noticed the tsb postings and looked to see if any of my problems were mentioned. tsb postings are here http://www.mini2.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26676
there were a couple. one was of particular interest to me. this was posted feb 1 2006 by bmw http://www.alldata.com/tsb/BMW/index-issue.html
i told the service department about it on august 12th 2004. after much hand wringing and procrastination nothing was resolved. the high pitched whistling that i could hear with the a/c on what not my imagination and was heard by the service dept. the problem was that it could only be heard at higher vehicle speeds. there aren't very many places near mini yaletown service that you can do 50+ mph legally. (there are none within a few miles) this made it more difficult to diagnose.
now what was going on between august 12 2004 and february 1 2006 ? did mini yaletown report this problem to bmw? if so, is it not a legitimate problem 'til 5 people have the problem. or 50 or 500 or 5000 etc. i have now had to wait an extra 18 months with a substandard a/c system which i didn't like to use because of it.
when directing heater to the feet you still get way too much hot air blowing through the top heater openings. (vents and defrosters) there should not be any. the best driving practice is to have warm feet and a comfortably cool head. i guess bmw/mini don't know that.
maybe this tsb will fix this problem also.