I was told when I purchased my car that the only break-in really
required was with the brakes - that is, to try and avoid slamming them
on for the first 500 miles or so, so the 'seat' properly. When asked
about the engine, I was told, just drive it from Day One as you'll
drive it during it's life. But I used the same method I have on all of
our new cars - try to keep it under 3,000 rpm fr the first 500 miles
and under 4,000 for the first 1,000 miles.
My oil consumption is neglible between my 5,000 mile oil changes using
OEM filter and M1 0w-40. 22,000 miles on the car.
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA