First oil change.. 2.0 SE
Hi all, I subscribe to mototuneusa's way of breaking in an engine. Go pick a gear like 3rd and accelerate moderately then release and coast back down to 1500 or so and repeat a few times and then go up a gear and repeat. That puts a load on the rings and seats them into the bores during the acceleration part. The coasting creates a vacuum and cleans the junk off the cylinder bores. Doing this prevents the cylinders from glazing over which will prevent the rings from sealing any more.
Anyway my wife purchased one in Wi as we were driving back to Co. I was able to do this break-in for about 30 miles (vehicle had 80 on it) and then told her to vary the throttle and speed as she followed the jetta tdi I was driving. Put about 1,000 miles on it in two days and I changed the oil last night. I think it's friggin craaaaaazy to go 10,000 miles with a brand new engine and the same oil. It was only $25 for oil and another $10 for a filter.
I also took the belly pan and cut a nice oval shape out of it with my jig saw (two 4" diameter circles with the centers about 2.5" apart with the drain plug in the center of the first one), didn't even bat an eye at doing that as I recently got an aluminum pan for the jetta (stock plastic cracked after hitting a turtle (Wi term for ice chuck from behind a wheel that falls onto the road)) and cut a similar hole on that for oil changes.
Oil was beautifully sparkly as pretty much all new engine oil is so I'm glad I did the first change already. Now to order a magnetic plug and I'll probably change the oil a couple times in the first 10,000 before going to the 10k oci. After all it's not really that expensive compared to possible thousands of miles longer life and less engine wear.
Side note, brought a craftsman mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine that's their "Just check and add" oil that never needs to be changed.. Well it takes 1/2 a quart so I got some 5w-30 dino oil and did two 15 minute break-in runs before putting in the oil that came with the mower. The first oil change was very very sparkly and the next one was much less so. I don't think an engine (especially one without a filter) is going to last many hundreds of hours with that grit getting splashed on the bore every revolution.
So is everyone going to wait 10,000 miles for the first oil change here?