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BjNtheBear
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Post by BjNtheBear » Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:17 pm

Anyone ever get annoyed with the screen elements reflected in bright sunlight/street lighting at night?
First time I've had a car with this fitted, probably wouldn't have specced it if it came as an option as my car is usually garaged overnight, no doubt it'll come in handy at some point now we're into winter but I find it quite distracting at times, rant over 😉😀
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Post by Tommo56 » Fri Nov 19, 2021 3:02 pm

Agreed. When the sunlight is at the right angle the elements really pick up the light and throws your focus out for a second. But its a really handy option to have, only bettered by the heated steering wheel (great if you suffer from arthritis or reynauds in the hands).
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Post by cianpars » Fri Nov 19, 2021 4:36 pm

My last 4 Fords have had heated screens and the elements seem to have got more visible with each one. It's the price you pay for having something very useful in cold weather. I would hate to have a car without one now.

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Post by Ali7487 » Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:33 pm

I got both in my fiesta,heated steering is an absolute god send in winter, the heated wnscren is too in winter none of that scrapng ice crap

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Post by andydajo » Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:05 am

BjNtheBear wrote:
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:17 pm
Anyone ever get annoyed with the screen elements reflected in bright sunlight/street lighting at night?
First time I've had a car with this fitted, probably wouldn't have specced it if it came as an option as my car is usually garaged overnight, no doubt it'll come in handy at some point now we're into winter but I find it quite distracting at times, rant over 😉😀
You will get used to it and forget it's even there, I've had 5 Fords now and in Winter you really appreciate the ability to clear the windscreen in less than a minute and can get on your way.
Wish it was available/standard with all manufacturers.
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Post by bbtablet » Sat Nov 20, 2021 12:48 pm

Agreed - you will get used to it and forget all about it - it's just that you are looking for it at the moment. I was the same when I first had a heated windscreen in a Ford Focus 2005! I genuinely have not noticed it at all in my Puma (although now I will start to look for it! - grrrrh!).
A similar case is the gear-change advisory on the screen which drives some new owners nuts because it seems out of sync with the way they want to drive, but after a time you find you stop casting your eye down to look at it every time it moves and it ceases to be an issue.
I sometimes think we are looking too much inside the vehicle at all the displays it can (or fails to) do instead of looking out of the window, relaxing and enjoying the ride!
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Post by Stoopo » Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:41 pm

My last four Fords and my wife’s KA all had heated screens. I occasionally notice the lines but mostly I just don’t any more. You learn to focus beyond them (I hope 😉).

The benefit far outweighs the downside imo.

One thing I have noticed though is that my Focus seemed to have constant heated door mirrors. They never misted up and any rain drops were quickly dispersed. Not so with the Puma - I have to switch on the heated rear screen to clear the mirrors.

I’ve also noticed that if you turn the heated seats or steering wheel on that they will still be on the next time you start the car. That’s poor imo.
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Post by mirrormask » Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:32 pm

I always notice the annoying little filaments when I'm driving into the sun. They also spoil dashcam footage if the sun is in front. I've had Fords with heated windscreens for many years and they are occasionally useful in cold weather.
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Post by dunmac25 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:11 pm

After having a heated front screen in my past 6 Fords, it is something you don’t miss until you don’t have it.
My car is kept outside all year and being in the North of Scotland, it is really handy. It also gives you a smug grin when you drive past other people scraping their windscreens

Agree with some of the comments though, they seem to be more visible at night than previous models

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Post by sinlessUK » Thu Nov 25, 2021 10:10 am

BjNtheBear wrote:
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:17 pm
Anyone ever get annoyed with the screen elements reflected in bright sunlight/street lighting at night?
First time I've had a car with this fitted, probably wouldn't have specced it if it came as an option as my car is usually garaged overnight, no doubt it'll come in handy at some point now we're into winter but I find it quite distracting at times, rant over 😉😀
No annoyance for me. A little strange at first but you get used to it.
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