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Having wrapped up my GTV 2 litre for the Winter I noticed that on starting water is blown out fron the exhaust. When I rev it hard then out comes the white smoke.
I haven't been driving it just starting it up and leaving to run.
It did get extremely cold for here (West of Ireland) down to -15 at times but it was garaged and bonnet covered in insulation.

THe coolant level looks fine and no creamy signs in on the oil cap.

It doesn't go past 90 deg if I leave it running.

Any ideas what it could be (llots of condensation?) and should I drive it it?

Any thoughts appreciated.
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I would say it's just condensation in the exhaust, very common on these cars in the Winter months.

Just take it for a good long drive and get the exhaust nice and hot.

Keep a close eye on the Temp Gauge just in case but I don't think you have any problems.
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agreed, I can run mine tottering around every day 1/2/5/10 miles day after day and its white steam out the back ALL the time, It takes a run of at least 50 miles at full operating temp to clear the steam from exhaust permenantly so that when i am stationary the exhaust is clear, as long as there is no cream in filller cap and its not loosing water then nothing to worry about
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As mentionned above. I think the problem with the gtv/spider is that the standard exhaust has four boxes on it and I think it takes a lot to clear them all in the cold.
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Mine looks like a steam train on full tilt, I wouldn't worry about it
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Tip your car up to drain the condensation out of the exhaust!

Seriously it sounds like thats all it is. Wrong colour for oil and coolant smells sweet. (temp and levels sound fine as well). I did get paranoid about mine for ages until I came on here and realised it's quite the norm
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You see quite a few cars, with what looks like water dripping from their exhausts. Condenstion I'd say, Take her out for a run.
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