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      Soon I'll be relocating to the midwest and the particular town I'll be moving to is known for it's arctic temperatures come winter time. 6 degrees fahrenheit, -12 with the windchill. When I do eventually bring my car with me it will be parked either under a carport or in an unheated garage. I would like to install a block heater but the p2 one is no longer available for purchase from Volvo. Can the older one from the 850 or the newer one from a p1 or p3 chassis work? If not are there any aftermarket options? I've been told that a block heater isn't necessary for that climate but it seems like a fun project as long as I can get the correct parts.
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      I would also like to know this.

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      It won't be necessary, but it will make you have heat faster.
      I've turned over motors filled with 15w40 at -20. That's about the limit and has a noticeable drag in the starter. The xc with 0w40 starts and had good pressure immediately. So 0w40 and go

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      Quote Originally Posted by nsjames View Post
      It won't be necessary, but it will make you have heat faster.
      I've turned over motors filled with 15w40 at -20. That's about the limit and has a noticeable drag in the starter. The xc with 0w40 starts and had good pressure immediately. So 0w40 and go
      What about -50C though ?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Apprentice View Post
      What about -50C though ?

      'Merica down here. We don't need no stinking metric system.

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      There are tons of aftermarket options, I think the best one for this car will be one that installs in the lower heater hose. You cut the hose and clamp it in.
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      Like Lloyd said, there are tons of options.
      links to some of them:
      1. http://www.volvoforums.org.uk/showthread.php?t=12887

      2. http://www.defa.com/en/automotive/wa...ngine_heaters/
      these can come up with circulation pump of cooling liqiud.

      3. http://shop.al-car.de/Eberspaecher-Ardic-Standheizungen
      same as original volvo heaters.

      and some links from scandinavian volvo forum
      http://www.svxc.se/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7147&start=0
      http://www.svxc.se/phpBB2/viewtopic....ieselv%E4rmare

      If you will go for volvo fuel heater, get the software from volvo dealer with timers. you also need to get other parts like heater mount, pipes, fuel pump etc.
      you can also go for canbus function extender, wich allows remote start with your volvo keys.

      personaly i use diesel heater in my '02 v70 d5.

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      Last winter (2014-15) we had a brutal stretch of cold weather. We had 60 days where the temps never got above 32F. Most mornings started between 0 and 15 F. I run 5W30 synthetic and my '03 2.4T has had zero issues starting immediately. Just let the car idle for about 30 to 60 seconds and its ready to drive. Just drive it nice and easy the first 3 to 4 minutes as all the fluids take a little time to warm up. Don't accelerate hard and keep the rpm to under 3000. Once you get a little warmth in the car, drive then drive it normally. Just don't leave your car to idle for a long period of time every day. It's the slowest way to heat up the car and therefore does the most damage.

      André

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