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    Default Adding OEM Seat Heaters???

    Does anyone know the procedure for adding OEM seat heaters to a base model Volt?

    I am adding navigation to my 2012 Volt with cloth seats and because the replacement console has the heated seat buttons, I want to add them to the car.

    Does anyone know how?

    I know that car accessory shops can add aftermarket seat heaters with separate wiring and controls, etc., but is it possible to do this where the OEM factory switches and parts are used???? Or, at least just add aftermarket heater units, but have them controlled by the factory switches in the dash?

    Thanks!!!!!!!
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    You'll probably have to find seats from a wreck using a yard's national parts finder. I would check Amazon for an aftermarket heated backpad that you could plug into an accessory socket. For those limited cold months is changing seats worth it?

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    To add OEM seat heaters is going to be pricey. There are lots of places that sell aftermarket kits that come with the heaters and switches that work well.
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    For the sake of scientific inquiry, here are two questions.

    1) Lets assume that the OP finds a set of heated set at the local parts yard. OP now has the console with the buttons and seats with the heating elements. What else is needed? A control module (such as part#13502042)? Any updates to software, or additional harnesses?

    2) Let's assume that the OP chooses to install, regardless of the cost and labor involved, the heating elements in his/her existing seats. Is it just the process of
    a) removing the seat covers,
    b) installing the heating element (22786525, 20897260),
    c) removing existing harnesses and reinstalling two new harness (22786523, 22786522)?

    Said another way, is the difference between heated cloth and non-heated cloth just the wire harnesses and heating elements?

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    I would think that, with the new console and switches already installed, you have the worst of it already done. It's not that big a deal for an auto upholsterer to strip down the seats and install the heaters. Maybe even do the rears while you're at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loboc View Post
    Buy a car equipped as needed. I have abandoned modding cars for so trivial a gain. It's just too expensive.
    Agreed. I think we can all assume it will be more than the $275 for the Comfort package that was available when ordering. But play along here.

    What if the OP was suddenly transferred to Deadhorse, AK or diagnosed with circulatory problems. Adding features could theoretically be less expensive then selling and repurchasing another Volt with the features. I'm interested not because I want to do it, but to know what it would take for it to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltsman View Post
    I'm interested not because I want to do it, but to know what it would take for it to be done.
    If people asked the tech at the dealer who can do the work and then told us, it would be so simple.

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    Why not float your question to Brian at theseatshop.com? Surely he'd know...
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