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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: supton] #5283189 12/02/19 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by supton
My Jetta had mediocre A/C....I could watch the temp gauge drop on really cold ones if I coasted. It even had a coolant heater, but it just could not keep up. [One winter it lost a coolant line, so no circulation. I drove something like 15 or 20 miles home like that. It didn't care.]

Makes sense. Considering their post popular car in history (the Beetle) was designed to run without water.



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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283213 12/02/19 05:37 PM
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I love my Hyundai Tucson 1.6 turbo. But it takes about 6-7 miles in really cold weather to adequately warm up.

Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283228 12/02/19 05:52 PM
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The old Audi 90 with cold weather package would burn you right out of the car, it heated up very quickly. The worst were the old air cooled Beetles, Corvair and Citroen GS which was also an air cooled flat 4. These are cars I have owned but all the air cooled ones didn't do well.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283255 12/02/19 06:22 PM
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I put an Espar gasoline fueled heater in the trunk of my 1985 Olds 88 coupe with duct work to and from the cab of the car.

Hard to beat a vehicle that you can set the temperature and time you want it to heat up, or remote start it, without running the engine, and the thermostat can be set from 60F to 95F and it only burns about 1/2 gallon per hour at the high setting, and draws only a couple of amps for the blower fan.

If I ever install another heater in one of my vehicles I would go with the Webasto hydronic system that installs under the hood and plumbs into the vehicles antifreeze lines. The Espar system used up some trunk space.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283323 12/02/19 07:25 PM
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Our Mazda 5 2012 has a blue light for cold motor. Turns off before a mile from the house and then out comes heat. Has automatic temp contol so just set it like at home. AC is excellent too with a coil for rear seat passengers with a 3 speed fan. Instant defrost too. They got climate control spot on.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283326 12/02/19 07:29 PM
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Hey guys don't be so tough on the VW Beetle. My 1965 came from England and has special heater boxes that will heat you outta there. Just remember to crack open the vent window to allow the motor fan to push the warm air inside the car. If it can't get out it won't come in.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283339 12/02/19 07:39 PM
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VW's latest 1.8T engines heat up super fast due to the cylinder head design and how it interfaces with the turbo. I can have good heat in a half mile or less from being parked outside overnight. Its literally way better than anything else i've ever driven as far as winter heat production.

Our 2014 Accord did have one neat feature. It would increase blower speed as the water temps came up so it didn't blow cold air on you.

The current whole family vehicle, our 2018 Regal TourX has a fantastic long range remote start so i can just fire it up a few mins before we get into it. Then it has heated seats and steering wheel and AWD so it really wins winter time even though the Golf can spit out heat a bit faster.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283341 12/02/19 07:40 PM
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My Mark 2 1988 Jetta GLI 16v would have heat that could burn you and old R-12 Freon AC that would freeze the interior. Amazing climate control.

The worst has to be diesel anything truck and car for warm up of heat.

Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283391 12/02/19 08:33 PM
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My wife's 2017 Rogue is horrible for creating a warm cabin, the engine itself warms up in a normal amount of time, but I always feel cold in this car. My 2013 Maxima is fine, gets comfy promptly. The old Flex is now better since I replaced one of the blend door actuators.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283400 12/02/19 08:38 PM
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My Accord has amazing heat. Doesn't matter how cold it is, it gets up to oper. temp quickly and starts putting out warm air shortly after leaving my driveway.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283403 12/02/19 08:42 PM
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No car has a better heater than an 80s Mercedes, especially the diesels, which is funny because they don’t run particularly warm. My clk430 is also extremely potent, far better than my Honda and on par with either Lexus in my sig, Tundra is the absolute worst, AC in it ain’t so great either

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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5283498 12/02/19 10:32 PM
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my 2016 frontier has a great heater. my old 1965 300 L had a bad heater. and in the summer once it got HOT or even OVER heated. it would not cool down till it sat over night.

Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Audios] #5284476 12/03/19 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Audios
BMWs since the early 90s have had amazing heat. My roadside wagon, 95 5 series wagon, would have heat in 2 long blocks, maybe 1000 ft, same with our X3. Our GL has an aux heater that works really well right away. The worst is my Golf Tdi, the needle doesnt move for at least 2-3 miles. Some days, if theres traffic and the heats on, it wont even hit operating temp in my 5 mile commute. My cheapie plug in seat heat helps a lot.


Agreed. I put a rebuilt heater box in my 2002 and it pumped out hot air down to below 0F.
The heater in my TJ is also very effective.


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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5284494 12/03/19 10:03 PM
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not a ford fan, but dang sure would be handy...

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Re: Best Auto Heat/Defrost [Re: Passport1] #5284521 12/03/19 10:52 PM
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Depending on how cold it is outside it can take a few mins for my Kia V6 to start cranking out heat but once it does it can actually get too hot in the cabin where I gotta turn it down or crack windows. No heater core issues here...

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