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Yup, block heater was standard issue on Canadian 9-5's. Older ones didn't have it though (eg my c900's) - you had to install one in those after the fact.
It makes a big difference. We were -28C last night, so fairly cold (it seems it's been like that most nights since Christmas though)... I had the block heater on for about 3 hrs this morning and it sure is easier on the motor and battery to start up! Often we have not plugged the cars in (eg there are no plugs at work at the parking lot, like is common out west), but yesterday I got a CEL on startup as the car ground to a start... the CEL went away once it warmed up... I think I will try to use the block heater more often (I think the rule of thumb is supposed to be <-15C). Good to hear even a short time makes a significant improvement - that has been our issue, poor planning! Winter is hard on cars, that is for sure.
Looking forward to a bit warmer temps so I can fix some things that are starting to break on our cars. No fun freezing your hands off wrenching!
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