Thursday Twister: Three Little Knobs

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT’s weekly quiz show where the contestants are contestable and the questions are questionable.  This week, let’s take a walk inside your average car and take a look at the climate control system.  What cars do not use the standard 3-knob setup?

Most cars built in the 1990s through early 2000s have the three knob setup (above image is a 2004 Subaru STi), although modern infotainment/nav/climate control touchscreens have been replacing these tri-cli setup.  What we are looking for today is cars built between 1990 and 2010 that used a setup that was NOT the three knob style.

The W211 E-Class is an example of a car that used an atypical setup — and frankly each time I rode in a colleague’s E55 AMG, I had the darndest time trying to adjust the airflow to the passenger side.  It was as if all logic was tossed out the window and the system was designed to be completely on or completely off based on random input from the 50-odd buttons that were both above and below the nav screen.  This is what we are looking for — the non 3-knob setup. 

Some examples of cars that don’t qualify include the E36 BMW 3-series that used a 4-knob setup (the two center knobs control left or right side), so just try and find the wackiest climate control scemes.

Standard twister rules are as follows: 

1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your
browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded
the page).  Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post — if
you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his
comment and not a new submission.

2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.

3. The contest will end at Sunday, May 31, 4pm PST.

4. One submission per generation of each make/model.

5. Each car must be a running/driving car (no clay model prototypes) and
at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs.)  and sold as 1990-2010 model year examples.

6. No anonymous submissions — pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.

Ready…set…turn up the AC!