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Anyone have a block heater installed? It's going to get to - 22F this week where I live. It can go down to -38F. I've looked at oil pan heaters as an alternative. I've always used a block heater without issues. I owned a F150 that was recalled twice for block heater caused fires. There are always news stories of that brand new car burning up, one just happened in my town two weeks ago. But, the thought of starting up a 1.6T GDI at -38F doesn't make mew feel good either. I used to have a Jeep, put a top synthetic oil in but if it wasn't plugged in for winter starts, it would groan and whine like a sewing machine tearing itself apart.
 

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I honestly thought Canadian dealers were required by law to install one. But you're right they're not. Are you SURE you don't have one installed?

I received a cord in a box when I picked my vehicle up, they installed the car side of it below the front bumper, which I'm not overly happy about. Did you get any winter package? Like Winter mats or anything. Sometimes they bundle them.

Regardless just take it to your dealer, they ought to have them in stock.
 

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Yeah, the dealers are going to install it, that’s all I added. I opted out of any dealer add-on packages, usually those are a complete rip off. There’s a dealership in my town where they have mandatory block heater, car mats, theft etching and under coating for $1500. They put all that on pre-sale. I like buying at the Kia dealership because they don’t pull that crap.
 

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Yeah, the dealers are going to install it, that’s all I added. I opted out of any dealer add-on packages, usually those are a complete rip off. There’s a dealership in my town where they have mandatory block heater, car mats, theft etching and under coating for $1500. They put all that on pre-sale. I like buying at the Kia dealership because they don’t pull that crap.
Very much the standard here in the prairies...interestingly enough, my dealer also sold vehicles with a $1500 "dealer installed" Prairie package that includes block heater, winter mats, mud guards, paint protection, etc...the interesting part is this is a photo of my vehicle the day it came off the truck and arrived at the dealership...it had not been PDI'd at this point, you can still see the clear shipping wrap on the hood and the door bumpers are still on. You can clearly see the block heater flip up connector in the grille area (circled in red), which leaves me to wonder where and when it was actually installed?


 

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Very much the standard here in the prairies...interestingly enough, my dealer also sold vehicles with a $1500 "dealer installed" Prairie package that includes block heater, winter mats, mud guards, paint protection, etc...the interesting part is this is a photo of my vehicle the day it came off the truck and arrived
at the dealership...it had not been PDI'd at this point, you can still see the clear shipping wrap on the hood and the door bumpers are still on. You can clearly see the block heater flip up connector in the grille area (circled in red), which leaves me to wonder where and when it was actually installed?


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They installed mine in a stupid place, so be thankful.
Mines installed under the faux skid plate. Way down low.
shaking head
Maybe I'll move it.
Oh, I'm not complaining...just wondering who the hell actually installed it because it was on there when the vehicle arrived...lol. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the factory as I doubt they would have put it through the grille, so where on earth would it have gotten done?
 

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I have a block heater in my 1.6L Seltos. Living in the prairies I absolutely would say get one and use it. Mine was dealer installed for $150cad
I've had underground parking and worked from home for several years now...I can't even remember the last time I had to plug a vehicle in...lol.
It's kind of nice actually.
Most dealers in the Prairies install them on spec anyways if they're not included from factory.
Except VW/Audi (Merc and BMW may be the same)...they don't actually make block heaters for them...you usually end up with an oil pan heater (which can be bad for condensation in your oil), or a recirculation heater (which are great because they keep ALL your coolant warm, unless of course they leak), or nothing at all...(which is often the case).
 
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