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You don't understand Dan. There are places where if you take off your gloves and make the mistake of touching the wheel your hand will stick to it and the warmup is just common sense and a well worth the fuel sacrifice.
That's probably why the remote start option is being built into every GM car next year as it has become the number one option desired by owners in the north.
Besides, "it couldn't hurt," and you don't have to give up the pleasure of driving a car just because it is a hybrid and you want to milk every gallon of gas you can out of it.



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Ten minute warm ups
If by warmup you mean the car sitting there with the ICE running, there's your problem. Don't do that, it isn't necessary. If your commute is that short, you can deal with the cold for 10 minutes until you get to your destination. Otherwise, you're just wasting fuel.
It's not the cold, Dan, it's the sheet of frost on every window. That light frost isn't easy to scrape. I agree that driving a cold car is tolerable, but lately the frost inhibits all vision. I have to defrost for 10 minutes and my commute is half that time. Should warm up to 38 tomorrow though!!!

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I would like to believe that the warm-air intake hack
detailed at http://techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/warmair/
is actually doing the right thing... if I keep the
cabin heat demand fairly low and manage it well,
which is sometimes difficult when dealing with a
fogging windshield, I get reasonably fast warmups and
so far this winter the mileage hasn't taken too much
of a ding. Of course right now I'm visiting FL and
won't be able to collect more data until I get back north,
but a redirected intake is a fairly easy mod and
at some point I'll get more hard figures on the
difference it makes.
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My MPG has dropped from around 45 to the high 30's with the cold. When the window are lightly frosted and its 20o outside, I can lose .3 mpg getting to the end of my street. I'm on slow roads to work, but if I DO get on a freeway, I can return to the 40's.

Frankly, I don't know how people say they get in the 50s all of the time. I'm up to 10,000 miles and still haven't seen that as an average.

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Frankly, I don't know how people say they get in the 50s all of the time. I'm up to 10,000 miles and still haven't seen that as an average.
Easy. Drive an average of 45MPH (55 max) for 20+ miles. Stops at traffic lights allowd, but should be no closer than an average of 3 miles apart.
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I set the cruise control at 65 and do mostly highway driving. When in the city, I drive the speed limit but accelerate and decelerate as slowly as possible in a way that doesn't impede traffic. I live in CA so the climate is mild. Doing just these things I average 52-54 every tank. I suspect that following the speed limit and anticipating stops and slow downs are the two most driving related factors.
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