: V-Wagon on order; any advice on break-in and delivery?



D-Wagon
04-17-13, 07:03 PM
Expecting the car around Memorial Day (it's being assembled in mid-May, theoretically). Black diamond, titanium interior, panorama sunroof, red Brembo's and a stick. Pretty excited for my first American car - any/all advice welcome!

MrHolland
04-17-13, 07:37 PM
BIG SMOKEY BURN OUT!!!!! J/K...

Congrats on the purchase, can't wait to see some pics. Welcome to the forum, lots of good ppl and info in here. Enjoy your stay!!!

orconn
04-17-13, 08:28 PM
Congratulations on the new CTS! Hope it meets or surpasses all your expectations. Welcome to the Forums!

Kingoftypos
04-17-13, 09:21 PM
BIG SMOKEY BURN OUT!!!!!!!!

Exactly, right out the dealers parking lot. Heck, if the parking lot is big enough... donuts is a must, specially in a wagon. Lol

KOT

Cadillac Kid03
04-17-13, 09:56 PM
Exactly, right out the dealers parking lot. Heck, if the parking lot is big enough... donuts is a must, specially in a wagon. Lol

KOTWelcome and good luck on the Wagon! Man are they really nice! :thumbsup:

Rolex
04-17-13, 10:55 PM
Congrats on purchasing a bada$$ car.

I'm moving you over to the V discussion area to meet your target audience.

Welcome to the forums! :wave:

CavemanB52
04-17-13, 11:54 PM
First of all... Dont do a smokey burnout.!! Not until you break in the phosphate rear end. I was not told about this and I drive my car like I stole it. Thus im on my second rear end. Be gentle for the first 1500 miles for the rear differential only. Its tuff to do but its a must. Once its broke in its damn near bullet proof. Nice choices on the style and color.!!

neuronbob
04-18-13, 12:09 AM
OK now that the welcomes are done....break this car in just like in the owner's manual. In short:

200 miles easy braking
500 miles engine (don't maintain constant engine speed and don't rev above 4k)
1500 miles on the diff by not doing burnouts.

Do this and you will avoid much toil and trouble later in the car's life. That first 1500 miles will pass before you know it, THEN you can do the big smokey burnout and worry less that you'll break something.

Congrats and you are going to have a great summer in the most awesome sleeper wagon you will ever own.

....and to quote Xaqtly...."one of us...." though we wagon-owning freaks are becoming increasingly common on the forums.

pat2t2f
04-18-13, 07:43 AM
Congrats!! I love my wagon.

Random84
04-18-13, 08:44 AM
I wonder what the # of wagons ordered at the end of `13 are (when we all thought they were going away), relative to the first three years? :D

Jinx
04-18-13, 11:14 AM
I wonder how much demand will be left for '14s.

tinman
04-18-13, 12:03 PM
I have read some discussions where the engine oil should be changed to dino oil, not synthetic, for the break in period. Any credence to that?

yaymitch
04-18-13, 01:07 PM
Congrats on your car!! I followed the break-in period in the manual. I also changed the Oil and Diff. fluid at 1500 miles as well. Good luck!!

Xaqtly
04-18-13, 02:41 PM
On a new car/engine, I like to change the oil a couple hundred miles in, then again at 500 miles, then at 1500 miles. I do prefer using dino oil for the break in period. It's probably not strictly necessary to change the oil that often, but part of what you're doing when breaking an engine in is seating the piston rings, which generates metal flakes which then get absorbed into the oil. That's why I like to change the oil very often as the rings are seating, just as a precaution. I don't like metal swimming around in my engine. :)

After 1500 miles, my opinion is that it's as broken in as it's going to get, switch to synthetic and have at it.

JKG
04-18-13, 07:31 PM
doesnt the factory run the engines before the car is assembled as a break in on new cars?

D-Wagon
04-18-13, 11:32 PM
Awesome advice, and I appreciate the good wishes. I'll def follow the break-in before a donut. The early oil change advice is great. Very excited for this car - my first American car in 25 years of driving. It's a brilliant car - for the price, it's a no-brainier. I was considering an S7, E63 Wagon, and a XJ Supercharged, none of which offered the same value, fun factor, manual tranny, power and beauty. Plus, I can take the dog, a few friends, and luggage - and still smoke most cars on the road. The fact that Audi and BMW don't offer power wagons here is a travesty. Their loss.

mpouls1
04-19-13, 12:41 PM
You made a good choice. You are going to love the V. I changed my oil at 500, 1000, and 10k. I don't care if somebody says I wasted my money. Peace of mind. I also changed my diff fluid at 10k. I beat the living sh!t out of my car right off the dealership parking lot. I was one of the first documented 2009 11sec completely stock car at ~15k miles. At 42k my car is still a beast. I say enjoy your car.

RobbE
04-20-13, 12:41 PM
Awesome advice, and I appreciate the good wishes. I'll def follow the break-in before a donut. The early oil change advice is great. Very excited for this car - my first American car in 25 years of driving. It's a brilliant car - for the price, it's a no-brainier. I was considering an S7, E63 Wagon, and a XJ Supercharged, none of which offered the same value, fun factor, manual tranny, power and beauty. Plus, I can take the dog, a few friends, and luggage - and still smoke most cars on the road. The fact that Audi and BMW don't offer power wagons here is a travesty. Their loss.

I agree 100%..... I just bought my '13 TG wagon as well. Got it about 3 weeks ago. I looked at every car/suv on the market and just kept going back to the Vagon....Its a ton of car for the money... and the Cool/rare ride factor is incredible. Many people ask the same question.... WTF IS THAT ! lol I love it. and then they see a clutch and stick... well then they just laugh and shake their head.... No X5, Benz, Audi (i also own a Q7) does any of that for u..... Even my vett which is tricked out and looks very sick gets less props and questions then the Vagon. Anyone on the road who is a car guy.... knows what the "V" is all about.... and when they see it on our wagon.....well....lol its just a stupidly fast, incredibly fun car to drive.

Break in period.... Do all that other people suggest.... be nice to your ride. But for god sakes..... Let her rip at least once.... She can take it.... These cars are tough..... and the smile on your face as you wipe melted rubber off the back quarter panel will be worth it........ TRUST ME ! :) You will say the same thing I did....... A F*cking Wagon did that ....... REALLY !!!!!!

Welcome to the vagon club ...... I just got my membership.... and Im not giving it back....

1997BlackETC
04-20-13, 03:29 PM
I would not suggest letter er rip for at least the first 500 miles, vary your speeds and drive with very little gas pedal pressure, kinda like it's a normal car and keep up with traffic. This will wear in the rear end properly.

Trapspeed
04-20-13, 06:42 PM
I would not suggest letter er rip for at least the first 500 miles.This will wear in the rear end properly.

+1. Not to sound like your nanny but if you've read any of the differential horror stories do this.

JFJr
04-20-13, 07:15 PM
+2, use your head and the rest will follow.

Jud