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T6.1 Auxiliary Heater - help needed please!

Steve_D

Steve_D

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North Wales
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T6.1 Ocean 199
Hi all,

I have just taken delivery of my T6.1 4 motion and have read the instruction book on the heater and watched various videos on you tube. I have it set to the correct mode but its not performing As it should (i have had the T6 prior so i know What heat it can kick out) I have even put the blower on maximum it blows for a few minutes then cuts out.
Has any one had this problem ?????
Hi there, did you see this:


I added some comments as had similar concerns and had the dealer look at it - still can't get to the bottom of continuous vs heat immediately however. Departure time heat settings are also an issue in my opinion as only seem to hold whilst the key is in the ignition which makes no sense. Finally I don't think Cali 6.1 heaters can be controlled on We Connect. Can't comment on comparison with T6 I'm afraid, I think they had settings of 1-7 and reviews seem to say they ran pretty hot on lower settings which doesn't seem to be the case with the 6.1 at least based on my recent experience. Hope this helps.
 
GrumpyGranddad

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Wendover
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T6.1 Ocean 199
Hi there, did you see this:


I added some comments as had similar concerns and had the dealer look at it - still can't get to the bottom of continuous vs heat immediately however. Departure time heat settings are also an issue in my opinion as only seem to hold whilst the key is in the ignition which makes no sense. Finally I don't think Cali 6.1 heaters can be controlled on We Connect. Can't comment on comparison with T6 I'm afraid, I think they had settings of 1-7 and reviews seem to say they ran pretty hot on lower settings which doesn't seem to be the case with the 6.1 at least based on my recent experience. Hope this helps.
I’ll no doubt have all the same issues when playing with my new toy. :-(
 
Steve_D

Steve_D

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32
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North Wales
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T6.1 Ocean 199
I’ll no doubt have all the same issues when playing with my new toy. :-(
Lots to be positive about, they truly are amazing vehicles - as I said in the original thread, all normal according to the dealer and works fine in practice :) - just not the flame thrower it used to be it seems with a few niggles for me around the design/software! Maybe something VW can update the firmware on or adjust during servicing over time.
 
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subthree

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England
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T6.1 Ocean 150
Lots to be positive about, they truly are amazing vehicles
I completely agree! We waited sooo long (48 weeks) for our vehicle it became a joke, but conversely we have used it so much over the last 4 months. With all that is going on right now it is such a great escape capsule, even for just a day out. Cold, wet walk and then back for hot drinks.

Last week we had 5 days in Cornwall (me, Mrs Subthree, the 8yo and 6yo) and we had a such a brilliant time - very special family time in what is a small space. At times the weather was pants and one night the wife and both kids slept downstairs - gusting Force 8! But everyone stayed chilled and it was truly memorable. I just do not think we would have bothered taking them tent camping last week if we didn't have the Cali nor would I be driving 300 miles each way at 55-60mph in a huge MH. The fact that I can cruise at 70+ on the motorway and then pop the top and sleep in it is just amazing. Maybe our view will change in a few years as the kids get bigger, but right now we are utterly in love with our van. :thumb
 
T6LB

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West Midlands U.K.
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T6.1 Ocean 199 4Motion
I completely agree! We waited sooo long (48 weeks) for our vehicle it became a joke, but conversely we have used it so much over the last 4 months. With all that is going on right now it is such a great escape capsule, even for just a day out. Cold, wet walk and then back for hot drinks.

Last week we had 5 days in Cornwall (me, Mrs Subthree, the 8yo and 6yo) and we had a such a brilliant time - very special family time in what is a small space. At times the weather was pants and one night the wife and both kids slept downstairs - gusting Force 8! But everyone stayed chilled and it was truly memorable. I just do not think we would have bothered taking them tent camping last week if we didn't have the Cali nor would I be driving 300 miles each way at 55-60mph in a huge MH. The fact that I can cruise at 70+ on the motorway and then pop the top and sleep in it is just amazing. Maybe our view will change in a few years as the kids get bigger, but right now we are utterly in love with our van. :thumb
Great to hear as your kids get older it only gets better, for me there is no better vehicle its like driving a Swiss Army knife lol
 
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Stu@rt

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Have you made any momentous decisions yet Stuart ?!
I wish i had some news to share, sadly not! But obviously still very much lurking on here, so keener than ever.
I just need to get brave enough to pull the trigger and park all the doubts and concerns. Can I ask if you have a build week allocated? Has it been pushed back at all?
 
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I wish i had some news to share, sadly not! But obviously still very much lurking on here, so keener than ever.
I just need to get brave enough to pull the trigger and park all the doubts and concerns. Can I ask if you have a build week allocated? Has it been pushed back at all?
Oh thats a shame but you will know when youre ready !
It has changed twice - few weeks ago I was given provisional build date week 11, then checked at the weekend & was giving provisional week 3 - 18th Jan which would mean delivery possibly end of March/April - tbh Im in no hurry to get my hands on it & happy to wait as I have a lot to resolve before I can be foot loose & fancy free but its buoying me up during bleak times & allowing me to save more - I might even opt out of my VW finance deal & go for bank loan if their rates change from 3.3% - obviously the import duty is still undecided so its a waiting game all round but then isnt life in general !
 
