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Old 05-09-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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2012 Block heater standard?

Alright. So I go into the movies to catch Fast 5, come out and find my new Foci at normal operating temp! I live in Ohio, which I didn't think was classified as a cold weather state, and my ETIS says "for normal temperature zones". I have the SE hatch with a manual trans and even got stuck with NO grille shutters. Does anyone else have this "block heater" situation going on with their new Foci?


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Old 05-09-2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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I sure hope so, sounds rad.
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It may have just been warm enough outside for the engine to stay warm. For an engine block heater to work it has to be hooked up to something, it can't just keep its self warm.
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I think I've got the 'magic' heater also. I can leave the car for a couple of hours, start it up, and the gauge is pretty much up to operating temperature. Seems to retain heat really well. Even after sitting overnight, its up to operating temp before I can get onto the main road, which is only about a quarter mile. I've never had a vehicle that warmed up this fast.
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The block heater is an immersion heater and only works when directly plugged into a electrical power source. The block heater comes standard on NA cars sold in MN, MT, ND, WY and WI.
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I think I've got the 'magic' heater also. I can leave the car for a couple of hours, start it up, and the gauge is pretty much up to operating temperature. Seems to retain heat really well. Even after sitting overnight, its up to operating temp before I can get onto the main road, which is only about a quarter mile. I've never had a vehicle that warmed up this fast.
IMO, I think you're placing far too much faith that the gauge is accurate. Depending on your location, wait til winter comes around again and see how long it takes for the heater to start working.
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This car has the fastest warmup time I have ever seen. By the time I am backed out of the driveway and to the first street corner, it's at the bottom of the normal area.
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They finally let me out of the insane asylum. Glad I'm not the only one that finds this vehicle warms up, and stays warm, for an unusual amount of time. Like I said earlier. I went into a 2 hour movie, on a 50 degree night, and came out to an engine at normal operating temperature. And yes, I too get hot heat a quarter mile down the road. I can understand that it warms up quick with an aluminum block and all. But even that being the case, it shouldn't stay at 165 degrees for 2 hours!
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