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I recently took delivery of my CX-30 GT and noticed that there are no heating elements in the windshield glass to de-ice the wipers. This is a feature listed on the GT model and is shown a feature in the owner's manual but for some reason it is not on my car. I have this on my CX-5 and 4Runner and you can see this in the windshield - does anyone else have a GT model and do you have the heating elements in your windshield? Maybe they ran out of them the day of my build :). I'm in Canada, maybe they decided to hold that feature back for the 2021 Signature trim level??
 

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i have the GT SPORT here in the uk , no heating elements in my windscreen
 

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easily tested with a bit of snow or ice on the lower part of your windshield. I have that feature in my Soul, it's not an easy thing to see the wires. Not sure how it works in the CX-30 but mine operates with the front defrost button on my climate control system.

I took a look at the CX-30 a couple of days ago for the first time (and took lots of photos) and was very impressed. The only model that would interest me is the GS FWD version and fortunately they had that in stock (but not the colours I prefer) so was able to see how it was actually equipped. All the reviews always show the top model.

How did you get your vehicle info to show below "Registered" on the left side of your post? Every member should have this as it makes it easier for everyone in replying to questions and comments.

UPDATE: found it, you just go into your "ACCOUNT SETTINGS" and then add it to "VEHICLE DETAILS"
come on everyone and add this to your account.!!!!!!!!!
 

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Conwelpic,
You can get the vehicle information to show below 'Registered' by filling out your vehicle information in your profile. At least that's what I did. (y) You are correct, the wiper de-ice feature is supposed to work when you have the front defrost on. I'll have to do some testing, maybe they have a new system that is harder to see on the windshield.
 

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Conwelpic,
You can get the vehicle information to show below 'Registered' by filling out your vehicle information in your profile. At least that's what I did. (y) You are correct, the wiper de-ice feature is supposed to work when you have the front defrost on. I'll have to do some testing, maybe they have a new system that is harder to see on the windshield.
thanks, yes I did find it. I had that feature in my 2012 Soul and found that when I bought my 2016, it was more difficult to see, just had to be on the right angle and the sun hitting it correctly to make it out (I was trying to photograph it).
 

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So I did some 'testing' and I can confirm that there is NO windshield wiper de-icer on my GT trim CX-30. So either when mine was built it got missed or Mazda has opted to not offer that feature on the GT although it is listed on spec sheet of the Canadian Mazda Website. (n) Not the end of the world, but it is a nice feature to have. I would be interested if anyone else has this feature on their CX-30. On the bright side, I guess if it is a trade off between the heated wiper de-icer or heated mirrors - I'll take the heated mirrors which I fortunately DO have.
 

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CORRECTION - My dealer had a tech do some further investigation on my CX-30 and has confirmed via thermal imaging that the windshield DOES indeed have the windshield wiper de-icer. They had some Mazda 3 owners that had the same questions since there is no visible sign of any wires in the glass so they decided to confirm. The system takes about 7-8 minutes to start to register any temperature in the glass and reaches max temperature at about 20 minutes before it starts to cycle. The purpose of this is more to keep wipers clear while driving, rather than melt accumulated snow and ice if the vehicle if left outside. To activate this, you press the REAR defrost button, which also operates the heated mirrors and obviously the rear window defroster.
 

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from the owners manual

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CORRECTION - My dealer had a tech do some further investigation on my CX-30 and has confirmed via thermal imaging that the windshield DOES indeed have the windshield wiper de-icer. They had some Mazda 3 owners that had the same questions since there is no visible sign of any wires in the glass so they decided to confirm. The system takes about 7-8 minutes to start to register any temperature in the glass and reaches max temperature at about 20 minutes before it starts to cycle. The purpose of this is more to keep wipers clear while driving, rather than melt accumulated snow and ice if the vehicle if left outside. To activate this, you press the REAR defrost button, which also operates the heated mirrors and obviously the rear window defroster.
Are you sure that the heat they saw was not because of the heat from the fan on the windshield.
I do have a Canadian version of the CX30 GT and i do not see the "filament" on the wind shield. with the ice outside the other day, and because now the wiper are hidden under the hood lip, it stayed stuck in ice. only the heat from the fan could help with the situation. The tip of my new wiper broke because of that ... I am NOT impress.
 

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Are you sure that the heat they saw was not because of the heat from the fan on the windshield.
I do have a Canadian version of the CX30 GT and i do not see the "filament" on the wind shield. with the ice outside the other day, and because now the wiper are hidden under the hood lip, it stayed stuck in ice. only the heat from the fan could help with the situation. The tip of my new wiper broke because of that ... I am NOT impress.
That was the exact reason I had asked about this and why they tested because you cannot see any visible sign of it on the windshield. Yes, the heat was definitely from the windshield, you could see the tracer wire in the thermal image. In my opinion, it is not as effective as other heated windshields I have had before or even as offered on the CX-5. As I had mentioned previously, the heat that this puts out is not going to clear any ice or snow accumulated over time, but rather keep the wipers clear of ice while driving. Your front defrost fan is what will melt the accumulated snow and ice as you found out.
 
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