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Old 01-25-2013, 06:09 PM
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Another interesting mod would be to add a 120V normally-closed relay, so plugging in the block heater automatically interrupts the starter circuit and prevents driving off with the cord connected. Some electric cars have interlocks like this.
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Of the four diesels I've owned, my current 240D is the only one that came with a block-heater. Though in the four years I've owned that car, I've never driven it in cold enough weather to need it.
Many years ago, I installed one in a friend's '80 300D. That job was an ordeal in itself!

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:09 PM
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FYI

The cord should be inspected every year, and repaired or replaced at the first sign of damage.

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Beware of the "www.Croberts" link on that page, the one right below the pics. When I clicked on it my ESET intercepted and reported a virus.
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... perhaps new heater cords are in order?
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