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post #21 of 199 (permalink) Old 01-02-2016, 12:41 AM
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I have a 2015 Canyon, May 2015 build date, my seats also get hot in less than 5 minutes. It has been in the 30's and they heat up quickly.
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post #22 of 199 (permalink) Old 01-02-2016, 12:43 AM
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My heated seats suck hardly get warm, they don't compare to my other cars heated seats. The next time I take my truck in for a recall or service I will mention it.
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i'm trying my best to convince you guys, you are being had. That's the purpose of my starting this thread. if your seats are not getting "hot" on high, to the point you have to turn them down within 5 minutes, they are not functioning properly compared with mine and some others that have posted in this thread. that being the case, what you are experiencing in not "normal". And should be fixed under your warranty. It is entirely possible gm had a problem with them that has since been resolved and the dealers are totally unaware there was a "bad batch" installed in the new trucks. Granted, i am a cold natured "thin person" without much of a butt, but i assure you mine gets hot enough to be very uncomfortable on the high setting for more than about 5 minutes. read through the entire thread and then decide if you want to settle for your dissatisfaction.


THIS, EXACTLY... Chief said everything there is to say and I just wanted to stress his point. My seats get HOT. If yours aren't, then something's not right.
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These seats in my '16 Colorado are the quickest heating seats I have ever had, especially compared to my '04 Avalanche and my '11 Ford Flex. No doubt the quickest. If you are not impressed by the speed, you have a defect. Period.
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Compared to my Hyundai Azera, the seats in my 2016 Colorado are nuclear powered! They get very warm, very quickly. You will feel it much more sitting in the seat versus just placing a hand on it to feel the warmth. If your seats are not getting very warm, very quickly, you should take it to the dealer for repair. You might also want to have the Service Manager/Tech sit with you in one or two new trucks for sale on the lot, and compare those seats to yours. If your seat heaters are under performing, the comparison should show...Unless the new truck's seats aren't working either.
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Here is a 11 minute temp difference without sitting in the seat.

After the second pic I sat down and waited a few minutes to remove the chill off of my jeans, it read 85 at that point.

I wont speculate if the seat sensor adjusts the temp on if someone is sitting in it or not, or if it was my body heat helping it, but the 85 temp was uncomfortable.
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I have a 15 Canyon SLT & my (leather) seats will get hot enough on high that they become uncomfortable in under 10 mins, even at -20C (-4F). Even on low they are a bit warm for my liking if I'm on a longer drive, so sometime's I'll turn off the bottom heater & just use the back heater. Hard to say if they heat up as fast as some others are saying, but I have no complaints.

It seems most with the 16 models say their seats are "rocket powered", and those that do have complaints are 15 owners, so maybe there's something to this? (has anyone complained about a 16?) Maybe the seat material plays a part in this also, but any material should still heat up after 10 or so mins if the heaters are working properly.

The heated seats will turn on during a remote start, but that feature must be enabled in vehicle personalizations & it must be below a certain temperature. It's a bit confusing as the heated seat indicator lights don't come on and when you get in & turn the key on the heaters shut off. So you have to hit the switch if you want them to stay on.

It's been my experience that I can barely tell the seats have warmed up at all on remote start. That might be because they're probably set to "low" & because of the relatively short run time during a remote start. Also according to the manual, "The temperature performance of an unoccupied seat may be reduced".

I recall last winter some people were taking heat guns to their seats to try & determine if they in fact do turn on during a remote start. I've been tempted to try that myself, so that should tell you how well mine heat up on a remote start.

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Here is a 11 minute temp difference without sitting in the seat.

After the second pic I sat down and waited a few minutes to remove the chill off of my jeans, it read 85 at that point.

I wont speculate if the seat sensor adjusts the temp on if someone is sitting in it or not, or if it was my body heat helping it, but the 85 temp was uncomfortable.
Great test!

It would be interesting to see a similar test done comparing the front & rear seats after a remote start. That would give a good idea how the seats heaters work during a remote start.

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I don't use remote start much, so I can't really attest to that.

