Maintenance Tips - New Car Run-In | Volkswagen Plus

New Car Run-in Tips

When you purchase a brand-new vehicle, the first 1,000 km or so are a “run-in” period, during which gentle practices help your engine perform best in the long run.

  • Make a smooth start, do not slam your foot down on the pedal too hard, and do not rev the engine too high.
  • Warm up the car for a little longer than usual (30 seconds to a minute).
  • Drive your vehicle at various speeds to help expose internal components to a variety of conditions.
  • Choose roads in good condition to avoid excessive vibration, collisions or emergency braking.
  • Choose high-quality fuel and oil, and it’s not recommended to use engine anti-wear additives.
  • Avoid overloading. Load under 70% of the carrying capacity during run-in period (no more than 290 kg for an automatic, and no more than 320 kg for a manual).
  • Strictly control speed. Do NOT exceed 100 km/h during the run-in period.
  • New tires tend to be slippery and must be broken in. To reduce the risk of losing control, a collision and serious personal injuries, drive with special care for the first 350 miles (560 km).