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:( I have a mz3 hb and from toronto and the heating seems to SUCK. I blast it on the highest level and still its cool. Is this just my car or are all mazdas this way. I thought it could be my thermostat but it a brand new car???? My friend has the focus svt and it melts your feet. Any one else notice this problem or am I going solo here???
 

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Mine is ok... After a couple of minutes, it gets warm enough to be comfortable... about the same as my old car... a Mazda Protege 2000.
 

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How long does it take to get warm on a "cold" morning? My 97 Contour takes about 6-8 mins. to get warm/ not hot on winter mornings around here (15-25 F). I think that is on the long side, but not unbearable.
 

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Heat up

Mine takes a good 5 minutes before the vents push out real heat.

I posted somewehere else that it takes more than 30 minutes for the car itself to drive properly in -20 or lower degree weather though. Oh well.

When it was -2 degree weather, everything felt great...except my alternator bearings. They are angry with the changes in the weather. I'll figure that out when it warms up again.
 

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Today, I came home to -25C temperatures and decided to start the car to get the oil flowing a bit since it was sitting on my driveway the whole night and day today. Started the car, went in the house to change and went back out. I'd say 10-15 minutes passed and the air was already hot. It would take no longer than 5 minutes if I was driving the car as opposed to idling. It's quite fast IMHO.
 

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The heat system takes way too long to heat up, and it doesn't push enough air IMO. The upper vents just don't get hot, and the lower vents don't push enough. I think the MZ3 has rear vents, and if this is the case, I think they take away from the front floor heat. I know my heat in my Jeep used to burn my feet, literally.
 

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the heating is great...warm air comes out real fast...especially if you start driving =)...
 

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If it's really cold (cooler than -15C), use "recirculate" to keep it warm. Otherwise, if you use "fresh/outside air" when you drive slowly or are stopped, the system will not pump warm air.

It's the same with the PRO.
 

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dinu01 said:
If it's really cold (cooler than -15C), use "recirculate" to keep it warm. Otherwise, if you use "fresh/outside air" when you drive slowly or are stopped, the system will not pump warm air.

It's the same with the PRO.
Yah that :lol:

I do this routinely in -25 to -30 celsius and it still warms up relatively fast. And I don't even have a block heater installed cuz Mazda Canada didn't ship the heaters with the cars.
 

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I live in Maryland (last two weeks it's been between 5 degrees and 30 degrees) and I have no problems with the heat. Takes between 3-5 minutes to get warm/comfortable. After about 10 minutes, I actually hafta kick the heat back.

No probs. here.
 

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Been cold as hell here. And so far I am really impressed by how quick the car is able to push some hot air in. I have only praises so far. I owned other cars that took forever compared to the 3 to heat up.
 

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When it was really cold here I never had much of a problem keeping things warm. Other than using recirculate air if you use any of the defrost settings your mixing in cooler air to help defog the windows. Try the other non defrost settings and you will find it much warmer.
 

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i find the heat is ok... the footwell vents under the dash suck tho, they make alot of noise but have little force behind them...
 

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I totally agree! The front floor vents don't seem to push much air at all. I had hot air coming out of all the other vents no problem, but my feet stay cold for quite a while. Yes, it has been brutally cold in Toronto these days, but my ex 2002 Protogé5 never had this problem.

Cheers,
Cold Feet.
 

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Odd, the heating system in my 3 works pretty much the same as my 02 Pro5 did except it gets a bit hotter and is quieter overall.
 

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Interesting to hear that this is a concern with others - I also find the heat slow in coming and the floor vents are very slow in pumping hot air. I'm in Winnipeg so I don't have to expain what cold is. Eventually it does warm up but it is slower than other cars I have owned including my Jeep TJ which is one drafty SOB. I'm not going to bother bring this up with the dealer - to me, its not that big a deal and I'll live with it.
 

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My car heats up very quickly, indeed, I think the ATX shifts higher to let the car rev more and heat it up faster. Of course, I live in a spot that's never once (at least, I'm pretty sure about this) hit zero faranheit, so I have a natural advantage, but when I get off of work and I'm trying to defrost my body from the freezer I spend hours in, my Mz3 cranks the heat quickly (I'd say 1-2 minutes) enough to make me turn it way down after 30 seconds to warm up the whole interior. btw, do you think that the rear vents steal the air even if it's not warm air, as in if you've got the system set to mix floor and vents? Is this why there's not much air coming out if the system is set low?
 
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