2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

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image2012 Honda CR-V Long Term Road Test

Read daily updates on our long-term road test of the 2012 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD and follow along as our editors live with this car for a year.

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  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    Nothing has changed in this respect. Getting into your car first thing in the morning and hammering on the throttle before allowing coolant and oil to get up to temp is a sure-fire way to shorten the lifespan of engine components (including the oil and water pump). Your bearings, pistons and rings will also hate your guts.
  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    Duck has it right on. I also believe that your car will run slightly less efficiently until the thermostat tells the computer to get off "warm up mode". Although this isn't mechanically relevant, I will also say that heading off to work/school/whatever is MUCH better in a warm car than a cold one!
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    Wait - you live and work in Southern California, and whatever car you drive, if you start it cold, you let it run for 3 minutes MINIMUM before putting it in gear?

    38 degrees was record cold temps for you. Usually, you are driving cars in 50-plus degree weather in winter, 90-plus in summer. What earthly good does it do for you to let that car run for at LEAST 3 minutes before driving off? For those who want some perspective, when you leave work today, start your car and actually time 3 minutes on your cell phone after starting, before driving off - you'll be crawling up the walls.

    All mfg. today say that in summer temps, let the car run for 30 seconds before driving off (slowly), and in winter, maybe 1 minute. RTFM and get back to me.
  • jpnpowerjpnpower Member Posts: 0
    DUCK87: How long do I have to warm up before the car is ready? In Winter, Summer etc.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Member Posts: 234
    Warming up only makes sense if you're really sensitive to temperature or cannot see and need to defrost. Otherwise, driving moderately for the first few minutes will warm up the car faster and more completely.
  • eric_leric_l Member Posts: 7
    Old myth. Letting the engine idle for any period before setting off is a waste of fuel, which I can understand if it is to heat up the vehicle so it is not freezing inside, but otherwise I can think of no good reason to just burn gas like that. This is a frequent call topic on Cartalk and Tom and Ray tell folks to just get going, but to take it easy for the first mile or so before the engine reaches operating temp. Seems like good advice to me.

    Oh, 38 degrees is not freezing. Try the cold snap that is running through the midwest - that's well below freezing, and often below zero with the windchill. Even with that, I start the car, hit the defogger, and if the windshield is clear, I get going. The car warms up quicker if you drive it, and you don't waste gas that way.
  • yaymx5_yaymx5_ Member Posts: 49
    BTW, if you want the Insideline blog format back, here you go:

    (pretty formatting coming eventually.)
  • yaymx5_yaymx5_ Member Posts: 49
  • greenponygreenpony Chicago, ILMember Posts: 531
    I let my cars warm up long enough to put my seatbelt on, make sure my mirrors are set properly (especially after the wife's been driving), and make sure there are no warning lights. Less than 10 seconds. The only time I'll let them idle longer is if I need to scrape ice off the windows, on the order of 5 minutes, depending. My wife isn't so nice to her vehicle, often putting it in gear before the gauge cluster has finished its startup cycle, then hammering off like a normal American driver. :\ Still, no engine problems, fwiw.
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    @jpnpower: You don't really need to "warm up" the car in the summer, the point is to take it easy for the first couple of miles and not wring the engine out before temps are steady and you get warm air through the cabin heater. In the winter it'
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Member Posts: 799
    There's a middle ground between sitting in the driveway idling and hammering on the thing at 10/10ths. I absolutely believe you shouldn't ask too much of a car while it is warming up, but driving gently like a sane, reasonable person on public roads right away is just fine. And idling with a cold thermometer is a LOT less efficient than driving somewhere with a cold thermometer. When you're idling, you're getting 0 MPG no matter what.
  • lucien4lucien4 Member Posts: 68
    There's no need to do that anymore (in Canada I believe even illegal for more than certain amount of time?).

    That said still prudent not too hammer the gas pedal right away.
  • idkwhattotypeidkwhattotype Member Posts: 0
    Do comments actually exist on here anymore? Or can I just not see them?
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