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Old 01-08-2002, 02:29 PM
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Question block heater ? from total newbie

I just acquired a 84 300td w/89,000 miles and am totally new to diesel powered autos. The car came w/o an owner's manual. After plugging in the block heater, is there anything else I must do (flip a switch, time limit, etc.)?

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Old 01-08-2002, 02:55 PM
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Hey thats really low mileage for a diesel, check out the thread "diesel meet".. a bunch of us will be there.. maybe you can join us.

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Old 01-08-2002, 02:58 PM
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Yes, TXBill, my 300TD is a wagon. Thanx for your warm welcome and help. I'm really grateful for your diesel discussion forum. Keep up the good work and happy 2002!
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Old 01-08-2002, 10:08 PM
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After the car has been plugged in for awhile, you'll hear the block heater if you listen carefully near the grill. That is the way I tell if my circuit is still holding as I have all 3 plugged into the same outlet. The timer is a great idea. I got one this year for $9 and it turns on at 3 a.m.

'84 300DT 298k (Aubrey's)
'99.5 Jetta TDI IV 251k (Julie's)
'97 Jetta TDI 127k (Amber's)
'97 Jetta TDI 186k (Matt's)
'96 Passat TDI 237k (Don's
'84 300D 211k Mint (Arne- Undergoing Greasecar Conversion)

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Old 01-09-2002, 01:21 AM
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NJbenny, as TXBill said, welcome and also as John (turbodiesel) mentioned there is a get together in North Central NJ. Look for the details on the thread entitled "Diesel meet". I am also a TD owner, mine is an '83 with 183,000 miles. BTW these wagons cost about $35,000 new. I have the invoice for mine and it cost $34,612 in March of '83.

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