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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old December 15th, 2011, 22:05   #31
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I like the OP's setup a lot. I've been really thinking about a good solution. A flip down lid would be a must if I'm going to do it.
Off topic, my solution to driving off has been coil up the 25' big extension cord (car is only about 8' from the plug) and wrap it up. If I drive off with it still plugged in it pulls out one end or the other instead of pulling the extension cord into the street and flying all over the place.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 15:22   #32
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I am looking to add a heater to my 2001 Jetta, how have you all found Frostheater for both quality and ease of installation? Would anyone know whether getting the heater from the manufacturer to save money would be a bad idea? I live in Canada and the extra cost of shipping made me consider going around Frostheater to the source. Just not sure how good their kits are, and how much is added by them.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 15:45   #33
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I am looking to add a heater to my 2001 Jetta, how have you all found Frostheater for both quality and ease of installation? Would anyone know whether getting the heater from the manufacturer to save money would be a bad idea? I live in Canada and the extra cost of shipping made me consider going around Frostheater to the source. Just not sure how good their kits are, and how much is added by them.

He is the manfacturer,He has good prices on his products.He is out of Arlington, Minnessota
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Old December 29th, 2011, 17:22   #34
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As far as I know, he does not manufacture, only assembles a kit with a zerotherm or something heater and everything required to mount it
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Old December 29th, 2011, 17:32   #35
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I am looking to add a heater to my 2001 Jetta, how have you all found Frostheater for both quality and ease of installation? Would anyone know whether getting the heater from the manufacturer to save money would be a bad idea? I live in Canada and the extra cost of shipping made me consider going around Frostheater to the source. Just not sure how good their kits are, and how much is added by them.
I have had mine in since September 2005. It took all of 45 minutes to install, and I lost about a pint of coolant.

Simply put, it's a great product at a great price.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 06:57   #36
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As far as I know, he does not manufacture, only assembles a kit with a zerotherm or something heater and everything required to mount it

This is his design. So he has parts special made for his product,I would call that a manufacture.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:09   #37
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I am looking to add a heater to my 2001 Jetta, how have you all found Frostheater for both quality and ease of installation? Would anyone know whether getting the heater from the manufacturer to save money would be a bad idea? I live in Canada and the extra cost of shipping made me consider going around Frostheater to the source. Just not sure how good their kits are, and how much is added by them.
Frost's kits are plug and play. If you just buy a Zerostart heater, you will have to make the mounting bracket and sift through all of the curved hoses at the auto parts store to find the right ones for a neat installation. Terry does all of that for you, at a very reasonable cost. You will be supporting a vendor who supports this site, AND you even get a bag of M&Ms to munch on while you're doing the install!
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:19   #38
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This is his design. So he has parts special made for his product,I would call that a manufacture.
Either way the heating element (which is 90% of his product) can be bought cheaper and made to work on your car.

It's just Mr Frost has taken that last 10% of hassle out of the install. To many people, not dealing with that last 10%, it is well worth paying for his kit.

I'd buy one if I lived a but further north, i can deal with the week or so we see of single digits.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:34   #39
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Either way the heating element (which is 90% of his product) can be bought cheaper and made to work on your car.

It's just Mr Frost has taken that last 10% of hassle out of the install. To many people, not dealing with that last 10%, it is well worth paying for his kit.
I think that your percentages are off just a bit. Unless, that is, you put absolutely no value on your time spent making a mounting bracket or finding the correct hoses. I try to "do-it-myself" as often as possible, but in this case, the Frostheater kit is a no-brainer.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 11:00   #40
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I think that your percentages are off just a bit. Unless, that is, you put absolutely no value on your time spent making a mounting bracket or finding the correct hoses. I try to "do-it-myself" as often as possible, but in this case, the Frostheater kit is a no-brainer.
Well said! I would add that even with the kit and the full colour detailed chassis specific instructions that come with it can be a bit of work to wrestle the parts into the engine bay. I was very very very thankful I purchased a frostheater kit that had the correct hoses and mount and I only had to do this once.

edit: on topic content: I really like this solution Oly! Looks very clean and solid. I haven't decided where to put my cord ever since I deleted the lower grilles on my Golf. I kindof like the solid block off plate idea for the lower grilles and mounted it in there... but out the side would be so much quicker, or possibly secured solidly using a bracket in the gaping hole I have were the drivers side grille used to be...

Either way, finding the mounting location for the plug has got to be the most enjoyable part of installing a FrostHeater!

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i wasn't knocking the frost heater, it's def seems like a great product, that adapts a product to meet our needs with the least amount of hassle
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I really like this solution Oly! Looks very clean and solid. I haven't decided where to put my cord ever since I deleted the lower grilles on my Golf. I kindof like the solid block off plate idea for the lower grilles and mounted it in there... but out the side would be so much quicker, or possibly secured solidly using a bracket in the gaping hole I have were the drivers side grille used to be...

Either way, finding the mounting location for the plug has got to be the most enjoyable part of installing a FrostHeater!
Yeah, I enjoyed installing the plug-in port more than I did installing the heater! It's holding-up excellently although there are some mars in the paint on the door rim from road wear. No biggie -- that's what touch-up paint is for!

There have been no problems whatsoever so far; nice and dry. I must reiterate, however, that this solution is best suited for those who have a cord situation amenable to the side plug-in. In other words, if you think you'lll drive off without noticing your cord, perhaps this isn't the right solution! I drape my cord from the plug-in port over the driver's side mirror which is nearly impossible to miss when getting into the car.

I like the "look" the longer I have it...
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The extention cord I use has little led light inside the plug.
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The extention cord I use has little led light inside the plug.
Yes! Mine as well. When I walk into the garage, there is a big blue cord draped across my mirror and a glowing cord plugged into the port -- I'd have to be sleep walking to miss that...
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