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Got '03 GLS Passat with manual climate controls. Wonder what it takes to replace it with Climatronic if possible at all? Parts #s, $? I saw that there are two different part # for the front panel depending on the headunit - single or double DIN. So I guess climate control units are at least the same size plus all wires must be there as well. So in ideal case it would be just to replace manual controls block... Has anyone done it?
 

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"plus all wires must be there as well."
Nope. Not even close. Unless they did something drastically different in the 03's you are in for a nightmare if you want this accomplished.
 

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Much more than just replacing manual control block...sensors, motors etc. I think the consensus is that it's not feasible. Sorry.
 

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Honestly bitmaster, I have the GLX climatronic and I hate the thing.

Too much work to get climate control working properly. Maybe it's just me but with it, I'm usually too cold or too warm and I dislike how it likes to adjust the blower without my intervention if I'm not careful.

Stick with the dials.

Climatronic = :thumbdow:
 

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I've got a GLX also, and you've pretty much got to look at the Climatronic panel in order to set the temp and blower speed. It looks clean without knobs, but the small pushbuttons are hard to adjust without taking your eyes off the road. Stick with the manual controls. And as others have mentioned, there is a lot more involved than just the front panel. The Climatronic has an assortment of sensors, small motors and controls for controlling all of the internal flaps and ducts in the system.
 
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