I have a scrap XM with aircon....
Avoid XMs. AFAIK, the heater matrix on cars with "climate control" is
permanently hot, so that the temperature can be done with a
lightweight "air blend" flap valve, rather than a water valve that
needs a lot of force to move it (and having seen the crappy actuator
motors used on the XM, I can understand this). The XM heater matrix
is rather infamous for developing leaks, especially if you're not
careful with the antifreeze. Mine has already had past two
replacements, and I think it's starting to leak again.
Do not avoid XMs (well don't go running into them....) they are superb cars,
quirky by even Citroen's standards but that's why we love 'em...
Crappy and lightweight they may be but I'm still to experience any problems
on either of mine (105k and 121k).
Again, I've not had any problems (and I don't think either have ever been
replaced although I can't confirm) but I have heard this one on several
...I say go for it! Climate control (when it works) is superb!
2Rowdy ( firstname.lastname@example.org) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying :
Retrofitting the full digital climate control would be a nightmare - there's
a LOT of sensors and actuators that aren't on even the semi-auto heating
controls. Fitting aircon to the semi-auto, though, is entirely possible, and
any decent automotive aircon specialist ought to be able to do it with new
bits. I don't think I'd be buying used aircon bits - the seals dry out and
shrivel, and you have no way of knowing if anything's going to hold
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