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Old 07-07-2013, 09:06 AM
BBrattina BBrattina is offline
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HVAC Controls replacement?

Hi all,

I wanted to make this my first post as I recently purchased my '04 3.0i the other day. After driving quite a few and finding one with most of the accessories I was looking for, the one thing I fell short on was the Heater/Climate control station, whereas I have the relatively stock/boring looking knobs.

My question is; Am I able to almost plug and play a new unit with the advanced climate controls, or are there presumably more wiring options that need to accompany that, etc? The answer in my head seems obvious, but I wanted to at least do my diligence and ask!


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Old 07-07-2013, 05:12 PM
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The cost and trouble of retro fitting the Auto HVAC system would not be worth it IMHO. Go to realOEm.com and compare the two systems and you can do a quick costing of the parts you'll need there also. Make sure you are sitting down and have water handy.
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