It means that you will be wasting fuel by letting your car idle stationery
to warm up. You should drive off immediately 'caus ethere is no need to
warm it up. It will warm up while you drive. Moderate engine speed just
means not to use high revs while the temperature is still very low. Once a
normal engine temp has been reached, you can ignore the moderate engine
It wastes fuel to start a car and leave it idling in the driveway. Start it,
and drive it in a sane and rational manner until it comes to full operating
temp, then go crazy. That is what the manual is really saying.
It also reaches operational temperature far quicker when being driven.
In a recent sudden cold snap, I'd run out of de-icer, and decided to wait
until the car defrosted the windows before driving off. Took about 10
minutes. Would have been half that if actually moving - gently as I do
until the engine is hot.
It's about time BMW used electric screen heaters that are common on
lesser Fords. ;-)
*Do they ever shut up on your planet?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Don't know about you, but if I was to try to drive with iced up windows, I'm
pretty sure I'd stack the car before they defrost!!! Having said that, it
does provide some morbid entertainment- seeing cars with a pair of eyes
peering through a mars-bar sized defrosted section of windscreen!!! Where
will their journey end? a) their workplace, b) the hospital or c) the
Absolutely. My mum has it on her Focus. It's a genius invention!
I just use warm water from the hot tap or kettle (but not boiling!!)
The other point is that unless you are sitting in the car waiting for it to
warm up, you are increasing the chances of it being stolen - many insurance
companies will now not cover this type of theft claim!
On Fri, 15 Apr 2005 20:12:39 +0100, "Dave Plowman (News)"
I've heard that a frozen door lock can be quickly dealt with by
discreetly pissing into it. Of course, that's going to be much easier
for a man to do than a woman. Not that I've ever done that myself, of
No it's not. They are problematic, expensive to replace, give the
window a tinted color, and render radar dectors useless. I hop BMW
never uses those electric screen heaters. Just get a plastic ice scrape
and scrape the ice off your windsheild.
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