If you leave your fan set to high the engine in these cars will never warm up. Really need to leave the fan on 1-2, will have much more heat when you get into your car. Works best to drive for at least 5 minutes before you turn the fan up, or your car may never fully warm up & you will have a colder ride your entire drive. My fan does not get set above 2 until I'm at least to 180F, though even then I would prefer to wait until its to 217F to ensure my car doesn't start cooling off.Before I get out of the car, I always leave the heat on full and turn the front and rear defrosters on, and the fan on 3 or 4. Works perfectly for me
I believe the remote start only runs 10 minutes.However, just one remote start of the Cruze, isn't enough to get the thing up to full temperature that's for sure. The remote start will shut itself off after a relatively short period of time too... Not sure exactly how long, but I know it won't run for more then about 15 minutes, without restarting it.
I believe the remote start only runs 10 minutes.
Running your car that long on remote start though your just prolonging the warmup & wasting gas. Say I remote start my car for 3 minutes then drive for 6 minutes on the hwy, I'm already at 180-217F, at full operating temperature. If I let it just idle remote start that same 9 minutes my car is probably only up to 120F. I can't even feel heat out of the vents until around 165F.
Idlding around a city in traffic is the worst, the longer you sit not moving the more the temperature guage will start dropping. Even with a low fanspeed its about 10F drop for every 5mintues of idling. Basically if you drive a ton of in the city with idling your car might hover around 110-150F forever!
My car spends its life outside, even that 2weeks to a month of bitter cold we get in the end of January. At night its been as cold as -22F(-30C) with daytime temperatures around 0F(-17C). Cruze starts right up everytime. -The Cruze sits outside for 11 hours a day in the winter. The remote start is mainly used to warm the car a couple of times during the day so it starts at the end of the day. The Cruze is a great started in the winter.
Last winter we recorded days that were as cold, or colder than Mars. I believe we had -54 a day or two. You are right, that without remote start, like in cold climates can get pretty hellish!!My car spends its life outside, even that 2weeks to a month of bitter cold we get in the end of January. At night its been as cold as -22F(-30C) with daytime temperatures around 0F(-17C). Cruze starts right up everytime. -
When its that cold no way I would not use remote start. With about 8 minutes of remote start the engine is only up to 100F in those conditions. I have heat starting around 165F, so I only need to drive another 5-10 minutes to fully warm the car up.