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So im not really sure what its called but on my 2002 OB limited I have the plain boring looking AC controller (right above the radio) and I am wanting to know if it is possible to switch out mine for one from the VDC model because it looks nicer and I like the way it looks with the small screen and everything. I looked a while back and I think the connections might be different?, but is there any way to switch them?
 

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Any of these higher end auto systems require a whole bunch of hardware changes to work. The dual 'his and hers' temperature adjust system requires a split air box with separate airmix doors and servos. You also need cabin sensors and maybe even sun load sensors.

Net: You'll spend far more than the car is worth attempting to graft that panel to the existing AC Amplifier and subsystem parts.
 
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Ok thank you! I was afraid of that, I guess ill just have to stick to the boring one haha
 

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Ok thank you! I was afraid of that, I guess ill just have to stick to the boring one haha
I have both the cars in question.

there is not dual zone climate control (his / hers ) settings in 2001-2004 H6 cars. just one zone automatic with the screen. (all the H6 including the 2003-2004 cloth seat US spec ones). H6 has different A/C bits under the hood too.

I was just searching for a DIY swap thread on google here detailing 2000-2004 year cars and did not find any swap threads.


such a swap is probably easier in a 2005-2009 that had automatic dual zone climate control, and plain old climate were in the same H4 n/a series. (just like swapping any other stuff from a limited H4 to a base model H4 )

as a quick fix, maybe you get a fancier car then what you got.
 

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you don't have to stick with the original radio - look around at crutchfield.com
 
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