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Just wondering what people believe is a good mileage to put on a new engine before doing some motorway miles??

On this sight it mentions at least 800 miles before motorways but below that it states 200. On Honest John he just says don't go above 3000rpm for the first 1000 miles but get to 3000 regularly then 3500 rpm to 2000 miles then 4000 rpm etc.

Ive done 450 on A roads but a long trip looms!
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the first couple hundred miles are most important
i wouldnt pamper a engine all its run in period but i wouldnt thrash it either
i know a guy who bought a brand new bike drove it out of town and thrashed it and it was a bellter for years
if you run a engine in too gentle it can make the motor a little lazy as in underpowered rather than a good quick motor
theres no cast iron garuntee either way youll do it harm or make it better
as for a motorway run while fairly new if you have 450 miles on it allready id say your ok but dont hit the motorway and thrash it if your doing close to speed limit then cant see any problems maybe even give it a minute or 2 at a slightly higher speed
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I collected my brand new civic a year ago on a Saturday, drove home, then had to make a journey on the Monday ,150 mile round trip mainly motorways. The car didn't blow up, is still going, its a Honda. !
I think as others have said , its important not to thrash the engine for hours at a time, but if you're careful, and vary your speed etc, I can't see why motorway driving is going to be a problem-- apart from the stone chips you will pick up on the journey !
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The 1.6 diesel at 3000 rpm in 6th gear would be doing 105mph, so you shouldn't get anywhere near it.
2000 rpm is 70mph in 6th gear.

You'll be fine on the motorway.
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the thing is DONT just stick to a set rpm thats where people go wrong
work it a little dont thrash them from brand new but dont be over soft with them
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the thing is DONT just stick to a set rpm thats where people go wrong
work it a little dont thrash them from brand new but dont be over soft with them
That is exactly what I've been told, vary the revs up and down the scale without thrashing.
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Run it in how Honda recommend. They designed and built it.
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you have also got to think that recomendations for running in are still the same as they were 50 or 60 years ago
the difference is build quality is much better now and most engines have had plenty running during the inspection period beofre they leave the factory
when every ive rebuilt a engine the fist 100 mile or so ive tried to keep it to shortish runs at nice easy pace then iveran them little longer and worked the motor more
after about 300 miles ive ran them at steady running in pace with a brief short blast every now and then without keeping high revs for any length of time untill hitting around the 500 miles mark then ive ran them harder without full thrashing untill about 1000 miles then i ran them without any resatriction
ive been working on cars and bikes with other people and by myself since i was 14 dont do much nowadays as i just dont have the time to mess around with projects
dont claim to be any expert by allmeans but ive built a few engines in my time and never had 1 fail early
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Well, too late now. 69.31 mpg after 168 miles. Manual calc. Some mileage in fifth, some in sixth with the odd rest cruising the 50 mph works. Speed limiter (not cruise control) worked a treat in those 50 zones. Occasionally ran the revs to 3000 then coasted when traffic allowed. I know I'll still be running engine in this time next year just trying to make her a good un for the future.


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