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    • It's like a Kegerator, frosty, icy and my glasses fog up when i get out

      76 30.16%
    • Cool, but not ice cold

      97 38.49%
    • coolish, i still get kinda sweaty sometimes if in direct heat

      45 17.86%
    • what A/C? its either broke, or I don't have one.

      34 13.49%
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    Thread: Does your A/C keep your car Ice Cold? Cool or does it just suck?

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      07-02-2012 09:29 PM #51
      In my experience, the Honda/Acuras that I've had had average A/C performance. In other words, you could probably run it at near the max setting and it'll be nice & cool.

      The VW/Audis that I've owned, on the other hand, seem to all have high output A/C systems. So much so that I would rarely have it set at anywhere close to even the middle settings.

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      07-02-2012 09:30 PM #52
      My E60 has great A/C. The A/C in my E46 sucked, once the outside temperature rose above 90 degrees it would just barely stop you from sweating.
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    4. 07-02-2012 09:31 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by adrew View Post
      I had an '03 Si and was never really satisfied with the A/C -- seems like it was sized for jolly olde England where it was built, definitely not Texas. When it was over 100*F it didn't really do anything unless I got on the highway and went over 70 MPH.

      One thing that does help a little is if you find the heater valve on the firewall and make sure it's closed all the way. Apparently the electronic actuator doesn't close it all the way, which lets some coolant get into the heater core in the summer. So, what you do is look at the valve with the knob on cool, then crank the knob to full hot, then look back at it -- this will show you which side is open and which is closed. Once you've figured it out, give it a little shove to close it the rest of the way. Mine would go an extra 1/4 inch or so and made the A/C a little bit more effective. (A Honda tech told me about this little trick when we complained about the underwhelming A/C in our '96 Accord.)

      Looks like this:


      My A/C compressor grenaded at around 63k -- I was hoping after I replaced the condenser and a bunch of other parts (it spewed shrapnel all through the system) and put a fresh charge in it that the A/C would be a bit colder. But, no, it was as average as it always was.
      Awesome, Im about to try that thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by bificus99 View Post
      My 02 Si was decent, it does not help with the black interior as you know. Many of these generation Si's had A/C issues. I had mine recharged and it worked awesome.
      Are those DIY things any good? I dont really wanna fork it up for a shop to do it unless I have to
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      Phew!!! Thank goodness it's a VW troll thread. If it were a Hyundai troll thread the bukkake faced fanboys would be frothing at the mouth

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      07-02-2012 09:38 PM #54
      i think my audi could use a recharge but its cool enough for me. but in the winter. i can melt my face off wile I'm leaving work at 4am in -20.

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      07-02-2012 09:38 PM #55
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      The best I can get out of my 87 van is a 30 degree drop from ambient across the evaporator.
      I remember the recall for those to keep the air tunnel from crashing down off the ceiling and on to peoples heads!
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      07-02-2012 09:39 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
      My E60 has great A/C. The A/C in my E46 sucked, once the outside temperature rose above 90 degrees it would just barely stop you from sweating.
      E60's for some reason, seemed to break the trend of typical BMW A/C systems. Those things blow ice cubes!
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      07-02-2012 09:39 PM #57
      Scirocco:
      No air. Currently not charged (compressor leaks); but, car currently down with broken trans.
      (Black leather interior, though. Gets a bit sweaty...)
      That said, even when it's working (read: charged), I avoided use if at all possible. I swear it uses 25% of the engine's power...

      Quantum wagon:
      A/C also broken. No charge in it; haven't had the time to charge it & find leak(s.)
      Cloth seats, so not terribly bad. I really want to get the windows tinted, though... Damned thing's a rolling sunroom!

      325iX (kid's car):
      A/C broken again. No charge in it; also haven't had the time to charge it & find the leak(s.)
      Black leather interior, so, sucks. And, hers is an oddball E30 coupe that doesn't have opening quarter glass. So, it has **** for thru ventilation.
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      07-02-2012 09:47 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by mikes96GTI View Post
      I remember the recall for those to keep the air tunnel from crashing down off the ceiling and on to peoples heads!
      There was. Mine fell at night and scared the siht out of me.


      I was like, "OMGWHAWAZAT???"

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      07-02-2012 09:51 PM #59
      MKIV Golf 2.0, it's ICE cold. IN fact, probably has the 2nd coldest air of any car I've owned behind my 1993 Audi 100 quattro 2.8.

      I barely ever need recirc to keep it cool, only if it's like humid and 100+ outside. Even if the cars been sitting all day in 95+ heat, it's cool in a minute or two.

