I just want my heated rear screen and mirrors to work in winter. Bloody stupid design!
Hear hear! I've been banging on about this (in various threads) since it first reared its head last winter. Raised the issue again with Mangos when in for service last week and they are having it back in for several days next week, although in part that's to fix the heater blower that is no longer blowing - water ingress suspected. Couple steamed up front screen and side windows to frosted rear screen and mirrors and you have an accident looking for a place to happen, so much so that we are using the G as little as possible when the weather is cold - good job I have a reliable (and warm) MX5 to fall back on.
Mangos reckon that the radio rotary volume / on-off switch on the centre console can stick down slightly and partially drain the battery, but that doesn't explain why the not-very-intelligent BMS doesn't fully recharge it once the engine is running, like my old bangers of days gone by would have done. As somebody else commented, call this progress?
Problem is, if they fully recharge the battery, I won't know if they have been successful until the next frosty morning and I find the HRW isn't working again - I'm not expecting S/S to work for long anyway, and don't much care. On that aspect, I've posted before that although we mostly do a lot of (fairly) short journeys, even a 150 mile round trip last year wasn't enough to resurrect the S/S, but that was mainly motorway and by the sound of it charging largely happens when braking, so you could do hundreds of motorway miles and be no better off.
Will try to get a ticket raised to log the issue with FCA and suggest that they read the various postings on this forum if they don't believe the scale of the problem. I was the one who raised the issue with customer service in Italy, who told me that it could only be raised with Alfa Technical through a service agent/dealer.