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Karl Johnson
02-22-2008, 09:08 AM
I'm trying to decide between a 2007 or a 2008 plus whether I should go with an EX or EX-L.

My wife accuses me of intentionally either making her side of the car either too hot or too cold (or both at the same time...grin).

I'm usually a few degrees warmer when it's cool out (probably because i bother to wear a coat) and don't seem to suffer as much in the hot weather, so the "DZCC" sounds worthwhile. Especially after she gets so cold I give her my coat and then I'm the one wanting to crank up the heat.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had a hands on report on how well they liked the automatic climate control in their 2008 EX-L. I did a search and found the online owners manual, so I know how it looks and works, but I didn't find any reports on how well it works.

Thanks.

Karl Johnson
02-22-2008, 09:23 AM
I just realized a favorite cartoon of mine could save me $2,400.

Pickles is a cartoon about an older couple. In this one the guy is in his living room talking to a buddy. His wife walks in and says, "Is it me, or is it cold in here?"

She proceeds to crank the thermostat setting all the way up to the top and then leaves the room. A few minutes later she's back and says, "Oh my, now it's too hot." She pushes the thermostat's setting all the way down.

After she leaves, Earl leans over toward his buddy and whispers, "I disconnected that thing years ago."

I'm thinking I could just add an extra knob and say it's the control for the dual system.

mdugan7000
02-22-2008, 06:43 PM
If you intend on keeping it a long time past the warranty, go with "simple is better" and skip the thing.

lazypineapple
02-22-2008, 07:25 PM
I have a Ex-L.
I personaly think all the extras on the Ex-l are very nice to have.
climate conrol , is very nice
Duel controls is Great.
weather it's worth it is up to your wallet,
I don't regret buying the EX-L,
even tho the wife squirmed at first, now all she does is tells me how nice her ride is.
we commute together everyday 90 miles round trip,
heated seats
XM,
Climate controls
we'll never buy another car without it

Dalbery
02-22-2008, 08:03 PM
The dual climate control is really nice if you are going to carry passengers. Also the EX-L has power seats and the front of the seat can raise and lower. The EX does not have this adjustment and for my bad back and Syatica (sp) I had to have the extra seat adjustment.

Almatti
02-22-2008, 09:55 PM
I've had Auto Climate Controls in the last 5 or 6 cars that I have bought or leased. I have a 2007 CRV EX-L, leased in Oct 2007. I was trying to wait for the 2008s, but my lease on the previous car expired and no monthly extensions were possible. That pissed me off when I learned that it was NOT available, but it IS available for 2008 (the same with the Power seats :( ). Having Auto Climate Control lets you set the temperature and the system does the rest. No remembering to shut the Fan off when existing so that when you start her up the next cold morning, it's not blowing cold air. Minor thing in this Spoiled World we live in, but :"Once You eat Steak, it's hard to go back to Hamburger".

Karl Johnson
02-23-2008, 07:19 AM
Mdugan7000. I hear ya. I do plan keeping it longterm. Extra goodies can lead to extra repair costs in an aging vehicle. Although my 98 isn't very complex when compared to a new one, it was the top of the line back then. After 10 years and 140K miles the only thing which failed was the AC compressor. That was at 90K. Oh yeah, the bushings needed replacing at 120K. I'm hoping that Honda goodness extends into the new models and their high-tech pieces/parts.

Lazypineapple, Dalbery, & Almatti...thanks for the info. I double-checked the menu and ended up ordering the steak. I take deliver on a green tea EX-L next week.

The dual zone climate control was a good sized factor in the EX-L formula. My wife can turn the knob up or down as many times as she wants. If she's too hot or too cold she can blame the car and not me. It turns the hot and cold controls into a non-issue. The fact that it's also automatic means it is just one less distraction. I look forward to seeing what it's like. Bottom line is if for some reason it isn't doing what I want, I can shut it off and control things the old fashioned way.

