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#10130 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [gmwalters]
Jun 22, 2007 (5:19 pm)
I owned a 2005 Honda CR-V which I traded in for a 2005 Subaru Outback LLBean 3.0. My wife drives a 2006 Legacy 2.5i.
I agree that the CR-V's air conditioner was much cooler and was able to get the car really cold, really fast. However, I've had no problems with either Subaru's air conditioner (The 2.5i has the standard AC, the 3.0 has the temperature control). It's not as strong, but still effective.
Overall it's a relatively minor thing. The Subaru is a much better car- I've owned 3 Honda Accords before the CR-V. I'll probably stick with Subaru for a very long time.
#10131 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [gmwalters]
Jun 22, 2007 (7:51 pm)
Another thought... CRV comes with tint from the factory, correct? Did the Outback have aftermarket window tint, or no tint? Outback has pretty substantial glass area, so this can make a huge difference.
We've tinted our Outback and Legacy (just a medium tint, nothing really dark), and have absolutely no problems with the car cooling. $250 should do it. Don't go with cheap tint or a cheap shop... with tinting, you generally get what you pay for.
#10132 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [jeffmc]
Jun 25, 2007 (10:56 am)
I was thinking the same thing and, if I were to keep the car, I would tint the windows. Not only would it be a nice solar reduction for children in the rear seats, but would probably look very good on a silver car.
#10133 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [jeffmc]
Jun 25, 2007 (2:39 pm)
I agree completely. The CR-V does have factory tinted windows in the rear seat and cargo area (the front windows were not).
I've been planning on getting the Outback's windows tinted- the Subarus on TV commercials and catalogues look cool with them tinted, not to mention what you said about helping to keep the car cool.
I still have to work on my wife. I think she doesn't want the tint because then she can't wave at her friends when she drives!
#10134 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [plim77]
Jun 25, 2007 (3:18 pm)
Easy fix, there! Just tint the 5 windows in the rear and call it a day. No visibility issues and the cool factor is still in effect.
#10135 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [plim77]
Jun 26, 2007 (6:53 am)
The dual sunroof lets in even more heat, but at least there's a sunshade for that.
#10136 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [ateixeira]
Jun 26, 2007 (10:52 am)
If you do the tinting make sure to do the sunroofs as well. I think a decent tint job makes the car look really nice, besides cooling it down. Here's my 06 OB with the 35% tint done all around.
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The 20% would look nicer, but I felt it would be too dark.
#10137 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [bat1161]
Jun 26, 2007 (1:18 pm)
Gotta say that looks pretty SCHWEET!
#10138 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [bat1161]
Jun 26, 2007 (1:56 pm)
Looks sharp, Mark! Black-on-black's very sporty! Sure not what I picture when I think of a Beaner (2-tone, earthy colors).
We have 35% on ours, too, same reasoning... plus 35%'s the legal limit here. We had ours done in a subtle bronze color (can look pinkish if it's 20%, though), which I think works well with the ivory interior and allows warmer-toned light into the cabin, which I like in my often gray corner of the world.
#10139 of 10833 Re: Air Conditioning [jeffmc]
Jun 26, 2007 (2:11 pm)
It seemed to me that it was a matter of air volume being circulated rather than the temp of the air coming out of the ducts. The blower was set as high as it would go (4); if i did that in my Accord or my Explorer, I would freeze. Just returned from a trip in the Explorer where is was 91 degrees and the air conditioner actually made the interior COLD when set about midway speed. The Explorer does have factory tinted glass, but both the Accord and Explorer seem to move quite a bit more air.