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I agree, mine never get warm, my face gets roasted and my eyes get dried out, the outback has the worst floor heat system of ANY vehicle I have driven over the last 40 years.
I spend all day out tromping around doing wildlife photography and when I get back to my car my boots are usually wet and muddy, my feet are dry because I wear Gor-tex but after an hour drive back home with the heat on max my boots are just as wet and cold as they were when I stepped in the car.
If I had test drove an outback during the winter I would be driving something else right now and that is no exaggeration.
 

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I noticed you both have the Premium model. From past discussions and my own experience this is just an issue with the Premium model. I had a 2010 OB Limited which I recently traded for a 2013 OB Limited. Both don't have the issue. My 2010 Legacy Premium does have the issue. It will soon be traded for a 2014 Forester.
 

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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I will try the work around by turning on bi level heat and closing the face vents - I'll let youknow if works for 13 Premium
 

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I thought it was just me! My feet (which are never cold) have been like ice the past few days!
 

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I have a 2013 OB Limited as well and the floor heat seems fine. The thing that takes a long time to heat up are the heated seats.
 

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My 2013 Limited has warm floors. My feet were always frozen in the Jetta. It was one of the reasons I sold it. I am loving the OB so far this winter, which has been pretty cold at times -30c more than a few days.
 

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My 2012 Premium also has sucky heat. Especially on the floor, but also if I use the upper vents, and the defrost is subpar, too. Figured this out when the snow I tracked in didn't melt in my 25 minute ride to work.

For a car so good in bad weather, this was a surprise to me.
 

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My 2013 Limited has warm floors. My feet were always frozen in the Jetta. It was one of the reasons I sold it. I am loving the OB so far this winter, which has been pretty cold at times -30c more than a few days.
Agree with you... We've got many chilly nights too.
I really appreciate OB heating and morning easy starts...
Like you, I had a Jetta TDI with slooooooooow heating.
 

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I turned on bi-level heat (vents and floor)... close the vents blowing on my face and BOOOOOM hot air blasting my feet. So... There is a work around for when the toes get a little cold!
 

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I turned on bi-level heat (vents and floor)... close the vents blowing on my face and BOOOOOM hot air blasting my feet. So... There is a work around for when the toes get a little cold!

Neat, I need to try this. Definitely a cold footed car.
 
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