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My way of driving and what it does to my car

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View Poll Results: This is my driving style
I drive hard, use full throttle and max revs - and have had no issues 25 6.08%
I drive hard, use full throttle and max revs - and have had problems 2 0.49%
I drive moderately hard and floor it from time to time - and have no issues 232 56.45%
I drive moderately hard and floor it from time to time - and have had problems 42 10.22%
I drive very gently, low revs and little throttle mostly - and all is OK 100 24.33%
I drive very gently, low revs and little throttle mostly - and have had problems 10 2.43%
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Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 11:34   #31
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Diesels might be ok...

but I've got about 320-330lb-ft at 2500 rpm (276lb-ft at the wheels) ... and mine revs to 6500 rpm clean Diesel can't compete with that combination of sound, revs and torque.

I just go LA LA LA when they talk about fuel economy!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 15:12   #32
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Everyone goes hard at some point dont they? not many cars out there like to be hammered all the time although like someone already pointed out, the honda vtec that you get in the type r loves to be thrashed and revved like a nutter. it actually takes a bit of getting used to when you first start driving them!!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 16:30   #33
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It's option 3 for me "I drive moderately hard and floor it from time to time - and have no issues".

Well no issues with the engine or drive at least, can't say the same for the brakes/discs though. I do tend to it leave it late before braking; was advised by the MOT tester recently that the rear was down to the metal, whoops!

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Old Jun 8th, 2011, 22:54   #34
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when i had my 2.0d drove it hard now i have my t5 even harder

but that fuel needle does go down quite fast lol
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With any car from new I believe in a good "run in" procedure. No keeping it at constant speeds or below 2000rpm etc, simply drive normally with short bursts of acceleration every so often to get the engine "fit" and sweet running. Never had any engine issues, and have found my engines were sweet, used no oil, didnt knock or bang or smoke, and were pretty nippy with acceptable fuel consumption.In years gone by when the cars were kept for longer periods the mileages were relatively high with no real issues.

I have had issues with the Volvos although this is nothing to do with how they have been driven!!

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With any car from new I believe in a good "run in" procedure. No keeping it at constant speeds or below 2000rpm etc, simply drive normally with short bursts of acceleration every so often to get the engine "fit" and sweet running. Never had any engine issues, and have found my engines were sweet, used no oil, didnt knock or bang or smoke, and were pretty nippy with acceptable fuel consumption.In years gone by when the cars were kept for longer periods the mileages were relatively high with no real issues.

I have had issues with the Volvos although this is nothing to do with how they have been driven!!

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The general advice with modern engines is to drive them fairly hard at the start.

More on this here.

Looking around, many tuners and engine builders recommend this method due to the reasons given.
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The general advice with modern engines is to drive them fairly hard at the start.

More on this here.

Looking around, many tuners and engine builders recommend this method due to the reasons given.
Yes Ive read that before.Thanks.

There used to be a good write up on how to run your new Lotus in, which was great, and Ive always done it like that.
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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 20:52   #38
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I drive very gently 95% of the time, but then also floor it from time to time and drive it hard up to the revs (this isn't in a Volvo as mine arrives tomorrow) but in all other cars I've had. Oh and I have had very little issue with cars.
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Old Jan 10th, 2012, 13:38   #39
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I drive my 850 T5-R fairly normally, nothing mad or overly fast in anyway - most of the time.

I'll just go with the flow around town and not be one of the people whos always in a rush cutting through traffic etc to try and get ahead. The motorway, I'll cruise around 75, with the odd over take if needed.

I do use the cars performance on occasion though, I can be pretty impatient so if some clown is driving down a 50 road at 35 or whatever, I wont sit behind 'em if I don't have to! Plus I'm only young n' daft so smashing boy racers in their Saxos and Clios is a must, just can't resist!

95% moderate, normal driving, 5% banzai wheel spinning acceleration :P
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Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:59   #40
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I like to check the rev limiter out on a daily basis, which is nigh on impossible in the D5 or A4 as you're well past what the engine can give anyway. In the 911 it's like the gift that grows and just keeps giving.

Modern engines are designed and limited to be well within their capabilities. I put good maintenance, proper warm up procedure and regular proper use down to the lack engine issues.

Short journeys and meandering driving does engines no good in my opinion.
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