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Old 11-09-2001, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default is it my car, or does the wrx seem to take a long time to warm up?

and it hasn't even gotten really cold here in pa yet
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Old 11-09-2001, 05:39 PM   #2
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How long are we talking here? My RS warms up after about two minutes or less. My truck can go 10-20 miles before reaching operating temps (read: no heater action until you're already where you're going)
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Old 11-09-2001, 05:51 PM   #3
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yeah, if you have your heater fans on at all, it'll take longer for the car to warm up...
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Old 11-10-2001, 12:16 PM   #4
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Perhaps it's relative to what you're used to. My previous car was a Lexus SC300 (manual of course). It easily took twice as long to warm up as the WRX does. Interestingly enough it also cooled down a lot faster than the WRX.

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Old 11-10-2001, 02:30 PM   #5
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Really? are you talking about water temp? There have been many posts that indicate WRX warms up a lot faster than many car. I have experience the same thing as well. It takes approx a mile of easy driving to get the water temp to settle at operating temp. Oil temp on the other hand, takes quite a bit longer.
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Old 11-11-2001, 03:32 AM   #6
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Yeah, fastest warmup of any vehicle I ever had 'cept fer 81 Yamaha Verago.
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Old 11-12-2001, 01:11 AM   #7
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i think the WRX warms up very fast. i have a 2000 dakota with the 4.7 liter aluminum v8 also, and it takes forever to warm up.

the wrx is great, hit the remote start, and 5 minutes later she is toasty!

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Old 11-12-2001, 03:52 AM   #8
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cnstman.. Your making that Indian on the horse cry with all your wasteful pollution I wish I could find someone to install it on my 5-speed. I remember reading awhile back some guy left his car at the dealer and they left it in gear and hit remote start.. CRASH!

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Old 11-12-2001, 11:06 AM   #9
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i used to install remote starts/alarms/everything else so a buddy and i installed a remote start in my 5 speed.

i think you were kidding, but my little wrx running for 5 minutes puts out half as much polution as an excursion driving out of the driveway! oh well

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yea you have to remember to leave it in neutral, or there would be a crash! i have seen a front wheel drive pulling the ebrake around a parking lot becuase of a remote start in 1st!
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Old 11-12-2001, 11:18 PM   #10
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Mine seems to take about only a mile.
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:16 PM   #11
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Same here, quickest warm up of any car I've had.
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:25 PM   #12
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Same here, quickest warm up of any car I've had.
Are you going by the useless water temp gauge, or do you have an oil temp gauge? Because I can assure you the oil is not properly warmed up in the minute it takes for the stock water gauge to hit "normal." Modern motor oils will flow at very low temps, but they still need to be around 200-210 degrees (f) for optimal lubrication/protection. You want to go easy on the engine until that happens, and on most cars, this can take 7-10 minutes.
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Old 11-13-2001, 12:47 PM   #13
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I love how quickly mine warms up. I can get warm air out of the vents by the time I get to the end of the block.

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Old 11-13-2001, 01:06 PM   #14
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Originally posted by cnstman
i used to install remote starts/alarms/everything else so a buddy and i installed a remote start in my 5 speed.

i think you were kidding, but my little wrx running for 5 minutes puts out half as much polution as an excursion driving out of the driveway! oh well

cnstman

yea you have to remember to leave it in neutral, or there would be a crash! i have seen a front wheel drive pulling the ebrake around a parking lot becuase of a remote start in 1st!
Friend of mine is an installer; installed remote start on the S-type in early 1997 or 1998 (can't remember which). It's been great. People's reaction to it is usually priceless. But yes; leave it out of gear. He left his in reverse while the nose was pointed UP a hill. Parking brake was on but that doesn't do much good against a 4.0L V6 parked in such a fashion. He had to replace some things on it after that little incident....But yes, hit the button in the morning and in 5 minutes it's ready to go.

I also have a separate switch that I can use to deactivate JUST the remote start portion of the alarm so when I take it somewhere I make sure to disable it.
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Old 11-13-2001, 02:48 PM   #15
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It's definitely you. Take the car to the dealer if it takes longer than a couple of minutes.
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Old 11-13-2001, 03:15 PM   #16
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No, I am not going by any temperature gauge, and I know that it takes time to get everything up to proper operating temp. What I meant was that the coolant heats up the quickest of any car I've ever owned, hence the heater starts blowing warm air quickly. That doesn't mean I romp on it the minute I leave the driveway. I actually am one that warms the engine for 30 seconds at least before I drive it first thing.
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Old 11-13-2001, 03:35 PM   #17
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yea DrBiggly, i have a disarm switch on the remote start too. don't want some unexpecting subaru tech killing himself while changing my oil!

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