So at the start of this past winter I went out and installed a DesignTech Autocommand remote starter. I guess the brand is of no real concern anyway. Well I was doing what every good BB member does and I was reading through past posts. I came across one with the owner of a 1997 Lumina with the same GM 3.1 engine as my Monte Carlo complaining of very high oil consumption, like 1 quart every 800 miles at only 67K or so miles. He then said that he had a remote starter and during the cold winter months was using it to start the car and let it warm up for 15 minutes. There were a bunch of replies saying that the reason for the oil consumption was beacuse letting the car idle in the cold weather prematurely wore out the piston rings. Then the member "BOBISTHEOILGUY", who I would deduce owns this board and has quite a bit of experience concerning engines and oil, said that it was not the cause of the burning oil. So heres the question...my Monte Carlo burns very little oil, about 1/2 quart or so, sometimes a little more, every 3,000 miles on Castrol GTX 5W-30. This seems to be very good for a car with 126K miles in my opinion. My oil consumption has not increased since I've used the remote starter over the past winter. What kind of damage, if any, have I done to my car by using the remote starter over the course of the past winter? I'm guessing if I were to just stop using it from now on (**** I'll pull the thing right out of the car for good) I wouldn't incur anymore damage? And this brings up another question: How long is the car supposed to warm up in the cold mornings? My car (like pretty much every other 3.1L GM on the road) has a nice case of piston slap, so if driven, even lightly, before it has had a chance to warm up even a little on the cold morning, it sounds like a garbage truck and has no power. As soon as it warms up it runs fine, purrs quietly and has plenty of power. I figured it was beneficial to the car to let it warm up in the cold winter months with no load on the motor so it doesn't create additional wear for the pistons. In that other post I read some comments saying to drive away as soon as the oil pressure light goes off. Some others saying let it warm up for about a minute. I always try and let my car warm up for 45 seconds to a minute, be it summer or winter, before I drive away so it is well oiled. Sorry this post was so long. Any input you have will be greatly appreciated. I have been left very confused.