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, not
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
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.
On early cars they were part of one of the add-on packs on all models so it
would be a lottery whether one was fitted or not. Later cars all seem to
Perhaps you could explain why you wouldn't want one? That way, someone might
be able to put your mind at rest.
I just got the Jan 2004 specifications book in the post and it seems
that heated windscreens were standard on all but the CL. Thought you
might like to know.
I'm interested in getting a car without heated screen since we hardly
ever get frost here and I really really like to have nothing impede my
view. I know the screen heater is barely visible and all that, but I
just wondered if I had the option.
All the comments have been very helpful.
I just had another look at that book and it seems as if the zetec does
not have heated windscreens unless you get the 2.0L. I hadn't spotted
Also if you want to have a car that comes with airconditioning as
standard then it also comes with heated windscreen as standard. I'm
really keen to have airconditioning since it's really incredibly hot
here for about 4 months of the year.
It seems from this book as if the only way to get airconditioning and
no heated windscreen is to have either
is to get a CL or Zetec and get the airconditioning as an optional
extra. So there you are.
Not that I'm dead set against heated windscreens or anything. I just
wondered if there was that option.
Sometimes you need both, thought that only the early models would
have the problem, like mine (1999)? OK, even after retrofitting
the parts Ford changed after some time to solve the problem,
things have improved, yes but sometimes you are lucky to have the
heated front screen and the A/C. A/C will be switch on without
the control light turned on, as soon as you turn heating into the
This and a few other minor problems are the only "trouble" with
my Focus, you wonder how long Ford does manufacture cars?
Something like this shouldn't happen. And none of the other Fords
owned by me had those problems.
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