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Just had my 1st ever drive on my 2005 gallardo and im assuming this is just one of those #onlyitalythings but i have to ask:

My coolant temp only goes around 82c and fluctuates somewhat randomly between 80-90c while driving. I also noticed once that the temps went as far down as 60c after accelerating to highway.

Just checking if this behaviour is normal?

Also had a noticeable smell of coolant from front end, checked everything and tightened the clamps and it seemed to go away but i think after this the temps started acting weird or am i just being paranoid?

Tried searching but found nothing on this matter. I have warranty on this car so just gotta know if its not normal so i can file a complaint.

EDIT: Just for future reference to me and others: it seems to be completely normal for it to fluctuate and most coolant smells come from the clamps getting loosened.
 

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It will fluctuate because there is a thermostat open temperature that is somewhere around 80 and the fans kick on at around 90. If you are driving with the A/C on the temperature will stay more consistent since the fans will be running. I have never seen mine go down to 60 or even below 80 after it was warmed up going that low would mean your thermostat is not working properly. Mine has 65k miles.
 

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It will fluctuate because there is a thermostat open temperature that is somewhere around 80 and the fans kick on at around 90. If you are driving with the A/C on the temperature will stay more consistent since the fans will be running. I have never seen mine go down to 60 or even below 80 after it was warmed up going that low would mean your thermostat is not working properly. Mine has 65k miles.
Ok, thanks for this reply. Ive just never ever seen a stock car have this behaviour so i thought theres something broken since i also had the coolant smell inside the cabin before tightening hose clamps under the front compartment.
 

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Ok, thanks for this reply. Ive just never ever seen a stock car have this behaviour so i thought theres something broken since i also had the coolant smell inside the cabin before tightening hose clamps under the front compartment.
Yes I think a lot of cars do not really report the actual Temperature when in the normal operating range. My 2010 Tahoe that I have owned since new and has 244k miles I have never seen the needle move once it is warmed up, my 2021 Tahoe is the same way. That really isn't possible unless the fans are always on but my guess is car companies would rather make a the "normal spot" to be a pretty wide range of temperature to not get so many questions.

But if it continues to get to 60 I would want to look into it. At some temperature the car goes into closed loop mode, you don't want the temperature dropping and it switching to warm up settings.
 

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agreed w/ Rob. Mine the temp ranges if stop and go traffic it jumps to 95ish maybe.... but average is 89 or so. Never has gone to 60's once it's warm.

When did you do a coolant flush? You may want to do that to put your mind at ease to make sure it's up to par.
 

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Here are some customer cars pre LP and LP. Now aftermarket exhaust will run lower temps which is smart to do.

 

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agreed w/ Rob. Mine the temp ranges if stop and go traffic it jumps to 95ish maybe.... but average is 89 or so. Never has gone to 60's once it's warm.

When did you do a coolant flush? You may want to do that to put your mind at ease to make sure it's up to par.
First drive ever since i bought the car mid winter. It has straight pipe exhaust and just drove it today but didnt have the same temp drop as earlier, might have been a electrical misfunction?
Seems to work normally now except for the lower operating temp (82-90c), although idk if it matters that the car is european sold if it has lower celsius thermostat vs US sold cars or if its the aftermarket exhaust as mentioned by Jason B.
 

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My 08 stays about 1 mm to the left of the 90, so say around 88? In pretty much ALL driving conditions. It will sometimes go to 90 during heavy runs on hot days, or while in traffic. Maybe a couple degrees warmer (like 92).

I've never, in 4 years, seen it fluctuating more than a few degrees. Even on the coldest days (39F), once it gets to operating temp (~88) it pretty much stays there and has definitely never dropped to 60s. On 118F days, it's still right around 90.

I took the picture since my mileage turned to 22k. I reset my trip meter before the drive, so you can see I drove 40.9 miles to get to 22k. It was 5:24 in the evening, but the temps were around 74F for the duration of that drive. My coolant Temp as usual was exactly at 90F.
 

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that looks good to me if you ask me. Mine tends to land in that area and in stop and go traffic it'll climb a tad above the 90 marker. Once in open highway it drops to around what yours is showing. I would say you are good to go. Enjoy the 🐂 :D
 
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