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      09-19-2018, 11:33 PM   #1
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How well have you all made out in the winter with no block heater?

I recently bought an 08 335xi and the idea of not having a block heater kind of concerns me, especially working 11hr night shifts in Edmonton over the winter.

Should I consider getting an oil pan heater on Amazon or something to install before it starts getting too cold or is it unnecessary?
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      09-20-2018, 07:20 PM   #2
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If you've got somewhere to plug it in then I'd run a coolant heater instead of an oilpan heater. Zerostart most likely makes a unit you can squeeze in somewhere. Does a much better job as well.
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      09-20-2018, 10:28 PM   #3
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Also in Edmonton. Never had a problem. The battery in the trunk helps shelter it a bit. Let us know if you find a block heater.
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      09-21-2018, 08:13 AM   #4
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Had 3 used bimmers in 15 years and they have always started in the Ontario winter, no matter how cold or how long it was left outside.


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      09-21-2018, 11:55 PM   #5
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I've driven every BMW I've owned in the winter.
None of them had issues starting EVER. Even my 135i which I thought had a faulty HPFP.
My M3 oil analysis came back with flying colors (no additional metal wear). I've been using Ceratec in the engine.
-35 degrees, started the engine, idle for 3-4 mins before driving and you'll be fine. Initially I thought I might need a block heater, no need.
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      10-13-2018, 08:11 PM   #6
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Good to know, I just finished installing an on-board battery charger, just to be sure.
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I've driven every BMW I've owned in the winter.
None of them had issues starting EVER. Even my 135i which I thought had a faulty HPFP.
My M3 oil analysis came back with flying colors (no additional metal wear). I've been using Ceratec in the engine.
-35 degrees, started the engine, idle for 3-4 mins before driving and you'll be fine. Initially I thought I might need a block heater, no need.
Good point. I have also been running 0-40 syntec only in the winter since the stock 10-60 is too thick for cold starts when left outside.
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I have a 328i that survived 12 Ottawa winters parked outside with no block heater or trickle chrager. Below -20 it takes a few seconds to fire up but otherwise it's all good. In that time I've replaced one battery and one starter. 0W40 oil.
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