Re: heated windscreen
"Chris Whelan" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Delboy wrote:
>> I believe it is only the top end models that have them. By all account
>> they are real battery flatteners.
> No, they have been fitted to various models. (See previous post).
> Although they take a lot of current, they are not "battery flatteners" at
> all. My 1999 1.8 LX has a HFS which I use often. It has covered 78K miles.
> It has the original battery which has *never* gone flat.
> The screen can only be switched on when the engine is actually running,
> just with the ignition on. The ECU raises the idle speed slightly to keep
> the alternator output high. The ECU turns the screen off after a few
> minutes operation.
> It could be argued that frequent use might very marginally reduce the life
> of the alternator and drive belt, but no more than parking with the lights
> on, doing lots of short trips, parking with the radio on etc. Overall, I
> can't imagine why anyone would *not* want one.
It is without a doubt the best single option you can select for a car, if
you live anywhere with an inclement winter. Seriously. Vision is
everything, both for safety and convenience. I hate having to go back to a
conventional car in the winter.