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Old 02-01-2010, 01:13 PM   #21
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yes, but in all fairness it was the coldest it ever gets here this morning and it was 44...so its not that bad.

i let it idle for 2 minutes, keep it under 4k until normal op temp. but i usually drive pretty mellow.
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:26 PM   #22
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i let it get to operating temp. everytime i start it no matter what time of year. unless im in a rush but thats rare.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:17 PM   #23
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i let it get to operating temp. everytime i start it no matter what time of year. unless im in a rush but thats rare.
why are you doing this?
is it better for the car?
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:42 PM   #24
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I warm mine up everytime I drive it. 10 degrees or 100 degrees. This car with the SC does not like to be hurried to go anywhere until it is warm. I do not go to full operating temps unless I get distracted in the garage while the car is warming up...

Why? I don't know except my car just spits and sputters before it is warm...
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I only warm my car up first if there's ice in the windshield, but I do drive it nice until it reaches operating temp.
Today's cars lube up within a couple seconds of firing up, so it's fine to drive cold as long as you don't drive it hard before it's warmed up
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:52 PM   #26
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I generally let it warm up for about a minute or so. Just enough for the rpm's to settle down a bit from the really highs they go to at start. Then i just baby it down the road until things are warmed up. Doesn't take too long to warm up once you're out there and going.

Im generally too impatient to wait any longer... plus it wastes gas and the environment.
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:58 PM   #27
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Yeppers, because I don't like sitting in a freezing cold car so I warm it up till the heater gets the inside nice and toasty.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:01 PM   #28
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I usually just start it up and wait till the the RPM's drop down to normal all year round, usually a couple minutes on the cold days, and on the real cold starts I'll wait a little longer, until the temp needle just starts to move. I still take it easy for the first few miles, my 1st and 2nd gears don't like it when it's real cold.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:04 PM   #29
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i also let mine idle for about 5-10 minutes. I hammer my car hard, so i don't move till the car is at ideal operating temp. (my car will see over 5k rpm most trips)

turbo'd cars better let their car get to temp!!
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:28 PM   #30
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Here is Co where we get the fulll 4 seasons... spring and summer no warm up. Colder fall mornings and winter mornings if its at 35ish I will let it go for a few minutes and like many others have stated, drive easy till the heater and engine are warmed up.

On major cold days like single digits and below I llet it warm till the cabin is warm and the windshield it defrosted. If its too cold for me to want to move outside I dont figure my car whats to move either. So I give him a chance to wake up and be ready for work on those really cold days.
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