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Old 02-12-2018, 12:11 PM   #1
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just got a 15 Vette Z51 2 Lt with heated and A/C seats. When seat heater is on high it takes about 10 minutes to feel any warmth. Dealer says it is normal because it has the A/C also in the seat. Every car I have ever had with heated seats you would feel in about 1 minute! Your thoughts please......
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:46 PM   #2
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just got a 15 Vette Z51 2 Lt with heated and A/C seats. When seat heater is on high it takes about 10 minutes to feel any warmth. Dealer says it is normal because it has the A/C also in the seat. Every car I have ever had with heated seats you would feel in about 1 minute! Your thoughts please......
Doesn't take my '18 GS that long to heat up the butt warmers.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:52 PM   #3
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My 15 takes forever, then it's not all that warm. It's been talked about quite a few times here and it seems to be the norm. Some people also say the cooling doesn't work very well. Mine works fine, but again it takes awhile to cool.
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I will say my 16 works better then my 14. But 10 minutes seems a long time. Not sure the correlation with A/C in the seats???? Whats that mean??? There is no A/C in the seats....... it a fan that blows air up through the seats.
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There is no AC in the seats, but 2LT and above come with ventilated seats, which are just fans to move air. The air they move is just ambient temp in the car. With AC running in the summer, that's usually cooler air that sinks to the floor, which is why it feels like AC. I have not compared to a 1LT without the ventilated seats, but it could be the design of the ventilation system slows heat transfer from the heat coils.

Seat heat does seem to take a bit longer in the C7 than the other vehicles in our fleet. Both my '14 and '18 were similar in that regard, but the '18 seems to heat up a bit quicker.

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My '15 takes about 10 minutes to "feel" warm at all, and then they don't get very warm.

That's better than the ventilation which is even weaker.
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I had five Saabs with bun warmers, and can tell you the Swedes know about that sort of thing. Thus, I'm spoiled and find the Vette warmers lacking--slow to warm and not that effective. That said, on a cold morning it's better than nothing and I do use them. The ventilators aren't any better, but I do use them in summer.
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If my drive is less than 15 minutes - I don't even bother putting the heated seats on.

I find the ventilated seats work fairly well if you direct the A/C to the floor vents.
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just got a 15 Vette Z51 2 Lt with heated and A/C seats. When seat heater is on high it takes about 10 minutes to feel any warmth. Dealer says it is normal because it has the A/C also in the seat. Every car I have ever had with heated seats you would feel in about 1 minute! Your thoughts please......
There have been multiple discussions of this here. Apparently leaving space for the seat ventilation feature means that the heater coils aren't right up against the seat cover. Thus what you report is the norm.

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True, but I don't recall 1LT owners commenting that their seats heat up quickly. Perhaps, I missed it . . .
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That's because the 1LT has neither heated nor ventilated seats
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I had five Saabs with bun warmers, and can tell you the Swedes know about that sort of thing.
They do. I test drove a Volvo once and accidentally turned the seat warmer on. It got hotter and HOTTER and HOTTER!! so I had to pull into a parking lot to get my butt off the seat before I burned myself. I finally found the button and got it off, but it was a near-run kind of thing. Be careful what you ask for!
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That's because the 1LT has neither heated nor ventilated seats

LOL . . . duh, please excuse my temporary lapse in cognitive function.

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LOL . . . duh, please excuse my temporary lapse in cognitive function.
Heh-heh. I thought that might be a joke about me commenting although I own a 1LT and thus no seat heaters.

That they were reported not to work well was one reason I didn't spring for a 2LT.

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No, that was an honest-to-goodness brain fart.

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Mine takes longer than most vehicles I have owned but not 10 min maybe 5
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Mine takes about 5 mins or so, my Cayman S gets a lot hotter and is quicker to heat up. Maybe its the Suede inserts on the Vette seats that I have?
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Thanks to all that commented! I can consider it normal that it takes that long
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Mine on my 16 isn't all that fast and hot either. And the Ventilated sets should have been AC. I miss the AC seats for sure. Its lackluster at best.
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I would imagine the heater element circuits to be very low wattage like an electric blanket slow to heat otherwise unsafe??
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