Yes, I hate to say it but it is not noticable for the most part. I guess when they designed the firewall it was designed for the Japan/Euro 4cyl. If that is the case I'm surprised they never noticed it themselves during the US tests.
In my opinion, the heat warms the car. I live in Los Angeles, where the ambient is
relatively high, and I notice considerable
heat in the cabin, and most of it seems to
be localized in the area of the forward
console and in the area of the conditioning
Hate to say it, but yes thee is cabin heat, coming from the firewall. It is amazing to feel that heat after the car has been running for awhile. If you park it in the garage, you can really feel it. Nice thing is the car absorbs the heat.
I live in Florida where it gets hot as you know what. I am very close to purchasing the IS. 2 questions-----
1) Will this be addressed in the 2002? and
2) Is this a reason not to buy it ?
Look on the bright side, if I bring dinner to the office, keep it in the fridge, then drive home with it dinner will be warm when I get home. Please let me know about questions 1+2.
2) No way. I live in Miami, yes it is a little discouraging to deal with but, with what you are getting for your money, you'd be giving up a great car. I don't know if you live near Miami but, we are going to have a meet on April 7th I beleive, you can check that out in the "All In Together Now" forum.
I had bad cabin heat with my first IS.... as for the second one, I dont feel it at all. I used to cook in my first one. I guess I have to wait till the temp around here heats up a little and then maybe I will notice it.
From what I remember, it was only hot when I would really got on the car and drive aggressive.