The coolant level is high. Before I replaced the thermostat, I got to this point where I suspected the coolant wasn't flowing past the thermostat. Basically.. I open the rad and after the pressure release, the level in the rad would be low and the reservoir above full.
I suspected air was in the system so I filled the rad up and let the engine run. It bubbled away, the more I revved it, the harder it bubbled (thought that's good..letting the air out), except that the last time I tried it, I decided to turn off the engine and noticed that there was very little coolant in the rad and I could not get it to pop-up by squeezing the hoses... To me, this is suggesting I was evaporating coolant when reving the engine. Meanwhile in the cabin... bone cold air.
As for the two hoses heading into the cabin, one barely gets "mild" at best. What I thought was initially the case was the air bubbles being trapped into these two hoses.. but after removing the thermostat, I started getting coolant coming from up front(albeit,a slightly different shade of orange)
I can't check the oil at the moment unfortunately.
As for the "temp mode cable", I'm not sure what/where that is.