Half Way to Break-in - 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Half Way to Break-in

January 30, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Yes, it was dark, rainy and 5:45 a.m., but I got off the freeway anyway in order to catch the 1,000-mile mark in our 2013 Porsche 911. It's a nice round number, and (I supposed) it represented the end of the engine break-in period.

Not so.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

As this page from the owner's manual attests, Porsche wants you to put 2,000 miles on the car before you take the revs past 4,200 rpm or head out for sport driving school.

It's like a long, traditional engagement: lots of excitement, tempered by bouts of frustration.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 1,017 miles


  • wolvesq wolvesq Posts:

    I owned a 997 carrera for a few years. I talked to several other 911 owners during that period, and spent a lot of time on 911 message boards. My conclusion; the break in period is like abstinence before marriage. Lots of people advocate it, almost no one actually complies.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @wolvesq, how would characterize your 997 ownership, and why did you part with it?

  • wolvesq wolvesq Posts:

    @jederino: I owned it for three years. Overall a very positive experience. The car was extremely well built, and I didn't have a single maintenance problem the entire time. It was just a wonderful machine to interface with, although it lacked vivaciou

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    @wolvesq, thanks for sharing. The 991 is supposedly even better for daily driving, but really sport sedans are just so good at many things and more practical than maintaining an extra car. But the 911 looks so darn good...

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