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Old 12-06-2008, 11:58 AM   #21
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Put one in last night. The instructions say to use some kind of silicone paste to aid in the heat transfer which I didn't have so I used some high heat silicone sealant instead....should help.
My dealer charged me $88 for the part so I did a little better than you.
So you used an insulator between the heater and the block? The silicone HEAT paste is very very different than silicone sealant. Completely different heat transfer properties.

Put some silicone sealant between your cpu and cooler and the cpu will overheat in seconds. Take it out and use the proper stuff!!!!
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:40 AM   #22
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where can you find this silicone heat paste?
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:10 AM   #23
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Thanks for such a nice write up. Not available in US. I had to have Canadian friend of mine buy for me in Canada. He is shipping to me. Canadian dealers did not want to deal with international shipping. Last year here in Minnesota my wife's E46 got a frozen pcv valve while parked at work, and driving home pressure builds and blows the valve cover gasket, catastrophic oil failure. I was out of town with my E46, so she had to deal with having it towed to dealer, renting car. out of warranty repair. This is not like Canada. When only -25F here, dealers are busy, and start on your car a few days later. Had the pcv valve replaced with an insulated one and insulated dip stick tube etc. Service Bulletin 11-01-07. BMW gave me parts of $750 out of goodwill and I paid towing. rental car, and $550 dealer labor. It will be nice to have the block heater.
this EXACT same scenario happened to my co-worker. I'm curious if there is a preventative safety measure for this.






Also...any luck on finding 12-81-0-304-879? (The block heater)

I want one...like, last week.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:31 AM   #24
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i called my dealer they said they have it
but it was sold out so i didnt pick up mine yet... im thining of holding off this year since the cold snap here is over and i would rather install on a nicer day. i just need to find this silicone past now for when i install.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:08 PM   #26
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:22 PM   #27
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I will be doing this as well. For all those who want to order and get it shipped to you...I can ship it to you guys...you just need to tell me where to buy this from and pay the cost+shipping.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:07 PM   #28
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Folks, checked with Bavaria BMW in Edmonton and Calgary BMW in Calgary, and both had about 4 in stock but for some odd reason (wonder if this thread had anything to do with it ) all were booked for installs this morning.

This part is discontinued and my local dealer told me that those plus one more dealer up in Saskatoon has them instock in all of Canada. Also, they can't get them any more

If someone wants to contact Saskatoon BMW, let me know if they do have them in stock and I will put them on my credit card and have all of them shipped ASAP.

Also has anyone tried this: http://www.padheaters.com/? Sounds promising....but who knows.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:26 PM   #29
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so you have to leave the plug hanging around the front bumper?
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Very interesting. Subscribing and then searching the planet for this thing. Nice work dude.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:44 PM   #31
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I just called Dilawri BMW in Regina. They have none and have several back-ordered. I will call back in a few weeks to see how many they will be getting.

I do have a question - the block heater pic from the OP shows that it is made in Canada. Can you possibly find out who makes them and we could place orders direct to them?

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Folks, checked with Bavaria BMW in Edmonton and Calgary BMW in Calgary, and both had about 4 in stock but for some odd reason (wonder if this thread had anything to do with it ) all were booked for installs this morning.

This part is discontinued and my local dealer told me that those plus one more dealer up in Saskatoon has them instock in all of Canada. Also, they can't get them any more

If someone wants to contact Saskatoon BMW, let me know if they do have them in stock and I will put them on my credit card and have all of them shipped ASAP.

Also has anyone tried this: http://www.padheaters.com/? Sounds promising....but who knows.
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I thought this part (as per several dealers in Alberta) was discontinued...how can it be backordered? I tried calling Dilawri BMW but no answer from the parts guy....called my local dealer (parts guy) and they confirmed that it is indeed discontinued and noone can get it.
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I have gotten several different answers.

- Bavaria says that it is discontinued.
- Edm BMW says that it is backordered, and as per an email they received from BMW Canada, the part is back-ordered and orders may be filled closer to February.
- Dilawri BMW parts guys told me what EDM BMW guy told me. I just talked to him less than 10 mins ago.

Bimmerspecialist.com cannot find the part. Karim at Corner73 cannot get it. I will keep looking.




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I thought this part (as per several dealers in Alberta) was discontinued...how can it be backordered? I tried calling Dilawri BMW but no answer from the parts guy....called my local dealer (parts guy) and they confirmed that it is indeed discontinued and noone can get it.
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I just got off the phone with Brian Jessel BMW in Vancouver, and the parts chick said that they have none and the part doesn't even exist anymore. She says that BMW recommends using a trickle charger. Brutal. Ya, I am going to hook up a charger on a nightly basis. The search continues....


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Cool thanks for the research. I'll push my local dealers on this too then...all else fails I will call BMW Canada tomorrow myself.
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I think the white tape on the cord is supposed to get wrapped around the connection to the heater....that's what I did with mine.
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Cool thanks for the research. I'll push my local dealers on this too then...all else fails I will call BMW Canada tomorrow myself.
BMW Canada is probably going to tell you to call the dealer. I called BMW USA and that's what they told me. The HQ office doesn't deal with parts.

We have a brutal cold snap coming through this coming week. A buddy grabbed a magnetic block heater for me to borrow. Since it obviously won't stick to an aluminum block, I'm just going to stack some cinder blocks under the engine block and put the heater on them. Even if I can get the block up just a couple of degrees it will make a big difference. I may even try to old ghetto fabulous trick of sticking a light bulb under there too.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:21 PM   #38
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Thanks. Thats exactly what BMW Canada told me. I called the dealer back and said can you give me writing that starting my car in -45 deg Celsius everyday with your "magical 5w30 oil" won't cause any problems...they backed off.

I think I am going ahead with the silicon type pad heaters i posted earlier if I can't get the OE block heater.
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I WANT MAH HEEEETERS.

N E 1 fount it yet? (ill buy it)
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WOOT!

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