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2009 CRV Break-In Period

After two years of researching and test driving I finally popped for a 2009 CRV EX-L last week. I like the purchase so far, but am wondering about the “break-in” period. On salesman said 1200 miles, another said 2500, and another said 5000. Can anyone lend some insight?

And the manual says? I’d trust it over any salesman.

Agree; salesmen don’t bother to read any product info. The manual will spell out the type and distance of driving for proper break in. My new Toyota says 1000 miles of varied driving, but no sustained high speeds.

Believe it or not, salespeople rarely know much about the vehicles they sell.

Read the owner’s manual. It will have specific instructions for break-in.

Your engine will actually be broken in within 20 miles. After that just drive it normally; not abusive of course.

When I pay $100 for a piece of equipment, I read the manual after I mess around a bit with it. When I pay $25k for a complex machine, I read the manual from cover to cover as soon as I get it home. I never cease to be amazed at how many people never even bother to open it. Must drive the tech pubs people nuts…