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Old June 19th, 2007, 20:48   #1
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Default Does my Jetta have a block heater?

How could I tell if my Jetta has a block heater. I can not find a cord anywhere. It is a Canadian car so you would think it would have a block heater as standard issue. If it does not have one any idea ho much it will cost me to get one installed?
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Old June 20th, 2007, 02:24   #2
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From my understanding you don't really want a block heater. Search here for a Frost heater. There is a company listed here that will sell you a very nice little kit and it does an excellent job from what I have read.

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Old June 22nd, 2007, 23:41   #3
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"Does my Jetta have a block heater?"

My didn't and I don't believe it's even an option. Why don't you complete profile so we know where you live. The best bet is to check with members who live in your area to find out if it's worth worrying about.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 18:49   #4
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At least here on the Wet Coast, they're not offered as features. :P Typically, from what I understand is unless you live in Sioux Lookout or Tuktoyuktuk, you don't really "need" one. However, on the other hand, a coolant heater (such as the aformentioned "Frost Heater" I believe) will make your car put out warm air even faster than the onboard electric air heater.

On the other hand, I don't know how much good it will do you. Even this past winter, on the few days when it hit -15 or so, I watched the temperature needle drop visibly while I sat at stop lights. The engine just doesn't put out much heat at all when idling.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 19:41   #5
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The Frost Heater is a "must have" mod for anyone in the snowbelt, IMHO. This tank heater will circulate warm coolant throughout the block by convection, including inside the cabin. I plug mine in for a few hours (using a timer) each morning during the winter.

While the modern diesel glowplugs do a bang-up job no matter what the temp, using a frost heater like this makes it easier on the engine during ultra cold weather starts. The engine turns over much easier, runs much smoother after initial start-up, and having a warm cabin first thing in the morning is an added bonus.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 21:31   #6
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Mine came with a heater but not a block heater, it's an oil pan heater. It came as standard equipment.
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 21:36   #7
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Old October 17th, 2013, 19:54   #8
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Hmmm I have a cord coming from the bottom of my car, I initially thought it was a block heater cord, but from what I have read, VW TDi's do not have frost plugs in the engine block. I would be very lucky if it was a fost heater,I sure hope it's that, but I some how doubt that. I live near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada so one would assume that every car purchased would have a block heater.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 04:25   #9
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Newer TDIs don't have an accessible soft plug to put a heater. But they do sell a heater that appears to function very much like the Frost Heater everyone is familiar with. It goes in line and replaces one of the small hoses from the oil cooler. The last time I looked there was also a small ECM update when you installed it - but I have no idea what the update changed.

I believe I read something about the heater was either standard or only available on Canadian cars. And VW is very proud of the fact that their TDIs don't need a heater to start at -40C.

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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:02   #10
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OEM heater is more than twice the cost of a FrostHeater, with 1/2 the wattage, IIRC.
They don't NEED a heater, but will benefit from one in colder climates.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 13:36   #11
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When I got my 2009 the heater was not available even though there is a grill piece that will hold the plug for it available. I bought the grill with the plug holder and a frostheater and it worked out well. As for the car starting at -40C... It will proabably start without a heater but the ruckus it makes and how rough it runs for the first bit will have you runnning to your computer to order the frostheater in a heartbeat.
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