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ultimate block heater
with all the discussion of block heaters thought some listers would like
to hear about the ultimate solution. its available in Germany (or was 5
years ago), but its quite expensive, about $1500 per car.
the solution is a system that uses fuel (i.e., there are gas and diesel
versions) to heat coolant. the system is programmable to come on at a
desired time. at a preprogrammed set point (not user adjustable, i
think), it circulated coolant and could turn on the climate control
(don't know how this would be installed on a car with electronic climate
controls, but remember that a/c is exotic in Germany). this system
provides the dual benefit of a warm engine and interior (with defrosted
glass). obviously, there were numerous safety sensors to shut off fuel if
there was no combustion or if temperatures got too high.
I saw several brochures for competing systems when i was in Germany and one
of my colleagues
had one of these systems installed in his vw transporter synchro
passenger van. apparently, this was a popular option for some heavy
tractor trailer trucks, particularly the ones with a sleeping berth in
just for curiousity, has anyone seen something like this in north america?
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