OK, So I have been reading up on TFSI engines appearing to have high oil consumption issues across VW/Audi range and started to form some thoughts. It seems to be that poor running in and variable servicing are being connected to some later issues with engines. Based on this research I have taken the service plan, despite only doing 8k/year basically because I can opt for the fixed <10k service plan - had I only had the option of the variable I would not have bothered.
If taking the service plan, regardless of annual mileage I think that maybe getting oil changes annually/fixed instead of waiting variable/18k+ miles might actually be the way to go (not for Audi, who I am sure would prefer the variable as you paid up front). This does mean more visits, but I am willing to take the hit if it will result in a more reliable engine - thoughts?
Also and the main drive for the post is what are the thoughts on engine run in - seems that 1st 500-1000 miles are critical (especially to oil consumption and future engine life span) and that constant speeds initially are bad, as are high revs. Variable speed and higher loads (without labouring) for the 1st 500 miles appear to pay dividends for a long and happy car partnership. Does anyone else have info on how best to run in?