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    new 981 S ---tips on collecting the car from OPC , and running-in

    I've just bought one of the last 5 unregistered 981 S 's available through the OPC network

    this was following 2 back to back test drives in a 981S vs 718S------and for my personal tastes , the older 6 cylinder normally aspirated car was the car to go for

    please could I have your tips re :

    1) the collection process from the opc
    2) running in the car

    the car has pdk , chrono, pse, pasm , and cosmetically is very similar to the GTS , having the Porsche exclusive front and rear options fitted

    the car is due for collection in 2 weeks time

    anything , I should ask/do at collection

    do these cars need running in ----esp with regards to the 3.4 engine and the pdk gearbox----what things should I avoid doing to preserve the car's long-term health ?

    the 1st service ia due at 2 years/20,000 miles----- have any of you chosen to get a first oil change before this time-period/mileage?

    any other relevant tips awaited gratefully

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    Re: new 981 S ---tips on collecting the car from OPC , and running-in

    I can't offer any advice on the collection process from the OPC, but I don't think there is anything particular to note - just pay the money and drive away. If you have a part ex there is the procedure with V5 forms, but I'm sure you know all about that.

    On running in I would advise you to follow the owner's handbook, which says that for the first 1800 miles you should take longer trips, avoid frequent cold starts and high engine speeds. The general consensus seems to be 4000 rpm max with the engine warm. It's just as important not to let the engine slog at low revs in a high gear - the aim is to keep it spinning easily in its mid-range comfort zone.
    The tyres and brake pads also need running in, but only for 200 miles or so.

    On oil changes, it is interesting that US 981s have an oil change specified at 10,000 miles or one year, whereas UK spec cars are given 20,000 miles or two years. The rate of degradation of the oil depends on use patterns. 10,000 miles of short stop/start journeys is infinitely worse for the engine than 20,000 miles of steady long motorway journeys. Also if you intend to do track days that will stress the oil more than normal road driving. Having said that, I personally would not like to keep the oil past 10,000 miles or two years of road use. With track use you would want to shorten this interval further.

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