Cdn owners: block heater

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

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    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.
    Fuzzy Logic, Jan 13, 2004
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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
    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

    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

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

    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 Hwang, Jan 14, 2004
  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.

    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.
    Tim Reeve, Jan 15, 2004
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