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Friday's Stupid Thread: Favorite Windshield Wiper?  
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

So I was driving along the rain to day and was marveling at how good my Bosch Icon wipers are. They leave no streaks whatsoever and they never hop along the windshield or make that annoying squeaking sound. Not to mention they are super quiet (aerodynamically) at high speeds. They were well worth the $45 bucks. The main reason I bought them was, well, the brand for one, as Bosch is probably the best autopart and OEM supplier out there, not to mention VW, BMW and MB ship their cars with these wipers from the factory. Also, my best friend's GTI still has the original ones and they still wipe as good as if they were new. They work great with snow or ice too.

Before the Icons though I had Michelin's spin-off of Bosch's bracket-less wipers. They were cheaper but they were crap. Within two months they started squeaking, hopping across the windshield and leaving streaks. I trashed them right away and got the Icons. A wise investment.

http://www.boschautoparts.com/Products/WiperBlades/Icon

[Edited 2009-03-13 17:25:28]

[Edited 2009-03-13 17:25:56]

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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

One that works would be my answer to this question  Smile

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2056 times:



Quoting LHR380 (Reply 1):
One that works would be my answer to this question

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my $10.99 Rain-x autozone specials haven't failed me yet.



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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

The Anco wiper blades at approx $8.99 work fine on my car.

User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
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Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
marveling at how good my Bosch Icon wipers are.

I've had a few pairs of Icons on my vehicles (BMW 3 series, Lexus ES, and Mazda MX-5). In all cases, I think the Icons are unremarkable.

On my BMW in particular, the Icons (multiple pairs) tend to chatter and fail to adequately wipe the lower driver's side area of the windshield. I never thought that I'd be defending a BMW dealer, but I must admit that the BMW wiper "blanks" (must be trimmed to length) are the best value available for my car at $6 per pair. The only reason I've used multiple sets of Icons on my car is that ice is much more easily removed from "beam" type wipers than the hinged counterparts.

To be fair, Bosch and the auto parts stores don't officially recognize an Icon blade for my BMW. This fact is probably inconsequential given that most wipers are simply specified in terms of length and "offset". "Offset" is my own term used to explain the 422A and 422B suffixes (in which "22" is the wiper inch length and A/B apparently represents the hinge point of the wipres).

I'm fully willing to pay a premium for a superior product but the Icon (in my experience) simply doesn't perform better or offer ecomomic benefits. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to car parts (and cars) but, in the case of wipers, I haven't found a solution better than replacing wipers often (at which point cheaper ones make more sense due to not only the dollar outlay but also the time averaged performance).

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...=1834332&s=molykote+icon#ID1834332



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8671 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1918 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):

my $10.99 Rain-x autozone specials haven't failed me yet.

Same here. I'll be getting another pair soon enough.

KH



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User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1897 times:
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Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
Favorite Windshield Wiper?



Quoting LHR380 (Reply 1):
One that works would be my answer to this question

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Quoting Bohica (Reply 3):
The Anco wiper blades at approx $8.99 work fine on my car.

This is an interesting topic. I just bought a set of Anco wipers for $4.87 (+8% tax) each or $9.74 for both last week.



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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9194 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1855 times:



Quoting LHR380 (Reply 1):
One that works would be my answer to this question

Same here, and I just got a new pair meself...  Smile



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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4681 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1844 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 2):
my $10.99 Rain-x autozone specials haven't failed me yet.

Threw a pair of these on the truck the other day, seem to be ok.



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

About once a year I replace the front wipers with a fairly cheap set, but not those super-cheap ones, that are a) a nuisance to install as the adaptors never work and b) appear to be quite instable machanically.
I am not a brand-hog, but if Bosch has a decent offer (and they are in stock in the shop I usually buy) I use them.
-HT



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