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Today was the first time since only my Mini that the internal temperature was warm enough to warrant a bit of cooling.

I selected the aircon button however the temperature of the air never got cold. I tried Auto which as I understand is meant to automatically regulate the internal temperature based on external conditions however this didn't improve things.

Am I missing something?
 

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If you wanted to cool your car down quick, set it on the MAX button. Generally, the air con in the mini is pretty good but you do need to turn the fan up for most effectiveness.
 

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Learn by 'trial and error' :D

Remember, it best for the AC system to have it switched on all the time. Even in winter time. It will dehydrate the air in the cabin and keep your compressor running and the gasses flowing. It will also prevent your car from smelling nasty due to mold nestling in various parts of the ventilation system.
 

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I just set it to Auto, set the temperature I want and set the strength to middle setting and it works perfectly. If you feel the climate control is not as effective as you expected, have you tried increasing the climate control strength setting? The strength determines has quickly the climate control will try and achieve the desired temperature. Max AC, is just all out.

The number of people I see who don't understand the concept of climate control is unbelievable. When you get in a cold car, with a cold engine, there is no need to turn up your desired temperature or change the fan speed, all it does is blow cold air at you, and the climate control knows this, thats why it waits until it has warmth from the engine before it tries to blow that air. Then a mile down the road they are complaining the temperature is to hot, well yer thats what you asked the climate control to do, get the car as hot as possible.

Climate control is 99% set and forget (in the UK), with the odd temp tweak here and there making up the 1%. The heated seats on the other had, they can melt bone.
 

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In my experience, auto climate control is hideously incompetent outside of extreme weather. Pretty much any time the desired temp is higher than the outside air temp, the climate control will burn you up. This is a big problem because a car has a major greenhouse effect, so you can park in the sun on a 50F day, and the car can reach 90+F, and with the thermostat set at 68F, the vents blow hot air. I find at 62F, I can usually get cool air out of the vents, and of course going down to 60F is the same as pressing the max AC button.

Of course, in extreme hot, or extreme cold, there isn't as much to screw up so south Texas summer isn't an issue.
 

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With all my previous cars if its hot inside I can set the AC to high and after a few minutes is blowing cold air which can then be adjusted. With the Mini I haven't been able to do this which when it comes the summer will be worrying especially with leather seats! Trial and Error will commence!
 
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