In article <1hu4f.3649$Gt2.2032@trndny01>, firstname.lastname@example.org
> If the car has been sitting for a couple of days, upon start-up it will
> release a puff of white smoke. Just a puff - the more days it was sitting
> inactive, the bigger the puff. This is 98 turbo . . . I've googled, seems
> like some people think this is just an extra lean start by the computer,
> while others think it's the beginning of the end. Any definitive way to
> know? Thanks.
I'm assuming this is a C/S/V70, in which case the smoke is a small
quantity of oil seeping past the valve seals (most common problem). If
you switch to synthetic oil you won't see the smoke.
The goal when driving is to miss the maximum number of objects.