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PostSubject: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 12:34

I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to run in a cooper s engine, so as to get the best performance and economy I can.  A friend of mine who is a mini dealer said nothing over 3500rpm for the first 1500 miles, is that right? sounds about right to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 14:54

A modern engine is pretty well run in when new.....

My advise would be to take it easy for the first few weeks, also don't cruise at the same revs for long periods! your dealer has the right idea Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 16:01

Thanks Dave, that's what I'll do.  What about first oil change, 500 or 1000 miles?
You'd never of guessed I've been driving Land Rovers for the last 20 years!!! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 16:09

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Thanks Dave, that's what I'll do.  What about first oil change, 500 or 1000 miles?
You'd never of guessed I've been driving Land Rovers for the last 20 years!!! Laughing

The first oil change is at approx 20,000 miles or 2 years but can be sooner depending on driver style....

That is the same with all new modern engines!

It does seem a long period but I guess you could pay for a oil change between these periods BUT make sure you use a MINI filter and approved oil as you don't want a issue with warranty for using something not approved Smile

What are you getting?

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 21:55

They use special long life oils so there is no longer a need for an early change as in the good old days.

There is advice on rev limits for the first 1000 or 1500 miles somewhere in the handbook I think.

After that progressive increases are usually the order of the day with no labouring or over revving.

Pays dividends in the end.
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 21:58

Just don't buy a ex demo Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:21

Sorry Dave, but why should one not buy an ex demo exactly?
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:23

Because I've seen more than one brand new demo with less than 100 miles being red lined through the gears......

Not saying they all are but a demo can lead a hard life!

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:24

Becuase people like me may have driven them lol!

The coupe I drove a few weeks ago had 92 miles on it and I drove it to the red line every time.
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:25

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Becuase people like me may have driven them lol!

Funny you should say that but have to say I've done similar Wink lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:37

I better be careful then
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:42

Thanks for spelling that out guys.

Personally I'd show a little more respect than to red line a vehicle that I didn't own, but everyone's ethics differ....

Perhaps dealers do have a point with their view of some test pilots?
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:46

Well not really, if I'm spending that amount of money on a car I want to know whar it can do before I buy it. I'm not going to be nursing it around if it was mine so I want to find out what the car is like to match my driving style.
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:48

And did you buy a coupe?
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:53

The fastest cars in the world are test drive cars and courtesy cars Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:55

No I got a hatch. But that's not really the point here. The point I'm trying to make is it's just testing a product. I wouldn't buy any product be it a car, computer or other consumer good without thourghly testing what is can do and if it is up to mine or anybody else's expected standards. And it's not like i was on my own in the car I had the sales manager with me egging me on. They don't care about there demo cars either by the looks of it.

Plus there has been some proof Popping up recently that nursing an engine for the first 1000 miles does any better. My previous car I had from new when it had 7 miles on the clock. Drove it like a race car ever till I sold it 6 weeks ago with 22000 on it and never really had any problems with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:57

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The fastest cars in the world are test drive cars and courtesy cars Laughing

Haha I wonder what state that white cooper is in that me you and moley were out in that time!
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   22nd December 2011, 23:58

Haha, I'd forgotten about that - with Moley getting it to slide round the roundabout lol
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   23rd December 2011, 08:01

My MINI ONE was an ex demo, and my yellow cabrio was a launch press car! The yellow cabrio though, must have been driven hard from the start, as it shifted it and popped and banged soo good! Plus produced 197bhp!
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   23rd December 2011, 09:25

197 stock? That's a strong engine!!
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   23rd December 2011, 10:11

I wasn`t going to say anything, but Greg and I no as long as the engine is upto temperature, drive it hard from the word go, does not need to be red lined, this loosens it up nicely and does improve performance along with fuel consumption! its true...
I even have had an ex demo the fuel comsumption was at the time 49mpg when i got hold of it it started to return 67mpg, i gave it back got a brand new one with the same spec im now getting 56mpg (it now has the same mileage as the demo had, sorry guys its not a MINI its a Corsa LTD edition 1.3d) Shocked

I`ve started driving it hard and the fuel comsumption is improving? upto 60mpg! now
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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   23rd December 2011, 13:03

Thanks SVG I'm off to red line mine lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   24th December 2011, 00:10

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Thanks for spelling that out guys.

Personally I'd show a little more respect than to red line a vehicle that I didn't own, but everyone's ethics differ....

Perhaps dealers do have a point with their view of some test pilots?

I've brought many makes of cars over the years from up market German to Japanese but no French one's!

I took a Honda Tyre R out with the dealer, who keep telling me to keep the revs up round 6/7000 to get the most of of the car when accelerating, similar story with BMW and several others who said to give it some welly etc! Some of the top marks even arrange for the car to be used on a track so find it hard to understand why there's a problem!

So Tracey who are these dealers who you refer to?

Also buying a ex demo is only my view Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   24th December 2011, 13:41

Just been reading my MINI manual and it reads
Page 102

"Moving parts need a certain time to achieve maximum operating efficiency as a unit.

Don't exceed the following values for the first 1200 miles.

Petrol engine - approx 100mph
Diesel engine - approx 90mph

From 1200miles the Engine and road speeds can be gradually increased.

Complying with the following instructions which are intended to ensure the your vehicle achieves its optimum operating life and economy"

Should we or should we not comply with this?????????? Does BWM not know there car stuf better than us!!!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Running in engine   24th December 2011, 14:04

I think you make your own choices on this and enjoy Smile

BTW Chris where are the photos Wink Laughing

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