2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Cold Comfort

February 07, 2012


Something's wrong with our new X3's climate control. Judging from the temperature setting shown, you'd think that I was slow-roasting myself on the way home. Not so.

Update: The car is fine. I'm broken.

I usually have automatic climate control systems set to 74 degrees. About three blocks from the office last night, the vents were still blowing cold. I figured that the temperature sensor was wonky, so I turned up the heat. Still cold.

Then I took it out of automatic mode. Nope, still cold. Finally, I turned it all the way up to its maximum of 84 degrees. Finally, I heard a mechanism move behind the dash and warm air poured forth. But if I turned it down to 83 degrees, it went right back to cold. I also tried turning off the AC, but that just made things a little swampy inside.

So there's problem number one, just a week into the long-term test. Let's hope things remain as minor as this.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,003 miles

Update: I went down to ensure that the thumb dial is in fact, the culprit. It is. I honestly can't see how this feature is useful, but there it is. Thanks to all who corrected me and for not calling me a mouth-breathing troglodyte.

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