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Old 07-26-2002, 06:27   #1 (permalink)
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Climate Control (Gizmo or Real)

I've been thinking about climate control usually fitted in the upper model ranges. Do they really work any better than a manual system.

If i had the choice i would like the so called climate control and it does look good with the digital representation of the air selection, fan speed and degree's of temp. But apart from a digital representation and touch button functions it's no better than the manual HVAC system.

But as really keeping the car at that temperature i really have my doubts. I find especially in summer when trying to set the car temperature to a ideal setting the fan and air con ends up working overtime Ie "full blast" to keep up with the desired temperature. Everytime i'm in a cimate control car i tend to use it in semi auto mode.
I think the temperature is just a representation to the manual dial of cool to full heat.

What does everyone think?
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I have never had climate control in a car so I don't miss it, but others who have it swear they wouldn't have a car without it.
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Old 07-26-2002, 06:49   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think climate control has anything over normal air con - it's no essential. I just love having it because I don't need it, if that makes any sense. It's just cool to have (no pun intended). For the same reason a person might buy a TS50 even if they have no intention of using its performance potential.

In theory, climate control means less fiddling - which may have safety benefits when the driver is free to concentrate on the road.
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Seems to be a bit more accurate than just whacking on the a/c, getting colder than you'd like, turning it off, warming up again, turning it on... and so on!

Even in the old EA2 Ghia it worked pretty well! (One of the things that didn't require attention at some stage).
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Old 07-26-2002, 09:29   #5 (permalink)
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Its a funny sort of thing !
I set mine either to 19*C 21*C or 28*C
Its never set to anything other than those temps

Funnily enuf though, I loive the way the CLimate control module adjusts the Outlet for the Air every few minutes.
I.E. For 5 minutes, the outlet is on my feet, then On the Front Windscreen, then on my face, etc, etc.

Sort of creates a diversion every once in a while that helps wake meg up on long trips !
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it's simplicity is the best bit. it will try and control what ever temp is dialled in. no matter what temp is outside the inside will stay quite constant, all without touching anything.
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I prefer the manual - you are partially right about the temp stting being more a representation than absolute temp. Although the A/C does attempt to hold the set temp it cannot do so accurately as there are so many variable temp zones within the car - someone noted how the vents change every few minutes. The climate control works best if not set to the extremities of it's range ie. leave it set on about 21 in summer and 22 in winter. Obviousy the more time you spend in the car with it in operation the better it is able to control temp - on short trips or when you need quick response from the A/C manual mode is a must. This is why even with climate control the windscreen demister is manual mode only.

The only feature of the climate control A/C which I prefer over the manual is the fresh/recirc feature which is available in all vent positions on the climate control system but only on a couple of selected vent settings on the manual system.
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As people have said before, they look really cool! But i didn't find it to be much better(if any) over the manual system. I either have it on as cold or as hot as it goes. Then adjust the motor.

However has anyone been in the Cressida(92-95) and/or vienta with the climate control?? It works really really really well.
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The only feature of the climate control A/C which I prefer over the manual is the fresh/recirc feature which is available in all vent positions on the climate control system but only on a couple of selected vent settings on the manual system.
I thought you could choose recirc/fresh on all vents in the falcon, either manual or auto climate. I know you can't in the crummydore.
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On AUs recirc is only available on two vent positions out of seven ie. face and bi-level
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