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For every other car I've owned, I've been advised to let the car run for awhile to warm up the engine and get the oil circulating before I drive off in the winter. I'm wondering what holds true for the Prius since when I start it and drive away, it's usually in battery mode. The ICE doesn't usually kick in until I get to the end of a rather long driveway. Is this detrimental in cold weather? Thanks.
 

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Start up and drive off. Try not to floor it for the first couple minutes. That's the best way to warm up the Prius.
 

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Warming up a Prius

RSnyder said:
Start up and drive off. Try not to floor it for the first couple minutes. That's the best way to warm up the Prius.
Would this technique be advised to warm up my Prius in sub-zero weather?
 

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Spike said:
This would be true for any modern vehicle. Drive in subdued manner until it is warmed up.
A block heater made for the prius would be a good thing for you to think about. just put it on a timer to turn on 3 hrs before you are going to use it.
This will reduce engine wear, give you better MPG in cold weather and give you heat faster. I think it is very easy to install.

Here is a link:
http://www.priuschat.com/forums/engine- ... ock+heater
 
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