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Old May 27th, 2012, 22:49   #1
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I literally bought a new 2012 Jetta TDI yesterday and I am looking for any tips on what you would consider "proper" breaking in. I have done my fair share of research on the matter and I have to confess I have no real answers...no steady RPMs seems to be the consensus.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 23:04   #2
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There are lots of helpful faqs around. Here is one that gets debated. And believe me, it will here too.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?p=464223

Welcome and enjoy your car.

PS. Your profile is too narrow. Helps if people know if you have a DSG or manual, etc.

Did your dealer mention the fueling issues we face in IL? Might want to check out the Chicagoland fuel discussion in Midwest forum. Most IL stations sell fuel that violate the VW warranty. Best to at least know the facts before discussing anything related to warranty work at a dealer.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 09:10   #3
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First, read the manual and see if there are any recommendations form VW. There is no special "break-in" oil in the car so follow recommended oil change intervals. Beyond that, just drive it.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 19:36   #4
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Originally Posted by Drivbiwire View Post
Rules that apply for the life of the car


First 1,000 miles
Keep rpms below 3,800. Avoid steady rpms. Frequent firm application of power is strongly recomended up to 3,800 rpm. Avoid the use of cruise control so that you naturally fluctuate the power with your foot.

1,000-5,000 miles
Use the full 5,100 rpm power range. Avoid steady rpms. Avoid the use of cruise control. Frequent application of full throttle is recomended to help seat the rings. City driving is ideal for breaking in a TDI due to frequent stops and acceleration. Once you get to 5,000 miles change the oil and perform your first service per the manual


DB
Speaking specifically about the above mentioned post, how crucial is it to make a conscious effort to drive like that, or should normal city driving pretty much take care of that?
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Old May 28th, 2012, 19:40   #5
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Don't obsess over following it to the letter. That gets quoted around a lot but is actually for a Tiguan. One dead giveaway is the bit about changing the oil at 5k miles. The first oil change in the Mk6 isn't until 10k. The DSG will force an upshift at ~4,600 so you'll never see the true red line anyway.
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Old May 28th, 2012, 20:32   #6
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Who knew DBW had one version in faqs and another more updated thread elsewhere. Sorry.

Here's the one I meant to post. This one also discusses DSG.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=252501
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Old May 29th, 2012, 05:19   #7
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First, read the manual
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Old May 30th, 2012, 19:54   #8
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Thanks for the tips. Read through the manual and a whole lot of this forum, no surprises, except for getting a hold of the D2 diesel here in Illinois, and especially around Wheeling, where I live. So far I have found two gas stations within a reasonable distance, so should not be too much of a pain in the butt. I've only been driving it for 5 days but I must say I am a huge fan. The DSG is about as flawless an automatic tranny as I have ever driven.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 20:06   #9
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Wheeling. Dude, you are in my fuel wheelhouse. I'm at Lake-Cook and Milwaukee.

All D2

BP Sanders and Dundee (most expensive)
BP Sanders and Willow
Shell Milwaukee and Half Day (Ernie's)
Mobil across from Ernie's (haven't check that lately though)
Further out
BP Rt 12 and Rt 176
66 Rt 12 in Volo (my current fav as they advertise straight diesel. I find it a nice ride)
There is Meijer's nearby in Schaumburg.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 20:19   #10
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Sweet, thanks! I'm at B-G and Dundee but my son has school and soccer in Libertyville so all your suggestions are right along my commute. Used to live in Volo so I know that gas station well.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 20:23   #11
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Sadly there may only be a few more D2 I haven't found in the area. So, that's pretty much it. And we are the luck ones as many areas have one or none.

Which VW dealer did you purchase from?
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