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  • Rear Defroster for F250

    Ordered a F250 and found that due to an oversight the rear defroster option didn't get in. I hardly ever use the rear defroster in my car. How useful is it on a crew cab truck that will be garaged and used probably only in good weather to tow my car to the track. Trying to figure out if it's worth it to have them change the glass and hook up wiring for about $400. I'm kind of thinking it's not worth it.

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    I agree with you. Even up here in the frozen north we don’t use them that often.
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    • #3
      Since it will be garaged, I doubt you'll need it. An extra few minutes warming up every once in a while would probably be cheaper in the long run.
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      • #4
        Thanks for your opinions. Plus they might screw something up on a brand new truck.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by afret View Post
          Thanks for your opinions. Plus they might screw something up on a brand new truck.
          That would be my biggest worry! I can live without the rear defroster in the truck, but I will say the heated mirrors have me spoiled!!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by afret View Post
            Thanks for your opinions. Plus they might screw something up on a brand new truck.
            Probably likely, too. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to repair ‘repairs’ others have made. They just want the job done as fast as possible so they can move on, you have to live with it.
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            • #7
              Better off without it. I can't tell you how many rear glasses I've replaced in the 2009-2014 F150's.....and we had started seeing some in the new body style as well. When the outside temps are VERY cold, like in the teens and below, when the customer turns on the rear defrost, the rear glass shatters. If it's under warranty, Ford always replaced them but if the truck is out of warranty, it's on the customer. Not sure what Ford couldn't get right with the rear defrost (gets too hot too fast or what), but we replaced a TON of them.
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