I recently bought a used 2005 Camry with 157k miles on it. What I notice is that the thermostat gauge stays in the middle even while the car is running at 70mph. Today I noticed that it takes 3 minutes or around 1 mile for the gauge to come to middle. Is that normal? I was wondering if the engine/thermostate is working properly.

  • It will vary from a car to another and how you are pushing the car when it is still warming up but that seems very normal – method Sep 28 '16 at 21:54
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    @method - Outside temps will have a factor, too. If it's -30F out, it's going to take a lot longer for the vehicle to get up to temperature, especially if you are comparing it to an outside temp of 100F. At that temp, you're over half way there. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 28 '16 at 22:07
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    To OP: This sounds perfectly normal to me in most cases. It shouldn't take long for the engine to get to temp and as long as it is functioning correctly, you won't get above the 1/2 point on the gauge. Almost every OEM temp gauge I've seen is made to show the "normal" temp right about the middle of the gauge. I believe this is to make it easier for the driver to see when there's an issue. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Sep 28 '16 at 22:09
  • Have you checked the user manual for your vehicle? – cory Sep 29 '16 at 17:55

4 minutes seems to be OK during summer but may take much longer like 20-30 during winter to get to the stable operating temperature.

  • I suspect Matt is not a real user - possibly a spammer copying and pasting text. The post does not answer the question at all. Matt - Once you post to Stack Exchange, the post is property of the community, so we are empowered and encouraged to improve it through edits. Or you could continue to get down votes. – Rory Alsop Jul 18 at 20:25

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