Most cars sold in northern tier states will have block heaters installed,
but not all. If he's got one, he'll notice the cord. Ford installed one up
in North Dakota on my 03 ZTW that I brought from Arizona (didn't want an AZ
dealer to install it 'cause didn't think they did many...), and trust me, if
U don't notice the plug sticking out (or under) the grill, you'll notice it
snaking across the top of the engine after opening the hood! They had real
issues getting the plug to seal after plugging it into the freeze plug--I
drove around in a crap rental Escort for a few days B4 they got one that
sealed up OK. Ford was spectacular and only charged me 4 parts (about
My first winter there was brutally cold--many days/nights below zero,
coldest was -38F ONE AFTERNOON, for cryin' out loud... Wind is not an issue
on metal--wind chill factors only work on skin. Parking into the wind will
cool the engine down faster (OK, wind is a slight issue...), but once it's
reached ambient, metal don't get no colder.
I was lucky and had a garage and I kept the block heater on all night
(electricity was free, whoo hooo!) However, if I had to pay for it, I'd
have a timer set up for 2-3 hours B4 drive off, as block heaters suck the
juice. Also, B aware most block heater posts cycle the outlet power, so you
may only get 15 minutes of juice per hour, which works (it's better than
"Just drive, baby"
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