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simonjb
12-31-2010, 12:33 PM
I have been driving the 550 all day and it's just a great car. I have one question - I had the temperature set to 70 and the car was just not cool. Then I noticed there are two manual dials with red and blue coloring in the center of the dash. They were both on red and turning to blue cooled down the car. So here is my question - how do these dials interact with the electronic cooling ? Seems strange that there are manual dials that must be set correctly when there is electronic heating? Or am I missing something? Input appreciated. Thanks.

tdepetra
12-31-2010, 12:39 PM
Flexibility for those days when it's 20 outside but the bright sunshine might be cooking the upper part of you. Love it!

laser
12-31-2010, 12:46 PM
The "red and blue" dials are an esoteric quirk that BMWs have had for at least 10 or more model years.

They were actually "electronic" controlled through the i-Drive on my 2008 535i. :dunno:

markl53
12-31-2010, 01:29 PM
Leave them centered between red and blue and they'll deliver the "default" HVAC air temp. The air temp will adjust automatically along with the rest of the vents. Turn toward red or blue only to override the auto temp setting.

simonjb
12-31-2010, 06:37 PM
Thanks!

Needsdecaf
12-31-2010, 06:50 PM
The "red and blue" dials are an esoteric quirk that BMWs have had for at least 10 or more model years.

....or more.

My dad's 1989 735i had it. ;)

2008550I
12-31-2010, 10:23 PM
The "red and blue" dials are an esoteric quirk that BMWs have had for at least 10 or more model years.

They were actually "electronic" controlled through the i-Drive on my 2008 535i. :dunno:

I like the in-your-face method better. No need for iDirve interaction.

Rafa
01-01-2011, 12:01 AM
I like the in-your-face method better. No need for iDirve interaction.

+1. They are definitely easier to operate than going into the iDrive.