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MDGeist
01-14-2011, 07:09 AM
Parking heater seems to be available only in EU cars. It's an option where heat is generated from the fuel system or a separate standalone heater. This will allow to have warm air right when you start the engine or if programmed to heat the car in advance.

The residual/auxiliary heat in US cars uses remaining heat of the engine after shut off. So it doesn't generate new/additional heat and therefore can't warm up a car that is cold.

Wondering why we don't get the parking heater option in the US.

If anybody knows about an aftermarket option, please post it in a reply.

Thanks.

AzNMpower32
01-14-2011, 07:23 AM
There's probably some regulatory, liability, and "Americans are too dumb to use it properly" coming together. Although it's a great feature, I would keep it out of the US market as well, although the Canadians should deserve it because of their climate.

Titanflux
01-14-2011, 04:30 PM
It might be available in some continental EU countries, but not in the UK.

BimmerUKF10
01-14-2011, 05:28 PM
It might be available in some continental EU countries, but not in the UK.

This is unfortunately correct - I don't have it either!