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Old 04-19-2010, 12:38 PM
galaxyflier galaxyflier is offline
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Mein Auto: 1981 320i (E21)
I would recommend the option I used on my '81. Remove all the AC components and place them in the nearest garbage can. The AC I had worked great as long as it didn't get too hot outside. If the temp got much over 75 -80 F, it didn't work well at all. I got tired of having it recharged everytime something else failed on it, so I finally removed it and got rid of it. The 320i was originally designed for the European market where 1) the summers are very mild and 2) nobody really wanted AC because it had nothing to do with making the car go faster. The bolt-on system used in the 320i wasn't worth the time it took to cuss it out. It was installed as an after-thought on a car never intended to have AC just to appease American buyers.
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