Can you ever really know what happens to your new car before the keys land in your hand? How do you know someone along the way didn't abuse it for a few laughs? That's apparently what got one Boston Autoport employee fired after he filmed himself revving brand new engines and putting the videos on YouTube.
Meet the man known on YouTube, Twitter and his personal blog as Pkilla617. Boston resident, aspiring rap artist, self-proclaimed marijuana and stripper enthusiast, and apparently, a former employee at the Boston Autoport, where he had access to a slew of brand new cars as they come into the harbor. We don't know his real name, how long he worked at the Autoport, or when he was terminated.
But what has some of the people over at M5 Post rankled is that Pkilla617 had a habit of shooting himself revving the new cars right after turning them on, then putting the videos out on his Twitter and YouTube page.
BMWs weren't the only targets. The Boston Autoport in Charlestown processes some 70,000 cars a year for import and export, so we also get to see him rev a new Subaru BRZ, a Maserati, and a Challenger R/T, just to name a few.
But the BMWs, particularly M cars, seemed to have been his favorite targets. (Not that anyone can blame him for that.) He even lamented the fact that one frozen gray M3 comes in rev-limited transport mode, but he still redlines it and records the sound.
In his defense, Pkilla617 didn't hoon the cars in his videos. He didn't do burnouts or slide them into walls, or at least if he did, he was smart enough to plaster it all over YouTube when he does. He just liked to rev them when they're cold.
But then again, if this were your new car — and one you were about to pay upwards of $100,000 for — how would you feel about some guy you don't know playing around in your car, filming videos inside and revving up your engine?
That's apparently what lost Pkilla617 his job at the port, according to Dennis Kraez, a manager at the autoport. Reached by Jalopnik for this story, Kraez declined to give Pkilla617's real name, but said that he has since been fired, though he would not say when. (I suspected as much, since all of the videos are from last year or earlier.)
Kraez said the man in the videos was a "longtime employee" but called this a "one-time occurrence." He said that his actions went against the Autoport's policy for handling new vehicles.
"This is not what we signed up for," Kraez said. "We don't know what was going through his head."
Kraez declined to elaborate on the circumstances of what happened here, saying the case is in litigation. My guess is Pkilla617 and/or the port are being sued by an angry BMW, or the port is suing him for violating the terms of his employment, or he is suing them to get his job back. (We also reached out to BMW to see if they have received any complaints about this issue, but have not heard back.)
There's little consensus in the automotive community on the proper way to "break in" a new car engine, or if that's really even necessary anymore. But conventional wisdom will tell you that extreme RPM revs should be avoided when the engine is still new, and that revving a cold engine is never a good idea regardless of how many miles are on it. Pkilla617 may have just been trying to sample the sounds of these incredible motors, but was going about it in the wrong way.
Also, none of these cars were his to play with. Should any dock worker, transporter or dealership employee act this way? I say not, and I think the Autoport did the right thing by firing him.
Would you want this guy handling your new car?
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