Wherever you run the electrical outlet plug to, I'd recommend that you consider adding an adapter plug on the end of the cord, so that the plug will take all of the wear and tear instead of the three prongs on the original setup. It's much easier to replace a $0.75 adapter plug once a year than the alternative of fining a new outlet cord.
FYI- My local dealer informed me that there is a problem with the mounting brackets breaking, and that a new magnetic version should be replacing this unit in the near future.
NB: New member, and have spent days cruising this site. Where does it end? Great site FRED! Hope to catch up soon.
Don't shoot me...I don't have a TDI (yet)...but I was curious if the oil pan bolt pattern of the 1.9 TDI was the same as the 1.8T. I'd like to install one of these on my petrol Passat 1.8T if it would fit. Anyone tried it?
Interesting, that... Have they altered the sump pan to steel to take a magnetic heater? Fact remains that all the magnetic ones I've seen are supposed to be strapped or bracketed on as well for permanent installation, but it would potentially solve the air-gap problem.
VW were supposed to be having a Dealer service pow-wow in Alberta or W Canada yesterday so I'll await the outcome of that to see what they intend to do about engine preheaters. Our Golf TDi was supplied 2 weeks ago without anything at all. Soon as I have any more info on this subject I'll post it.
Hey GeWilli...doing well...thanks for asking. I've been laying low and just lurking on the TDI forums (out of guilt that I ditched my TDI plans and got a Passat 1.8T)
Once we get tired of the 1-car scenario, you can bet that a Golf TDI will grace our fleet...maybe by that time, low sulphur diesel will have taken America by storm too.
Anyway, I'm thinking of going with the EZ Heat adhesive oil pan solution now. Seems to have gotten some positive press elsewhere on the TDI forums. Plus, it doesn't look as, um, menacing as the beast pictured atop this page...
Just had the new oil pan heater/block heater installed. Now my question is when I need to plug it in in Canada, do I only need an adapter (from 110 prongs to 220v outlet) or am i required to need any type of converter, etc.??? Thanks for any reply.
The dealership I frequent has the new "Stick-On" pan heaters in stock. It's available at Autohaus in Barrie, Ontario. I'm not sure what the price is, but according to the parts manager, they are now available at most of the Canadian dealerships.