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I haven't had a new car in a long time... in the manual it says "Avoid driving for long periods at constant speed, either fast or slow." What do they mean by 'long periods'??  ... 20 minutes, 40, 60 or more?  It's awfully vague.  Thanks

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That's a good question.  Manufacturers don't put an exact distance or an exact length of time because it's not an exact science.  During the first 3000 miles or so, the piston rings, valves and other engine components are breaking in.  I would say the distance you drive isn't what watch but varying your speed based on time will work. Every 10  or 15 minutes will get the job done.  55mph then 50 mph then 55 mph etc. It's a bit aggravating but it will help get the engine ready for the future 100,000 or 200,000 miles.

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Geoffrey veit

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I can answer most any question about buying a car, truck or motorcycle

Experience

I was a Sales Manager in the Automobile Industry for 25 years. I worked for Ford, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen, plus, I was a used car manager for 8 of those years I have also been a sales manager for Harley Davidson for 8 years and metric bikes for 2 years.

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Florida Writers Association, National writers association, Mensa

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I have had published writing in the Automotive News, Aller Welt magazine (Mercedes Benz), Mensa, Ford times and a few others I have written a number of books including "The Informed Buyer" This book offers advice on how to get a great deal and avoid the hastles of buying or leasing a car, truck or motorcycle. It is available on Amazon-Kindle or Barnes and Noble-Nook for $3.99

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I have attended hundreds of work shops and seminars within those industries. My formal education is an associates in Business.

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