I'm looking at Outbacks and would like the wiper heater/deicer feature. There's a couple I've looked at that have the button but I don't see a grid on the windshield. Does that mean the windshield has been replaced? Or do you not always see a grid?
That's the whole point of the wiper heater -- you don't have to pull over and clean the ice/snow off the blade. Cold air on the windshield means your A/C compressor is running too (since the defroster is on), so not only are you sucking HP you're probably getting pretty cool yourself.I'm curious if some of you are saying the wiper heater "isn't a must" due to climate variation..
I have always gotten by without it, but the way the snow is in New England almost any heavy storm will freeze up your wipers to the point you have to periodically pull over and clean them...
Is it a colder/dryer snow in some regions that doesn't ice up so much?
Without having a wiper heater I would often use a strategy of keeping the windshield cold so the snow wouldn't stick to it..