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My 2010 R/T has got 600 miles on it, what is the general opinion regarding break in and when its OK to try a bit of spirited driving? I have been babying her up to this point, from past experience, mostly with bikes, I have found that riding as I normally would seems to set the rings better than granny driving. I will be taking a 400 mile trip Saturday morning down a very long, very straight, very flat road. I wonder what she has got pinned and flat out.

I have never had much luck with the search function and this is just the beginning of a whole lot of silly questions about this ride, I am selling my Harley to mod it. Please bear with me!
 

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Go for it but take care of it.
 

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During the first 500 miles, you should avoid long trips at constant speeds. The manual advises to vary your speed and the SRT engineers have advised no wide open throttle. That's why I had my SRT delivered to my house (avoided a 350 mile trip). The issue is not so much with the engine, but the drivetrain.

Now that your Challenger is past 500 miles, you are good to go. :thumbsup:
 

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You've knocked all of the fuzzies off in 500 or 600. Especially if city driving. I don't think I would do any smoky burn-outs yet but some spirited acceleration wouldn't hurt it any at this point......IMHO.

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Congrats on the new car. Looks great.

I've had similar thoughts about my Harley. Maybe this spring... Some of my riding buddies would be pissed, though.
 

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the only time i drove like a grandpa was the first week...had to learn how it handled. after that all bets were off
 

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the only time i drove like a grandpa was the first week...had to learn how it handled. after that all bets were off

thats why i wouldnt buy a used performance car.....and it probably was a good idea to order my car too..

if your trading it in at 40,000 miles id say go for it.....if your planning on this being a special car id baby those first few thousand miles..
 

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During the first 500 miles, you should avoid long trips at constant speeds. The manual advises to vary your speed and the SRT engineers have advised no wide open throttle. That's why I had my SRT delivered to my house (avoided a 350 mile trip). The issue is not so much with the engine, but the drivetrain.

Now that your Challenger is past 500 miles, you are good to go. :thumbsup:
I bought my SRT 325 miles from where I live....all interstate miles I flew up to get it and drove it home. I just took my time and varied my speeds. I also did not keep it in 6th gear constantly. I varied between 5th and 6th and sometimes 4th.
 

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Just to clarify, I dont intend to beat on it, just see how she handles at a high rate of speed. By the time I actually leave tomorrow it will have a little over 800 miles on the clock. And I will vary RPMs on the way down.

I do plan on adding a few things and keeping this car a long time.
 

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i wouldnt think of beating on my car until 1,500 miles.....i wont be beating on my 392 until 3,000 miles

500 is way to early......i wouldnt do it to my car...
Nothing wrong with taking your own precautions, but way overkill and all you are doing is wasting vaulable "fun" driving miles. this isn't the 60's and these cars do not need these crazy "baby it" break-in periods.

I made it almost 300 miles before I hammered the crap out of mine just like every other vehicle I have bought in the last 20+ years. Not a major engine failure yet. I don't understand where these magical numbers of miles come from. Enjoy your car it is ready for action. LOL
 

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I would suggest following your owner's manual. Have you read it? It is very specific and I personally believe it is the best method for longevity. The drivetrain is their responsibility for several years, don't you think they know what's best to cover their butts? Of course they do. Read it, follow it, live it. That is my advice since you asked. I would suggest reading your entire manual...at least twice. You will be surprised how many fewer questions would be asked on this site if people would just take the time to read. It certainly is a lot more interesting then repeats of "Everyone loves Raymond" for the umpteenth time! :) Enjoy that awesome ride Serge!:thumbsup:
 

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PS: Love those standard wheels...much better than the larger plastic hubcap wheels imo. Also love the smaller rim and larger sidewall on the R/T's ! Really looks awesome, great color too! And I sold my Harley as well, too many toys...what are ya gonna do?
 

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I would suggest following your owner's manual. Have you read it? It is very specific and I personally believe it is the best method for longevity. The drivetrain is their responsibility for several years, don't you think they know what's best to cover their butts? Of course they do. Read it, follow it, live it. That is my advice since you asked. I would suggest reading your entire manual...at least twice. You will be surprised how many fewer questions would be asked on this site if people would just take the time to read. It certainly is a lot more interesting then repeats of "Everyone loves Raymond" for the umpteenth time! :) Enjoy that awesome ride Serge!:thumbsup:
I have read every owners manual I have ever had, comes from being in the auto business for 20 years and in service/warranty for 2 manufacturers for the last 10.

From the owners manual...

Drive moderately during the first 500 mi (800 km). After
the initial 60 mi (100 km), speeds up to 50 or 55 mph (80
or 90 km/h) are desirable.
While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration within the
limits of local traffic laws contributes to a good break-in.
However, wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can
be detrimental and should be avoided.

I did not go outside of these recommended guidelines and you would be surprised at the reasons they write some of the things they do.

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