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Warming Up Car Just a Myth?

Just out of curiosity, does anybody actually warm up their cars before driving in the winter months? By which I mean idling the car for at least five minutes before setting off. Now I know with a turbo car, you don't really have a choice, so I won't count those.

I always thought that the best way to warm up a car was simply by driving it, and that's exactly what I do, taking care not to beat it too much before it reaches normal operational temperature. Is this wrong? Another habit of mine is turning on the car and letting the fuel pump pressurize the lines and waiting for the computer to finish it's diagnostic before starting the car. I find that way the car always starts better. So what do you guys think? Is it really that beneficial, even at the cost of a little wasted gas? Or is it purely a comfort thing so the car has heat by the time you get in?

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I typically let my car "warm" up a little. Maybe 30 seconds or sometimes a minute if I am getting situated.

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Mine is in gear before the starter releases. My brother is a firm believer in warming up though. I can't tell if it harms and engine yet because I only have 407000Kms on it.

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Mine is in gear before the starter releases. My brother is a firm believer in warming up though. I can't tell if it harms and engine yet because I only have 407000Kms on it.
That's enough mileage to get you to the moon, with 700km to spare. Did you take a wrong turn somewhere?

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I give it like 10-15 minutes, sometimes 20 lol.

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I never warm up my car. But I have to say it lives in the garage and although it's not heated it's never below freezing there in winter.

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I Let it get to 30* c before it moves anywhere.
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With today's engines & advanced oils, no extended warm-up period is necessary......
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Yea I always let car warm up for lile 5-15 mins with heat on
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