Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 22:23:17 -0600
From: "Walt Kienzle" <>
Subject: Re: First Time Turbo Buyer

The 30 sec. before is probably to make sure the oil pressure is at the proper level. Some people recommend this for any type of car, turbo or non-turbo. It won't hurt, but it might be overkill, particularly on warm summer days. The 30 sec. afterward is to make sure that the turbo cools down in case you had been using it alot. Again, it can't hurt, but it is probably overkill considering how turbo systems are designed today. The intercooler does a good enough job in most cases of keeping the turbo cool. When I say "it can't hurt", I mean the engine. Obviously your fuel economy will be hurt if you follow these recommendations - but probably not enough to notice. The only "maintenance" that a turbo needs is to make sure you change the oil and filter at the recommended intervals and don't stretch it even by a little bit. I am a proponent of synthetic motor oil, so that is what I would recommend. BTW, my car has over 130,000 miles on it without any engine or turbo problems (yet ;-). Walt Kienzle 1991 9000T "Russell Isbrandt" <> wrote in message news:yse9a.1362$ > Drove a beautiful 2000 red 9-3SE convert. Loved the performance but never > owned a turbo. Salesman said to idle 30sec after starting and 30sec before > turning it off. What's the rationale for this advice? What additional > maintenance is involved in owning a turbo? > > Russ > White Bear Lake, MN > >

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