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I do a combination of both. After starting the motor, I let it idle for 30-60 seconds to get some oil distributed throughout the engine. Then I drive off gently (like most of you seem to do), and wait until heat builds up before really winding up the motor.

It's a tradeoff: which will net you less overall engine wear? Idling the engine, which will take longer to warm it up (but at least you're doing it at the lowest revs possible)? Or driving gently, which will put more revs on the cold motor, but allow it to heat up much quicker? I fall into the latter camp. Nothings perfect, unless we start pre-heating the motor and oil before starting things up; so I think running the motor (almost) immediately--but gently--leads to less wear.
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