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HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN.HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN.

HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN.

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Maximize lifespan and efficiency of your engine.

Moving parts need to adjust to each other. These tips will help to maximize your BMW M model’s lifespan and efficiency.

9 February 2023

Their roots lie in motorsport, their performance and agility are legendary – BMW M automobiles always impress with their driving dynamic potential. But even though your new BMW M is ready for action from the first second onwards, you shouldn’t immediately test its limits. Because moving parts have to get used to each other. These tips for running in your drive train will help you maximize the lifespan and efficiency of your BMW M model.

BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive:
CO2 emissions combined in g/km 235–229 (WLTP)
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km 10.4–10.1 (WLTP)
HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN OF YOUR BMW M MODEL.HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN OF YOUR BMW M MODEL.

HOW TO RUN IN THE DRIVETRAIN OF YOUR BMW M MODEL.

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STEP BY STEP.

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Drive the first 1,000 km (620 mi) at alternating rpm levels and different speeds. Don’t exceed 5,000 rpm or go faster than 170 km/h (105 mph).

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Even if it’s hard to resist: avoid kick-downs and driving under full loads. Also don’t use the Launch Control when running your engine in.

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After the first 1,000 kilometres, you can increase your demands on the engine a little. Do not however exceed 6,000 rpm or 210 kmh (130 mph) until you have 2,000 km (1200 mi) on the odometer. Continue to drive at alternating rpm levels and speeds.

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Continue to avoid driving under full loads in gears one to three. 

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After 2,000 km, or 1200 miles, make an appointment with your BMW dealer for a service.

BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive:
CO2 emissions combined in g/km 235–229 (WLTP)
Fuel consumption combined in l/100 km 10.4–10.1 (WLTP)

NICE TO KNOW.

Further tips for your new car.

GET TO KNOW IT.

Before your first drive, take the time to get familiar with the most important functions of your BMW M automobile. You should know how to switch on the hazard lights and rear window heater. Moreover, check where the high-viz vest, warning triangle and medical kit are to be found in the vehicle.

ADJUST THE SEAT.

When ideally adjusted to fit the driver, the BMW M sports seats offer perfect lateral stability, while at the same time being ideal for daily use. In addition, a properly adjusted seat enables maximum safety.

And here’s how: the distance to the pedals should be adjusted so that your knees are at a slight angle when your foot presses the brake or clutch. It is important to have about 30 cm (1 ft) between the steering wheel and your chest. This leaves enough space for the airbag. The perfect position for safe driving is when your wrists have contact with the upper part of the steering wheel and your shoulders touch the backrest.

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