Welcome to the latest installment of TGIF[R-S], our series where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details his purchasing and ownership experience of the new Scion FR-S. If this is your first time seeing the series be sure to check out the first articles, where Sami talks about his decision to buy the FR-S, and takes delivery of his new car. Last week Sami discussed what one week of the FR-S is like.
For two and a half weeks my FR-S teased me, saying “not yet” every time I wanted to wring it out. See, Scion (or Subaru, I’m not sure who decided it) outlined a strict 1000 mile (1600 km) break-in period. For that entire time the car was limited to 4000 rpm and I couldn’t run the car for a long period of time at the same engine speed and road speed.
In regards to the rpm limitation, for performance reasons the FR-S has a shift light that’s very easy to set. In this case, however, I used it to keep my thrills in check, setting it to go off at 4000 rpm with an audible beep – although after I heard it twice I decided it was too annoying and had to be turned off. Then, to defeat the steady engine and road speed rule, I had to take a few extra side-roads home and to work.
BYE BYE BREAK-IN PERIOD
I couldn’t wait for the break-in period to be over. As luck would have it, I hit the threshold at a metered on-ramp, so I did what anyone in my situation would do…