Nope - the modern cars are designed that you start up and go ... also oils now are thin enough to lubricate all components even if/when cold. After you start get moving at less than 1000 RMP until the engine warms up. Since you seem to live in FL letting the car run is a waste of money and increases pollution. That's what I do in FL....This is my first new car in 20 years and I'm wondering about the warm up procedure for the car. Do you need to let the car idle settle from its initial higher setting before putting the car in reverse/drive? The manual is vague?
What say you all?
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Stuart, FL
Car: '13 Ouback 3.6 limited
You're from FL. No warm-up is needed.
I don't think you'll ever need AWD there either.
Now if you are living in the COLD NORTH like in 'LA (Lower Alabama) you might just need to get in and drive.
I'm nuts?You guys are nuts....You are saying you get in and sit in your car for 10-15 minutes when it is 30 degrees?....
Take some time and learn to read. :28: :17:At 30 degrees (F) below zero, I will start it and let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes....
And that is why, I guess, Subarus no longer have that "blue" light but reversed back to the regular temp gauge instead (too many confusions and complaints about that) - I had that "blue" light on my 2010 Forester XT and I wish I had a regular temp gauge ... now I do ....My dealer originally told me to wait until the blue light goes out before putting in gear. I thought this sounded bogus so I wrote to Subaru - here's their reply:
Thank you for contacting Subaru of America, Inc. I appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance.
There is no harm in driving the vehicle while the blue coolant temperature light is on upon starting the vehicle. The light should go off as soon as the engine has reached operating temperatures - which may take a little longer in the colder weather. Once the light is off, your vehicle is at optimum operation. Your Owner's Manual will provide details regarding times when there could possibly be an issue.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Customer Dealer Services
Subaru of America, Inc.
You are right! At those low temps I would heavily use the remote starter and let it run for a while, with heaters/defrost/defog and butt warmer at max settings. Snow and ice will melt, etc.etc.I'm nuts?
YOU MISQUOTED WHAT I WROTE!
Take some time and learn to read. :28: :17:
I couldn't have made it any clearer that it is NOT 30 degrees ABOVE ZERO!
:17: DOUBLE-DUUUUUHHHHHHH! :17:
Actually, I start it up at 30 degrees and it takes me fifteen minutes to decide whether I want to turn on the heat or the air conditioning.......BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA~!
EXACTLY!You are right! At those low temps I would heavily use the remote starter and let it run for a while, with heaters/defrost/defog and butt warmer at max settings. Snow and ice will melt, etc.etc.
I think - could be mistaken - that only the new Limited's have a conventional temp gauge and that the base and premium models still have the blue light and the eco guage as previous years.And that is why, I guess, Subarus no longer have that "blue" light but reversed back to the regular temp gauge instead (too many confusions and complaints about that) - I had that "blue" light on my 2010 Forester XT and I wish I had a regular temp gauge ... now I do ....
This is the way all these discussions go, don't take it personally.Thanks for the replies fellas.
I've decided to start the car, drive immediately,without allowing for the warm up, straight to a dealership to trade in my unnecessary AWD vehicle for a front wheel drive version.