=html&uid=1e605a2f-b956-4a60-b933-6bfaa45996ba&culturecode=en-GB" TARGET="_blank">http://vccs.volvocars.se/acces...en-GB</A>
 

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Wow, great resource thanks! going to take this into the dealer to see if someone with basic knowledge can put this all back together. Calling to schedule an appointment for this <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> holy lord. talked to 4 separate people all them said it was a different department and none of them could actually decide where to make an appt to look at this. and if you have to leave it with body work no loaner car but if service can do it then.... blah blah blah... complicated form..... blah blah blah... I'm just planning to drive in and talk with someone who actually works on the cars (as opposed to the phones). <p>
 
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