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Old 01-17-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Too cold to wrench in Minnesota, any heated garage options?

The CCV valve and associated tubes needed to be replaced on my 02 330Ci. My garage is not insulated or heated, so I ended up taking to my local indy shop. The wallet is about $1k lighter now.

I'm wondering if anyone has any leads on heated garage space available for rent, or ideally, available in exchange for the adult beverage of the owner's choice. My hut is in Roseville.

I'll hang up and take my answer off the air...
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Model description: 330CI
VIN: EV88139
Market: USA
Type: BS53
E-Code: E46 (C)
Chassis: Cabriolet
Engine: M54 - 3,00l (170kW)
Drive: Heckantrieb
Transmission: manuell
Body Color: Titansilber Metallic (354)
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Production date: 31.08.2001
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:13 PM   #2
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It's colder in St. Paul, But I use a Mr. Buddy (Big Mr Buddy ) heater with a propane tank in my unheated, un-insulated garage. Certainly takes the edge off.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:44 PM   #3
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Check to see if there are garages that rent time and tools out. It's kinda like having a full service garage rent their place by the hour.
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:11 AM   #4
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Maybe you should think of heating your garage. It's not expensive and easy to do. I originally heated my shop with something called a Modine Hotdawg heater. They have several sizes, rated by BTU and hang from the ceiling rafters out of the way. A simple 4-inch exhaust, 120V electric circuit, and gas piping is all that is required for installation. The heater takes either propane or natural gas (it comes with both sets of jets). If you are handy and your county codes let you install your own gas plumbing, it's any easy DIY job. I ran mine off a 120 gallon propane tank and never ran out of fuel.

https://www.greenhousemegastore.com/...Dawg%20Heaters
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:27 AM   #5
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I live up in the Duluth region and I can feel your pain. I don't have a heated garage and end up doing a lot of my work outside all bundled up. We've already gotten about 5 feet of snow this winter. Luckily my 325xiT hasn't had any problem starting even on the coldest days. Good luck on your search.
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:37 AM   #6
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It's colder in St. Paul, But I use a Mr. Buddy (Big Mr Buddy ) heater with a propane tank in my unheated, un-insulated garage. Certainly takes the edge off.

nice idea. those camping cylinders are tiny. i am going to try this with a regular 5 lb tank and conversion from the q grill.
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:44 AM   #7
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better something like this mr heater with forced air?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KRFVG5G/
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:03 PM   #8
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My son bought something similar to this along with a 100 lb LP tank to work in my all steel garage. The only insulation it had was some 1/2" foam board covering about 80% of the ceiling. got warm enough to work in Wisconsin winters. I moved it to my insulated garage and the other the day it took the temp from 25 to 45 in 20 minutes with it running on low, got up to 70 after another half hour or so. https://www.amazon.com/ProCom-PCC80V...%2C215&sr=1-51
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:13 PM   #9
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better something like this mr heater with forced air?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KRFVG5G/
That looks better than a Big Buddy heater...better fan to move things around.
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Old 01-19-2020, 01:37 AM   #10
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Winter really sucks wrenching, you bundle up, and then you're stuck sweating in below freezing temps, feels uncomfortable for sure. Wearing gloves takes off a lot of the hurt
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Old 01-19-2020, 05:59 AM   #11
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nice idea. those camping cylinders are tiny. i am going to try this with a regular 5 lb tank and conversion from the q grill.
You bet. I hate those little green gas tanks. I can't tell if they're empty...until its too late...I have the conversion hose that lets me use the 5 gal propane tank with my coleman tailgate grill.. I use that same hose with my Mr. Buddy heater and run it off a 5 gal tank.
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Old 01-26-2020, 06:18 PM   #12
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Thanks, everyone. Insulating the garage is on the project list and moving up. I'll check around to find a garage rental option, too.
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Model description: 330CI
VIN: EV88139
Market: USA
Type: BS53
E-Code: E46 (C)
Chassis: Cabriolet
Engine: M54 - 3,00l (170kW)
Drive: Heckantrieb
Transmission: manuell
Body Color: Titansilber Metallic (354)
Upholstery: Standardleder/hellbeige 2 (arbeitsn (N6HC)
Production date: 31.08.2001
Assembled in: Regensburg

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