2013 2.5i Outback Limited w/ moonroof
Taking a 12 hour trip tomorrow, she currently has 1,800 miles, anyone think using cruise control will be a problem or should I be past that point by now?
Yes, perhaps I didn't make it clear. This advice was great advice to give when you had a carbureted vehicle. Having not seen one of those since the 80s, it's legacy advice; it is outdated and should not be offered anymore.Issue is probably more centered on the rings than on the fuel delivery system. You do know that these are fuel injected?
I suppose the carb flat spot theory is valid but there are still reasons for not driving at a constant speed.Not keeping the same speed in a vehicle for the first 1000 miles is an excellent idea ... for your carbureted vehicle. According to my "other" boxer engine dealer, this had less to do with maintaining the same speed, and more to do with breaking in the spring(s) and mechanics associated with the carburetor; generating a "flat spot" half way through the throttle opening (from closed to WOT). Drive-by-wire (throttle, at least) as pretty much done away with this.
I think a lot of legacy information has been passed down from generation to generation without substantiating whether or not it is actually necessary... sort of like changing your oil every 3,000 miles.
Besides, unless you live in Texas or some other incredibly flat state, you're probably going to be varying engine speeds @70MPH on a 12hr trip as you ascend/descend hills, go through stoplights for pee breaks, etc.
Texas is big, and most of it is not flat, e.g., David Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, the Hill Country, and even much of the east Texas woodlands.Besides, unless you live in Texas or some other incredibly flat state, you're probably going to be varying engine speeds @70MPH on a 12hr trip as you ascend/descend hills, go through stoplights for pee breaks, etc.
I didn't find any on my late-model BMW but I did on my Toyotas. I always change the oil at 1200 miles; why take a chance?I have found metal shavings in EVERY break in oil filter I have opened. This includes VW, Mercedes, Toyota, and Subaru. Still happens... Every time.