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Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by Yugguy, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Westheath

    Westheath Senior Member

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    Yep ............ especially on the motorway :)

    I used to set off from home to workshops 20 miles away, motorway was only 3 mins from home, my Merc heater took ages to get hot enough to demist the screen let alone melt ice.
    My daughters ford Ka 2007 had a heated screen, it was cleared by the time I was out the end of the road and stayed clear on the motorway till the heater was hot enough to take over and I mean full temp.

    Anyway I'm done here :)
     
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  2. EmilysDad

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    Maybe, but I've had de-icer re-freeze on my screen when I've given the screen a single wipe. I've yet to have a heated windscreen & am very surprised that more manufacturers don't yet fit them
     
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    Two litre empty milk container filled with luke warm water, pour on front screen, turn wipers on. job done, with enough left to do all the other windows !
    dont satnavs and mobiles have problems with heated front screens ?
     
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    My old 210 seems to have missed the winter testing memo- its slow to warm up and the cars goes all bambi on me in winter despite my better tyres.
    A heated anything would be a treat on a cold day.
    Another reason for me to buy a new one I suppose.
    A diesel Webasto heater operated by remote has been on my wish list for a while but I never seem to get around to it.
     
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    Never noticed an issue with my TomTom or mobile when in the focus.
     
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    If I remember my RR rightly, the windscreen is so large the element is split so it does one side then the other (1997 P38)
     
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    Some Audi A8s D2/D3 had heated front screens. not sure about other models
     
  8. L John

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    Go to Auto trader and type "heated screen" in the 'more details' window.
    Not all cars found will have it so read the description and do further checks but an Alfa Romeo popped up (Alfa Romeo 147 1.9 JTD LUSSO 3 dr) and it says it has heated front screen.
    Cute car.
     
  9. EmilysDad

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    But some traders don't know their harris from their elbow ..... some obviously see the demist button next to the heated rear screen & assume .....
     
  10. L John

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    That's why I said to do further checks.
     
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    Aye, it's not easy identifying if a car has it from the description.

    Hence the search of forums and the thread of frustration.
     
  12. Craiglxviii

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    It’s because they’re REALLY expensive. Like they quadruple the cost of the windscreen expensive.
     
  13. Frosty149

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    Has nobody seen the ‘night before’ de-icer?
    You spray on before the screen freezes and then when the car is frozen the wipers are enough to clear the screen - keep it in the car.
    Developed by the army I believe for rapid deployment of vehicles.....
     
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    Has nobody seen the ‘night before’ de-icer?
    You spray on, when you park up, before the screen freezes and then when the car is frozen the wipers are enough to clear the screen - keep it in the car.
    Developed by the army I believe, for the rapid deployment of vehicles.....
     
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    Is it not just a glycol derivative as used on aeroplanes since they discovered icing at altitude? Be interesting to find out.

    Anyway, for the army to deploy vehicles rapidly, white Transits usually de-ice pretty fast ;)
     
  16. EmilysDad

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    But if Ford can offer one on a Fiesta, then surely 'prestigious' manufactures could offer them on their £40k plus cars. Was there the same argument when heated rear screens first came out?
     
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    I’ll fetch the can, later and post a pic & list of ingredients etc.
    The car (and can) is at the MOT testers at the moment, where it failed on the number plates not showing the makers name and character spacing, £20 for new plates required :mad::mad: frustrating as the digits are wider spaced, not condensed to look like something else...:rolleyes:
     
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    Has your MOT tester not met this month's target? While the digits were correctly spaced, the plates on my last car didn' have the suppliers name on them & my tester never even made comment
     
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    Would have thought a squaddie would climb above the windscreen and pee over it for rapid deployment. Adapt, improvise, overcome. :geek:

    Can't go round it, can't go over it, gotta go through it as the marines are taught.:eek:
     
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    I don’t know what the issue is, but the laws are the laws I suppose and he did mention that “if a VOSA inspector walked in” etc etc suspect he was a traffic warden previously ;):rolleyes:
     
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