Cdn owners: block heater

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Yousuf Khan, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Yousuf Khan

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Say, it's been really cold around here lately (Ottawa). So I thought I'd
    plug the car in overnight. Opened the hood to pull the block heater
    powerplug out, and I couldn't find it! The previous bunch of winters, I had
    a place with a heated garage, so I never bothered looking for it. I was
    under the impression that Cdn Subarus would come with block heaters
    standard. Am I mistaken? BTW, it's a 2000 OBW.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Jan 13, 2004
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    Fuzzy Logic Guest

    [posted and mailed]

    I bought a 2003 Impreza in Alberta and the dealer said that when they are
    prepped a block heater is put in. The car I wanted had to come from B.C.
    and was already prepped there and didn't have a block heater. The dealer
    installed one for me at no charge. It would appear it depends on the
    province that prepped the car. It's unlikely that you would need a block
    heater in B.C. so it saves the dealer a few dollars to not install it. I
    would talk to your dealer and see what the story is.
     
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    Rory Guest

    AFAIK, block heater is not standard. I had to pay for it as an option when I
    got my 2002 TS...
     
    Rory, Jan 13, 2004
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    330xi Guest

    our 99 outback does not have a block heater either.

    i am a fellow Ottawa driver so i don't think it's standard, we bought ours
    used
    so we don't have any experience with a new subaru purchase

    what rubber are you driving this winter?

     
    330xi, Jan 13, 2004
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    F. Plant Guest

    2001 legacy, no block heater from factory. Part $35.91 labour $75 at
    dealer.

    F.Plant
     
    F. Plant, Jan 13, 2004
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Yup, called up Otto's and asked them about it, and they confirmed it's an
    option. They quoted about $110 for installation too. Oh well.

    I gotta say, it's not that the car doesn't start up after it's been cold,
    but it really sounds horribly rough when trying to start at -30C or lower.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Jan 13, 2004
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Well, mine was bought used also, about two years back. So I didn't really
    have a lot of choice on the options on it either.
    Well, I've been driving the same rubbers that I've been driving since I got
    this car. The previous owner had installed Nokian Hakkapellita NRW tires on
    it (which are now called the WR's). It seems to be relatively predictable on
    snow, though I do see a few fishtails with it, but easily brought back under
    control.

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Jan 13, 2004
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Hi,
    It's option in Ontario. Out here in Calgary, it's standard feature.
    I moved out here in 1970. I never had block heater in Ontario.
    Tony
     
    Tony Hwang, Jan 14, 2004
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  9. Hey Yousuf,

    They're an option, and Ottawa dealers don't always include them. Did you
    buy it new here? It is just a 400W element that screws in place of the left
    coolant-drain plug in the block. You shouldn't _really_ need one,
    especially if you are using your car everyday for commuting (battery gets a
    good charge). My "neighbour" at work says they're always included in
    Saskatoon. Phone your dealer, it can't be more than 100$ installed.

    http://www.brandsport.com/sub-a0910as000.html

    BTW mine has one, but only because the original owner asked for it.
     
    Dominic Richens, Jan 14, 2004
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    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Yeah that's what it looks like, it's standard only certain parts of the
    country. I bought mine used from the dealership too. But the previous owner
    was probably from Montreal. He had good taste in tires, Nokians, but he
    must've forgotten about block heaters. :)

    Yousuf Khan
     
    Yousuf Khan, Jan 14, 2004
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    Tim Reeve Guest

    When we got our Legacy wagon just over a year ago, it was an extra option,
    here in Ottawa. Personally, I can't imagine why you would not install one,
    especially when the temperature is -35C! And that's without the windchill.
    It is a lot easier to plug the car in than to build a fire under it.
    Cheers,
    Tim
     
    Tim Reeve, Jan 15, 2004
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