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      07-02-2012 10:01 PM #60
      100+ degrees and 50%+ humidity makes any AC kind of weak.

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      07-02-2012 10:04 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by Wanganrunner View Post
      I need good A/C, and my current Volvo 850 has NONE.

      Honestly, I can't even see the bloody compressor when I look under the hood, nor can I hear anything when I turn the switch. I see where you add the freon though.
      My wife's 850 isn't bad since we got it recharged last year.

      The Wrangler works well enough to keep it plenty comfortable in 100 degree weather with the soft top on.

      The Legacy has automatic climate control and will freeze your hands and face off until it gets the temperature down to whatever you have it set on. Then it adjusts to something that is actually comfortable.

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      07-02-2012 10:06 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      100+ degrees and 50%+ humidity makes any AC kind of weak.


      That's why I used the temperature drop instead of actual vent temp. It's all relative to what's going on before the air hits the evaporator.

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      07-02-2012 10:07 PM #63
      My Acura A/C = pretty good
      My GM A/C = damn cold

      But I've found that bigger engined cars (or more cylinders) = colder. My black Mk5 GTI could not keep up on the hotter days.

    15. 07-02-2012 10:19 PM #64
      My 03 9-5 Aero gets the cabin pretty cold especially with ventilated seats.

      Ditto on the corrado slc ac.....its the bizzle!!!

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      07-02-2012 11:10 PM #65
      It's pretty darn good for a compact car. Tinted windows help too. Ontario has disgusting humidity, so most cars struggle. Takes a 10-20 mins to really get it ice ice cold, but you can get it uncomfortably cold. My Mk4 Golf was similar... took some time, but it'd cool you down.

      Quote Originally Posted by seadoo2006 View Post
      My A4's A/C is brutally ice cold ... In fact, because "AUTO" is setup to direct most to the top and middle vents, on a hot day, it'll cool the windshield glass so much, it'll start to condensate over on the OUTSIDE.
      One big thing I miss about my A4 was the air-con/auto climate system. It worked amazingly well! All those tips and tricks Audi learned from General Motors when they supplied them their climate systems in the 80s paid off big time!

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      07-02-2012 11:21 PM #66
      I live in the Pacific Northwest.

      No need for A/C

      Did I hear it was summer somewhere?
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      07-02-2012 11:26 PM #67
      My Focus's AC took a dump sometime between last summer and now. It was rarely used last summer because it was so cool, now I'm friggin' dying on my commute

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      07-02-2012 11:31 PM #68
      My GTI has done well all summer, until this past weekend. We broke our all time record high when it hit 107 on Saturday and Sunday. I had to sit in some stop and go traffic, and it got pretty hot in the car with everything turned to max and recirculate. It was still cold when moving though.

      On a slightly unrelated note, this car feels SLOW in this kind of heat. Turbos do not like hot air.
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      07-02-2012 11:39 PM #69
      I've got two 2-seaters, and the AC will lower both to uncomfortable levels no matter the temps outside since they don't have to cool a lot of space. We've had a couple of weeks in the high 90s and I haven't felt a thing.
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    22. 07-02-2012 11:46 PM #71
      2008 Civic.... It keeps the car cold and is never uncomfortable.... I don't really have much to say about it, which in my opinion is a good thing! (You don't know what you got till its gone kind of thing)
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      07-02-2012 11:53 PM #72
      My 01' V6 Dodge Dakota is SO cold I actually wish it was warmer, seriously. Even on the lowest setting it's brutal.

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      07-03-2012 12:46 AM #73
      My 97 Miata can't really keep up with this near 100 degree heat we've been having. Then again it has almost 200k miles on it. Stuff gets tired

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      07-03-2012 01:06 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by mikes96GTI View Post
      My BMW has a standard european car air conditioner. Works great if its in the upper 80's low 90's (and the evaporator isn't leaking). Then its only mediocre after that.
      I can echo these thoughts. My E90's A/C is decent but weak compared to cars I've owned in the past. When the car is heatsoaked, it's marginally cooling to a bearable temperature until you're moving and the evaporator receives enough airflow to cool the system. Below 90 or so it's a nonissue but above 95 degrees, the climate control stays on "max cool" for nearly the duration of the trip.

      Beyond the unsatisfactory ability to cool the air, the output from the blower is downright weak as well. This makes for unnecessarily high blower fan speeds as compensation for its lack of ability to move a decent volume of air.

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      07-03-2012 01:12 AM #75
      Was going to start a thread on this but I might as well as here:

      When my AC is on and I come to a stop the car ends up stalling, yet it runs fine when it's driving. What's going on?

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