Just wondering if I should consider a warranty claim.
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Why would you put heat in a car?
I get in and go and it'll take a few minutes before warm air comes thru the vents (just depends on how quickly the engine warms up).
Plus I have heated seats so I don't really care if the warm air comes thru quickly or not. My bum is usually warm before the heated air comes thru the vents anyway.
Maybe it's me but I thought you NEVER "get in and drive" in a turboed vehicle. Let it get somewhat warm, at least until the idle settles and the go. I don't push mine past 3k until th water temp is at the norm. Then? GAME ON! I joke I joke I kid I kid!
While I like the heated seats, my wife can't live without them - mmmm toasty buns
i live in suburban nyc and my mk4 literally took 15 mins of driving before it felt warm, my mk6 jetta warms up/feels toasty in 3-5 mins depending on outside temps under 20 degrees/sitting out all night closer to 5 mins... my seat warmers seem to warm up in under 2 mins though
Umm, that depends greatly on the outside temperature and what kind of driving you're doing. Sometimes my engine's taken forever to warm to its normal operating temperature and it's even dropped from the 90C temp down during the trip because of some slow stop and go type of traffic.
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In a gas 1994 Golf 2.0 at 20 degrees F. But my 1998 Jetta TDI took over 20 minutes to warm past the second hash mark at 20 degrees outside. It did no good to let it idle to warm up because there was no load on the engine. However our Passat has an electric element to heat up the cabin immediately, maybe 30 seconds to warm air.
What is your car? If it is a new TDI, I think those also have the electric element. It may be that the feature is not properly activated. It could be accessed via VAG-COM. If someone has done work on the car before, it could be a thermostat, low coolant, air in the hoses, or like mentioned a stuck flap in the heat ductwork. Try turning the recirc to inside only air to see if it makes a difference. If makes no difference, the outside cold air may be leaking in.
I'm talking about a '10 gti.
I drive fairly conservatively until the temp gauge is at 12 o'clock. Unfortunately, by the time that happens my hands are numb and the car is just starting to warm up.
From what I experienced in my old Audi 90; heavy leather gloves will render my steering wheel shredded.
Ah well, I'm getting fairly used to the cold at this point anyway.
I have noticed my GTI takes much longer to pump warm air into the cabin then any car I've driven...
Design issue? It is lame... Been <10F here and it stays cold in my GTI for a good bit like 10 minutes.
I always start the car and wait for the idle to settle. Then I drive easy and shift below 3k.
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Again, 10 minutes seems like a long time. That is over ten miles on the highway. Due you guys really look at the clock - or does it just "feel like ten minutes?"
At any rate, as I mentioned before, part of this is the high efficiency of these engines, which means less waste heat. The DSG GTI is rated 24/33 by the EPA, the Mazda Speed3 18/25. That is a huge (30%) difference!
Just get your cars with heated seats. They are toasty after 1 to 2 minutes, and then you can switch them off. That option will become even more important in the future.
I usually check the MFD for driving time, and its usually around 5-6 mins or so, that the car is finally pumping decent warm air into the cabin. It's not a huge deal, but definitely isn't ideal, as I would guess most cars can get warm air going within 3-5mins.
And yes, as others said, the heated seats definitely help.
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My '11 JSW seems to take a bit longer than I'd like. The seat warmers work fast enough, but it seems to take me ~5 minutes for my defrosters to really kick in. I find myself looking out the tiniest of holes through my windshield for the beginning of my daily commute.
The warm air usually comes in a bit over 5 minutes. By ~7 minutes it's pumping fully, and I have to turn it down
I checked yesterday morning on my way into the office, 6 minutes. Idle about half the time waiting at a traffic light. Heated seats + gloves = great combination.
Its much much faster than my old MK3, that was 10 minutes or so usually.
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My drive is brutal on my car.
I drive about 45 MPH for about 3 minutes, then it is 20-25 minutes of stop and go to the guard-shack, then it is 55 MPH for about 5 miles. Most times I will take a bit of a detour that will allow me to bypass 10 minutes of the stop and go, as long as not many others have gone that way. When I have to go the whole 20-25 minutes, the needle gets to 12 o'clock about the time that I get to the guard-shack. If I take the detour, it gets to 12 o'clock as I meet back with the rolling 5 MPH, but then drops a notch or so before building back up to normal in about 5 minutes.
All of the above is when the temps are in the mid 20s.
I have recently started driving a gear lower than normal, keeping the RPMs about 2500, and it helps bring the temps up a little faster.