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Old 23-11-2005, 08:38 PM   #31
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I tend to be very lazy - start engine, set blowers to hot & switch A/C on, activate heated rear screen then have a fag and watch windscreen defrost itself

By the time I've finished, windscreen's done, rear screen's defrosted and side glass can be swiped with a water/ice scraper I bought years ago which leaves virtually no smears

Lazy as f**k I know and as I plan to quit the fags shortly I may have to rethink.....

Other 1/2 uses warm water esp on locks as they seem to freeze whenever temp gets close to zero.
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Old 05-12-2005, 10:52 PM   #32
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were can i get a car cover?
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Old 05-12-2005, 11:10 PM   #33
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How come ALL cars have a heated rear screen though.
I`m sure its far better to see where you`re going, rather than where you`ve been
Because the elements in the heated front screen have to be thin enough that they don't interfere with the drivers vision. As this technology was more expensive to develop than the thick old elements in rear screens nobody really bothered - then Ford cottoned onto the idea and I believe patented it.

What I can't understand about the whole heated screen thing though is that at first I thought the reason only Fords (and some Volvos, Aston Martins etc) had the heated front screen was that the Ford Group owned the patent - yet my girlfriends Mini Cooper S has a heated front screen, and I can't think of any link between BMW and Ford Also, the heated rear screen in my Mum's 1991 Merc SL hardtop has the same style elements as those found in the heated front screen of modern Fords so Merceds must have been onto the technology as well...

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Old 05-12-2005, 11:11 PM   #34
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were can i get a car cover?
www.classicadditions.co.uk
http://www.covercraft-europe.com/

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Old 06-12-2005, 12:22 AM   #35
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Because the elements in the heated front screen have to be thin enough that they don't interfere with the drivers vision. As this technology was more expensive to develop than the thick old elements in rear screens nobody really bothered - then Ford cottoned onto the idea and I believe patented it.

What I can't understand about the whole heated screen thing though is that at first I thought the reason only Fords (and some Volvos, Aston Martins etc) had the heated front screen was that the Ford Group owned the patent - yet my girlfriends Mini Cooper S has a heated front screen, and I can't think of any link between BMW and Ford Also, the heated rear screen in my Mum's 1991 Merc SL hardtop has the same style elements as those found in the heated front screen of modern Fords so Merceds must have been onto the technology as well...

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Like i said, the megane had the place for the button, its just that it was blanked off on mine. Also mentioned it in the handbook, maybe the french think it doesn`t get cold enough in britain to warrant it.
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:12 AM   #36
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an old towel on the windscreen and luke warm water for the rest of the glass

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Old 20-12-2005, 09:04 PM   #37
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I owned a Ford Focus TDCI for about 6 months a few years ago when they first came out.... loved the car, it was the first diesel i had ever owned, excellent torque, drive, fuel economy... etc.. had to sell.... the damm front screen, i could not see through those Bloody wires for the heated screen. I just could not get to ignore it, i would not have a Ford because of this reason. You can not seem to buy one without the damm thing being fitted as standard, i want one as an option only. Then at least i can get a replacement screen without one and have it fitted.
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