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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 9:11 pm 
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Dear all, having looked at the cost of replacing the AC condensor in my 9-3, for what is only likely to be a few days a year, and is likely to be damaged by road debris in short order, I'd be interested to see if any members have any idea of how I can minimise sweat on my shirt and trousers? Would one of those wooden beaded seat covers help? It might keep my back clear of the leather, which might help. Any suggestions? Thanks


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 9:30 pm 
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1.Travel in underwear. Towel off sweat. Put nice clothes on.
2. Open all windows in vehicle, lean slightly forward in seat. Put arm out of window and angle to create a draft towards armpit region filtering air towards back.

3. Vigorously work out before travel ensuring minimal sweating during travel

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:52 am 
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filathome wrote:
1.Travel in underwear. Towel off sweat. Put nice clothes on.
2. Open all windows in vehicle, lean slightly forward in seat. Put arm out of window and angle to create a draft towards armpit region filtering air towards back.

3. Vigorously work out before travel ensuring minimal sweating during travel


OR just pay the small price and have the condensor replaced !

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:31 am 
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My 9-5 has ventilated seats! :)

But I put a towel over the seats in her Carlsson in hot weather.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:37 am 
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filathome wrote:
1.Travel in underwear. Towel off sweat. Put nice clothes on.
2. Open all windows in vehicle, lean slightly forward in seat. Put arm out of window and angle to create a draft towards armpit region filtering air towards back.

3. Vigorously work out before travel ensuring minimal sweating during travel


:lol: somebody has been thinking about this to much . Made my
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:29 am 
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jamsaab wrote:
filathome wrote:
1.Travel in underwear. Towel off sweat. Put nice clothes on.
2. Open all windows in vehicle, lean slightly forward in seat. Put arm out of window and angle to create a draft towards armpit region filtering air towards back.

3. Vigorously work out before travel ensuring minimal sweating during travel


OR just pay the small price and have the condensor replaced !


Having just paid out £240 odd for other necessary work, I'm a bit reluctant to fork out another £200+ for what is essentially a luxury to improve comfort for a few days/weeks a year rather than a necessity. Especially as they are so prone to damage.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:32 am 
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Find some ventilated seats, they are excellent.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:49 am 
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AFAIK ventilated seats are only an option on 9-5’s (and very good they are too!), however the OP said it was their 9-3 ... ??

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:28 am 
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sounds wrote:
AFAIK ventilated seats are only an option on 9-5’s (and very good they are too!), however the OP said it was their 9-3 ... ??


My bad, I read his avatar.......looks like he's gonna have to sweat or pay for the luxury AC repair then!


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:23 am 
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Move further north?

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 12:39 pm 
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Also I'm not sure if a hairy back and legs would make the problem worse. You could try a before and after. With hair/ Hairless.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:09 pm 
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Options are: 1) walk in warm weather then the fresh air will keep you dry
2) sit on a towel
3) Drive with the windows, sunroof open(which will of course increase your fuel consumption and will end up costing more than a new compressor over time!)
4) Just buy a new compressor


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:58 pm 
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jezza9876 wrote:
Options are: 1) walk in warm weather then the fresh air will keep you dry
2) sit on a towel
3) Drive with the windows, sunroof open(which will of course increase your fuel consumption and will end up costing more than a new compressor over time!)
4) Just buy a new compressor


5) Buy a 9-5 with ventilated seats. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 3:13 pm 
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What sort of roads are you driving on? ‘.... likely to be damaged by road debris in short order.’

Some might be but most survive for years and years!

Just to get ahead of your next new post, I suggest just remove the windscreen (as a new one will likely be damaged by road debris in short order) and wear goggles. :D

PS. Many taxi drivers in very hot countries use the beaded seat covers so they probably do work.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:46 pm 
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Still think shaved, naked and arm out of the window is the way forward. May try this myself tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 10:54 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:32 am 
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I can't really help other than to sympathise; I've never had a car with fully functioning A/C. If it works when I buy them it goes boobs up within a couple of months.

My current 9-3 is the same so I'm going to try a regas and see what happens. I have to say the perforated seat material makes a huge difference though.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:56 am 
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To those with Vented seats now ure just bragging :lol:
I tried to find one when I got my Aero but couldn't so settled on one with sunroof, upgraded 9 speaker stereo, auto dipping mirrors etc etc. oh and a working AC compressor. which was recently re gassed and is now chuffing freezing :park: :park: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:15 am 
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Blimey, I must be lucky as my climate control still works great after 23 years and 192K miles. It has never been turned off, which is probably why it still works.

Velour seats were excellent in not avoiding the sweat problem.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:14 am 
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Velour seats, for sure.

Beaded seat covers in my experience are uncomfortable for anything more than a short local journey (10-15 minutes), but other people may have different experiences.


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