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Old 11-02-2011, 07:50 PM
philaeagles philaeagles is offline
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Engine Warm-up time

Just bought a 2012 X3 3.5. The engine seems to take a very long time until it reaches operating temperature.

I drove the vehicle in 45 degree weather at 65 MPH and it took 12 miles until the engine was at normal operating temperature.

Is this normal?
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:38 PM
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Pretty much, based on my car. At least that's what the oil temp guage says, remember it's oil temp, not coolant temp.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:18 PM
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The gauge is an OIL temperature gauge, not engine coolant temp like on most cars. That is completely normal, and oil temp is a better indicator of the overall readiness of the drivetrain. The coolant on modern BMWs warms up significantly faster than most other cars and is far more efficient as a result, due to the electric pump that only operates when needed.
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