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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 2002, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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"Refrigerated" Glovebox is Even Dumber Than Remote Hatch Release

First off, all it is is an extra outlet for the AC. So, when the heat index was 104 (F) like it was in Baltimore today, I don't want ANY of my AC going anywhere but on me! And, since the AC is on anytime you're "refrigerating" your glovebox, it (Hershey bar, chapstick, soda can), is going to stay as cool on the floor as it is in the glovebox anyway.Yeah...it's useless.

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Thats a shame. so no cool air to the glovebox only then ?

Oh well, I guess it would be warmer in the glovebox if there wasn't a vent into it at all. Or have I missed something ?



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Well, now we have 102 uses for duct tape
I'm pretty sure there's a little valve on the AC outlet in the glovebox that allows you to shut off the airflow in the glovebox. So no need for duct tape there.

However, if you could get "auto-up" to work on the windows of U.S. cars by the judicious use of duct tape, you'd REALLY have something.

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??!? Does this mean when it's cold out and I turn on the heat it will be a heated glovebox instead of refrigerated? cause that does make it the worst invention since ejector seats in helicopters.

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??!? Does this mean when it's cold out and I turn on the heat it will be a heated glovebox instead of refrigerated? cause that does make it the worst invention since ejector seats in helicopters.
Sounds very much like it.

Ps. They finally revised the ejector seats after losing a few pilots, to spit the seat out sideways
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It might not be quite as useless as that (though I can't say for sure as we don't even get a glove box in the UK...).

But I also have an A4 with a refrigerated glovebox (55 option!!), and it works as follows:

Air is chanelled into the glovebox after it has passed through/over the aircon compressor, but before it goes to the heater matrix. So, as long as the aircon is switched on,the air entering the glovebox is always cold regardless of the temperature set on the climate control, and because the glovebox is small and enclosed it can reach a much lower temperature than the interior of the car. In the Audi it can reach 6 or 7 degrees C, but it takes a while.... You'll struggle to make a can of Coke 'ice cold'.

If you don't have the aircon on, the air entering the glovebox is at whatever the ambient temperature is outside. Also, you can stop the flow of air to the glovebox altogether...

But I know what you mean...not that useful really. Keeps Kit-Kats crispy though...
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The glovebox only gets AC air, though only when the AC is on. Same as the A4 (you paid 55 for that? )

See MiNiGuY's post on the subject in this thread:
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Well, its a company car Don't think I'd spend 55 of my own money on it...but then again I did spend 40 for heated mirrors on the MINI
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Nevermind all this talk of the cooling glovebox, personally just to have a glove box would be great

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If you don't want to 'waste' cool air, shut off the outlet as others have said - the designers at least thought of that. I'd say stuff in the glove box would get colder than on the floor because it's a smaller volume to chill. It's also somewhat insulated, so hopefully it won't have got as hot in the first place. Besides, at least stuff in the glove box won't be rolling around in hard cornering..!!
The remote hatch release can be programmed to do something else if you don't like that either.

If all you can find to complain about with your MINI are these two free features which you can easily ignore day to day and not even realize are there, then I think you're doing OK.


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The glovebox only gets AC air, though only when the AC is on. Same as the A4 (you paid 55 for that? )

See MiNiGuY's post on the subject in this thread:
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http://www.mini2.com/forum/showthrea...C&pagenumber=2

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Nice one potts. Good to cross reference threads. And also highlights the thread's in the wrong place too (which will be fixed up pronto), so many people (including myself) who missed it can find it more easily.

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If all you can find to complain about with your MINI are these two free features which you can easily ignore day to day and not even realize are there, then I think you're doing OK.
Not a bad point.......
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You could take this a step further and blame some marketing person for making a big deal about nothing:

The air in the glove box, the rain sensing wipers, the auto dim mirror, and the electronc curb feelers. What the.... These are features you need.

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and the electronc curb feelers. What the.... These are features you need.
what are the curb feelers then?
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