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 Post subject: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:52 pm 
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I just picked up my e-Golf last week and I had a question about the heated windshield for those who have had the car for a while. I am finding it quite distracting at night with the glare from headlights and taillights... Does this go away over time as your eyes adjust to it? Right now all I can see is the thin wires and strange glare they make as well as I find it fatigues my eyes. I never really noticed any issues when I test drove the car as it was daylight.


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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:30 pm 
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For me it did diminish over time. When I first got my e-Golf, I was the same as you - I really noticed it at night, and often during the day too. I find I still occasionally notice it at night, but it's fairly infrequent. I'm sure my brain is filtering it out as noise because I hardly pay attention to it or give it a thought even when I do notice it. So it hasn't completely gone away, but it doesn't bother me now. Then again, maybe it didn't bother me initially as much as it bothers you.


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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:38 pm 
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I drove a TT for many years at night. I haven't noticed any difference with our eGolf windshield but granted I don't drive at night as much anymore. It's the a#%holes who don't dim their high beams or have their headlight adjusted improperly that bothered me the most. Also Turdodor Prius headlights are the worst for blinding oncoming traffic IMHO.


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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:43 am 
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I've gotten used to it. I would have to specifically look for the defroster wires to be able to see them. I don't even notice the ones on the back window anymore, and those are much thicker.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:38 pm 
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Yeah, I have to say this is my least favorite feature about the car. There's definitely some glare at night and in the daytime, distant signs and and objects are definitely harder to make out and "shimmer" in the distance as they move across your field of view.

Does the E-golf even have standard defrosting? I wonder if the standard defroster is strong enough to clear the windshield. When the windshield inevitably cracks from a stone on the freeway wondering if a non-heated model would be an option.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:42 pm 
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Voltron wrote:
Yeah, I have to say this is my least favorite feature about the car. There's definitely some glare at night and in the daytime, distant signs and and objects are definitely harder to make out and "shimmer" in the distance as they move across your field of view.

Does the E-golf even have standard defrosting? I wonder if the standard defroster is strong enough to clear the windshield. When the windshield inevitably cracks from a stone on the freeway wondering if a non-heated model would be an option.

The main ventilation system is the same system as higher trim standard Golf with automatic climate control. They didn't even add a dedicated button for the resistive windshield, you have to turn it on through the menu. So, of course, you can use the ventilation system defrost too.

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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:30 pm 
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Voltron wrote:
Does the E-golf even have standard defrosting? I wonder if the standard defroster is strong enough to clear the windshield. When the windshield inevitably cracks from a stone on the freeway wondering if a non-heated model would be an option.


And I wonder what a replacement heated windshield would cost. That could be a major expense item is it's replaced once every year or two (as is not uncommon where they toss a lot of gravel on the roads in winter).


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 Post subject: Re: Heathed windshield at night
PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:23 pm 
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NoSmoke wrote:

And I wonder what a replacement heated windshield would cost. That could be a major expense item is it's replaced once every year or two (as is not uncommon where they toss a lot of gravel on the roads in winter).


$782 dollars including labor. I had to have mine replaced before lease turn in and there are no aftermarket solutions due to the defroster lines. I shopped around endlessly. Consider that without the defroster lines, the replacement would have been less than half that price.

They're both annoying to look through and expensive to have. I was hoping that they got rid of them with the new SEL's.


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