FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2831 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.
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).
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2500 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.
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