Quick question about break-in period

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by Nismogrendel, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    I went to look at a Fiesta ST today. 2015 Black, base. No recarros (not sure if I like that)...

    The car has 197 miles, I got to wondering... the dealership/the test drivers have probably been getting onto it a little during test drives...

    Is this something to even worry about? If I buy this car and continue w/ the recommended break in procedures... it should be good to go right?
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  3. Cesso

    Cesso Member

    I work at a Ford dealer. Yes the cars do get driven "spiritedly" by the staff. No, it will have absolutely no negative effect on the car. Every car on the lot gets the same treatment, and there never are any ill effects unless it is broken to begin with. The Internet loves to think elaborate break in "procedures" are necessary. They aren't. It's all hearsay and nobody has ever proven that on a modern car they have any possible measurable effect.
  4. marc89gti

    marc89gti Active Member

    I wouldn't be too worried about this as modern engines today are run in the engine plant. For the amount of time its probably driven hard shouldn't make much of a difference.

    As for buying a FiST with non Recaro seats I would personally advise against this because a FiST with Recaro seat will have better resale and be more popular. It's sort of like people that buy sports cars with automatic transmissions, they seem to have a harder time selling the car.
  5. Cesso

    Cesso Member

    I sure wasn't thinking about resale when I ordered the Recaros....;)
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  6. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    Thanks for the speedy replies :)

    The more I read on the recarros I'm torn...

    I'm 6ft 235 lb I'm not sure how well they would fit me anyway...2015 mustang reactors were kinda tight.

    I'm almost sure I'm getting this thing tomorrow...I need a reliable daily to replace my accord. Pretty pumped!
  7. jaynometry

    jaynometry New Member

    Another +1 on the Recaros!! Just like the engine, those seats "break in" after some time too.
  8. Dyn085

    Dyn085 Active Member

    I'm 6', 260, and I absolutely love the Recaro's in both ST's. You won't initially, but they do break in and they're ridiculously comfortable when they do.

    You'll be happy with or without them, I just think you'll be happier with them. I've seen quite a few ads of people trying to get them after-the-fact.
  9. moff3tt

    moff3tt Active Member

    My car had around 125 when I bought it. Took it to 130mph the first night and it still pulls strong. The "break in" procedure in the owners book is "vary RPM for the first 1000 miles." These are modern engines manufactured out of modern materials with modern machines and tolerances. They don't need to be babied so they can run off the rough spots or slight missizings that older cars had to.
  10. Dyn085

    Dyn085 Active Member

    I definitely agree with this. My car had very low miles when it rolled off the lot, but I can guarantee that my break-in process is significantly harder than most test-drives would be (with the exception of guaranteeing that it was at operating temps before beating on it). If my cars haven't broken by the first 100 miles then they are usually pretty strong...
  11. moff3tt

    moff3tt Active Member

    I did engine brake back down from 130 and it already had a day of on and off driving lots of hard pulls and engine braking to cool things off. I'm very happy with it.
  12. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    Great info guys, thank you!

    I went to a different dealership, tried out a molten orange recarro car. I could tolerate the seats but I definitely was not in love with them. My GF didn't like them very much. I had a hard time finding a comfy seat position.

    I think I will be perfectly happy with stock seats, this is gonna be my fun daily driver/road trip car.

    I loved that molten orange, but I'm going back to the dealership in town tomorrow to talk $$ for the black non-recarro car.
  13. marc89gti

    marc89gti Active Member

    I too was uncertain about the Recaro seats but after a while they do break in a bit and feel more comfortable. In Canada its Recaro seats or no FiST.

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  14. GutBomb

    GutBomb New Member

    I skipped the recaros because a rear facing baby seat won't fit with them, so if a kid is in your future keep that in mind.
  15. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    Thanks for the heads up.

    I just left the local Ford dealer. I didn't want that Black one with 190+ miles. There is a blue one (I like it!) a few hours away with about 40 miles.

    My dealership is going to give me a good value for my trade in (2001 Honda Accord) ... they are giving 2k which is more than fair considering the shape it's in.

    They are swapping the black one for the blue one and giving me a pretty nice deal.

    Out the door I'm looking at 19.6k, base model, no options at all. Pretty much exactly what I wanted after I read about the various options I was looking at (moonroof / nav / recaro).

    Can't freaking wait!
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  16. haste

    haste Member

    Nice, OP. I agree with trying to find one with the lowest miles. Peace of mind more than anything. Mine had 8 miles on it before I test drove it. It had 28 miles on it when I left off the lot with it. =D
    I dropped my oil at 105 miles, 600 miles, 1k and 3k. Went full synth(5w-30) at 5k miles. Car feels great. I varied my RPMs for the first 1k miles accelerating and engine braking the entire time...it did get a little old. I was sure to allow a FULL cooldown between each use of the engine.
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  17. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    Picked up the car it had 280 miles on it...not bad

    It came from GA. I was fine with mileage from delivery...much better than test drives I think. I had oil changed at 280 miles, drove to Birmingham today, I'm at 500ish miles now.

    I'm following a break in guide found on a diff forum. Not above 3200rpm varying rpm.

    Gonna follow this guide to 1k miles and get another oil change.

    The car is really fun for such a low price... I love it.
  18. Jeramiah

    Jeramiah Member

    Mine had 250 miles when we picked it up. I beat on it pretty good and changed the oil at 1100 miles. Sent the oil in to blackstone for analysis and everything looked great.
  19. Nismogrendel

    Nismogrendel New Member

    Sweet! I'm at almost 700 miles now. Have been taking it easy except for the 4th gear pull thing mentioned in the ST break in thread I'm following.

    I don't have a jack or ramps, going to have to use the dealer for my 1k change. Wonder if they would get me a sample of the oil so I could send it in...
  20. Jeramiah

    Jeramiah Member

    The dealer should be more than willing to do that.

    With blackstone labs they send you the sample kit for free and you just mail it in with a $25 check. I use them for all of my vehicles. They'll suggest oil change intervals specific to your engine as well.

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