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Old 05-23-2010, 07:55 AM
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Default Black cars and heat - Yes/No?

Looking at a truck that I like. Everything is right; price, mileage, etc. but it's black. The color looks great but I've never owned a black car before, are they really that much hotter on the inside? The hot days aren't really here yet, so it's hard for me to judge. Remember, I'm in Texas...
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We have a black Explorer, and a white jeep and Sebring, I do not notice any difference.

One thing you will notice is that a black vehicle shows the dirt a lot more.

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My good friend has black, hates it because it shows every spec of dirt. He never mentioned the heat part but swears he will never buy another black.
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Originally Posted by My Gal View Post
My good friend has black, hates it because it shows every spec of dirt. He never mentioned the heat part but swears he will never buy another black.
We just bought a black car for my wife . Same thing ,I can wash and wax it and it lokks fantastic. Go out an hour later and every speck shows up. The laws of physics says it will be hotter and your air conditioner will have to work harder resulting in higher fuel consumption.
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daughter's black honda civic - 18 months old - rejex every 6 months, no swirls, still gets comments asking if it's brand new - no temp problems even here in S fla sun...
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The whole back car temp thing is bs. I have had many black cars (still do) and other colors and you cannot tell the difference heat wise. Keeping a black car clean however, that is a whole other story and it is not bs.......
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If you keep the vehicle in a garage, not much difference in heat while driving around. Keep it parked in the sun, and you'll fersure notice the difference when you get in. Put window covers and tinting on the truck and temperature differences are not a lot different. Keep it tight and you boil.

Take a simple outdoor thermometer and place in a black one and then a white one for 15 minutes.

Do you like a clean vehicle? Total cars/trucks owned by the family in 25 years; almost 80. We had one black car...once.
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IMHO, interior color makes as much/more difference. Black leather in Florida creates a convection oven effect. I will never own a car with black leather seats.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Interior color makes as more/more difference. Black leather in Florida creates a convection oven effect. I will never own a car with black leather seats.
You're more right than the talk about exterior color. Black leather is Hot to the touch; probably a main reason that MB came up with A/C in seats.
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IMHO, interior color makes as much/more difference. Black leather in Florida creates a convection oven effect. I will never own a car with black leather seats.
This is fact. We've owned several black cars and trucks over the years. The black gut makes the AC work a bit more sitting in traffic.

Nothing is better looking than a shiny black car or truck going down the road day or night. The problem is keeping them clean, they show every finger print and piece of dust.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
This is fact. We've owned several black cars and trucks over the years. The black gut makes the AC work a bit more sitting in traffic.

Nothing is better looking than a shiny black car or truck going down the road day or night. The problem is keeping them clean, they show every finger print and piece of dust.
try a wax called "liquid glass". grand national drivers loved it because it didn't show fingerprints.
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I think my black truck gets hotter inside than anything I have ever owned and I live in New England. Look back to the 50's and 60's before a/c was popular and you will see a lot of cars were two tone with light colors on top. You can't even hold your hand on a black car sitting in the sun on a 70 degree day without burning your hand.
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Wife had black SUV and never thought much about the color, more or less the windows all rolled up sitting in the Southern HEAT and sun for hours would make anything hot.

Never noticed any difference than any other car we have but never really thought much about the color
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I think we all have different thresholds of heat tolerance, too. All my bride needs to do is sit in a car, and by the time I'm around the car and in the drivers seat, she's already starting to...glisten. My parents, OTOH, can sit in sweaters in a 78 degree room with no air flow and think its a bit chilly.

If you don't mind hot temps, then maybe a dark colored car isn't an issue. If you are sensitive to heat, maybe it's more psychosomatic than actual, but the affect is the same.
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Tint the windows and it won't make that big of difference.

As far as color of cars...I had 2 silver vehicles, you didn't realize how dirty they were until you washed them
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http://mythbustersresults.com/episode38


SPINOFF: A black car heats up faster than an identical white car. (From Pilot 2)

confirmed
A fan wrote in and asked a follow up question: "Does the color of a car affect the way it heats up?". The MythBusters used two identical cars, one black the other white and left them both out in the summer heat with thermometers in both. By mid-afternoon the black car had heated up to a temperature of 135 °F while the white car topped off at 126 °F, almost 10 degrees cooler.
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Originally Posted by Hunky Dory View Post
I think my black truck gets hotter inside than anything I have ever owned and I live in New England. Look back to the 50's and 60's before a/c was popular and you will see a lot of cars were two tone with light colors on top. You can't even hold your hand on a black car sitting in the sun on a 70 degree day without burning your hand.
Agree. I think black (or any dark color) is hotter than a white or silver vehicle. I have a black truck and a black car. The car gets unbelievably hot, more than the truck because the windshield and back window have a lot more slant. Our previous car was white and it was never as hot as the black one we have now.

If I lived in FL or somewhere similar, I'd get a white rig, but I like white anyway.

Black looks great but is hard to keep clean. Nothing looks as good after a waxing than a black rig.
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...8110856AAHBqdD
How come the top of UPS trucks are white? Why not brown?



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Two reasons.

1. Its a coating called supertherm, made to reduce interier temps.

2. It is translucent so light can get through.

P.S. Those trucks are like ovens in the back. If its 95 outside the inside cargo area can reach 120 +!!!
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I'm a UPS driver.

(Note: 240 is not a UPS driver. Not that there's anything wrong with that)
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black DASH is what to me becomes a heat radiator.
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I was judging a science fair a couple years back and some kid did that experiment. He went to the dealership, found six black cars and six light (white or silver) cars of the same make with the same interior color (grey), put a calibrated thermometer in each one for 5 minutes, recorded the results and did a t-test for statistical significance.

There was no significant difference in inside temperature.

I gave the kid my first place vote - it was a well designed experiment with a clearly testable hypothesis and as many confounding variables as possible eliminated. And a topic someone might actually care about.

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