Originally Posted by mmjcarr
he also say's we should not take the Jeep on a road trip this soon. We're planning to drive from Minnesota to Kansas City which is about 450 miles. He claimed that the driving is too hard and the first 5k miles should be 'soft' miles.
From your 2010 owner's manual:
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
A long break-in period is not required for the engine and
drivetrain (transmission and axle) in your vehicle.
Drive moderately during the first 300 miles.
After the initial 60 miles, speeds up to 50 or
55 mph are desirable.
While cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration within the
limits of local traffic laws, contributes to a good break-in.
Wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can be detrimental
and should be avoided.
The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a
high-quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil
changes should be consistent with anticipated climate
conditions under which vehicle operations will occur.
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles of operation. This should be considered a
normal part of the break-in and not interpreted as an
indication of difficulty.
as for oil changes...
Considering what you paid for your vehicle, an oil/filter change can hardly ever be thought to be a waste of money. That being said, I can understand how it can be a problem at times for some to find the time to have someone change their oil for them... as for me (old school), I've always done my own oil changes (around 3K), and I can sure tell you that your engine oil even after just 3000 miles can really begin to look kind of mucky
Best of luck with your new Jeep.