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post #1 of 44 Old 11-09-2014, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Heated Seats Taking Long to Get Warm

Anyone find that it takes a really long time for the driver's seat to get noticeably warm? I find it can take 9-10 minutes before I start to feel real heat on my body from the heated seat through my clothes (not just feeling the seat with my hand), in fact it takes so long I forgot I turned it on! My back seat passengers tell me they feel heat in under 5 minutes, while my drivers seat is barely warm to the touch.

My dealer is telling me this is normal. It took maybe 5-6 minutes on my MKX, on I drove my friend's Hyundai last week which was quite warm in 3 minutes. 9-10 minutes is unacceptable. What are you experiencing?
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I agree, seems like just part of the seat warms up
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Recently my wife and I both traded older Lincolns for newer cars.
My wife traded her perfect 2006 LS (a mistake, in my opinion!) for a 2014 MKZ.
I traded my nice 2012 MKZ for a 2015 MKC - no mistake here!
Our older cars seats heated FAR quicker than the newer cars - MUCH quicker - and they were both warmer once heated.
We both agree that this is a big disappointment. And for anyone at Lincoln to tell you that is normal.....hogwash!
I might add too that when using the MyLincoln app to start the car remotely, even with the "Auto" activated on the heating, my seats never heat even after 15 minutes of idling. Our older cars were superior on this excellent feature.
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Recently my wife and I both traded older Lincolns for newer cars.
My wife traded her perfect 2006 LS (a mistake, in my opinion!) for a 2014 MKZ.
I traded my nice 2012 MKZ for a 2015 MKC - no mistake here!
Our older cars seats heated FAR quicker than the newer cars - MUCH quicker - and they were both warmer once heated.
We both agree that this is a big disappointment. And for anyone at Lincoln to tell you that is normal.....hogwash!
I might add too that when using the MyLincoln app to start the car remotely, even with the "Auto" activated on the heating, my seats never heat even after 15 minutes of idling. Our older cars were superior on this excellent feature.
Good point about the MyLincoln App, I forgot to mention that as well, after 15 minutes of running, the seats are not warm at all, don't remember about the (barely) warmed steering wheel. My 2011 MKX worked perfectly by remote start with the automatic climate settings on. Huge disappointment on the MKC.

As mentioned above, the steering wheel in my opinion does not get warm enough either compared to others.

I know these are luxury items, but we're paying for them to work at a respectable level of enjoyment!
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Every time we put on the heated seats, my husband says he will put them on our list for our first servicing as the driver's seat is very slow to heat compared to the shot gun position seat. And it doesn't heat as warmly either. No complaints from him over the heated steering wheel yet.
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The heated seats in my prior cars WITHOUT ventilated seats warmed up very quickly.
The heated seats in my prior cars WITH ventilated seats took longer and never heated up as much.
Maybe this explains the difference.
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The heated seats in my prior cars WITHOUT ventilated seats warmed up very quickly.
The heated seats in my prior cars WITH ventilated seats took longer and never heated up as much.
Maybe this explains the difference.
I agree with you, however my 2011 MKX had perforated seats, as does my wife's 2013 Explorer, both are nicely warm in 5 minutes, by 8 minutes have to turn them down as they get too warm, never the case with the MKC, much slower, and never gets "hot". Huge disappointment, especially when the dealer says it's normal.

I'm going to be calling Lincoln customer service to complain, it's unacceptable on a vehicle of this price, when obviously they get it right with Ford's other vehicles, no excuse.
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As others have stated, the Reserve pkg front seating does not heat very fast, and then not that hot, even on "high." And likewise for the cooled seat option.

Could it be the thickness of the leather and/or the seat padding? They are very comfortable!

Only thing I can think of to explain this...
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Dittos on the diagnosis that the heated and cooled seats are related to the slow heat-up. I have noticed this too- in my 10 minute drive to work, it is just getting cozy the last minute or two.
The foam area that leaves space for air movement to cool has an unavoidable by-product of insulating the heating element further away from the leather surface.
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I have the Select version and I find the seats feel quite warm within three minutes and I have to lower the temp from high to medium or low within about ten minutes. The heated steering wheel never gets very warm, but you can tell it is effective by touching how cold the unheated part of the steering wheel is. The warmth is pleasant enough to remove gloves on a cold day.

So it may be the Reserve's heated/cooled seats that are the culprit here.
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