Originally Posted by JCNE
Hi, So i got my license and Compass about 8 months ago. I live in Ottawa, and most people here, from Canada will know it is very cold out here. I am an international student from a warm country, and this is my first time driving in these winter conditions. I do not have the remote starter, and the heater seems to take a long time to heat up. University is about a fifteen minute drive, and by the time I enter the parking lot there, the heater finally starts to heat up properly. Any suggestions to heat the car up faster? I live in an apartment building with outdoor parking and do not feel comfortable leaving the car on, unattended, for like 15 minutes till it heats up.
That's normal for any car. In our weather (Winnipeg), no car I've owned, or been in, has really become warm within 8-15 minutes. The chill is taken out of the air in about 3-5 though.
We have the nice big seven-slot grill though, and many people with trucks and SUVs will cover the openings with cloth covers, or even zip-tie cardboard to the front. You could try doing that and see if that helps. The cold air hitting the rad so easily isn't helping the engine get warm by any means.