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Posted by Abarth on October 21, 1999 at 11:38:55:

In Reply to: Maybe an answer posted by StL Don on October 20, 1999 at 20:52:23:

: : On a 2000 328i,

: : 1. Without the use of the Climate Control, is there a way to get fresh outside air into the cabin, and use thr rotary dial to make the air as cold as the outside air, or have it warmed over the engine? This would be similar to a VENT lever on other cars.

: : 2. What's the use of the rotary temperature dial between the air vents on the dashboard front? Does it interact with the climate control at all? For example, if the climate control is set somewhat cold, say 60 deg., and I have the rotary dial set in the hot position, what happens?

: : Thanks.

: I just picked up my 328 a couple days ago, so I'm still figuring it out too, but it seems the the center temp control (the wheel) is independent of the climate control temp setting. Be sure the recirculation control is set to either off or auto, not forced recirculation.

: Why do you want the climate control off? Just turn off the compressor and you'll just be getting fresh air at whatever temp you set (down to ambient outside temp).

Here is what I don't understand exactly:
I was driving with the compressor ON, T=70F, AUTO=ON, and the temperature feels fine. Outside temp is about 65F. I decide that the compressor isn't necessary, so I turn it off. Then I notice that I am getting HEAT blown into the footwells. Now I feel hot. What gives?

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