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    1. Member Seki's Avatar
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      06-21-2013 12:31 PM #51
      have them and I love them…

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      06-21-2013 12:36 PM #52
      I'd say the cheapest car you're going to find them on is a Saab 9-5. Loved them in my old '01 9-5.

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      06-21-2013 12:36 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by Zunflower View Post
      Is swamp-ass really an issue for any vehicle with air conditioning?
      Ah, spoken like someone who does not live in the south or southwest.

      And yes, even with legal limit window tint, an insulated, reflective windshield cover, and powerful A/C system, getting in a hot car in Phoenix anywhere from May through September may very well be uncomfortable for 5-10 minutes in the absence of cooled seats. I have family in the south too, and the effect can be similar there due to humidity, although I really have to say that anywhere in the American southwest that regularly gets over 105 degrees for a couple months in a row is a good candidate for this option. I've only gotten to drive one car with it and it was amazing how much quicker it cools you down.

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      06-21-2013 12:39 PM #54
      Swamp-ass is simply a national concern. Even in the Northeast it's bad on muggy mornings.
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      06-21-2013 12:42 PM #55
      I want them. I will start sweating within 30 seconds of getting in my car when the temperature is even just 65 if it's been sitting in the sun. Air conditioning is just fine for my face, but for my back and my garden of good and evil, more technology is needed.
      You think you hate it now, but wait 'til you drive it.

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      06-21-2013 12:56 PM #56
      They were high on the list of features we wanted in the new wife mobile. They're fantastic!

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      06-21-2013 01:02 PM #57
      What car?

      We need to make a list of vehicles with these

      Quote Originally Posted by Professor Gascan View Post
      They were high on the list of features we wanted in the new wife mobile. They're fantastic!

    9. 06-21-2013 01:56 PM #58
      awesome to prevent schwetty balls.

    10. 06-21-2013 02:06 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by Minty_Fresh View Post
      use to valet cars, honestly this feature feels amazing on a hot day park the car and sit in it for like 5min enjoy it. having to run none stop through a lot at 12 noon on a 100 plus summer day. id fight some one to park a car a knew had them.
      HAHAHAH I agree
      The last gen Avalons were one of the first "Cheaper" cars to haev them felt like ice on my gonads

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      06-21-2013 02:33 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Yes. A/C doesn't reach every part of your body that has the propensity to sweat. Assuming you have a job where you need to look somewhat professional, being not-sweaty, especially in swamps like Atlanta, where the humidity and heat index can easily reach Bigfoot's crotch levels, is a godsend. Anybody who thinks cooled/ventilated seats are a gimmick is a stupid moronic idiot who shouldn't be alive, much less driving. I don't care how they did it back in the stagecoach day....there's a reason they're all dead.
      Too right. Got 'em in my Charger. Part of the Road & Track package.

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      06-21-2013 02:36 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by thefrese View Post
      I didn't even know this existed. Sounds amazing for us back-sweaters.
      I'm amazed someone in Louisiana didn't know these existed
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      06-21-2013 02:43 PM #62
      This is more important to me than a heated steering wheel or ACC.

      One of the things I truly miss from the Phaeton. And, note: some are cooled, some just circulate air. The ones on the Phaeton and on current MBs circulate air, they don't actually cool. That way, you can stay dry without being chilled. The MB ones will let you switch the fan on in conjunction with the heater, so you can be warm and dry in the wintertime!
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      06-21-2013 04:10 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post
      What car?

      We need to make a list of vehicles with these
      Q7 TDI. I believe they're an option on all Q7 models though.

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      06-21-2013 04:17 PM #64
      Quote Originally Posted by Professor Gascan View Post
      Q7 TDI. I believe they're an option on all Q7 models though.
      Dodge Durango has it as an option and I think the Ford Flex has it now as well.

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      06-21-2013 05:23 PM #65
      Oh, and combined with remote start = luxurious coolness on a hot day.

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      06-21-2013 05:35 PM #66
      I had vented leather seats in my '04 9-5.

      I test drove it on an 80 degree day. I won't lie, they were a selling feature.

      They totally remove the sticky back/legs you can get with leather on hot days. (Another reason I don't understand America's infatuation with leather/leatherette seats...)

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      06-21-2013 05:50 PM #67
      I'm the type of person who gets swamp ass from sitting in a leather chair in a cold office, so ventilated seats in a car are a godsend. I especially love the A/C type (everything but MB which is just a blower?) which feels like you're sitting on a chunk of ice

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      06-21-2013 05:53 PM #68
      One of the nicest features I have used... that and heated steering wheel. Both need to be on every car sold in Canada IMO (heated seats for the winter of course too)

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      06-21-2013 07:28 PM #69
      Quote Originally Posted by nemesis099 View Post
      Dodge Durango has it as an option and I think the Ford Flex has it now as well.
      Yup, as do the Ford Explorer Limited and Sport, and the Sante Fe LWB. M-B does on the ML and GL for sure.

    21. 06-21-2013 07:30 PM #70
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      I'm the type of person who gets swamp ass from sitting in a leather chair in a cold office, so ventilated seats in a car are a godsend. I especially love the A/C type (everything but MB which is just a blower?) which feels like you're sitting on a chunk of ice
      I think they are all just blowers. I know my grandpa's 2012 Chevy 2500 is just a blower but it calls it air conditioned seats.

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      06-21-2013 07:53 PM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by 1995Camry View Post
      I think they are all just blowers.
      Some of them actually do have cooling via a Peltier Effect device.
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      06-21-2013 07:55 PM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by 1995Camry View Post
      I think they are all just blowers. I know my grandpa's 2012 Chevy 2500 is just a blower but it calls it air conditioned seats.
      No way. Lexus and Nissan seats get icy cold. The Escalade we had got cold pretty fast too. Couldn't have just been simple ventilation.

      Maybe it's just the Germans who ventilate without cooling. I drove an X5 for only a few minutes and the seats didn't get cold. I've driven a couple MBZ's (SL55 AMG and CLS550) and they didn't get cold either.

    24. 06-21-2013 08:09 PM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      No way. Lexus and Nissan seats get icy cold. The Escalade we had got cold pretty fast too. Couldn't have just been simple ventilation.

      Maybe it's just the Germans who ventilate without cooling. I drove an X5 for only a few minutes and the seats didn't get cold. I've driven a couple MBZ's (SL55 AMG and CLS550) and they didn't get cold either.
      Hmmm maybe there is ducts running up to the seats. I'll have to look.

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      06-21-2013 10:02 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post

      Really keeps your junk nice and fresh.
      this right here.
      I had them in a loaner Azera for a trip to san francisco, they were the best thing ever,I did not want to give the car back. I will more than likely get that as my next lease unless the next sonata has better visibility.
      I found a liquor store, and i drank it!

    26. 06-21-2013 10:07 PM #75
      Great unless you fart.

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