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Old 02-08-2003, 09:53 AM   #1
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The VUE heater is really bad for the feet. No heat reaches them at all! Never had this problem in other cars.
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Old 02-08-2003, 11:04 AM   #2
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>>Never had this problem in other cars.<<

And I'm not having it in our VUE. Are you sure that there isn't something wrong with your lower vents.
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No, the VUE's vents AIM too far back. My feet freeze too...except right now, where my mats got wet and dried.. I can't put the air on the floor or I have this godawful musty smell.
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No, the VUE's vents AIM too far back. My feet freeze too..
I'll take your word for it. Our VUE usually spends the night in a garage so its inside floor temperature may never be that cold to begin with when I drive it. What I have noticed though is that the VUE heater at full heat brings the passenger compartment temperature far higher than I like it and I usually have to turn it down after I get the windshield warm. The only thing that I have found to be less than ideal with the VUE heater has been its defrosting ability on the far passenger side of the windshield.
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Same here. The VUE front floor heater vents are too far back to heat my feet directly. They basically aim at the seat rails.
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Same issue. No heat for the feet. I felt around to find out what the precise direction of the air was and much to my surprise, it does direct it at your feet. But the volume and pressure isn't very high. So instead of turning the fan speed on one or two, I set it to three and sometimes four to get the pressure and volume up. Gets your feet toasty warm just like a "normal" car. Once you're happy, turn the fan down to two to maintain comfort.
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I must admit that my Vue does not have the strongest heating sytem in the world.
On a long drive it eventually heats the cabin evenly, but yeah, the "footsies" are not as well taken care of as I would like.
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I must admit that my Vue does not have the strongest heating sytem in the world.
On a long drive it eventually heats the cabin evenly, but yeah, the "footsies" are not as well taken care of as I would like.

Wifey and I were at the Lehigh/Navy basketball game tonight and our VUE was in an outdoor parking lot for the better part of three hours. When we started up the car, the readout on the rear view mirror indicated it was 11 degrees F outside. Based on this thread I specifically asked her if her feet were cold as we were driving out of the parking lot. She said yes and I turned up the fan to five and directed the heater airflow to the floor. Within two minutes she told me she was hot and asked that I readjust the heat and airflow. My wife has the cold tolerance of a reptile and when she says it is hot, it really is *hot*. I guess I should consider myself fortunate to have a VUE with a heater that works like a wood stove.
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I've only had my vue a little over 24 hours, but I've been driving it a lot, and although it's stayed below 0degC here, I've been very pleased with the heater. I've just kept it blowing at the floor and it seems like it's not long at all before I have to turn it down to keep from getting too warm. I just turn it down to "1" and it keeps the car, and my feet, at a comfortable temperature.

Very pleasing considering I'm someone who is *always* cold!
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I don't have any problems with the heat in my VUE. In fact, passengers in the back seat sometimes complain it's too warm for them!

But, I'm in the same boat as John8 in that mine sits in the garage overnight and never gets that cold inside.

Now, if Saturn could so something about improving airflow around the windshield and side windows....
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Unfortunately I don't have a garage and although it was -3C this morning, I was nice and warm within minutes of starting my commute. When I arrived at my destination 20 min later I felt quite toasty, feet and all!

Maybe it's just because I come from a 94sc2, and the heat in the vue feels like a bonfire in comparison
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WORST - HEATER..........EVER (comic book guy voice)

hehehehehehehe

No, seriously, it produces heat quicker than any car I've owned.... but the only place it can get to is the dash vents. Aim it at your feet and forget it.... They're freeze.

This is how I warm up the interior quickest:
1. Wait until temp gauge is at the 1/4 mark AT LEAST.
2. Press RECIRC button and set distribution to vent/floor combo.
3. Start blower at speed-2 until the air coming from the vents is HOT (prob a couple minutes of driving)
4. Then move fan to speed 4 and leave it there until you're warmed up. THEN turn off RECIRC, set to floor only and lower fan to 2 or 3 until your feet are warm.

Now, If I do the above, my feet don't feel warm until about 15-20 mins into my 45min commute. It s*cks, true, but I'm not too concerned.... what I AM worried about is cooling the vehicle DOWN in the SUMMER. I really hope the AC can handle it!
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My L heats up a lot faster. I don't notice that my feet are freezing. Takes about 5 minutes more to get the cabin warm. Guess a lot more area to heat. Have to see how the A/C works. 2002 owners in hot climates. How is the A/C at cooling the VUE?
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2. Press RECIRC button and set distribution to vent/floor combo.
3. Start blower at speed-2 until the air coming from the vents is HOT (prob a couple minutes of driving)
4. Then move fan to speed 4 and leave it there until you're warmed up. THEN turn off RECIRC, set to floor only and lower fan to 2 or 3 until your feet are warm.
Tried the recirc trick once hoping to warm the interior quicker (-5C air versus -20C air).... all it did was fog up the windows!

WORST...WARM-UP........EVER!
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Well at least your feet won't get warm when the condensate from the A/C keeps your feet cool.
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it makes you wonder what kind of morons designed this heating system!
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Don't use the recirc button in the winter or when it's raining. Before you know it you'll have the windows fogged and you can't see anything. I learned this the hard way in my sc2.
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Well at least your feet won't get warm when the condensate from the A/C keeps your feet cool.
So.... the recirc button actually engages the compressor (assuming the ambient temp is high enough)? I thought recirc just opens a damper to force the HVAC to draw in interior air. Don't you have to press the snowflake button to engage a/c?
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Don't you have to press the snowflake button to engage a/c?

That's what I thought too!
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Instead of putting those crappy speakers in the front door, they should have put heating vents there! Then my feet would be a bit warmer!!
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