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Just bought a used 2010 Outback Limited and it seems like the heated seats take a fair amount of time to heat up; roughly 15 minutes. Is this typical or could there be a problem with my heating units?
 

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15 minutes doesn't sound unreasonable, but you've got a few subjective measurements in there. Offhand I'd say it sounds normal.

I can tell that mine are on within say 3 minutes. They still won't be comfortably warm, just detectably warmer than an unoccupied, unheated seat.

If ambient temp is around freezing it can take another 5-10 to get to the point where I turn them down or off. Haven't operated it in any colder temps yet.

The typical failure mode for these is that they get too hot too quickly, then they stop working altogether.
 

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On high I can usually start to feel the heat in about 4-6 minutes, depending on the temperature. Keep in mind if you're wearing a couple thick layers you won't feel the heat as quickly.
 
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