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I tried a search of the forums and looked through the knowledge base, and while there is stuff on driving during the break-in period, I couldn't find this issue addressed--sorry if it's a repeat.

I put a deposit on an Insight the other day. It's a 2005; 10 months old with 7,300 miles. I'm going to fly to Salt Lake City tomorrow (it was supposed to be today, but the flight was canceled!) to pick it up, and then drive it 800 miles back to the Seattle area. There were a couple CVTs in this area, but Salt Lake City was the closest spot with a manual transmission.

At 10 months and 7,300 miles, it's out of the break-in period--isn't it? Sorry, but I don't have my owner's manual yet to check. Will I still want to vary my speed on the way back, or should I drive for maximum mpg, or should I just drive fast to get home? I'm interested in your opinions.

The forum search DID get me lots of useful information on what to look for when I pick up my used Insight, thanks.

Thanks,
Chad in Redmond
Almost-owner of a 2005 red 5-speed, which thankfully has AC because it's about 100 degrees in SLC.
 

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You are an order of magnitude outside of the breakin period.

Don't worry about it, just drive it however you want to.
 

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You are well past the break in period. If max MPG is your goal, then by all means drive as such. If getting home ASAP is your priority, driving fast will certainly reduce your MPG. Drive safe and enjoy the ride either way!
 

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Welcome to the forum. Relax, as the others said you are good for go! Putting in synthetic oil and increasing the presure in the tires will help mileage, but don't get too fanatical on your first drive. Drive safely and enjoy the ride.
 

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Thanks, everybody. I feel better. I will try for great mileage, probably until I get frustrated because I'm no good at it compared to the numbers I've seen on this forum, and then I'll drive fast to get home (it's a 12 hour drive). Well, not very fast as I have a 16-year-old to set a good example for.

I am taking my own tire pressure gauge to make sure that gets checked before I leave. The dealer is not a Honda dealer so I do imagine they're underinflated.

I doubt the dealer has service records, but I figure when I get home it will be close to both a year and 7,500 miles, so I will change the oil then.

Thanks,
Chad
 
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