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Good day,

I've been reading interesting stuff here for quite some time and now I decided to post a question. My question is for those who did a long road trip in Europe but everyone can chime in, I would love to hear all your advice. Our vacation is just around the corner and I've calculated that we will be doing a 3,000mile journey on this trip so I wanted to ask about the "break-in" of the car.

Will I find some information about it on the manual? I will be downloading the app and will be looking into that subject soon but I'm lazy so I asked. :p

Anyone here drove the same or are planning to drive similar or longer distance?

I saw this post (look below) and I was wondering if this applies to all cars in general or since Volvo introduces those new engines their newer cars will be different and won't require the same "break-in" procedure?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/glob...ars-engine-before-a-long-trip/article4180794/
 

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You don't say if you will be in Europe or the U.S.. Either way, try to stay off the interstates or autobahns for the first 400-500 miles. Take the scenic routes and drive through the country and small towns. This will allow you to accelerate and slow down, using engine braking, which will foster increased cylinder pressure, as the article you supplied states.
Or, as soon as possible, after taking delivery of your vehicle on your way home, go directly into a rural area on a little used road and, using the manual shifting of the automatic transmission, smoothly run the car up to sixty mph with shifting, and the engine up to 4,000-5000rpm then let up on the accelerator and coast down to 5 mph. After two times let the engine idle for about three minutes, then repeat the acceleration/slow down again. Do this at least three times. This will go along way to seat the piston rings to each cylinder. I would also recommend changing your oil and filter within 500 miles. Some say this is not necessary but it is very inexpensive insurance on the health of your engine. FYI the new 2015 Corvette ZO6 requires an oil change at or before 500 miles to clean out contaminates from production.
This process may be controversial but, for me, it has worked on my cars, airplanes, motorcycles, and boats. None of which have ever had any oil usage issues.
 

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Will be picking up the car and driving it around 3 Scandinavian countries right after the factory tour so no autobahns! ;)

Thanks for the advice, I will be doing just that. Now all I have to do is find a list of Volvo dealership across Scandinavia to have the required oil change, hopefully we'll pass one on our way to one of our destinations.
 

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You can find the manual for your new vehicle on the Volvo website in PDF format -- so you can read the manual now.

We drove 3000 miles on our OSD trip. No special break-in. Nothing in the manual and I even asked our delivery specialist. We drove a few hundred miles around Sweden and Denmark over several days in everything from stop&go city traffic to 80-100 KPH highway speeds before hitting the Autobahn, ultimately reaching 130 MPH/210 KPH. I'm up to 55K Miles with no apparent engine problems.
 

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In 2006 I picked up an S40 T5 AWD and drove just under 2,000 miles around northern Europe. I also asked them at the factory about the break-in and they said not to worry about it - just drive it. There's a ton of information out there about breaking in engines and you'll find advice ranging from 'baby it the first 1000 miles' to 'drive it like you stole it.'

Having just rebuilt an older Volvo whiteblock engine from '98, I did perform a break-in procedure of sorts that included starting the engine and letting warm up, then changing the filter, driving it in stop and go traffic for about 50 miles as well as driving up some hills in low boost and then letting the engine descend in vacuum in the hope that the rings would seat well through that process. Over the next 350 or so miles I increased the rpm and the amount of boost, did a first full oil change and then proceeded to drive normally.
This was a high performance build though and probably incredible overkill for a stock engine.

I like the advice given above to drive on some country roads for the first couple hundred miles and avoid the Swedish highways but that's also because the scenery is beautiful and worth enjoying!
 

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Sit back its a long one. The conventional wisdom is that one must baby a new car to I suppose not provide undue stress on the new engine. However there are other schools of thought on the subject that have very compelling arguments. You can read many articles on the internet about the subject. I did and here is my personal experience. I just recently in June picked up a new 2016 XC60 at the factory delivery center outside Gothenburg and applied what I had learned from the purchase of my previous car an 2011 Acura RDX. Back in 2011 I purchased my second RDX, the original being a 2008. At the time I read a number of articles that basically claimed that the way we break in engines is all wrong. Many of the articles stated that if the engine was push hard in its first twenty minutes of life it will seat better and perform better for the rest of its life. Of course it was just some peoples theory but it sounded good to me so I decided to try it. The engines were essentially the same so I thought it would be a good test since I had four years experience with the 2008 2.0 turbocharged engine. So when I got it out of the dealership I raced it home like a madman just hoping not to get a speeding ticket. I was very surprised to find that the second RDX performed considerably better that the first. It was faster, smoother and all around better performing than the first engine. Sixty thousand miles later not a hint of engine problems and still going great.

So now being so sold on the idea I decided to do the same with the new Volvo. It turns out that they have what they call a test track, its really a kind of small drag strip. But that's what I had to work with (I did not want to race around the Swedish roads too many cameras) so a raced back and forth for about fifteen minutes. Everybody thought I was crazy including my wife, son and daughter in law who all spent the time in car terrified but I thought that was fun in and of itself. Anyway I could not be happier with the performance of the E-drive T6 engine over these first two thousand miles and while I really can't compare as I did with the other two cars nothing negative has happened. We continued off to Norway later that day and I continued to ride it hard for a few hundred miles (although over there they call the kilometers or something) then the mountains of Norway provided all the stress you can give an engine even at slow speeds. In my mind second car second good result. If I put mind through such punishment with what I see as good results how bad can riding it normal be.

Moral of the story. Don't worry about it enjoy the car, enjoy the sites.
 

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Totally forgotten about this post. bpastore you're right, when we picked up the car they said it doesn't need a break in period. I even got an email from Volvo saying the same thing so all is good and thanks for the replies awesome people! ;)
 

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Totally forgotten about this post. bpastore you're right, when we picked up the car they said it doesn't need a break in period. I even got an email from Volvo saying the same thing so all is good and thanks for the replies awesome people! ;)
So did you break in your car when you picked it up? If so, what did you do? I know you had car issues shortly after delivery. Would you have done anything different?
 

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So did you break in your car when you picked it up? If so, what did you do? I know you had car issues shortly after delivery. Would you have done anything different?
No I didn't, I followed Volvo's advice instead since we don't have time to "break in" the car. We just drove straight to Oslo and to answer your other question, nope, I don't think it'll make any difference. The problem we had had no connection with breaking in the car or not.
 
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