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    ...............does aircon make to economy?

    which is worse...............

    opening the window?

    or

    switching on aircon?

    surely aircon on is better option?

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    Barely any difference to mpg on my 3.2 GSi.

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    The way i see it is thus...

    If you have aircon, you put it on when its hot to cool your car... it will increase your fuel consumption.

    If you dont have aircon, you open the window to cool your car.... it will increase your fuel consuption.

    Thats how i look at it... and aircon is something i wont be without now!

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    Can you put a price on you and youre passengers being comfotable and cool? Youd probably spend more on cool drinks than having youre air con on.

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    they say under 60 use window over 60 use aircon but that test was window fully down

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    There was a thing on myth busters about that. Can't remember the outcome tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimTay View Post
    There was a thing on myth busters about that. Can't remember the outcome tho
    lol my reply is from mythbusters lol with them going round and round a track then they done it on the road i member it well lol

    ok i watch it lol

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    pretty much what i thought....................

    aircon ftw, lol

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    tbh the mythbusters test was a fit flawed because when i have my aircon on i get the car nice and cold then turn it off till it starts to warm up then back on and so on whereas with the window it needs to be open all the time, and having a window open at 70 is annoying so AC FTW!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vxpenfold View Post
    tbh the mythbusters test was a fit flawed because when i have my aircon on i get the car nice and cold then turn it off till it starts to warm up then back on and so on
    Why not just adjust the heating knob slightly to keep the temperature constant, just like climate control does?

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