Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
There were only two models of 33 wagon in Australia. All are Series one, there was no "factory" airconditioning ever offerred pre 1990 (series 3) but there were several differnt types of aircon fitted to the 33.
Th "factory" airconditioning was dealer fitted in Australia, it can be identified by two extra triangular grilles beside the foglight covers and two separate condensors behind the front bumper. This doesn't work very efficiently but doesn't do any harm either.
There were several types of aftermarket aircon which can be identified by the condensor mounted in front of the radiator. Autoclima was a fairly common brand, they often use an aluminium fan instead of the Alternator pulley which wear out really quickly and the blades can break and fly off through the bonnet.
These are more efficient when they work but do block airflow through the radiator and combined with the extra heat they pump into the (small) radiator can cause overheating and possible head gasket problems in really hot weather (when you really want to use the aircon...right?)
Electric sunroof wasn't an option although there were factory glass tilt only ones imported (which often cause rust in the roof)
The only variation other than FWD vs 4WD was the Monte Carlo wagon which was a locally produced limited edition. All were silver and had the 33 1.5 TI trim (fishnet headrest seats) grille and Telephone dial alloy wheels. Mechanically they were unchanged.
Hope this helps.