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I received an update letter from Honda saying now that we've had the van for a bit here is info on some of the cars features. There is a section about the heated seats. It states that you should feel the warming effect of the seats in just a couple seconds. Perhaps this is a typo and they ment minutes. But it does take a good 8-10 minutes before I even begin to feel warmth. The heated leather in my Audi is actually VERY warm in about two minutes, with the heat easily felt after just one minute. Halfway to work in the Audi I must turn down the heated seat or fry to death. But in the Ody I only begin to feel the warmth of the seat at the same point in the commute. My thinking on the purpose of a heated seat is to warm you until the engine is able to blow out hot air, then the seat is turned down or off...no? My Ody is blowing hot air well before the seat begins to feel warm. In my Audi the seat begins to warm me a half mile out of my drive way. I'm wondering what others experience with their heated leather. Perhaps I have some faulty elements. Just checking.



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I took delivery of my new Ody this evening. While the salesman was explaining the NAV system I suddenly felt my seat getting warm. and we were sitting there for a few minutes already. Will know better tomorrow.
 

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I have a BMW with heated leather seats, and it does take several minutes to feel the heat. I'd say about 4 minutes.

I think the reason for heating leather seats is that leather insulates better than cloth, making it a much colder and slower warming surface on cold mornings. And I agree with you; once the leather is warmed up, there's not much reason to keep the heater on.

Eight minutes seems ridiculously long; my body can probably warm the leather faster than that, so if it's normal for the heater to take that long, it seems like Honda included the feature as a sales gimmick.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by George incleveland:
I received an update letter from Honda saying now that we've had the van for a bit here is info on some of the cars features. There is a section about the heated seats. It states that you should feel the warming effect of the seats in just a couple seconds. Perhaps this is a typo and they ment minutes. But it does take a good 8-10 minutes before I even begin to feel warmth. The heated leather in my Audi is actually VERY warm in about two minutes, with the heat easily felt after just one minute. Halfway to work in the Audi I must turn down the heated seat or fry to death. But in the Ody I only begin to feel the warmth of the seat at the same point in the commute. My thinking on the purpose of a heated seat is to warm you until the engine is able to blow out hot air, then the seat is turned down or off...no? My Ody is blowing hot air well before the seat begins to feel warm. In my Audi the seat begins to warm me a half mile out of my drive way. I'm wondering what others experience with their heated leather. Perhaps I have some faulty elements. Just checking.</font>
Are you starting out with the seat heater set on high, as suggested by the manual? That does it within a minute for me, then I turn it down to low.

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I am back. Started out this morning with seat heater set on high. Took a little over a minute to start feeling the heat; switched to low after 5-10 minutes and off after about 30. I keep the Ody garaged and outside temps averaged abt. 34 for the night (brutally cold for SC).
 

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Wow only a minute or two, there is no way mine does that. I do start on high. I'll have to bring it up at next service. In the meantime I'll make some timing logs. The van is kept in a well insulated garage, temps never really go below 40 in the garage when outside temps are in teens and twentys.

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I also start mine on high and then switch to the low button -- feel heat in about 2 minutes. Hope nothing is seriously wrong with yours. Our Land Rover Discovery seats heat up much faster though.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by George incleveland:
Wow only a minute or two, there is no way mine does that. I do start on high. I'll have to bring it up at next service. In the meantime I'll make some timing logs. The van is kept in a well insulated garage, temps never really go below 40 in the garage when outside temps are in teens and twentys.

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Maybe the temp differential has something to do with it. My garage is uninsulated and whatever the outside temp is, that's the temp of the garage - and the Ody. Maybe it is easier to feel the heat because the seat starts out at a lower temp?
 

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My heated seats in my TL had both broken. It was a simple fix (replace the elements and restitch the leather). Sounds like there is a problem, because they should start to feel hot in just a few short minutes, even in brutally cold weather.

It will be a free fix, but be prepared to leave it for a little while while it is repaired.
 

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Several months ago I test drove an EX-L and the seat heaters got to temp within 30 seconds. You could feel it warming up. What a great feature. You get warm before the engine does, and the electrical load helps the engine warm up faster too.

But when I got my EX-L last month, I noticed the seat heaters taking forever to get warm. It does seem to be improving although I don't understand how that could be.

And I've noticed that the temperature differantial has a lot to do with percieved warmth. In other words, the colder it is, the faster the seats seem to get warm.

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Mine are warm within a minute.

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Yes, my heated seats did take a few minutes to warm up at first, but now after three months they do not take as long, maybe a minute or two. Might be a use thing, kind of break-in period.
 

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According to the Owner's manual, the seat heaters should be put on high and then switched to low after a few minutes.

As an aside, we have also have a Volvo 850 wagon with the seat heaters. They take about two minutes to heat up, but they are decedent and delightful.

I will be picking up our new Ody EXL-Navi this weekend. I'll see how long it takes the seats to warm up, but hope it is not long.



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Lead Foot 60. That's a great UserName!


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02EXLODY,

Thats because here in NM the speed limit between Albuquerque and Santa Fe is 75 and I normally set the cruise @ 80 (just to be safe).

Although today, I picked up our MB ODY-NAVI and drove it home. Too late and cold to put on the mud guards/wheel locks. My wife will put the leather steering wheel cover on because she is more patient.

I'll try the seat heater tomorrow AM and see how long it takes to cook.

Hope you enjoy your ODY too.

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Lead Foot - I've done the drive between Albuquerque and Santa Fe a few times. That's a nice, smooth cruise. I've also driven between ABQ and Roswell a couple of times...that has to be the most boring drive I've ever done!

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Just a question for Lead Foot:

I see that you have a couple of Volvo Turbo wagons. I was just wondering if you ever saw the Volvo advertising campaign back in the late 80s with their tag line:

"Until Ferrari builds a station wagon, this is it."

I always told my friends that I wanted a Volvo 740 (or 760, can't quite remember) turbo wagon. They would just look at me like I was a nut. It was the perfect stealth cruiser, cops would never give it a second look.

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GeoHawk,

The 740/760s were pretty stealthy wagons, the 850 is too. And we replaced the engine chip with an IPD chip for a HP boost to ~265 HP. Lets just say it hits triple digits very quickly, yet retains its same driveability and MPG. 0 -60 is in the low to mid 6's. Great fun in a "plain brown wrapper."


But for roominess, the ODY has all the Volvo wagons beat...so far.



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FrontierODY,

I've been to your neck of the woods for several months and loved it. Great fall colors, DC is something else--great place to tour.

Do you use your seat heaters there, and do they heat up quickly?

Just got our new ODY-Navi this last Saturday and tried the seat heaters. They started cookin' in about 30 to 60 seconds.

GeorgeinCleveland must have something wrong with his if they take multiple minutes to warm up. I'd guess a trip to a good Honda dealer might be in order.

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We haven't gotten ours yet. Should be delivered in the next 3-4 weeks. We should have a couple of mornings where we might use the seat heaters, so I'll update you then.

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