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View Poll Results: Is taking a road-trip in a brand new E90 M3 from FL to MN bad for the break-in???
Absolutely not! HAVE FUN! 19 34.55%
Probably not, but follow the max speed and RPM guidlines. 30 54.55%
Probably, but it won't make a difference in the long run. 1 1.82%
Absolutely- DON'T DO IT!!! 6 10.91%
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      05-15-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
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Smile 2009 M3 Sedan Break-in questions- URGENT!!!

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I am about to take delivery of a 2009 M3 Sedan with 6-Speed Manual this coming Monday. The car is being delivered to me in Naples, Florida where I reside part time, but I live in Minneapolis most of the time. Is it bad for the car to take a road trip from Florida back to Minneapolis? My brother seems to think so, but most things I have read say that it is not bad at all. I would rather not spend the money to ship it all that way, and the drive would be fun... PLEASE HELP!!!!! What are the reasons for the break-in period anyway? Thanks!!!

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      05-15-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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Just be sure to vary your RPMS. You want to be sure the rings seat themselves correctly. Change the load etc...

You should be fine.
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      05-15-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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Hello,
I am about to take delivery of a 2009 M3 Sedan with 6-Speed Manual this coming Monday. The car is being delivered to me in Naples, Florida where I reside part time, but I live in Minneapolis most of the time. Is it bad for the car to take a road trip from Florida back to Minneapolis? My brother seems to think so, but most things I have read say that it is not bad at all. I would rather not spend the money to ship it all that way, and the drive would be fun... PLEASE HELP!!!!! What are the reasons for the break-in period anyway? Thanks!!!

-Dave and Joe
You live in Naples part-time, Minneapolis most of the time, and your location in your profile says LA. Make up your mind A road trip from Florida to Minnesota would be an awesome way to break-in your car
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      05-15-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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Go for it. If anything its very good for your car. Dont pass 5500 and just vary the rpms. Good luck.
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      05-15-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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No problem at all. Don't sit on anyone speed for very long. If you use cruise, vary the speed often. Follow all the rest of the break in recommendations and no problem. I drove my car 1200 miles the first day I owned it. Great part is that you are done with break in when you arrive home

I'm kidding about that. A proper break in of all compenents should really have mixed driving so don't go beating on the car after 1200 miles of highway driving only. Give it another 800 miles of mixed driving then beat the hell out of it! Get the 1200 mile service on time though.
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      05-15-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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Be careful, it's really easy at highway speeds to slip up and give it the juice! I accidentally ended up hitting 6500 a couple times. Don't worry, the sound will remind you to back off right away. Be warned, though. If you slip up once, the rest of the break in will go MUCH slower.
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The key as already stated, vary your rpms. Same speed for long periods should also be avoided. If you want, drive in different gears - if manual, use 4th and 5th every now and then. If you have the better of the two transmissions, run in 5th and 6th as well as 7th. This will change rpms while keeping your speed up.
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      05-15-2009, 03:09 PM   #8
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chit! i pressed the wrong button. i hit don't do it instead of do it, have fun
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I drove mine from the Performance Center to Colorado when new. Just vary the rpm, accelerate a medium throttle when given a chance, run it up to 105 occasionally and then back off to cruising speed. It'll be fine.

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Joe and Dave- My name is Mike, and my best friend Alex works as a tech at Isringhausen Imports BMW here in Chicago, and he also works as a race tech on a friend of ours M3 team. I also drive an E90 M3 Sedan in a Manual and an M6 with SMG, and I race with the BMW CCA. I just asked Alex about this, and he said very pointedly that it is totally fine to take this road trip. You do need to vary the engine speed, but you can easily do this by driving in gears 4, 5, and 6. Alex has been to several M trainings in Munich with BMW's top F1 techs and he really knows his stuff. I think you will be fine. I picked up my M3 in Spartanburg and drove it back to Chicago brand new, and was told by the guy at the delivery center that it is totally fine to do this. I say DO IT!!!! Have a great time, and when you get home you can get the first service done and then take it to the TRACK!!! You are going to love it!
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Where is the "follow break-in procedure?" selection?

I say follow the book... if you don't, you'll always wonder if you should. Be patient... and in the end, you can brag about it.

No one's suggesting that he not follow break in procedure.

Bragging about break in, now that's pathetic.

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I just spoke to my buddy Alex again about this and he said that driving the car is driving the car. It doesn't matter if you travel 15 miles or 1500 miles. The most important thing is to not redline the engine. The reality is that you are buying a car that is meant to be driven... The length of time it will take to ship the car vs the length of time it would take to drive it back is wayyyyy longer! BMW would not offer European delivery or performance center delivery if it was not totally fine to drive the car for long distances during break in. I have several friends from bmw cca that have done euro delivery of M cars, driving long distances through europe when the car is brand new, and have had zero problems with their cars.
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