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I was just wondering how long you guys take to warm up ur cars in the morning?

I usual wait till rpm is at 1.
 

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I do about the same. I also like to wait until the fluid gauge (I forget the specific name for it right now) right under the RPM gauge to get to about 6 or 7 dashes before putting it in drive :)
 

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When I start the engine RPM needle is usually at above 1K..I wait till it drop down below zero or gauge mark is moved at least little over quarter..Basically 2-3 minutes max pending on the weather.
Every car I've done this new or used, hot or cold..
 

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FujiN- I don't think there is a major downside to not letting the car warmup. It has always been a practice of mine with all the cars I own. I just notice the first few shifts after warming it up (compared to not) to be a little smoother on the transmission, maybe thats just me :cool:

When I start the engine RPM needle is usually at above 1K..I wait till it drop down below zero or gauge mark is moved at least little over quarter..Basically 2-3 minutes max pending on the weather.
Every car I've done this new or used, hot or cold..
Ditto :D
 

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The important thing would be to drive relatively calm until the oil temp comes up a bar or two if you decide not to let it warm up. In cold outdoor temperatures the oil flows through passages in the block-head-etc. better when oil is warmer or hot. It's just the same good common sense you've always used. We all drive with common sense all the time, right? :D
 

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I know I'm being anal, but I wait for 2 bars on the LCD meter before I even go into sport mode. Needless to say, it takes awhile to warm up almost 10 quarts of oil when you're keeping the beast below 3K rpm on light throttle. :mad: :p
 

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At least for 15 seconds you should wait, that's what the factory rep told me how long it takes to reach the correct temp on the car.Most people let their cars "warm up" because it's "less stress" on the engine if you want/need to drive it hard, it's already ready to go.If you dont let it "warm up" the engine will still perform the same but it causes "more stress". In cold weather this "rule" doesn't apply you NEED to let it "warm up" so it gets acclamated to the different temp outside :)
 

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There are three key elements to warming up the car IMHO

First is to get the oil tempature and water temp up into the designed operating range. How long that takes will depend on the outside temp to some extent, but it will take a few minutes to reach the minimum operating range IMHO. Plus you want to make sure that the oil has a chance to get redistributed where it needs to go throughout the engine before really pushing it. I think the IS-F's do have a built in "COLD" program for oil, water, trans shifting and the like........

The second part is even after the engine oil is up to temp, getting the tires and brakes up to temp too. Both of those items also operate best within a given heat range so they also need time/use to be brought up to maximum working efficiency. Your braking distance will be longer when the brakes are cold and not yet up to spec and your turn radius wider when the tires don't have heat built into them (less traction).

The last part is YOU, the driver. We as driver's also need to "warm up", to get our concentration up, get comfortable in our seat, and get our brains keyed in on driving. Depending on how hard or fast we are driving, will also influence how fast we need to bring ourselves up to speed.

SO don't forget you need to warm up your tires and brakes before pushing those too. Don't know how many times I'v seen guys wreck on the track with cold tires and the same on the street because the jump into their cars and race off thinking their brakes and or tires will give them maximum hold when in fact they won't until they are brought up into their effective range...
 

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(dean stole my thunder) One other thing to note is that the ecu seems to hold off full power until it is satisfied with the oil temp. I generally drive conservatively anyway until I get medial readings on the temp gauges. Always good to be on the safe side.

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Thanks Dean and Figs that's true and as accurate as can be.This engine was built to be driven and to be driven hard if needed so it will catch up to tempt. pretty quick, just treat her right and she'll be fine.Another thing is "if taken care of (meaning oil changes on time and serviced on time) this engine is guaranteed to last "at least" 100k miles with no issues so long as it's not being beaten up everyday" :D -quoted from a Lexus "F" factory technician
 

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Thanks Dean and Figs that's true and as accurate as can be.This engine was built to be driven and to be driven hard if needed so it will catch up to tempt. pretty quick, just treat her right and she'll be fine.Another thing is "if taken care of (meaning oil changes on time and serviced on time) this engine is guaranteed to last "at least" 100k miles with no issues so long as it's not being beaten up everyday" :D -quoted from a Lexus "F" factory technician
very well said, I usually wait until i have at least 2 bars at the temp of the oil, and then i have to have 3 before flooring my baby!! haha:D :D
 

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personally since ive been traveling back and forth from business trips so im beating the car every straight i get (and sometimes corners)... i have driven the car for a total of 10 days and i already have 1400 miles on it! Also its a lease so i go by expression "drive it like you stole it" lol... Unfortunately i have to go on another business trip today for 2 1/2 weeks :mad: so i think i've caught up to where i need to be for the month
 

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Off the topic discussion, I noticed the other day that this car actually wants to go fast, it cant be driven like a "Lexus". I had the family with me and I was driving it casually like an LS460 and she (the car) was pulling at my foot to go faster the engine didn't want to be driven normal, she was pulling strong :D I always drive at least 10mph over the posted limit so this was new to my baby but she didn't want to hear it, she wanted to play as usual,so I hurried and took my family out and was back to driving the way she likes it. :D :cool: :p

Anyone have this experience? Where the engine cant just drive "normal" she begs to be "beaten"
 

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LOL, Smoke this is NOT your "Daddy's" Lexus! LOL

Yes, this car wants to cruise! It also likes to play in the twisties too! So who are we to deny this beautiful car what SHE wants? :)
 

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:D Tell me about it, "this aint your daddy's Lexus" LOL I love it.:D My wife drives a SC430 Coupe and that we cruise in but it's like nite and day compared to the "F". The SC430 has 300hp but seams real slow compared to the ''F". Wow remember when 300hp was the shit, now it's an afterthought :eek: and maybe in 3 years or so 400 hp will be considered slow :rolleyes:
 

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Off the topic discussion, I noticed the other day that this car actually wants to go fast, it cant be driven like a "Lexus". I had the family with me and I was driving it casually like an LS460 and she (the car) was pulling at my foot to go faster the engine didn't want to be driven normal, she was pulling strong :D I always drive at least 10mph over the posted limit so this was new to my baby but she didn't want to hear it, she wanted to play as usual,so I hurried and took my family out and was back to driving the way she likes it. :D :cool: :p

Anyone have this experience? Where the engine cant just drive "normal" she begs to be "beaten"
Yep it happened to me today as a matter of fact... I had my girl (not the car) driving very conservatively with the sport mode off, and the car just keep wanting to unleash! I could feel the car would stay in its sweet spot longer than usual... Weird, Well back to the topic i let the car fully warm up today and boy it does make a difference, gears switch with less stutter, and it almost feels like there is more performance as well.
 

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Process in morning.

Start car. Select tune on IPOD. Look around. Go.

This car has enough smarts to stop you from screwing it up. But I do wait for two bars on the oil temp before opening her up.
 
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