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Old 04-16-2011, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I drove my grandmothers 2010 Chevy Traverse today and I noticed the temp gauge stayed at 210F, that seems kinda high to me. Shouldn't it stay around 195F? This thing only has 9800 miles on it.
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Hi southern... whereabouts on the gauge is that? I have never driven one, but seems like the 2009-2011 cars I have driven (we rent alot of cars) seems to be just very slightly below the 1/2 way point on the temperature gauge- on all of them. If its pointing at all above 1/2 way I would say something may need attention.
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: South Jersey
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200-210 is indeed normal. Engines are the most efficient at higher temps
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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200-210 is indeed normal. Engines are the most efficient at higher temps
frank speaks the truth. in the old days 180-195 was the norm, but today 200-215 is used for better fuel economy and engine wear.
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Old 04-16-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Yeah, 210 in the Traverse is right in the center of the gauge. Still seems mighty hot to me, but I guess it's normal for newer vehicles. I was also surprised how quickly it warmed up, it was up to 210 in only about one mile. It takes my 04 Chevy about 3-4 miles to get fully warmed up.

The Traverse is one smooth riding vehicle though, I wouldn't mind having one.
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Be glad GM gauges (or gages as GM spells it) actually give a somewhat accurate reading and actually serve as a gauge. Ford's gauges are little more then idiot indicators, gauge stays in the normal range unless the motor is about to melt down.


I concur with everyone else, that is normal operating temp. You don't see it much in cars but in the truck world you'll run across trucks that are more hot or cold natured. I drove a Mack years ago that never made it to normal no matter how hot it was that day. Then I've driven a Sterling that ran borderline hot all the time and the fan was on ever 2 mins. Both were almost brand new.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Yeah, 210 in the Traverse is right in the center of the gauge. Still seems mighty hot to me, but I guess it's normal for newer vehicles. I was also surprised how quickly it warmed up, it was up to 210 in only about one mile. It takes my 04 Chevy about 3-4 miles to get fully warmed up.

The Traverse is one smooth riding vehicle though, I wouldn't mind having one.
Yeah, 1/2 way sounds normal. If I recall, the 2007-2011 Impalas we have rented, they all go 1/2 way when fully warmed.

Yeah, some cars these days warm up very quickly - some old ones too. I remember my old 1991 Honda Accord would warm up very quickly.

I like the Traverse too, my mom is soon probably getting a Buick Enclave (which is the Buick version). I cant wait to drive it.
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