T6LB

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I sold my 204 T6 to a good friend he had it one week and ordered a new T6.1, he loved it so much he has been told that he will have it in March, VW finance are still offering great finance rates and a £1000 contribution
 
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T6LB

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Aux Heater update
i have now set all heat settings to 10, this has defiantly helped when i leave my VW for a 15 minuets to a hour while i go to a meeting or shopping etc, now the weather is getting colder coming back to a warm van is great. The only thing that i would like to improve is when I click the heat button on the remote control the van is always cold when i open the door even when its been on for 45 mins, really scratching my head with this one as the heater vent even feels cool
 
Soton Campers

Soton Campers

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Southampton
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T6 Ocean 150
Aux Heater update
i have now set all heat settings to 10, this has defiantly helped when i leave my VW for a 15 minuets to a hour while i go to a meeting or shopping etc, now the weather is getting colder coming back to a warm van is great. The only thing that i would like to improve is when I click the heat button on the remote control the van is always cold when i open the door even when its been on for 45 mins, really scratching my head with this one as the heater vent even feels cool
There are two different temperature settings. One is for Heat Continuously the other is for Heat Immediately. When you press the keyfob it activates what settings you have in place for Heat Immediately, so check those out.
 
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toeknee

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There are two different temperature settings. One is for Heat Continuously the other is for Heat Immediately. When you press the keyfob it activates what settings you have in place for Heat Immediately, so check those out.
which settings are used for the time/duration activated heating?
 
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toeknee

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OK - i think i finally understand these settings - or at least how i use them.

Heat Immediately - this is your 'quickly get the van hot as a one off' option. You kick it off via the control panel or via the remote fob. It heats to whatever level is set in the Settings. Once it gets to that heat it switches off and will not resume. You use the fob in the morning 10 minutes before you head out, while eating your smoked salmon and scrambled egg. When you get in the van warm and the windscreen is cleared. Its not for maintaining heat - just for getting hot as a one off. It makes sense to work this way because it is activated via the fob. You wouldn't want to accidentally activate it and then its running down your diesel all day unawares. Do not use this when going to bed at night. As once the temp it reached it just switches off and you'll wake up cold in the night.

Heat continuously - unlike the other option this is activated ONLY via the control panel and you always have to specify the heat level when you activate. This will continuously maintain that temp. Switching itself on and off as the thermostat detects the desired temp. This is for when you are in the van - camping and sleeping. it will maintain a nice steady heat for you.

The manual is terrible at describing these two options. It's taken me a week to work out whats going on.
 
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CaliGE

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Switzerland
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T6.1 Ocean 150
I have no problems at all with my 6.1 heater, I do not use the heat immediately function.
 
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rhcpu2

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Switzerland
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T6.1 Ocean 199
You can't control the heater from the we connect app. I also have all the perks but this is not possible even though brochures seems to indicate that you can... I also had posted before about this: https://vwcaliforniaclub.com/threads/auxiliary-heating-vs-we-connect-app.34461/#post-441311

I have asked different garages about it and it seems that this heating option is only there for cars that have the heating system running from the motor and not from the auxiliary heating like in California... It basically turns the main engine before you reach the car and it will warm it up.
 
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Paul Syme

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Scotland
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T6.1 Ocean 199 4Motion
Hi all,

I have just taken delivery of my T6.1 4 motion and have read the instruction book on the heater and watched various videos on you tube. I have it set to the correct mode but its not performing As it should (i have had the T6 prior so i know What heat it can kick out) I have even put the blower on maximum it blows for a few minutes then cuts out.
Has any one had this problem ?????
I have a 6.1 and initially had the same problem. This resolved by using the key activation of immediate heating. This started to work and then the continuous mode worked. I think this is because the heater was new and unused. When started a few times it seems to work. Hope this works for you
 
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Javoland

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Barcelona
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He doesn't cover the differences between "Heat Continuously" and "Heat Immediately" in the video sadly.
Hi there, I own a t6.1 California Beach, and from my experience I can tell the difference is "heat immediately" stays on for 30-40 minutes and then stops. I guess its just for when you want a quick boost of hot air to raise the temperature in the van like for example when you come back after a day out and its cold inside.

While heat continuously keeps working on all the time with the thermostat switching on-off when temperature is reached (I think its something between 20/21 degrees)
 
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toeknee

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Hi there, I own a t6.1 California Beach, and from my experience I can tell the difference is "heat immediately" stays on for 30-40 minutes and then stops. I guess its just for when you want a quick boost of hot air to raise the temperature in the van like for example when you come back after a day out and its cold inside.

While heat continuously keeps working on all the time with the thermostat switching on-off when temperature is reached (I think its something between 20/21 degrees)
Yes. This is exactly how I understand it to work
 
T6LB

T6LB

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West Midlands U.K.
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T6.1 Ocean 199 4Motion
OK - i think i finally understand these settings - or at least how i use them.

Heat Immediately - this is your 'quickly get the van hot as a one off' option. You kick it off via the control panel or via the remote fob. It heats to whatever level is set in the Settings. Once it gets to that heat it switches off and will not resume. You use the fob in the morning 10 minutes before you head out, while eating your smoked salmon and scrambled egg. When you get in the van warm and the windscreen is cleared. Its not for maintaining heat - just for getting hot as a one off. It makes sense to work this way because it is activated via the fob. You wouldn't want to accidentally activate it and then its running down your diesel all day unawares. Do not use this when going to bed at night. As once the temp it reached it just switches off and you'll wake up cold in the night.

Heat continuously - unlike the other option this is activated ONLY via the control panel and you always have to specify the heat level when you activate. This will continuously maintain that temp. Switching itself on and off as the thermostat detects the desired temp. This is for when you are in the van - camping and sleeping. it will maintain a nice steady heat for you.

The manual is terrible at describing these two options. It's taken me a week to work out whats going on.
Thanks for this Hallelujah
 

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