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Before You Drive

BREAKING-IN Proper breaking-in will have a direct bearing on the reliability and smooth running of your vehicle throughout its life.

In particular, the engine, gearbox, brakes and tires need time to ‘bed-in’ and adjust to the demands of everyday motoring. During the first 500 miles (800 km), it is essential to drive with consideration for the running-in process and heed the following advice:

  • LIMIT maximum road speed to 70 mph (110 km/h) or 3,000 rev/min. Initially, drive the vehicle on a light throttle and only increase engine speeds gradually once the breaking-in distance has been completed.

  • DO NOT operate at full throttle or allow the engine to labor in any gear.

  • AVOID fast acceleration and heavy braking except in emergencies.

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