Hey guys, first of all, my name is Alex and I own a 2013 Subaru STi (my first Subaru btw, coming from a 2011 VW Jetta); I will be creating a Journal very soon, but had a question in the meantime. My question is in regards to taking care of my engine; So work for me is roughly 7kms away, now from what I've heard, these boxer engines need to be driven a bit longer than 7kms to work (20kms for example). Is it harmful to the engine to only be driven 7kms to work, then 7kms back (pretty much 7km trips)? ***I know that question may sound silly, but I just want to take care of my car as best as possible.
Another question I had is cooling down the car...a recommendation given to me by one of my friends with an STi is the last 5 minutes of my drive, to keep it under 2k rpms when driving, and then once I arrive at home to leave my engine hood up and let the car run for a minute in the garage, and then once the car is off, leave the hood up overnight to cool it down...is this necessary?
Again, I'm here to learn from your opinions and recommendations/constructive criticism, thanks guys!