I was planning on taking my soon to take possession Pilot on a trip
which will consist mostly of highway driving of about 3000mile drive
and been told that that's not such a good idea because you don't want
to drive a brand new car on the highway for any extended amount if you
can help before the car's properly broken in.
The seals, rings and the machine just needs to set in properly, which
happens during the break in period and before that, I was told you
should avoid any long highway trip.
What do you guys think? If this was your car, would you do it or put
off the trip until after the car's broken in properly? Thanks.
On 5/10/2008 1:16 AM Bow Wow spake these words of knowledge:
The break-in period admonitions still apply; you were told correctly.
You can make the trip, but you'll want to vary the RPMs of your engine,
which can be annoying and even dangerous to others - because of the
If this was my car, I would in fact avoid a long trip until after I had
*at least* 1000 miles of variated driving.
"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when
the government's purpose is beneficent." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis
If you have not yet gotten the car, go by the dealer and look at one
of the owner"s manuals for that model. There is no problem on taking a
long trip that I know of. Of course you vary the speed, which means
you may run at 65 for a while then ease off to 55 for another 10
minutes and back up to 65. That doesn't create a danger to other cars.
Don't forget, pulling in for gas or food also varies the speed. I
don't think you will have any problem with the trip. The last two
Hondas I've owned were on long trips immediately after purchase and I
never saw any degradation of the cars performance because of that.
A brand new 1975 Ford Pinto, perhaps, but today's cars are machined to
higher standards. Taking the truck (the Pilot is a truck, not a car) on
a 3000-mile trip is just fine. The only problem you will have is paying
for the fuel.
Yes. But, in this case, that's when the truck comes off the dealer lot.
You can drive a 18-wheeler like a car if you want. But, it's still a
truck. A Pilot meets the safety requirements of a truck, not a car. It
is licensed like a truck. It gets gasoline mileage like a truck.
It's a truck.
there's a guy who built a semi's tractor into a pickup truck;I bet he calls
it a truck even though he uses it as a "car".and US Fedgov
considers("classifies") it a "truck",just like the original PT Cruiser.
"End of story".
When Chrysler brought out the PT Cruiser,they designed it as a "light
truck" so it would not have to meet stricter passenger car standards for
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_PT_Cruiser ;
It is a front-wheel drive 5-passenger vehicle, classified as a truck by the
NHTSA for CAFE fuel economy calculations but as a car by most other
metrics. Indeed, Chrysler specifically designed the PT Cruiser to fit the
NHTSA criteria for a light truck in order to bring the average fuel
efficiency of the company's light truck fleet into compliance with CAFE
Do you work for Detroit? They gamed the system to save some money.
They did the sme thing with safety features like steel beams in doors -
left them out of their "light trucks" like at least one minivan that was
being marketed as a family car.
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