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Yes 120 64.52%
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #31
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My car gets 30 seconds to a minute, then I just keep it below 3000 RPM until the motor is warmed up.
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Old 02-01-2010, 03:34 PM   #32
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svt engine block heater ftw.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:29 PM   #33
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I always let mine idle a minute or two until the high start-up rpm have dropped below 1,000. Then I take it easy (shifting at around 2,500-3,000 rpm) until the engine reaches operating temperature. The fun starts then.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:38 PM   #34
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Seems like most people have the same idea. I let my car warm up like 3-5 mins. I don't think we can say that it will hurt the engine by letting it warm up.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:23 PM   #35
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If you are wondering where your MPG goes in colder weather, figure out how much gas is burnt at an idle until you reach operating temps. I know on my '10 SES, I can be almost 5 miles down the road (45 mph road) when it gets to normal. Idling to normal temps may even take longer in time based on no load on the engine.

Hmmmmm...5 miles of gas wasted every day.....maybe that is part of the reason I retired at 56......
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:25 PM   #36
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Absolutely. I'd say usually about 5 minutes.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:00 PM   #37
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I let it warm up for a minute or two. The reason you should is because letting it warm up all the way is hard on your cat. It also wastes gas. But good to give it a minute so the cold oil can circulate.

besides that I also hate driving my car cold since it idles high and is hard to drive
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #38
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The only warm-up it gets is the amount of time to scrape the windshield.The only exception to that would be a 10 minute or less drive in zero or under temps. Which I might start it 10 minutes early to put some charge back in the battery before it gets shut down.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:28 PM   #39
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my car is parked in a garage that is rarely below 45*, i get in it. start it. turn on my heated seats, buckle up, open the garage door and leave.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:50 AM   #40
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Cold parts are parts that don't fit; they're too small and bang around causing wear.

After scraping my windows (1/4" thick this morning ftl) it's start and go. My car is only running 5 minutes at most during these winter mornings so there's no use in leting it warm up especially if it's just worse for it with no advantage to myself.
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