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Old 02-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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$695 for heated seats?

Earlier to day, I referenced an "Actual Regret" in the "Possible Regrets" thread about not checking the heated seats option when ordering my Rubicon last month.

When my dealer called to tell me the Rubi was en route (railcar - Iowa), they said the heat option could be added at the dealership for $595. Tonight they e-mailed me to say it would actually be $695 and I could go leather plus heat for $1,300.

I'm starting to feel like they think they've got a live one...

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Buy the kit from MOPAR or Check corporation and DIY for less than $300.

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Thermal underwear.
And how.

$700 gets me that JCR hidden winch bumper I've been drooling over...
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Earlier to day, I referenced an "Actual Regret" in the "Possible Regrets" thread about not checking the heated seats option when ordering my Rubicon last month.

When my dealer called to tell me the Rubi was en route (railcar - Iowa), they said the heat option could be added at the dealership for $595. Tonight they e-mailed me to say it would actually be $695 and I could go leather plus heat for $1,300.

I'm starting to feel like they think they've got a live one...
Those costs are about right. In Seattle, our vendor sells us the leather & heated options for around that amount. The biggest expense in the heated seats, is taking the seat apart, to install the heating elements.

Two things to consider; 1) the heated seat SWITCH will be slightly different than stock, and may be in a different position, and may be a 1 setting switch, or a 2 setting switch. I don't know what the OEM seat heaters are. 2) on some vehicles, there are sensors in the passanger seat, which record weight, for airbag deployment (or non-deployment) and most aftermarked installers can only install a bottom heating element OR a back heating element in that seat, but both elements on the driver's side. Again, I don't know what the OEM seat has.
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Those costs are about right. In Seattle, our vendor sells us the leather & heated options for around that amount. The biggest expense in the heated seats, is taking the seat apart, to install the heating elements.

Two things to consider; 1) the heated seat SWITCH will be slightly different than stock, and may be in a different position, and may be a 1 setting switch, or a 2 setting switch. I don't know what the OEM seat heaters are. 2) on some vehicles, there are sensors in the passanger seat, which record weight, for airbag deployment (or non-deployment) and most aftermarked installers can only install a bottom heating element OR a back heating element in that seat, but both elements on the driver's side. Again, I don't know what the OEM seat has.
Very cool info. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'm now convinced that the $700 is better spent elsewhere.
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Very cool info. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'm now convinced that the $700 is better spent elsewhere.
That does seem ridiculously high. Especially when you put it in the context of the bumper you've been wanting.
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Do it yourself.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/war...on-113328.html

I paid $80 per seat on Amazon for the heaters. Right now its to cold out and I have no garage so I just have them under my seat covers. Truthfully I dont know if I will take apart the seats and put them there, this way is working just fine for me.

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Do it yourself.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/war...on-113328.html

I paid $80 per seat on Amazon for the heaters. Right now its to cold out and I have no garage so I just have them under my seat covers.

I tapped into the cig lighter with Quadratec Exclusive JK-APT2011 - 12 Volt Power Adapter for 99-12 Jeep® Wrangler TJ, JK , TJ Unlimited & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
and put the switches in Daystar lower switch panel.
Daystar KJ71034BK - Daystar Lower Dash Switch Panel for 11-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
Good sir, that operation on the brand new $34k money pit about to be parked in my driveway (with the wife looking out the kitchen window) is so far outside my comfort zone that I might attempt to perform brain surgery on the dog that afternoon as well. ((She barks at the flatscreen)( the dog not the wife.))
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Description: Heated seat kit. features 5 heat settings for each front seat.
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Like others have said, just DIY it. Check out j_westy's very detailed write up on it.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ion-75230.html
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I edited my response while you replied. I added that I will probably leave them just under the seat covers, its working fine for me now. Think in 3 months since installed I had to reach under and pull them back into position once and that was nit picking there position. The electrical tapping and putting in the daystar panel was easy even with my fat clumsy fingers.
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Big burrito, plenty of hot sauce, always keeps my seat warm.
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Just an FYI the list price of the heated seats is $295, dealer cost is $221. The cheaper you can go is probably better but at least now you have all of the info for the mopar heated seats.
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Like others have said, just DIY it. Check out j_westy's very detailed write up on it.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...ion-75230.html
You're kidding, right? Take apart my dashboard? I'd rather freeze to death a$$ first, with my last functioning brain cells still relieved that they didn't have to disassemble and reassemble a brand new Jeep interior.
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Just an FYI the list price of the heated seats is $295, dealer cost is $221. The cheaper you can go is probably better but at least now you have all of the info for the mopar heated seats.
Am I to infer that "labor" at my particular dealer is $200/hr?
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I'm inferring that "labor" at my particular dealer is $200/hr?
Could be... either way it's alot at most dealers.