With a person in the seat, they warm up fine, I would say typical as compared to other heated seats I have had. Haven't worried about no person in seat, again, I rarely use remote, although we are approaching a time where I may begin to do so.

A person in the seat is going to speed up the heat process with both the heat of their tush and the pressure pushing the seat surface against the heater.

My wife hasn't complained about failure to heat, she does turn her's down after 10-15 minutes usually.

I can think of some humorous off color comments about this, but don't want to upset the censor police. In the end, I think much of the issue may be a personal preference/sensitivity, although the person with a portion of his seat not heating sounds like he has a real issue.
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I think I will get mine looked at because I can drive 11 miles and they are just starting to warm up and even then are not that warm. This in my book is not good enough.
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I am having a problem with my driver's side seat bottom heaters. Only the back 4" work. The rest of the seat bottom under my legs does not work. Seat back heater works fine. I have a Flir Thermal Imager and it shows the problem clear as day (passenger's side works perfectly). I am going to give it to the dealer and see what they say without mentioning the Flir. If the tell me everything is ok, I am going to grab the manager and my thermal camera and let them have it with both barrels. I am so tired of the B.S. I get from the service department.
I have this exact same problem. I will be going to the dealer this week.
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I think I will get mine looked at because I can drive 11 miles and they are just starting to warm up and even then are not that warm. This in my book is not good enough.
I don't think miles is a good indicator for an electric seat heaters, seat heaters efficiency should be pretty much a straight time issue.

If your truck has been sitting outside soaking in 0 deg temps all night, I don't think the seat heaters are going to be warm and cozy in 10 minutes. Probably was 10 minutes before mine were noticeably warm with this morning's 33 degrees.

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Woke up to 25 degrees this morning....while I didn't want heated seats, it came in my Z71 package. All I gotta say is, I LOVE these things. Where have they been my whole life??? After driving for 10-15 minutes, had to pull over to take my jacket off as it was THAT comfy.
Sure hope whatever problems you have with yours, the dealer can patch you up.....definitely something I will ever do without in any future vehicles.
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This was my first surprise when I started the truck with the key fob on a cold morning and got in it. My seats were warm! My seats heat up pretty fast and get so warm I have to turn them off. I'm not sure why everyone's seats don't work like that?

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Went to dealer today and complained about this issue. I was basically told to pound sand. Dealer stated there's no fix. Didn't have time to get into a heated.....no pun intended....argument with the guy so I just left.
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Went to dealer today and complained about this issue. I was basically told to pound sand. Dealer stated there's no fix. Didn't have time to get into a heated.....no pun intended....argument with the guy so I just left.
Your dealer is full of sand. Normal operation on high will run you out of the seat after about 5 min. or so.
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I don't think miles is a good indicator for an electric seat heaters, seat heaters efficiency should be pretty much a straight time issue.

If your truck has been sitting outside soaking in 0 deg temps all night, I don't think the seat heaters are going to be warm and cozy in 10 minutes. Probably was 10 minutes before mine were noticeably warm with this morning's 33 degrees.

Well gee Cary. I don't think your heaters are any better than mine. As an experiment the other day I pulled the truck out of the garage "55* in the garage" and headed for Menards. 30 minute drive. After 30 minutes they were still only just warm. They never get hot enough.


My old beater Monti Carlo still has some good seat heaters. Way better than the new Colorado.


My wife has a little toy Poodle that puts out more heat while sitting in your lap than those seat heaters in that new truck.


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My wife has a little toy Poodle that puts out more heat while sitting in your lap than those seat heaters in that new truck.


there must be an underlying joke about the poodle / hot dog.

In all seriousness though, my seat heaters (SLT Canyon with leather) are adequate at best. No comparission to the wife's BMW X1 with the M package. Those seat heaters are both much faster to warm up and much warmer than mine. I'm not complaining but they should be a bit stronger.

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Been using mine the last few days, I only use low and I feel the heat within 2 minutes.
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Your dealer is full of sand. Normal operation on high will run you out of the seat after about 5 min. or so.
Most definitely TRUE. Mine will burn you up if you leave them on more than 5 minutes or so. Typically I only use the lowest setting.
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