Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 04:36:22 -0500 From: John <spamfree23nopsam.com> Subject: Re: Remote starter recommendations? for 2002 9-3
On Sat, 25 Jan 2003 18:14:35 +0100, "Mark Gerritsma" <magernopsam.nld> wrote: >Fred W. <Fred.Willsnopsamammyrealbox.com> schreef: >>> A remote starter would be a nice luxury, but I'm not to buy an >>> automatic car just for that. >> >> Why on earth do you want a remote starter? So you can start the car >> from the warm and cozy confines of your house and let your car sit >> with a cold engine and idle in the driveway? You should realize >> that this is a very bad habit and will certainly cause your engine >> longevity to suffer. Buck up and put ion a warmer coat... go out >> start your car, let it idle for 20 - 30 seconds and then get going, >> albeit at a slower pace until she warms up. > >If that's the point, you could also put a stationary heating system >into the car. If desired it can be fitted with a timer and/or remote >control. This system runs on the fuel you car uses. >For some cars also something called a latent heat accumulator >(basically a thermically insulated bottle that stores heat from your >cooling system) is available. As soon as you start your engine the >stored heat is transferred into your cooling system. I don't know if >this exists for the 9-3. No, its really just for comfort. We all know that warming up for ~30 seconds is enough for the oil to warm up a little and circulate through the engine and the car is good enough to drive slowly for the next few minutes at low RPM. What I don't understand is how hard/expensive would it be for automakers to put a resistant-type heater in the car so that the passengers can get "instant" heat like I do when I turn on a $20 heater I buy from Walmart. The heater can be placed in the engine compartment and piped into the HVAC ducts and turned on automatically when the cabin temperature is below a certain temperature. We have AC, why not extra heat?