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Posted by Carpe Diem on August 20, 2006, 1:25 pm

Less than 2 weeks and my Prius will be delivered!
Any hints on breaking in the car?
Within 4 weeks I have to travel to Germany (from Belgium, yes, that's where
I live..). A lot of highway, in Germany even without any speed limit. In
total about 1500 miles.
Any suggestions? Max. speed the first 300 miles? 1000 miles?...

Posted by richard schumacher on August 20, 2006, 2:48 pm

Do whatever it says in your owner's manual.  Paraphrasing the 2004
owner's manual: for the first 1000 km avoid excessive speed, hard
acceleration and hard braking.  "Excessive" and "hard" were not
explicitly defined, but this does not sound like a good prescription for
Germany :_>

Posted by Carpe Diem on August 20, 2006, 7:01 pm

It's not my intention to drive like the germans (100 or 110 mph, or even
But I just wonder : what is the maximum speed I can hold for hours, knowing
that the car will only have 1000 miles or even less?
Is 70 mph reasonable? Or can I do 75?

Posted by Bill on August 20, 2006, 3:07 pm

I broke mine in with a 400 mile trip.  Per dealers request I changed speed
every 5 minutes or so.  55, 60,65,70,75,70,65,60,55 etc.  Have no idea if
doing so made any difference.

Posted by Carpe Diem on August 20, 2006, 7:04 pm

So 75 mph seems to be the maximum speed for the first 400 miles.

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