Climate Control Fritziness Strikes Again - 2014 SLP Panther Camaro Long-Term Road Test

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2014 SLP Panther Camaro: Climate Control Fritziness Strikes Again

April 8, 2014

2014 SLP Panther Camaro

Turns out the electrical gremlin that recently plagued the 2014 SLP Panther Camaro was more than a one-time oddity.

Because it fritzed-out on my watch, too.

Similar to what happened to Travis Langness, I noticed at one point over the weekend that none of the climate control buttons were backlit and that none of the buttons reacted to anything I did. Turning the fan speed and temp knobs also made zero difference. And it was impossible to actually turn the system off. The photo seen here is not an exact reenactment of the incident.

The air conditioning seemed to stay at the level I had last set it at, which was a bit colder than I currently wanted. Luckily, I prefer things cold over hot. It stayed like this for the rest of my short drive, and the next time I started the SLP up everything was back to normal and it didn't happen again the rest of the weekend.

This could be fun if the malfunction happens when one of our more delicate, warm-weather-and-seat-heater-loving editors is driving the SLP.

We were hoping we could establish some sort of pattern before we brought the SLP into the dealer to have it looked at, but so far we haven't figured out why or when the fritz-out occurs.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 6,808 miles


  • diigii diigii Posts:

    Those knobs are so hideous. GM is still stuck in the '90s design theme.

  • I like that all the controls are right there on the knobs and you don't have to cycle through the different vent settings you can just pick the one you want. But I do have to agree with diigii, they really need a different look.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    As I've said before...Body by Fisher, interior by Fisher Price... Probably the body-control module needs a reflash or replacement - ?

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