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Engine Warm Up


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I've got just under a 5 mile drive to work on 2 lane roads. During the winter when the temps are really cold, the engine in my '06 Boxster (non S) doesn't get warm in the time it takes to get to work, so there's no heat (love the heated seats!). If there's snow in the forecast, I'll drive my wife's '99 BMW Z3 with all season tires. The Z has a 2.5 liter straight 6 and I'll have heat less than half way to work. I'm wondering why the 2.7 liter flat 6 engine in the Boxster takes so much longer to warm up.

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My 2004 Boxster base also takes a while to warm up, about 5-7 minutes to start getting warm air while the temp is set to HI. It's not a daily driver, just weekends and nights out so it gets a good workout when I "do" use it. My 2016 Dodge Caravan also takes the same amount of time to warm up, but my previous 3 cars got me warm air in only one mile, and hot air after another mile!

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You are both overlooking a simple fact: Boxsters have cooling system volumes way in excess of the vehicles you are comparing warm up times with. WIth the radiators up front, and long cooling lines running nearly the length of the car, you have a lot more liquid to warm up when compared to a conventional engine location layout.  How fast a given heat source can warm up a volume of liquid is dependent upon how large that volume is.:dry:

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