Hi, would appreciate any help with this. The aircon in my 2000 E38 has
been weak (not cold enough) for over a year. My dealer once told me it
needed a new condenser, but when I tried to book the car in a couple of
months later they decided it just needed a re-gas, which they did.
The re-gas helped but I don't think it was quite cold enough. Anyway,
as the summer was coming to an end (this is the UK!), I just left it.
Now with the weather getting warmer, the aircon has been struggling
again, so it went in to the dealer again. They re-gassed it again and
did an 'aircon service' (at my expense). They didn't notice any leaks
though. When I got the car back, the aircon was better, but still not
right - on a hot day it will struggle. The dealer said it is performing
within spec, but I can have the aircon on 'maximum' (16 degrees and
full blowers) and keep it like that for an entire half hour journey and
it certainly isn't freezing. I seem to remember that using 'maximum'
was unbearable after 5 or 10 minutes.
So, could it simply be the condenser not performing?