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With really warm sunny weather hitting the UK and being allowed out a bit more we've been using the Eclipse a bit more but....

Is it me or does anyone else find the climate control / AC totally underwhelming!
My other car is a Landrover Discovery 4 with CC and when I start up after being parked in the sun I have a veritable gale of cold air coming into the cabin which slowly tails off and settles as the cabin temperature settles but still gives a definite icy tinge as you drive along to keep the interior cool.
The Eclipse seems only to provide a trickle and I have to use the manual fan to get the cold air circulating (which means turning off the CC effectively). Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
How is it for you in hotter climates than the UK?
 

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I know what you mean, as my old Jaguar S-Type had a automatic setting control switch which cooled the car down quite quickly to the required internal temperature.
However, using the fan control speed switch, the ECs A/C seems quite effective, though have not used the A/C much this year. Through the warm summer last year, had no problems with A/C system and it kept the car nice and cool as and when required.
I may have missed something in the hand book regarding the correct operation of the A/C system, and will have to read up that section to make sure I'm using it correctly.
Otherwise, how are you enjoying your Eclipse Cross, and hope it is doing a good job in fulfilling your requirements.
 

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Here in Oz we have just finished a very hot spring and summer but I have not had issue with the A/C of the EC when driving in 40 deg C heat. Having said that I do not drive in stop start traffic all that much with most all driving in rural situations where the revs are up for most efficient running of the compressor. Having Eastern European roots I don't handle hot weather all that well and sweat badly at the drop of a hat. There EC's A/C keeps me cool in the car during hot weather. I use CC most of the time and the fan ramps up quite well and quickly when you first start the car when the interior is hot from sitting in the sun.
 

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Perhaps the problem is I've got used to the system in my D4. Perhaps that's the one that's different not the Eclipse.
 

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I was just browsing the user manual and there are several factors that could affect the auto A/C. First is ECO mode. If you have it enabled, try turning it off. There are also settings that can be changed for the default behavior when AUTO is pressed on the climate control system. I only read through them briefly and I haven't finished my morning coffee yet, so my mind is a little fuzzy. It's on page 7-20 of the (U.S.) manual. I'm wondering if some cars come with A/C set higher by default than the others. I haven't had too much opportunity to use the A/C other than defrost mode, but I've always found it starts too high for my tastes.
 

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I've now been driving the car for a bit longer and think I know the answer!! The external temperature seems to have more influence on how the climate control / air conditioning react than on my Land Rover.
I've found today that with a high external temp, the CC / AC perform exactly as I'd expect with a high fan/high cooling until cabin temperature has lowered to set point,
When the external temp was lower but cabin temp was high because of sitting in the sun, the CC / AC didn't kick in as vigorously as I anticipated.
Guess it's how the system has been programmed !!
 
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