I recently heard a discussion on remote car starters. One view is that
when a car is started in cold weather, it should be driven within a
minute or so. The opposing view is that you should let it sit for 5
The first (drive within a minute). In many states, it's illegal to warm
up an unattended car (in WA state, for instance.) Additionally, the
engine won't warm up as fast, which increases pollution - 90% of
the pollution from a car happens at startup and during idling. And
since the rest of the car (transmission, bearings, etc.) don't get warm,
you are just wasting gas.
The decision to drive or let it sit is driven by the cost of fuel.
Why let a car sit and run at 1500 rpm for several minutes when one can use
the same rpm's to get out of the neighborhood and half way to the freeway?
The idea that one MUST let a car sit is an old wive's tale. A car rolling
down the street taching along at 1500 is getting the same wear and tear as
the one sitting motionless in the driveway at the same tach reading.
The advantage of remote starting is that the car's heater can be switched on
when one exits the vehicle, then with remote start the heater comes on and
warms the cabin while you have toast and coffee.
You have it easy. My family won't let me live where seat warmers are a must.
Can you imagine my stress living in constant sunshine and a moderate
climate? Well, the sunshine isn't constant -- we do have nighttime here.
They are yanking your chain.
To be fair, you should drive MODERATELY for the first mile or so (I suggest
upwards of 5 miles or so), but I see no reason not to drive at all. You car
might not perform well when cold, but if driven MODERATELY, you ought not
notice that it isn't happy smoking the tires, and power drifting through
corners. Wait, if driven MODERATELY, you won't be smoking the rubber and and
scrubbing the lines off the road.
Would not surprise me. Are they right? I know that's true on my
Supra TT, another "thoroughbred" that lets you know it's not really
happy until it's warmed-up. However, as others have said, driving it
cold won't hurt it, just respect it's "desire" to be driven gently
BMWs, Fords, Toyotas, Hyundais - it makes no difference. If you
regularly 'get on' an engine while it's cold, you're asking for
trouble. Drive it gently until the oil's up to temperature. What's
so difficult about that? Sheesh!
I think there's a difference between getting into a cold car on "a
crisp autumn morning" in the UK which is probably about 40F and getting
into a cold snow/ice covered car in northern states when it's below
zero F. Would I want (secure) remote starting in those conditions?
Hell yeah, or rather, you betcha.
LOL. That's not possible for everyone, some of us have important jobs to
get to regardless of temperature and weather conditions. With that said,
I have no plans to get a remote starter. A thick coat will do fine in my
535 with no heated seats or block heater. And I don't idle longer than
the time it takes to scrape the ice off the side windows and windshield.
For warming the engine coolant and the cabin, I had a Webasto diesel heater
which was remote controlled - 600 mtrs said the brochure, but I didn't test
it that far - could also set the blower on in summer to cool the car.
Basically what it did was start an auxiliary "furnace", fuelled by the cars
main diesel tank, which heated the engine coolant, and turned on the heating
system blower. Apart from obvioulsy heating the coolant / engine block, it
also heated the car interior. All needed to be pre-set but once done it did
a very good job and I would have again if it were an option on my next,
especially if I was then in colder climates. For southern UK though its
almost not needed these days as global warming does it for us now...
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