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Yes 120 64.52%
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:11 AM   #111
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Just noticed that page 309 in the Fiesta's manual it specifically states that "Warming up a vehicle on cold mornings is not required and may reduce fuel economy." I guess people can stick with what they're comfortable with, but I still think it's a waste of gas.

On a side note I'm amazed that Ford's manuals all look the same no matter what model year car you buy. The formatting and graphics look exactly like the manual for the Focus. Brings back a few memories.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:42 AM   #112
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It was -1 here this morning. And it's suppose to be colder tomorrow. I usually wait about 2-3 minutes before I start rolling. Maybe I'll give it a little more time then.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:47 AM   #114
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I always warm up my car ... even in the summer. I feel it runs better when it has been warmed up.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:25 PM   #115
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i always warm my car up. but all i gotta do is push a button in my bedroom and it starts haha
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:26 PM   #116
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I always let the oil circulate fully before taking off, I usually start it and wait 30-45 seconds, maybe up to 2 minutes if I'm not in any hurry. It only takes a few seconds for the header to get hot, I would think the inside of the engine is the same way. but full oil circulation is usually what I'm waiting for, not for operating temps to be reached. It is a complete waste of gas to idle for more than 5 minutes. your engine doesnt get to operating temps by idling in 10 degree weather.

I look at it like this. You wouldnt want someone to rip you out of bed and take you for a 5 mile run, right? You need to stretch, walk around a little, get the blood pumping. I compare my car to a human. give it a minute to get warmed up, then take it out for a run

My boss idles his car for 20 minutes, its such a complete waste, and idling isn't good for your engine overall.

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Really depends for me. In the winter when it's like 20'F I give it 5-10 minutes. In the summer I jump in and go. Normally start it up, put seatbelt on, get adjusted, back out of the driveway, and go.

It just runs better in the winter when it's warm...
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:30 PM   #118
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I dont warm up my car. I find that it warms up much quicker just driving. Just go 30 ish in 2nd and your car warms up quick.
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my manual says it is not necessary and consumes more fuel to do so.....
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:51 AM   #120
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