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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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              • #8
                Just drove to Californicate for Turkey Day to see some old friends. Had to drive through freezing fog and the only glass that had to be defrosted were the side mirrors. I guess the heat inside the car keeps the windows clear. Yeah, the heated side mirrors are helpful.

                Went to the dealer Thursday to pick up the truck that finally got here. The thing is huge! It was kind of scary driving it out of the tight dealer lot but it sure drove nicely once on the highway going home. I'm glad I had the garage built extra deep. I ordered it by just looking at the colors on the Ford website. The red has kind of an orange tint to it and is pretty bright. Probably can use it as a fire truck. LOL



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                • #9
                  In my 2000 Ranger (I know it is smaller then a full size P/U) but I never had a problem with the rear window frosting up once the engine comes up to operating temp with the heat on. In the a.m. when it is cold & there is frost on the windows I find if I start up the truck 5 minutes before leaving & crank the heat on defrost to melt the ice on the rest of the glass it takes care of the rear glass also.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike65 View Post
                    In my 2000 Ranger (I know it is smaller then a full size P/U) but I never had a problem with the rear window frosting up once the engine comes up to operating temp with the heat on. In the a.m. when it is cold & there is frost on the windows I find if I start up the truck 5 minutes before leaving & crank the heat on defrost to melt the ice on the rest of the glass it takes care of the rear glass also.

                    Hey, that's a really nice looking truck! Doesn't look like a regular Ranger.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by submariner mustanger View Post
                      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.
                      Hey Submariner, do you know if the 2017-2019 SD trucks have the rear defroster wiring/connectors in place even without the defroster glass?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by afret View Post

                        Hey Submariner, do you know if the 2017-2019 SD trucks have the rear defroster wiring/connectors in place even without the defroster glass?
                        I would think if the vehicle was a rear defrost delete, then the body harness is most likely different.
                        Vehicles now a days have so many other things going on (modules, communication networks, the switches, other modules that interact with each other, etc etc), that even if the truck was equipped with the same body harness, you would need the correct modules and programming of those modules to run it.
                        Not like the old days when I was able to add power mirrors to my 1998 Escort simply by adding a junkyard power mirror and switch.

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                        • #13
                          Dang, that looks more like a 1 ton than a 3/4! Is it a long bed? 4x4? I wouldn’t want to have to park it at a Walmart!
                          ----1999 F150 XLT Lariat Super Cab 4X4 5.4----
                          -----1947 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe 5.0-----
                          -----2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4----
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by submariner mustanger View Post
                            I would think if the vehicle was a rear defrost delete, then the body harness is most likely different.
                            Vehicles now a days have so many other things going on (modules, communication networks, the switches, other modules that interact with each other, etc etc), that even if the truck was equipped with the same body harness, you would need the correct modules and programming of those modules to run it.
                            Not like the old days when I was able to add power mirrors to my 1998 Escort simply by adding a junkyard power mirror and switch.
                            OK. Thanks!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
                              Dang, that looks more like a 1 ton than a 3/4! Is it a long bed? 4x4? I wouldn’t want to have to park it at a Walmart!
                              Yup, long bed 4WD. It's huge. About 22 feet long. I really wanted just a super cab but had to go to the crew cab long bed to get the 48 gallon tank. I don't plan on using it to go to any regular parking lots if I can help it. Here in ID, you have 3 days to go to the local DMV to pick up the plates. I took my daily driver to the DMV since there was no way I wanted to mess with parking the truck in that crowded lot. LOL

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