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Break in tips?

My wife and I just bought a 2012 Rav4, 6cyl, 4x4, Base model. Started looking at this forum... GREAT information here, obviously high quality participants.

My first post & first question: Any tips for the initial break in period? I want to get the maximum possible service life with minimum maintenance out of this vehicle.

I look forward to participating here.

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I would say follow what the manual says.. typically no long trips, no towing, no hard acceleration..

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As Pete said, don't do anything extreme, just drive it normally. Initially, keep an eye on all the fluid levels until you've got a handle on how it does. Best of luck on your new wheels!
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.......I want to get the maximum possible service life with minimum maintenance out of this vehicle......
I think the book pretty much describes minimum maintenance, but maximum possible maximum service is pretty much an unknown with a bunch of variables. One of those variables could be...with a tad more than minimum maintenance, the odds for longer service could increase, no?

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Drive it like you stole it after 600 miles of not constantly driving at the same speed. Brake gently....honk on the pedal every once in a while......since it's a V-6 you'll find that hard to resist.

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Don't drive at the same speed for an extended period of time and vary the RPMs. I'm pretty sure the owners manual addresses proper break in procedures.

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I commute 45mins a day on long roads..is that bad for break in period lol.
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Don't drive at the same speed for an extended period of time and vary the RPMs. I'm pretty sure the owners manual addresses proper break in procedures.
Does anyone know the rationale behind this? I'm not disputing the fact that Toyota recommends it, but is there an engineering explanation?
Do other car manufacturers recommend the same treatment?
Just askin'
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