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I'm in Montreal too and when I bought my car in August, I got the block heater installed by the dealer at purchase time. The dealer told me that nobody buys block heaters anymore and only two cars they sold this year where installed with a block heater. I told him he would now have three!
As soon as the temps go below freezing, I will be plugging in the block heater on a timer so that it starts two hours before I leave in the morning.
I don't have any experience with a Camry Hybrid in the winter but when I had a Civic Hybrid, I blocked the front grille but had to closely monitor the engine temps to avoid overheating. At this point, I wasn't planning on blocking the front grille. I may reconsider but I'm not sure yet. I really recommend a block heater though.
I don't know about the Camry but on the Civic, I believe blocking the front grille "tricked" the computer into thinking that the outside temperature was warmer than it really was and that allowed more "autostop" and also allowed using the interior heat more without having the engine start up to keep it warm.
Last edited by dborn; 10-14-2013 at 03:35 PM.
Reason: Adding details about blocking grille on Civic