I've been a member of several car forums, and although this is my first post here, I'm not a new reader to these forums (I've been researching the FR-S).
I signed up on this forum today to, sadly, report that several people witnessed a Scion Dealership technician from Palo Alto Scion (in Northern Ca.) drove a brand-new FR-S recklessly and with extremely high engine speed. I called the dealership and spoke with a manager, and after investigation he (Erick) confirmed that it was indeed one of their technicians. He said he'll look further into the matter, but I'm still disappointed because this was NOT the first incident that the neighborhood has witness from this dealership -- it has been witness dozens of times with their new cars with dealership tags.
Today this technician accelerated at high engine and road speed through the residential neighborhood in an FR-S. We're certain that he hit engine redline a couple of times. The disconcerting issue is that there's a children's park across the street, where the road he sped on curves blindly toward the location where children play and moms push their strollers across the intersection. This technician was easily going twice the speed limit across this neighborhood intersection.
I'm posting this not because of the compromised safety -- that's my community's concern and we'll have to deal with this ourselves. I'm posting this to inform local (San Francisco Bay Area) consumers who may be considering a new car from Palo Alto Scion. I personally wouldn't want to buy a new car with some technician maximally revving the engine to redline.
We've read the argument of engine break-in by either the method of "drive it like you stole it" or "as specified by manufacture" is a debatable topic and members are probably split on this. But this post isn't to debate the topic so much as reporting to you what kind of treatment to a brand new FR-S was witnessed by someone employed at this dealership.
I know you cannot predict what dealerships might have done to the car you're buying, but i hope public posts like this may help deter such irresponsible behavior by dealerships and their employees, and encourage management to have a policy in place that might discourage abuse of a new car by their employees.