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Old 01-09-2009, 07:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cold engine RPM, Speed

I know this has probably been asked before but I can't locate it in the search.

I have a 2009 335i xdrive and I've put 550 miles on it so far. I have a short (20min) commute to work and I would like to have a little fun driving my car to work. I'm concerned about getting the RPMs too high before the engine warms up and the oil temp hits about 210. What is the maximum RPM I can hit without causing damage to the twin turbo engine?

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I recommend that you let your car warm up for 2 to 5 minutes before you take off, and stay under 3500 rpm until after 5 minutes pass from the time when the engine temp gauge first points to the middle. Then, have fun (maybe avoid redline for the next 10 minutes)
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To get to the midline, you're looking at about 15-20min of driving, especially during winter months. That's a long wait to let it rip or even drive a little spirited.
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Yeah don't just let your car warm up to normal running temperature, BMW recommends you to get in your car and drive away in cold weather, idk how cold it gets wherever you live but it shouldn't take 20 minutes to warm up to normal running temerature. But anyways I wouldn't take it over 3500 rpms until it gets to NRT, you won't do any damage that way. I will let my car warm up till it gets just out of the cold zone(blue bar on the temperature gauge) then get in and drive away.
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