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Hello Everyone.

I just bought a silver 03 SVT after planning this for almost a year. Bought over the phone at price I asked without so much as a test drive or serious look. Why? This car's reputation is awesome and I figured so many owners and pros can't all be wrong.

Sure enough the car has met all of my expectations and then some. I honestly would not consider any other brand in the under $30K market as worthy and so it was the Focus plain and simple. No shopping required.

Started the 1500 mile break in process, I am a lot older than most of you and still adhere to the the old ways, afterwhich I will drive it in the manner I have been accustomed to since I was a teen, very fast everywhere I drive.

Any recommendations on locking wheel lugs? Thanks.
 

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Congrat's! Mine has 1300 miles on it now. And I broke mine in the same way I break my bikes in. 60% throttle, with the occasional stint up to 75%, for the first 500 miles. Change oil and filter. Run it like I normally would but don't keep throttle constant at high rpm's. Now over 1000 miles, it sees redline quite often, but no constant high rpm's. I take my first road trip at Thanksgiving. It'll be a total of around 1200 miles. I hope to see an opportunity to top her out, and see if she will do in the mid 130's like I hear.

A lot of guys at work that have the imports, Honda's, wanted to race me the first day I brought it to work! Crazy!

I too am not as young as most of the people that would own this car, or Civic SI's.
 

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Hey Wolf, you do understand, great. That's pretty much my method too. I didn't calculate the percentage but I stay under 4000 and once in a while go as high as 5000 for a very brief time.
I too change oil and filter at 1000 miles and then 3000 afterwards.

Debating whether to use Mobil 1 after it reaches 5-6000 miles. I use it on my other car but becuase I don't put that many annual miles on it I wind up dumping 10 quarts of clean Mobil 1 every April just becuase 12 months went by.

I know one German maufacturer that redlines all their engines on their production test benches as part of their "factory" break in using a huge common, filtered sump. All engines are tested on a dynamo for HP output or are rejected, they then tell new owners to break it in for 2000 miles! They demand this despite tight modern manufacturing tolerances commonly used to negate proper break in.

I suppose if I wasn't going to keep my car very long I wouldn't be so uptight on the break-in. Since I do keep my cars a long long time I want to make sure I did all I could to keep it in one piece. Both my grown kids learned this from me and know better. Yes they get a lot of s#@t from their friends .... Oh Well!

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Welcome!

I have around 750 miles on mine and I love it. For break-in I shifted at 4000 for the first 500 miles and since, I have opened it up more, but never all out. Been floored a few times, saw redline a couple more, but I'm only trying to introduce a beating to this car (worked well on my last nissan I built). I also plan on changing oil/filter at 1000 and then 3k, then at 6k, she gets Royal Purple[:D]
 

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Congrats on car, just don't to many launches at drag strip, or your clutch wil be dead at 24,000 miles like mine is.
 

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Congratulations and welcome to the best forum in the world![cheers]
 

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[welcome] Got to love that Focii!
 

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Congrads on a awesome car. I picked up our (my wife and I share this baby!) 03 infra red SVT 670 miles ago and we love our new wheels. We too are breaking her in and plan on a oil/filter change at 1000 miles. A 650 mile rt Thanksgiving roadtrip to Ft. Lauderdale Florida awaits us next... some of which will be down old A1A which is a beautiful drive, albiet a slower one.
 

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Congrats and welcome! I have 11500 miles on mine, and just bought it in June. Already have had the gearbox and flywheel replaced. Also had some suspension work done due to a creaking rubbing noise coming from the front end. But, I still love my SVTF, and am glad I bought it.
 

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a lot of the time, as your car leaves the factory line, they put a drop of gas in it and MASH the throttle and let it scream for a few minutes off the limiter to make sure nothing throws loose. Dont worry too much about break-in, the worst thing you could do is sustained rpm for long distances in the first 700 miles or so. Then just run it like you want to run it. Most new truck owners are better off beating the tar out of it right off the bat to seat everything to work harder. After you decide not to go easy on it so much, you can disconnect the battery and reset the computer and drive more aggressively. The computer will learn the "new" you faster that way[cool] SVT also says synthetic is not reccomended for this car, but if you decide you just HAVE to have it, wait till more then 6000 miles.
 

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I don't have the owner's manual right here in front of me, but unless I'm mistaken, SVT does recommend using synthetic oils...just after 5-6k to make sure that the engine is fully broken in.
 

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Thanks for the nice welcome. The more I drive this car the more I like it. Now to keep the wife from getting her hands on it while it's still breaking in.

Had tint added all around, not on the windscreen, and it now looks even more fantastic.

Kermit
 
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