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Heated Front Windscreen

Discussion in 'Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B8 Chassis)' started by Freddie2112, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Freddie2112
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    [Mar 22, 2013]
    Hi,

    Is it possible to have a heated windscreen? (New screen required I know)

    I had one in my Mondeo ST TDCI and it was really handy but on the other hand if its awkward to do or expensive then scrapper and Di icer it will be ha!

    I have an B8 Audi A4 avant 3.0 TDI (240BHP) by the way just in case this matters.
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    [Mar 22, 2013]
    I believe Ford own the "rights" to the technology so they patented the idea so it costs money for other companies to use that idea, not 100% sure thou.
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    [Mar 22, 2013]
    I see no option on a B8 for heated screen.
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    [Mar 22, 2013]
    this is correct
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    [Mar 22, 2013]
    Well that has answered that then! Thanks guys :)
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    [Mar 23, 2013]
    Agree, I miss the heated screen that was on my Mondeo. Would have thought the Germans found a way of developing another heated screen which does not infringe Ford's rights..?
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    [Mar 23, 2013]
    I would love this and would pay good money! On a similar topic has anyone noticed there appears to be some sort of heating on the windscreen were the wipers park that must be electrical cause it works pretty quickly when scrapping the windscreen
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    [Mar 23, 2013]
    Have not checked my A4. I once had a Lexus IS200 which had a heating element built into the front screen where the wipers sit. This was to stop them sticking in cold weather.
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    [Mar 23, 2013]
    The Ford patent doesn't appear to be such an issue in the aftermarket. Heated screens are available for most rally cars - I've a heated screen in my Opel Manta track car from these guys:
    UroGlas - Heated Glazings
    (sure others are available too)

    We had a group buy and they came in at £110 each with a minimum run of ten if I remember, but that was getting on for 10 years ago now and they dont come much simpler than Manta screens. I suspect with option on the B8 such as auto lights, wipers, acoustic glass etc thing could be considerable more expensive!

    The B8's an unlikely rally car so I doubt they've any off the shelf, but they may be interested if enough people are interested and you dont mind the aftermarket aspect.
    The heating elelment is separate on the Left and Right sides requiring a 30 Amp relay for each side - simple enough, old fashioned wiring.

    Ian
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    [Mar 23, 2013]
    Both Land Rover and Mini use heated front screens too, so I am not entirely convinced Ford own the patents outright on this basis.
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    Hmm land rover are owned by ford, mini on the other hand being owned by BMW not sure about that one
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    [Mar 24, 2013]
    Google seems to say that the wire-embedded-in-the-screen technology was owned by Ford, they did grant limited licences to select competitors such as for use on the BMW etc.. but it looks like they have lost the patent or it expired?
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    [Mar 24, 2013]
    Land Rover are no longer owned by "Fraud". Indian steel tycoon Ratan Tata purchased Land Rover in 2008. Land Rover come under the umbrella of Tata Motors Group.
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    [Mar 24, 2013]
    I have a heated screen in my Vw sharan 05plate. It's the one with the wires embedded through the screen.
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    [Mar 24, 2013]
    So if VAG have done it once! :) To be honest, my butler pre-warms and defrosts my car!
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    [Mar 24, 2013]
    The VW Sharan and Ford Galaxy was the same car and was a joint venture between Ford and VW, hence why it has the heated windscreen..
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    [Mar 29, 2013]
    The heated front screen is a factory order option on the Skoda Superb and is identical to the Ford set up.
    If Skoda use it, why not Audi...... brilliant idea, must be down to politics I guess.
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    [Mar 30, 2013]
    Recall seeing that the VW Passat had a "wired" heated front screen option 3-4 years ago when I had a brochure.
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    [Mar 30, 2013]
    fit an aux heater instead ;)
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    [Apr 1, 2013]
    What about running an extension lead from your house and wrapping your screen with a heated bed blanket? May be difficult when not at home. I would suggest a generator for this.
    Dragons Den - Here I come!
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