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Old 06-27-2004, 09:23 AM   #1
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new boxter owner--have I damaged my car?

Hi everyone,

I just registered after reading many threads and see what a helpful group of people are here.

I recently bought a new Boxter and I asked the salesman about limitations during the break-in period (500 miles). He mentioned no sustained highway driving, that is, vary the speed for the 1st 500 miles, but nothing else.

I just read a recommendation on this list to not exceed 4200 rpm during the 1st 2000 miles. Unfortunately, I have already done this a couple of times (car has ~200 miles on it). Have I damaged anything by doing this?

Thanks...holding my breath and hoping the answers are positive
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Old 06-27-2004, 03:22 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to say that you have destroyed your car. As a kind gesture to a fellow Porsche owner I offer to buy your worthless car for $1000

Just kidding. Take it easy for the first little bit, then drive the hell out of your car. Enjoy.
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Old 06-27-2004, 03:58 PM   #3
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woohoo! thanks!

your first sentence did result in a momentary v-fib, though...bad QporscheQ
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Old 06-27-2004, 06:03 PM   #4
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Your car is now worthless as a wet empanada!!!!!! I will relieve it from your inept hands amiga. The federales are on their way to get the machineeee.
Enjoy it and welcome to the group! Only slow down for pregnant women everyone else is game. I want to hear the engine purr over 4200 rpm.
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Old 06-27-2004, 07:04 PM   #5
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Yet another kind person willing to rid me of my ruined car--you guys are the best!!!

Thanks for the welcome...I get the feeling this is going to be a fun group!
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Old 06-27-2004, 07:09 PM   #6
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You didn't hurt a thing. The engines are actually broken in at the factory. It's just a guideline porsche dreamed up. Hardly anyone can keep a high revving car like the boxster under 4,200 rpm all the time for the first 2k miles. Just take it kind of easy and don't track it or go to redline in every gear for the first 2k miles. Enjoy your box.
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Old 06-27-2004, 07:32 PM   #7
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Thanks Adam. I'm feeling much better about my bad behavior now. The boxter gets a break...at least for the next 2K.
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Old 06-27-2004, 08:22 PM   #8
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How about a quick rundown on your car chickadee. Have pics? options?
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Old 06-27-2004, 09:50 PM   #9
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My bad chick, I couldnít help myself.

Welcome to the group, Iíve found the posters here tend to both know a lot about their car and yet at the same time donít take themselves too seriously.
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Old 06-28-2004, 05:01 AM   #10
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Hey Adam, missed your post last night...took a break to watch Scary Movie 3. Time would've been better spent hanging out here, although I did get a good nap out of it

I have the 2004 50th Anniversary edition--I was a sucker for the extra (albeit minimal) hp and frills. I'm thrilled with it though. Just wish it would stop raining so I could take it out without mucking it up.
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That is an awesome car! So where are those pics????
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Old 06-28-2004, 06:29 AM   #12
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Yeah, I love it! Tough decision between the cocoa brown top/interior and black/dark grey (which I got because it was in stock and I am impatient ), but it's the performance that's most important--and it's definitely got that.

Hopefully get some pictures later today--if the rain would only let up for a few moments. Waiting and pacing the floor...gah!
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In the Post Office and Porsche Dealers wall of shame !!!!!
Andale Andale arriba arriba.
Oh those abusers are the perps that drive 986's <4200 rpm's
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Old 06-28-2004, 06:43 AM   #14
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Doing my best to keep my picture off that wall--a blur of silver is all you would see anyway, compliments of my petite, but amazingly heavy, foot.
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:00 PM   #15
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Take it easy the first few kilometers during the break-in period.

So don't do trackdays yet with sustained rpm levels above 6500 lap over lap over lap but an occasion rev up the scale won't harm it. Personally I know no-one who didn't rev a sporty car in the break-in period. Had a friend with an e46 m3. 500km holding back and then he couldn't handle it any more and touched the rev limiter in second gear.

And when its fully driven in, rev the hell out of it ! During the warm-up period (15 minutes or so) I keep it below 3000 rpm. When its fully warmed up stay above 5000rpm. They are ment for this :-)


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Old 06-28-2004, 03:05 PM   #16
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Thanks for this info Mark. That's exactly what I did...revved it up past 4200 a couple of times while going down the highway, already warmed up. Couldn't help myself but certainly will wait until past the break-in to do anything more extreme.
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If you're going to break it, break it now instead of later after the warranty is expired I"m sure that its fine, just try to keep it under wraps until the 2k miles. (Of course thats easy for me to say)

Good luck. Awaiting to see the pics of the new boxster.

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here's some photos...snapped quickly between rain showers
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That is one sexy machine
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nice!

If it makes you feel better about falling for those extra hp and frills, the 50th ani edition Boxster is actually cheaper as a package than if you trick out a stock car with all the same options. So actually, you saved a few thousand by getting the special edition.
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