Running in the engine
A new engine has to be run in during the first 1,500 kilometres. This enables all the moving parts to bed in together. During the first few operating hours, the engine has higher internal friction than it does later.
Do not depress the accelerator fully.
Do not drive the vehicle at more than 2/3 of the maximum engine speed.
Gradually increase speed and engine speed.
The style of driving during the first 1,500 kilometres will also affect the engine quality. Even after this time - and especially with a cold engine - drive the vehicle at moderate engine speeds in order to reduce engine wear and to increase the mileage that the engine can cover.
Do not drive at engine speeds which are too low. Always shift down gear if the engine is not running smoothly.
If the engine is run in gently, its life will be increased and its oil consumption reduced.
I have the 1.5 petrol version, just 3300 km now but the consumption improve with the time, also new vehicles with cylinder deactivation drives a little different form older ones.Agerbundsen said:My experiences with three different 2.0 TDI VW engines (in Skoda cars) is that they gradually improve all the way to about 10,000 km. Smoothness, power and mileage gets better and better up to that level.
It's not that they need babying for more than the first 1000 km or so, only that they do improve over time. Note also that TDI engines need to do some real work at times - not just pussyfooting around all the time. A good hard drive on the motorway or pulling a heavy trailer does clean things out.