Let me say that auto a/c seems stupid to me, all its ever done (on my Outback) is turn itself down to 65 and put itself on full blast. It doesn't seem to want to adjust itself. Although if you push any other button the "Auto" feature turns off and you can adjust it however you'd like. It just seems pointless to me as it has never shown me any logic it has to "automatically" adjust itself to whatever the best climate is.
I have the same problem when I press Auto it is like being in a wind tunnel
The fan will come down a notch after about 15 mins.
But I would rather the Auto come on using outside intake instead of inside air intake. oh well that's the way it is I guess.
On my 3.0R there is no way to have it pre-select outside air when on full auto, but it always goes to using outside air once it's close to the set temperature.
One thing that's not obvious is that you can manually change one feature such as the outside air intake, and the temperature and fan speed etc are still under auto control. On gripe I have is that the Aircon is always on, even when it's 40F outside.