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Old 03-04-2019, 09:07 AM
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Maybe the difference here is because of boost and design. I've always followed a more aggressive process with good results.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:39 AM
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I take it easy for about 200-300 miles then drive normally. But I have heard of a ton of Subaru engine failures and know a couple people personally who have gone through them. One blew up at 60,000 on a sedately driven NA car so YRMV.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:59 AM
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Vary the RPM's, never let it sit at the same RPM for more than a few seconds, no using cruise control. Start with a rev limit of say 4000 RPM's, do not exceed that for 300-400 miles. The next 300-400 miles start going up to 5k. Final 300 miles start taking it up a little higher, close to 6k RPM's. 1000 miles, change oil/filter, and start going to redline. I got this advice from an ex AMA tuner/chief and followed it rigorously on all my bikes/cars and they've always dyno'd on the upper end of the scale, and haven't burned oil. No reliability issues either. Some people think you can just drive normal from mile 1. But I still do this technique. Also you are driving a turbo, do not punch it at low RPM's in a high gear. Downshift prior. DIT motors do not like saying flooring it at 2k rpm's in 6th gear.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:25 PM
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^ more great info, and thanks to everyone who replied, some good tips from all of the replies.
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^ more great info, and thanks to everyone who replied, some good tips from all of the replies.
zero.zero...big ETM fan?
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ealand0001 View Post

zero.zero...big ETM fan?




My screen name is a reference to the movie Animal House...…John Belushi's grade point average. I am a huge Howard Stern show fan and all of the whackpackers (poor ETM RIP) , but I was an Animal House fan many moons before the Stern Show. Plus I once got a 0.0 on an English test in high school , on English literature lol. So it all fits...

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Old 03-06-2019, 02:44 AM
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I just got through the break-in period, I went through it quite quickly despite it being a lengthy 1000 mile interval. So far no noticeable change in oil level, and the oil is still golden and clear on the dipstick, looks good.
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wow very cool experience, nice reading all of your info. I was wondering if WRX owners wave at eachother ? I thought that I heard that somewhere but maybe with the new models they stopped doing that ?
Yes you will find that other wrx drivers wave I always do.
One consideration with your oil and the first oil change is to check on when your car was built and then you will know how old the factory fill oil in your car is.
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:53 AM
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I've never followed the break-in procedure of any car I've bought, and never encountered an issue with any either.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:15 PM
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Yes you will find that other wrx drivers wave I always do.
One consideration with your oil and the first oil change is to check on when your car was built and then you will know how old the factory fill oil in your car is.
ah very cool. Thanks for the info, I will check on the build date, good to know
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