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Old 10-04-2003, 06:44 PM   #1
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Question Converting normal to heated windshield?

Ok, so I want to replace my windshield(many pits and scratches in it). But, apparently they also had the option of heated wiper area on the windshield. Has anyone converted to this before? Does anyone have it, and can say whether they feel it is a worthwhile option? From junkyard prices, it's about $75 more for the glass alone. For a NEW windshield, it is about $200 more I think. Might be a bit less, I remember thinking though.
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Old 10-05-2003, 01:38 AM   #2
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probably not worth it.....you'd have to tie into the defrost switch and other stuff.....assuming that's how it's triggered
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Old 10-05-2003, 10:17 AM   #3
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I have the heated windshield wiper area in my BH Wagon.

It is wonderful here in Frosty Canada, where the wipers can sometimes get frozen by driving in snow or freezing rain.

After having the option, I cannot go back to not having it.

I would check to see if the wiring is already there, ie, under the switch blank, look for the plug, and then you will know if the wiring is in place.

Then all you would need is the switch, relay and the windshield.

Otherwise, it would be a much bigger job.
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Old 10-05-2003, 08:53 PM   #4
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My L was wired up for the heated mirrors, just need the mirrors. Though a heated windshield would be nice too.

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Old 10-05-2003, 08:57 PM   #5
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how much is just a new windshield?

I hate my pits and scratches
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Old 10-05-2003, 10:12 PM   #6
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New, installed is about $280 I think is what they quoted me. But if I can find a good condition used one, I think the price for it is about $100. Don't know how much for an install, but I can't imagine more than around $50-75. I've seen them do it before, and it DOESN'T take more than 30 minutes or so.

I'd really like the heated option. I've done enough winter driving to know that highway speeds, and slush make for a nice bit of ice on the blades. Then you can't see anything, and have to stick yer damned hand out and snap the blades on the windshield *hoping* that will clear it up. I'm not a fan of doing this.

So I think I'll find a good used heated winshield and deal with the rest in due time. What was once an option can always be added by the willing individual.

Heck, I also plan to snatch an STi instrument cluster.. made by Defi, so it'll match my BF gauges nicely. Just have to find a junked WRX STi and get busy fiberglassing..
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:14 PM   #7
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My 98 GT doesn't have the heated windsheild, my GF's 00 Outback does. It's nice but pricey. I have to replace my windshield which runs between $190-$300. Everyone I spoke with said that at least I didn't have the heated windshield which is apparently much, much more expensive to replace.

Think long run before switching.

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Old 10-08-2003, 01:47 PM   #8
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how much is just a new windshield?

I hate my pits and scratches
I had mine replaced (so many tiny pits it was crazy) under insurance and only cost me $100 - my deductable. The new windshield was like watching an IMAX HDTV show while driving compared to the old one. Huge difference.

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Old 10-08-2003, 06:26 PM   #9
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Replaced under insurance? What was your claim, safety reasons or something?
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Replaced under insurance? What was your claim, safety reasons or something?
I think if you have comprehensive there is a windshield replacement clause or section. I had mine replaced as well, it got sandblasted on my way through wyoming....(hate that godforsaken state that and oregon) I don't remember the deductable....it was definitely cheaper then paying for it outright.

I will caution you though that some of the "cheap" places to get windshields use crappy glass that has waves/distortion in them, and just ain't right.

I bitched at the guy who put mine in after telling me all this, because I can look at a certain angle and see waviness. He said that the windshield was a good quality ppg windshield. I told him....well...why doesn't my old one have the waviness. I chaulk it up to cheapening of the parts.....which is happening everywhere in the auto industry......another gripe of mine....and why my 13 year old car keeps going.
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:08 PM   #11
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Hmm.. I need to call my insurance company.

Also, do they normally cover things like seat belts after X many miles? They are a safety item that wears out.. I would imagine much along the lines of a windshield, same reasoning. I hate seat belts that are worn and don't act like new.
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Hmm im gonna go out on a limb here and have to disagree with many people here, of course based apon my own experience. IMO it seems that the heated wipers can be good, but i dont know if its really worthwhile.

in my experience, the heat appears to heat the wiper and the snow/slush crap on the wiper which in then seems to make the snow/slush crap freeze easier and faster during operation. ( basically a case of hot water freezing faster than cold water). of course this was just my
experience.

the heating however is good for making it easier to remove snow and ice from the wipers before driving off from having the car parked for a while.
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Hmm.. I need to call my insurance company.

Also, do they normally cover things like seat belts after X many miles? They are a safety item that wears out.. I would imagine much along the lines of a windshield, same reasoning. I hate seat belts that are worn and don't act like new.
A dealer told me once that seat belts are covered forever. Only if they actually wear out or break, though, not if they are just old and not working like new.
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Old 10-08-2003, 09:45 PM   #14
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A dealer told me once that seat belts are covered forever. Only if they actually wear out or break, though, not if they are just old and not working like new.
Oddly, I don't want to wait until they have worn to the point they are going to break. Just don't think I'd feel all that good about them holding me in the seat then.

But thanx for the info, I'll look into it more.
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Old 10-09-2003, 12:02 AM   #15
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If they are visibly worn I would definitely have them looked at. I've never really heard of a seat belt wearing out, though.

On the plus side, they are not that hard to replace yourself. I had to replace a rear one because a dog chewed on it.
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Old 10-11-2003, 02:26 PM   #16
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We've got the heated windshield on my wife's Forester S and while we rarely use it here in SoCal (lol), we do use it a lot when we go up to the cabin during the winter. Whoever made the comment about not using them to keep your wipers "clear" while driving is correct. The real value is getting that "spot" warmed and the wipers "unfrozen" from their at-rest position at initial startup. That way you don't tear up the wiper contact surface by pulling it away from its frozen-down position. The wiper blades are somewhat warmed and therefore more flexible, which makes much faster work of clearing the windshield "after" the defroster has done its work of softening up the surface ice/snow. Nice feature especially in icy locales and good for keeping your wipers from freezing in place but no real utility beyond that.

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