I agree with this issue not necessarily being break-in related - more like "infant mortality" and based on the fact that it doesn't seem many other reviewers / owners / posters are having *this exact problem,* one may chalk this up to typical first-model-year teething.Just out of curiosity? Anyone ever work at a car dealership? Those new cars are bagged from the moment they are driven off the truck by everyone who test drives them.
Not buying the break in thing. I'm sure lots of people have taken their brand spankin new Rovers off road to play with their new toy and not broken it. I think TFL just got a lemon.
But unless they run these engines attached to the drivetrains on a stand under load for many hours, there's definitely still break-in required in any reciprocatingand/or rotating mechanical system. Not following break-in procedures may shorten the life of the engine but generally should not result in a hard break unless you seriously abuse them right off the showroom floor. I wonder if the Bond cars were broken in before they jumped them?
That's rhetorical. No, no they were not.