2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Subpar AC in Triple Digits

July 04, 2012

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As you may have read, I was in Arizona this past weekend checking out a new potential Long Term car. On my way there the temperature hit triple-digits right around 11am and didn't drop below that until something like 8 pm.

During this time I stayed on the throttle keeping up with the notoriously quick Arizona traffic. The good news is that, despite keeping the AC on full blast, the BMW's temp gauge never moved.

The bad thing is that despite the AC being on full-bore, max, recirculate the entire time, we were still hot the entire time. The "we" in this situation means me and my "I'm always cold no matter what and these seat heaters aren't warm enough" girlfriend.

The X3 may drive great and pull hard, but it can learn a lot from your average GMC Terrain about how to keep Americans cool.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 10,400 miles

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