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Hello,

I have been looking at the Connect since it has been available here. I was going to wait to order (building up $s) until I found the new 2014 coming out, which changes the concept. So now I plan to order the 2013 version. I have specific questions that I cannot find answers to.

Electric heated windsheild - exactly what is this? From information I have gleaned, this is a separate layer in the windshield that electrically heats the window. I found posting that this is not a good option - replacements are impossible to find, layers separate, looks foggy inititally. But hten it is good because it acts sort of a heat shield for sunlight - does any body have details and experience.

Modified wiring harness - exactly what is this. Information I find is misleading - Is this the "taxi" option that puts a hole in the roof, or is it additional wires between under hood and interior, or both. Brocure says this is avilable for all models (not just taxi)

Other information - what is a good start on pricing haggling? I know, being import, there probably is not a high mark-up, and being a nich vehicle, there does not seem to be incentives for ordering.

p.s. why i dislike 2014 - no information on it yet (gargo area, dimensions) - time is running out. lower heiight. looks chsanged to sell more to public likes (suv look)

Thanks for any input.

Paul

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Electric heated windsheild - exactly what is this? From information I have gleaned, this is a separate layer in the windshield that electrically heats the window. I found posting that this is not a good option - replacements are impossible to find, layers separate, looks foggy inititally. But hten it is good because it acts sort of a heat shield for sunlight - does any body have details and experience.

Other information - what is a good start on pricing haggling? I know, being import, there probably is not a high mark-up, and being a nich vehicle, there does not seem to be incentives for ordering.

Paul

I have a 2012 I got last December with heated windshield. I haven't had any issues with it at all. Once the sun was reflecting at a sharp angle and I could see the wires glistening,

but it wasn't enough to bother me or impair vision. I love it on days when my windshield has frost on it since it defrosts it well before the car is even warmed up.

It's also helped on mornings where dew keeps forming as I drive and by keeping it on prevents it from happening.

I'd imagine if I had to replace it I'd need a ford dealer and not the normal glass replacement companies, but I'm not sure.

I went to some dealers and also got internet quotes. They ranged from like $300. off sticker to $1200. off sticker. I ended up with $1100. off and a good trade-in price for

my mini-van. This TC was loaded and had more of what I wanted than the dealer that was slightly less, so I took it.

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Electric heated windsheild - exactly what is this? From information I have gleaned, this is a separate layer in the windshield that electrically heats the window. I found posting that this is not a good option - replacements are impossible to find, layers separate, looks foggy inititally. But hten it is good because it acts sort of a heat shield for sunlight - does any body have details and experience.

The information is incorrect. It's not a separate layer that could detach, there are thinner than human hair wires in the laminate layer between the glass layers. The glass heats up in seconds, completely deicing it in less than a minute. It's a Ford thing, had it previously in my Escort. Works like a charm, no annoyances whatsoever. Replacement glass is normal over here (up North). The glass shop must know how to replace it, there are some specific issues reconnecting the cables. You might lose heated parts of the glass (vertically) if the connection is not good.

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I'm also looking for help with the modified wiring harness option on my 2013 Transit Connect. I have the option, but I can't find any details about it.. where are the wire ends and where do the wires run? Can't find anything with google or bing.. can't find anything about it in the index to the owners manual either.

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Sorry I could not help with the modified wiring harness, I am still waiting for my vehicle to arrive. I ordered it on Dec5, and just got word last week it was on it's cruise ship. I figured the information would not be coming with the vehicle, so did the research you are now going through.

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Just got word that my Connect is on land, and headed my way. A little over 4 months from when I ordered it. When I ordered it, I figured it would take between 4 & 5 months, and that is pretty accurate. Getting excited.

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Just got word that my Connect is on land, and headed my way. A little over 4 months from when I ordered it. When I ordered it, I figured it would take between 4 & 5 months, and that is pretty accurate. Getting excited.

Sweet. Post up some photos when you get it! :)

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Well - I finally got it! May 4, 150 days, almost 5 months from when I ordered it. The day it arrived, I had driven through the parking, (as I had done the every day for the previous two weeks) and saw it sitting in a slot, just off the car hauler. I went inside to find my sales person, and she was busy for a while. I looked over the vehicle, found one small stone dent, then back inside. My salesperson called me over to where she was with another gentlemen on a computer - "we are just trying to locate your vehicle" said she, I responded with "It sitting right out back" they both looked in disbelief. I shook my head and said "not kidding", where he raised his hands from the keyboard and stated "I guess my job finding it is done". She said " well lets go out and take a look" Kinda a weird feeling when you know know more of where you vehicle is than the salesperson. Later that day, coming back to see actually when I could pick it up, I was told someone already wanted to purchase it. When I went to pick it up, there was another one right next to it, same Midnight Blue, but a Premium Wagon. Found out they waited even longer for theirs.

Mine will be going in for the first time tomorrow to replace the fan speeds switch.

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REALLY?

Mine will be going in for the first time tomorrow to replace the fan speeds switch.

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> Mine will be going in for the first time tomorrow to replace the fan speeds switch.

So what was the story on that?

I know that the function switch for the heater/defrost has a "rubbery" feel to it. There doesn't seem to be definite position detents.

But they are evidently all that way.

What happened with yours?


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Huh?


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The problem with mine was in the highest speed position. Turning it to that postion, the fan stopped. At time you could "jiggle" the knob to get it to work, but as soon as you let go, the fan stopped.

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