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Edit, to save others picking through the thread - With the AC in ECO mode, the driver's side center fan is off instead of the passenger side. Points to the AC system not correctly modified for RHD (on my car at least).

Not sure if this is just my car, but I suspect it may be another instance of the car not being reconfigured for our market.

I get no heat from the right-most center vent. The one directly underneath the main infotainment screen. All the other vents are fine, including the small ones on top of the dash. Every one of them pumps out a decent amount of heat, with the exception of that one. I know they operate slightly differently than other cars & you slide from side to side to open them, it's not that. I can just about feel there's some air coming out of it if I turn all the fans on maximum, but it seems like secondary air from the vent next to it, definitely not the correct amount. It's not a huge issue in this weather but if the fan is not working correctly it will be more of a pain in the summer when it's hot outside.

Anyone else noticed this, or can check next time you're in the car? The car is going into the dealer tomorrow to fix some other things, so I'll mention it to them but wanted to check with others first...
 

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Yes, I think I pressed every button to switch things around to the different modes & then back to auto, including fan speeds. None of the settings seems to make that vent normalise with the others.
 

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Ok, I figured out what the issue is after playing around with it some more... In short, yes, another misconfiguration between LHD / RHD.

If there is no-one in the passenger seat, the dual zone defaults to ECO mode for the AC on the passenger side. However, it seems the fans are not correctly configured for RHD, so the fan on the driver's side is off, while the passenger side stays on. If I turn off ECO mode, the driver's side fan comes on. This somewhat explains why I couldn't figure it out before, I hadn't considered that it was in ECO on the other side.
 

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One to feed back to the dealer! Quite possible the fix for this isn't in the 2.1 update... :eek:
Yes... My car is going back to the dealer tomorrow with a growing list of issues - This one, unstable charging issue, washer jet not working, spontaneous reboot while driving, plus a bunch of other general software issues.
 

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Edit, to save others picking through the thread - With the AC in ECO mode, the driver's side center fan is off instead of the passenger side. Points to the AC system not correctly modified for RHD (on my car at least).

Not sure if this is just my car, but I suspect it may be another instance of the car not being reconfigured for our market.

I get no heat from the right-most center vent. The one directly underneath the main infotainment screen. All the other vents are fine, including the small ones on top of the dash. Every one of them pumps out a decent amount of heat, with the exception of that one. I know they operate slightly differently than other cars & you slide from side to side to open them, it's not that. I can just about feel there's some air coming out of it if I turn all the fans on maximum, but it seems like secondary air from the vent next to it, definitely not the correct amount. It's not a huge issue in this weather but if the fan is not working correctly it will be more of a pain in the summer when it's hot outside.

Anyone else noticed this, or can check next time you're in the car? The car is going into the dealer tomorrow to fix some other things, so I'll mention it to them but wanted to check with others first...
Ya, mines the same. Another one on the list to test after the update...
 

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After reading this, I’ve been out to mine to see how the vents behave.

So, as per the OP, my car does the same, in Eco mode the warm air from the drivers side centre vent is pretty weak compared to the passenger side, although warm air comes out through the drivers side door vent as I’d expect.

However, pressing the button to direct air via those dash vents, still in Eco mode but out of Auto, directs a strong flow of warm air through the drivers side centre vent and door side vent, but nothing through the vacant passenger side vents?

It seems VW have taken the trouble to make the airflow driver centric when in all other modes, I suspect there’s a good reason why it behaves the way it does in Auto Eco when only occupied by a driver.

I don’t know what that reason is, but it’s a non-issue in my view, you still need air circulating through the entire cabin when only the drivers seat is occupied.

The ID.3 has enough issues without inventing any more!
 

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It seems VW have taken the trouble to make the airflow driver centric when in all other modes, I suspect there’s a good reason why it behaves the way it does in Auto Eco when only occupied by a driver.

I don’t know what that reason is, but it’s a non-issue in my view, you still need air circulating through the entire cabin when only the drivers seat is occupied.
I suspect they have updated some of the code in the software to account for LHD > RHD but missed a bit... Clearly the idea would be to direct heating (and I presume cooling in the warmer months) toward the driver, not the empty passenger seat.

The ID.3 has enough issues without inventing any more!
I'm using the car every evening at the moment to just have a drive around, otherwise it will be sat on the drive mostly unused until this blasted virus lets us get back to some semblance of normality. I am making sure I report all the issues I find to the dealer as soon as possible, just in case I find one that leads to me rejecting the car. If I hardly ever use the car for the next 3 months then find some kind of showstopper, it's too late...
 

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The seats definitely have sensors, that's how the keyless stop works, and the seatbelt warnings etc.

I haven't tried just sitting in the passenger seat for this particular issue, but I had noticed previously that the ECO mode doesn't work in reverse when the driver seat is empty. You can either set driver only or both, not passenger only.
 

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If someone is in the passenger seat only does it then work the opposite way ( towards the driver )
Do the seats have a sensor when someone sits in them so they maybe mixed up LHD -RHD
The seats have sensors in them, but you can replicate somebody sitting in the passenger seat by plugging in the seat belt.

What would be definitive is if a LHD ID.3 owner could do the same and see if the air directs towards the passenger seat in that configuration as well.
 

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Ask VW why it does that, that's what beta testers at for, finding out the faults, but if it's not a fault someone will know why it does that.
I'll check tonight and see if mine does that as well.

I haven't noticed it being cold in the drivers seat when in eco but I have noticed that after about an hour I have to turn the heating up 1°C as the temperature seems to drop.
It's still set much lower than I usually set the temperature in cars, 22+ normally, haven't been comfortable above 20 in the ID.
 

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Yes, my car is with them now & I've just sent a very long list of issues to them by email after talking through them in the workshop. This one is included.
 

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My Family with 0783 does not do this - in Eco, the correct vent is used : hopefully this is an update fix for those affected.
 

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Thanks, that's useful info. I'll let the dealer know & ask if they can check against another model with dual zone (not a 1st).

The report they gave me when I picked up my car said the AC is working correctly. It very clearly isn't & the car is going back to them next Monday with another list of issues, so I'll ask them to check it again with a more detailed list of steps to reproduce the AC issue. Since the above posts, I've found that the driver footwell is also affected, as is the clearing/demisting of the windscreen on the driver's side.
 

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I played with the Warm Hands setting in the smart climate screen last week, more air comes out of the vents pointing at the passenger seat than the driver seat - even when this is no passenger.

I added that to the list I sent to my dealer ahead of my car being in the workshop this week - this is definitely something I will be testing when I get it back.
 
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