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Old 23-01-2008   #1
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Brrrrr cold?

Now we having a good spell of cold weather can I ask how you are all getting on with the heater in the Doblo?
Reason I ask is that we used to have 1.9 d...and the heater was terrible.
We thinking of buying a new doblo, but need to know if ours was just a fluke.
I know its been discussed before and the outcome was about 50/50...but would appreciate any info.

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Tiggs.....from cold and wet Wales!
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

I have had a Doblo 120 Dynamic for two months and had no trouble with heater. It takes a few minutes to warm up just as my last diesel car did.
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

Mine's generally coming through warm as I get to work - 2.5 miles.
But then that's diesels for you, the engines don't seem to heat up quickly so you can't expect the heaters to.
This is my third diesel & the other two (pug pickup & fiat uno) didn't heat up quickly either.
In the winter I tend to keep the heater on recirculate so it's warming the air from the cab rather than chilly air from outside.
Only way round this is to buy some sort of additional heating system.
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

Downside of having a modern, high efficiency, economical diesel lump. They take a while to warm up. Mrs O's doblo takes about 3 times as long as my petrol Suzuki!
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

My 1.9jtd takes about 3 miles to warm up, but when it does, it is THE cosiest, warmest car I have had. Sometimes gets too hot.
When it is really frosty, I start the engine, and go back inside for a while. My car is off road, so that's ok, but illegal (I think) to do it if you are parked on the road.
By the time I drive off, it is starting to warm up nicely.


Go on Tiggs: you know you want to.

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where in SW Wales are you Tiggs? I'm in Carmarthenshire.
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

Quote Originally Posted by Lynt View Post
My 1.9jtd takes about 3 miles to warm up, but when it does, it is THE cosiest, warmest car I have had. Sometimes gets too hot.
When it is really frosty, I start the engine, and go back inside for a while. My car is off road, so that's ok, but illegal (I think) to do it if you are parked on the road.
By the time I drive off, it is starting to warm up nicely.


Go on Tiggs: you know you want to.

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where in SW Wales are you Tiggs? I'm in Carmarthenshire.
Also illegal if parked on your driveway - you would find your insurance would be reluctant to pay out. Techy term is 'frostjacking'.
I like to sit in the car with my bowl of porridge & cup of coffee whilst the engine is warming & windows defrosting. Great way to escape the kids whingeing & have 10 mins peace & quiet, a bit of time to myself.
It's also good to allow the engine to warm slowly, give the oil chance to be splashed around the engine before driving.
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

I live in a very rural area, and very few people go by. Any frostjacker would have to open the gates, and get past my dogs first!

Anyway, spring is on the way.
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Re: Brrrrr cold?

A couple of Chow Chows here......nice and fluffy, just the thing for keeping your toes warm

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Re: Brrrrr cold?

Quote Originally Posted by Lynt View Post
I live in a very rural area, and very few people go by. Any frostjacker would have to open the gates, and get past my dogs first!
Nice one.
There was another one as well, I think it was Paperjacking (?) - where folks would keep their engine running whilst they nipped into the paper shop in the morning.

There is also a gadget (costs about 400) which uses the car's fuel supply to heat the coolant - so warming the engine and the car without the need for the engine to be running. Nice idea but not sure how costly it would be?

In previous cold spells I've left a greenhouse heater burning all night (put in a few drops of citronelle to mask the parrafin fumes) in the boot, gives off just enough heat to keep the windows frost free & the cab is just aired.
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