"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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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...
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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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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