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Makes sense - I live in northern MN, does the cover provide that much insulation that it would be necessary?

Also, what thermostat should be used, right now my temp gauge shows 150 degrees, is that hot enough?

One more question; Are block heaters recommended? In the winter here, temps can get to -35 below quite often.

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Not really but it does keep the engine warmer a little longer. Mostly for sound.

Temp gauge should point straight up but to see the actual water temp you need a VCDS cable to read the sensor.

The car will start fine as long but a block heater is an easy install and will give you instant heat and instant start on cold days. The fuel distributors add a winterizing element but a small splash of powerservice anti-gel additive won't hurt. It'll also raise the cetane and make the engine easier to start.
 
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