The power seat was also another major factor. The regular seats feel kinda cupped to me. Even my old CRV has a seat with lumbar adjustment. Also, in the regular seats the ideal seat back angle for me seemed to be mid-notch. With the power seat I can micro-tune that as well as the seat height and base angle. Even during the test drives I immediately found the power seat more comfortable. I imagine it would make a considerable difference on a long trip. The only thing lacking would be a 2-position memory. That'll probably be a mid-year upgrade, announced next week....;^)

Take care all and happy CRVin'

blueiedgod
02-23-2008, 09:04 AM
I would have liked to have dual climate controls. When driving East-West, the south side of the car is going to get warmer than the north-facing side of the vehicle.

I don't know about the CR-V, but the dual climate controls on the TSXs equipped with GPS automatically adjust the south-north temperature differential between the driver and pasenger sides.

sgtsandman
02-23-2008, 10:01 AM
Drive backwards, then the warm side of the car will not be yours! :mrgreen:

crvowner1
02-23-2008, 10:30 AM
I just picked up my 2008 CR-V EX-L 4WD about three weeks ago. Yep loaded out and pricy. My third honda and second with Auto and dual controls. My advice go with the Auto and dual controls, nice features. If your relatives or friends like the cabin hotter or colder than you, then the price will be worth it. As with anything, the more items you have to higher the potential for repair - but Honda makes an excellent vehicle and stands behind their products. That's why I got rid of my pickup and went the suv route

My initial reaction to the CR-V - very tight suspension but it is an SUV and it will be a good car and friend for many years. All my friends like the ride.

___________
CR-V 2008 LX 4WD TAFFETA WHITE

Almatti
02-24-2008, 05:29 AM
Guys: Another benefit of Auto Climate is if you elect to get the remote Starter, Honda's will regulate the temperature via the remote. You can set the temp from the starter, as she warms up, you have heat, if the weather is warm, you have A/C. I Like That. It makes me jealous of the 2008ers, especially, since the 2008s only received a very minor "bump" in the $$$$. I leased my 2007 EX-L on Oct 1, 2007, but couldn't wait for the 2008s. By the way, my Dealer also provided lease deals from outside Leasing Company in my area. That gave me a much better deal than Honda Finance.... I had leased my previous vehicle from the same Co (2005 Nissan Altima), they were very good about waiving the Termination charge and about the condition of the returned vehicle: No Charges..:D

The Godfather
02-24-2008, 10:41 AM
I think I am in the minority, here. I am actually glad that the 07 EX-L skipped the auto climate control. I had it in a prior car, and never really liked it. I prefer the manual controls much better. Seem to have better control over temperature, but that's just my opinion. Now, the power seats, that's a different story......

mike.

blueiedgod
02-24-2008, 12:03 PM
Drive backwards, then the warm side of the car will not be yours! :mrgreen:


Or I could just drive the "British way" on the wrong side of the road! :mrgreen:

Cutter
02-24-2008, 12:40 PM
I think I am in the minority, here. I am actually glad that the 07 EX-L skipped the auto climate control. I had it in a prior car, and never really liked it. I prefer the manual controls much better. Seem to have better control over temperature, but that's just my opinion. Now, the power seats, that's a different story......mike.
I agree with you about manual temp controls. But, the dual zone feature is wonderful. Manual temp with dual zone, that's what I'd like.

Almatti
02-25-2008, 07:51 PM
Guys: The beauty of Auto Climate controls is that you can set it Automatically or Manually control fan speeds, air direction and temps... You get the best of Both Worlds. With Auto controls there's no cold air blowing at you if U forget to shut down the system and return to the car after it's been sitting in cold weather.

And Power seats should have been included in the 2007 EX-L model. That was a "slap in the face" to me as a first time Honda buyer. But I'll get over it. "Honey, Where's that ice pack for my face".:lol:

The Godfather
02-26-2008, 07:20 AM
And Power seats should have been included in the 2007 EX-L model. That was a "slap in the face" to me as a first time Honda buyer. But I'll get over it.


Surprising to me as well. mike.