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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 12-05-2012, 09:31 PM
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Engine temp?

Hey folks,

How can we tell engine temp? I live in ny and before going anywhere I'm always used to warming up the car a bit. But in my 535 there is nothing that shows engine temp? I wanna warm up the car just a bit before heading out. Thanks
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:55 PM
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Read manual your car. Test number 7, need enter chek sum.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:00 PM
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 PM
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Holy cow. That much work just to see engine temp? Lol thanks guys...
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:31 PM
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I researched quite a bit and it seems that you can only check the coolant temp (Which is what is shown in the video).
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:04 AM
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Today's vehicles do not need a warm up. Also, the important temperature is not the coolant. It is the oil temp.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:53 AM
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Today's vehicles do not need a warm up. Also, the important temperature is not the coolant. It is the oil temp.
+1 No idling warm up necessary on the bimmers. Basically, the car limits performance during the first few minutes of drive time until "warm"
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:30 AM
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If your really worried, start the car and let it idle for 30 sec before tahing off. This is really only needed when the temps are cold. Warm or summer time, i usually wait 5-10 seconds before putting it in gear. This is not the law just what I like to do. You would be far better off doing mid cycle oil changes than worrying about child starts. Also I would not thrash the engine till it comes up to temp
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:41 AM
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I am a easy driver anyway. I never push my car. Always too tired to do that anyway. But thanks for the info guys. Appreciate it.

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Old 12-06-2012, 12:27 PM
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Waiting a couple seconds is kind of good imo, just to let the oil flow properly.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:35 AM
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Every time I start the car at least I keep it for about 45 seconds, no matter that I am in a hurry or not. On cold days about 2 minutes.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:50 PM
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I start and go regardless of how cold it is. The only time it runs for any length of time before driving is if I have to scrape off snow or ice first (-15C after work today, no need to scrape...).
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:07 AM
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Normally I count to five and go!

There is no need for a warm up period to begin driving, but IMHO the engine should be allowed to warm up before you begin to push it hard.

From a stone-cold start I try to keep it under 3K rpm until the auxiliary dial around the tachometer that rotates slowly clockwise to indicate the safe rpm redline has stopped moving (not sure which models have this).

My 545i has gobs of low rpm torque and leaving my home the first four miles of driving is a 45mph zone that covers a 600 ft vertical drop out of the mountains, so normally I don't exceed 1500 rpm until it is warmed up nicely.

After that, snug the belts tight and hang on!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:52 PM
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Normally I count to five and go!

There is no need for a warm up period to begin driving, but IMHO the engine should be allowed to warm up before you begin to push it hard.

From a stone-cold start I try to keep it under 3K rpm until the auxiliary dial around the tachometer that rotates slowly clockwise to indicate the safe rpm redline has stopped moving (not sure which models have this).

My 545i has gobs of low rpm torque and leaving my home the first four miles of driving is a 45mph zone that covers a 600 ft vertical drop out of the mountains, so normally I don't exceed 1500 rpm until it is warmed up nicely.

After that, snug the belts tight and hang on!
All models before the facelift.
I usually wait like 1 minute while i place the cellphone, get the tunes ready, clip my belt on and then when everything is ready . . . i drive off gently until i get coolant temp (Via the method described in the video) around 80C. (Takes around 15 minutes)

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Old 12-11-2012, 10:07 AM
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Normally I wait 15 min. during winter time but summer no need to wait
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:16 AM
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i tried that method but it seems need to re-do it everytime. it won't stay permanently and no sense to do it every few mins to see the temp reach yet.
plus like all others said, it only indicate the coolant temp but no oil temp.

i don't warm my car either in general but first 10 mins is always below 2K rpm(N54 have enough torque to survive under 2K rpm in general driving. if you refer extreme cold, then may be a minute or 2(refer you car is park in garage).
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:29 AM
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I would assume the coolant temp warning would come on at extreme temps . Though both my BMWs have temp Needle indicators for easy measure.I like to warmup cars and trucks 2- 5 min.
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