I just figured if you knew what cost was you could negotiate for a better deal, buy the part yourself DIY or have someone help you.
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$200 an hour.... There girls in vegas that don't charge that much for "labor"
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Earlier to day, I referenced an "Actual Regret" in the "Possible Regrets" thread about not checking the heated seats option when ordering my Rubicon last month.

When my dealer called to tell me the Rubi was en route (railcar - Iowa), they said the heat option could be added at the dealership for $595. Tonight they e-mailed me to say it would actually be $695 and I could go leather plus heat for $1,300.

I'm starting to feel like they think they've got a live one...
Get remote start !! Leave your heat on--All is warm- radio or cd plays where you left it- even iphone. You'll love it-- less $$$ too.
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Could be... either way it's alot at most dealers.


I just figured if you knew what cost was you could negotiate for a better deal, buy the part yourself DIY or have someone help you.
You're doing the Lords work, Pat. You realize of course, that this whole honesty thing is going to seriously crimp your Gulfstream budget. Likely, all the way back to coach, non-refundable, with black-out dates.
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You're kidding, right? Take apart my dashboard? I'd rather freeze to death ass first, with my last functioning brain cells still relieved that they didn't have to disassemble and reassemble a brand new Jeep interior.
Nope, not kidding at all. I would have zero problem ripping apart the new dash. It's only a few screws and connectors. Hell, I was ripping into the suspension with only 4k miles on it. Many don't even wait that long. Seems like you mentioned a new winch bumper. How you going to get that installed without undoing a few screws and connectors?

You asked if $600+ was too much for a heated seat install. And the answer is yes. But $230 and installing it yourself is definitely not too much. Just trying to encourage you.
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Earlier to day, I referenced an "Actual Regret" in the "Possible Regrets" thread about not checking the heated seats option when ordering my Rubicon last month.

When my dealer called to tell me the Rubi was en route (railcar - Iowa), they said the heat option could be added at the dealership for $595. Tonight they e-mailed me to say it would actually be $695 and I could go leather plus heat for $1,300.

I'm starting to feel like they think they've got a live one...
Not gonna lie, I like the butt warmer on the leather seats.
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When I want heated seats,, I hit the taco bell drive thru.
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Good sir, that operation on the brand new $34k money pit about to be parked in my driveway (with the wife looking out the kitchen window) is so far outside my comfort zone that I might attempt to perform brain surgery on the dog that afternoon as well. ((She barks at the flatscreen)( the dog not the wife.))
I fly up to Portland a lot for work. If I knew the next time I'd be there, I'd offer to help.
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Nope, not kidding at all. I would have zero problem ripping apart the new dash. It's only a few screws and connectors. Hell, I was ripping into the suspension with only 4k miles on it. Many don't even wait that long. Seems like you mentioned a new winch bumper. How you going to get that installed without undoing a few screws and connectors?

You asked if $600+ was too much for a heated seat install. And the answer is yes. But $230 and installing it yourself is definitely not too much. Just trying to encourage you.
Dude, I'm an accountant. When I had a tankless water heater installed last year, there was never any doubt that a professional was going to do the work.
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I fly up to Portland a lot for work. If I knew the next time I'd be there, I'd offer to help.
Perfect! The bumper and I will be waiting for you. Heh, heh, heh...
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Dude, I'm an accountant. When I had a tankless water heater installed last year, there was never any doubt that a professional was going to do the work.
Dude, I'm a computer programmer. Just because your day job doesn't call for it doesn't mean you can't tackle something like this. But, if you plan on modding your new JK and not doing any of the work, be prepared to overpay for nearly everything you do to it. Something simple, like this heated seat install, would be a great beginners project. It might seem daunting and difficult at first, but it is nothing a first timer couldn't handle himself fairly easily.
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Dude, I'm a computer programmer. Just because your day job doesn't call for it doesn't mean you can't tackle something like this. But, if you plan on modding your new JK and not doing any of the work, be prepared to overpay for nearly everything you do to it. Something simple, like this heated seat install, would be a great beginners project. It might seem daunting and difficult at first, but it is nothing a first timer couldn't handle himself fairly easily.
Point taken. Although I have to admit, I thought a great beginners project was swapping out the antenna and installing the dead pedal.
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Not the same but kinda is-----'04 TJ Sport installed Corbeau seat heaters for $100 per side. I took the seats out of the Jeep because I knew (after installing seat covers before hand) it was the easiest way. Total time about 4hour lazy hours. And everything looks good, switches mounted in dash where ashtray went in early TJs. Mod was completed over a year ago.....it is not a "needed" thing but one of those nice creature comforts.

I used Gorilla tape to hold them in place and they haven't moved

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