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Old 11-16-2011, 01:51 AM   #1
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Question Just bought an Astra - Need HELP! :)

Hey everyone!

I just bought an 08' Astra XE. (4-door, Blue, 50,000Kms) So far - I love it!

Here's the thing. I live in Calgary, Canada and (probably not a surprise to most) it gets really cold here in the winter. A block heater is almost a necessity.

Fortunately, my Astra has a factory block heater, but unfortunately I didn't get the special Block Heater cord that comes with all new Astra's. I called a local GM dealer, and at first the parts person I was talking to didn't know which cord I was talking about. After a few more attempts at explaining, he finally seemed to understand - and quoted me $360 for a cord. $360!!!

I have a suspicion that this isn't correct. At least I hope it isn't!

Can anyone shed any light on this mysterious cord for me. Are there after-market ones you can buy at a Napa (or similar auto parts store) or do you HAVE TO buy one from GM? Are they really in the ballpark of $300+??

Any leads/info anyone can give me is much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-16-2011, 07:49 AM   #2
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Nic posted a thread asking about it here:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...t=block+heater

He mentioned that that part number is: 94718543

A quick internet search comes up with two options for $110:

http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/gm-cord-94718543.html

http://www.gmpartseast.com/parts/gm-94718543_cord.html

While I can't recommend these sites as a good source to buy from, it is at least an example. Can anyone else chime in on these online sellers?

Try calling your dealer again and ask specifically for that part number; maybe they were looking at the wrong part? I'll try my local dealer and report back to you.

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Old 11-16-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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Sorry to ask the obvious, but did you look for the cord in the glovebox?

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Old 11-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #4
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Sorry to ask the obvious, but did you look for the cord in the glovebox?
Ha, ya I did. I checked the owners manual and it stated that the cord will be in there when a new Astra is initially delivered to a customer. Unfortunately, the original owner of my Astra probably still has the cord - but I bought the car from a dealer, so I can't contact the original owner.

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Nic posted a thread asking about it here:


He mentioned that that part number is: 94718543

A quick internet search comes up with two options for $110:

While I can't recommend these sites as a good source to buy from, it is at least an example. Can anyone else chime in on these online sellers?

Try calling your dealer again and ask specifically for that part number; maybe they were looking at the wrong part? I'll try my local dealer and report back to you.
Thanks for the info Phatfire - much appreciated. I think I will try calling a different local dealer this time.

The advice is much appreciated!

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Old 11-16-2011, 04:55 PM   #5
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When I bought my Astra, my cord was in the wheel well in the trunk...did you look there?

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Old 11-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #6
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Unfortunately, the original owner of my Astra probably still has the cord - but I bought the car from a dealer, so I can't contact the original owner.
I'd call the dealer you bought from. They might be willing to buy you one, probably not, but can't hurt to ask. They may also know the prior owner and be willing to reach out to him or her for you. When I traded my VUE in for the Astra, I completely forgot about the wallet size spare key which had been stashed in my desk for years. I came across it one day and took it over to the dealer who then mailed it to the new owner.

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Old 11-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
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Hey everyone!

I just bought an 08' Astra XE. (4-door, Blue, 50,000Kms) So far - I love it!

Here's the thing. I live in Calgary, Canada and (probably not a surprise to most) it gets really cold here in the winter. A block heater is almost a necessity.

Fortunately, my Astra has a factory block heater, but unfortunately I didn't get the special Block Heater cord that comes with all new Astra's. I called a local GM dealer, and at first the parts person I was talking to didn't know which cord I was talking about. After a few more attempts at explaining, he finally seemed to understand - and quoted me $360 for a cord. $360!!!

I have a suspicion that this isn't correct. At least I hope it isn't!

Can anyone shed any light on this mysterious cord for me. Are there after-market ones you can buy at a Napa (or similar auto parts store) or do you HAVE TO buy one from GM? Are they really in the ballpark of $300+??

Any leads/info anyone can give me is much appreciated!

Thanks in advance!
You could try a local auto wrecker (they could put the word out and you might find one at a different wrecker somewhere in Alberta). If they have one, chances are the cord might still be in the car and you should be able to score one cheap.

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