The EXL systems have a more elaborate system...you set the temperature
(i.e., 65, 70, etc.) as opposed to the conventional system. It is a
true thermostat system unlike those of the LX series where you just
set it at cool or whatever.
Therefore, my question is simply: does the SE have this true
"thermostat" system....does that sufficiently clarify my question for
But not all A/C system have climate control, which is what he is asking
about. Mu kids Subaru's are base models and just have an AC button and fan
speed lever. No temperature settings at all.
You've lived the life of luxury to remember what the little people drive.
According to Cars.com
(http://www.cars.com/honda/accord/2007/specs/?acode=USB70HOC011E0 ) the SE
has "Manual air conditioning with air filter" as standard. They list the
same for the LX. The EX has "Automatic dual-zone front air conditioning with
So I net this out as follows -
The SE and LX models have manual air conditiong. This is the type where you
have a simple "cool to hot" knob or slider that you manually adjust to
acieve a comfortable cabin temperature. The system doesn't measure cabin air
temperature. It does not automatically adjust the A/C to maintain cabin
temeparture. Changes in cabin air temperature are handle manually by the
driver or passenger. Chages in outside temeperature, vehicle speed, engine
temperature, can all effect the cabin air temperature which might require
the occupants to readjsut the position of the temperature control. Thus this
is called manual a/c.
The EX Model has automatic temeprature control. You set a cabin air
temperature like setting a theromstat in a home and the system adjusts the
A/C system to maintain the cabin air temeprature based on the measurement of
the cabin air temeprature by a separate thermocouple.
I've had both types of systems. If the Automatic Temerature control is
cheap, I am OK with it. However, I ahve noticed that many people treat the
automatic temperature control systems just like a manual system. They
constantly alter the target temeprture instead of just leaving it at a
certain setting. This defeats the purpose of ATC. You might as well have a
coo/hot slider or knob if you aren't willing to let the ATC control the
temperature for you.
You've been watching my wife in the car, haven't you! Her other favorite
trick is-- say when we've been out of town for a few week and turned the
A/C thermostat in the house up to 85 or 86 degrees to save money. When
we come home, she cranks the dial down to 60 "so it will cool down
faster." No amount of 'splainin on my part seems to make any difference...
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