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The Prius doesn't really need to be "warmed up"--the heater kicks in pretty quick, as well as the AC.. it would just be a neat function to have because "you can."
From LA to MN you tell us we don't need this? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Now I would argue that we stoic Minnesotans should be tough enough to risk hypothermia the first five miles of our commute, or we shouldn't live here. Save the gas and buy a sweater. Now heated seats would be a dream come true.
Isn't the point of buying a Prius to save the world??? So why would you put Remote Start on the thing??? I'm in Minnesota and biking to work; the cars that I see running on Remote Start are burning as much fuel as I'm saving on winter mornings. It's enough to make me disable Smilies in this post!
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Well, personally I wouldn't have a remote start but I can see why some people would want one. The Prius would burn 1-2 litres per hour during warmup. I don't think that's going to impact on the environment very much for 15-20 min each cold morning.

That being said, time for a block heater. Maybe an electric in-car warmer as well. All on a timer of course, three hour warmup. I think you can get seat warmers on the aftermarket leather seats. And as I have posted elsewhere, my first choise would be an electric steering wheel heater. My butt can take care of itself but trying to drive with mits on is dangerous! Those switches are so tiny.

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What no one is acknowledging is that the remote start is particularly useful to warm the windshield to deice it. Driving in a cold car is not a big deal to me. I don't freeze easily. (Except in -25 windchill) But scraping a quarter inch of ice and driving with frost can be unnerving. With a remote, both the front and rear windshields can warm up to make scraping easier and driving safer.

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[ So why would you put Remote Start on the thing??? I'm in Minnesota and biking to work;
you're a better man (or other applicable adjective) than I!

I wouldn't use the thing daily...car is in garage in morning anyway.
But is sure is nice to start it up 5 minutes before walking out the office, on some of those brutal, dark January evenings.

But, hey, I'm heading to DanMan country tonight for a long weekend! Can't wait!

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Hep: by the way, Fleet Farm has their heated seat pad on sale right now for $19.99. I loved it last winter!
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[ So why would you put Remote Start on the thing??? I'm in Minnesota and biking to work;
you're a better man (or other applicable adjective) than I!
That would be a noun.
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yikes! what was I thinking! manly man? would "manly" be one of the few adjectives to end with "ly?"
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I thought you were referrring to the noun 'man' since not knowing livewombat's gender. 'Better' is indeed an adjective.
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Really. You can get into a cold car on a Minnesota winter morning. My mom did it when they used bricks from the wood stove to keep their feet from freezing. My grandma either walked or drove a team of horses. My great-grandparents got around by rowboat just south of the Arctic Circle in Norway. Not one of them had remote start, and they managed just fine. I figure that as a 56-year-old Minnesota woman, I can bike to work if the temperature is above minus 10 and the snow is less than two inches deep, and wear warm enough clothes to drive without pre-heating the car otherwise. It's that much less money I'm sending to folks who have unpleasant ideas about how we should spend the next decades: like maybe not having a choice about whether we drive, let alone whether we get to pre-heat our cars.
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I thought you were referrring to the noun 'man' since not knowing livewombat's gender. 'Better' is indeed an adjective.
I was. You were right. Noun. I wasn't paying attention! And not only did I not know the gender, I guessed wrong.

And I do get into a cold car every MN morning...and I hate it! "Managed just fine" is a relative term (ok, DanMan, relative phrase?)...

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Hep: by the way, Fleet Farm has their heated seat pad on sale right now for $19.99. I loved it last winter!
Plug in to the car? This is intriguing! How quick do you get heat?

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