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In & Around Town Drive Modes...is there a recommended?

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  • In & Around Town Drive Modes...is there a recommended?

    Curious question. I've been driving in Touring Mode for the break-in period. What have you all used for the break-in period? Touring? Sport? Weather? myMode? Z? Looking at the Owner's Manual, there is no recommended mode.

    If it helps, the majority of the driving done so far (she has 334 on the odometer as of this writing) has been in town, with only a couple short drives on the local highway...and that frequent V8-V4 transition has me wondering if I should be using something other than Touring. Another local C8 owner tells me he uses Sport for driving in town.

    Let's say you all?
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    Touring is great for break in. And around town and some highway is great as well. Varying speed and going through the gears is the key to break in.
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    • #3
      Exactly and no cruise control for the key is varying RPM. That allows the rings to best seat.
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      • #4
        From the info you provided, you should run in Touring mode full time. That frequent V8-V4 transition was developed for those of us who like good fuel mileage. Use it, you'll like it and it does not affect the performance in any way other than get you in the 25 to 28 mpg range.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by John View Post
          Exactly and no cruise control for the key is varying RPM. That allows the rings to best seat.
          Is it best to leave in Drive vs. Manual during break-in?

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          • #6
            Unless you are a real performance nut, you have very little or no use for the manual mode. I used 'nut' in a good sense. jmo
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            • #7
              At the end of the day, it's not as critical as some would want you to believe. Mine had varied driving and plenty AFM activation along the way during the first 500 miles. Car has 5,300 miles now and uses no oil at all and has done a 0-60 with the on board of 2.6 seconds (plenty healthy).

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              • #8
                Manual mode may be helpful in varying r.p.m………👍
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                • #9
                  In & Around Town Drive Modes...is there a recommended?

                  I use My Mode with touring set for everything except NPP.

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                  • #10
                    That’s what I do too. I might have braking on “Sport” as well, I can’t remember. I think I set the braking at the same level for both My Mode and Z Mode so I would always get the same brake feel.

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                    • #11
                      mode doesn't really matter so long as you're moderating the throttle to stay under the rpm limit and you're varying rpms. I used weather (picked car up in Jan) and tour, and I used the paddles to vary rpms when i was on a highway stretch. I'd also cycle my speed up and down so that the rear diff wasn't at a constant rpm.
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                      • #12
                        I have stayed in my mode (Sport set up except for NPP in track) since day one and only change to weather in heavy downpours. Z mode is set to tour in case I suddenly reach a bad pot hole stretch and need to tone it down some quickly. Car has over 6K miles now, mostly town driving and absolutely no problems so far. As others have said: Make sure you don't use cruise control until after break in period.
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                        • #13
                          I suspect it's the absolute extreme that would/could make any difference at all I.E. picking up the car driving one mile to the interstate and setting the cruise for 500 miles. On my way home I took two lane roads and within seconds I was going 60 mph and things weren't varying for miles at a time. I did of course slow down and stop etc. (just normal driving) but I didn't down shift and up shift every 200 feet. It's just like these posters that say "I drive my car hard so mine never would go into AFM mode" total BS, that statement ONLY applies on a race track. On public roads (if you are in a mode that AFM will engage) it happens within the first mile of driving because there are speed limits and prudence.

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                          • #14
                            I am in sport mode most all the time. I will switch between auto & manual depending on conditions and the situation. Manual shiffting gives a much better control of RPMs. In auto mode in traffic when you accelarate and slow down the trans gets confused...The car wants to go fast. At Springhill you are in manual the entire time. When I returned to my car it didn't seem to "feel" the same, until I switched to manual...I also tend to downshift to slow down and try to use less brakes. The brake dust is the worst I have seen. Thinking of changing pads and suggestions?

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                            • #15
                              A lot of this is like a guy saying he changes his oil every 1,000 miles and has no engine problems, so if you don't want to have engine problems you need to change your oil every 1,000 miles. The problem is, there aren't any engine problems on cars changing the oil every 7,500 miles either, he drew a false conclusion and professes it to be a needed procedure. What I'm saying is, I have yet to see anyone with a problem that was directly related to how they broke in their car. There are many that picked up their cars at the museum and drove them all the way home on the interstate and droned along the whole way home. I can hardly wait to read about the specifics of how to break in a LT6 on the Z06 when every one of them have already been run in on a dyno for 20 minutes being run to red line and all over the range.

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