As far as a new engine, if the manufacturer has any recommendations, please follow them.
The following are only my opinion.
With a new engine, I recommend driving it easy for at least the first 500 miles. No full throttle accelleration (unless necessary) and try not to drive at high rates of speeds for extended periods of time. If you are on the highway driving 60+ MPH, every 5 to 10 minutes, let off the gas and drive at 55 for a mile or so, then resume to the speed limit.
Next, any conventional oil is good. Today, they all meet or exceed the recommendations of the manufacturers. However, I would recommend having your first oil and filter change at 1K miles. After that, resume every 3K.
That is basically it for breaking it in. You will need the general tune-ups as time goes on, and always make sure the air filter is clean. Not only will it help protect the engine, it will improve fuel mileage. If you have other questions, let me know.
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 AT 9:48 PM