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Post# 970503   11/29/2017 at 00:49 (351 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I am in desperate need of new wiper blades and am not quite sure what brand to get.  I bought some fairly expensive Bosch a while back but was not impressed with their performance.  My cousin swears AT Goodyear said to stay away from any tire company blades.  I park my car in the garage so not dealing with snow and ice buildup overnight but I do park outdoors at work and do get ice covered windows from time to time.  I really have no desire to get winter and summer blades.  Brand suggestions?

Post# 970506 , Reply# 1   11/29/2017 at 01:16 (351 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Matt, do you need blades or just refills? 


Even if you're only looking for refills, you may want to replace the blade assembly too.  I switched mine to the "bladeless" type and am glad I did.  I can't remember the brand off hand, but I can probably find out.

Post# 970507 , Reply# 2   11/29/2017 at 01:35 (351 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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If your blades arenít too old sometimes youcan revive them by cleaning them with window cleaner and a cloth or paper towel. Really give them a good wipe down. This will get rid of the road film and they may just work like new again for another season.

Post# 970509 , Reply# 3   11/29/2017 at 01:41 (351 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

I bought Rain X wipers this last go around. I've had probably 4-5 sets of Bosch and all but one have not lasted. Quite frankly I'm an idiot for buying them so many times but I've usually found myself limited to them and/or in a pinch. I got the Rain X from Hell Mart for about $15 a blade for their TOL model which cost the same as Bosch's MOL model. The last Rain X set I had lasted a couple years.


Post# 970521 , Reply# 4   11/29/2017 at 02:20 (351 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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NOT Auto Zone's house brand.  They skittered when new and falling apart a year later, despite next-to-zero actual use.


Got the next ones at Oreilly, year later still 'perfect'.  Sorry can't name brand, if any.  Not TOL, my budget is closer to second from last.

Post# 970523 , Reply# 5   11/29/2017 at 02:36 (351 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I've found over the past decade or so that using Rain-X on the windshield after cleaning it has done wonders to lengthen the life of blades. I think the lubrication that causes water to bead up also keeps them from chattering.

Living on the TX Gulf Coast, we get boatloads of rain, year-round. So blades lead a steady life here.

However, with global warming we never freeze any more. I would think that really cold places would be tough on blades.

Post# 970649 , Reply# 6   11/29/2017 at 16:11 (350 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Iíve gotten 3 solid years out of my OEM Mopar blades, and entering year 3 soon on my Bosch Icon blades.
Years past Iíd get 2, sometimes 3yrs out of Trico blades.

Post# 970656 , Reply# 7   11/29/2017 at 16:49 (350 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        

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A good source of wiper blades at a good price is Rock Auto.  I have not seen any benefit in longevity between expensive Bosch vs Anco vs Trico or Toyota OEM.

Post# 970663 , Reply# 8   11/29/2017 at 17:42 (350 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I buy what's on sale. When you change them several times a year, price matters. And the more expensive ones don't seem to last any longer than the cheapies....

Post# 970712 , Reply# 9   11/29/2017 at 21:51 (350 days old) by Petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I'm still on the wipers that came with the 015 Forester but have noticed they're beginning to streak a little. Whe we bought the car the windshield had been treated with Aquapel and I was impressed. I keep meaning to get it redone, it lasted about 6 or 7 months. In my old Mazda 3 I would just get the $15 wipers put on at the one remaining full serve She'll station. I'm trying to recall what brand they were.

Post# 970714 , Reply# 10   11/29/2017 at 22:07 (350 days old) by Dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        

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For my 2014 vw Passat I recently purchased OEM windshield wiper blades. The original lasted over three years and at 15 dollars each I thought it was comparable to ones bought at Walmart. My vw dealer provided me the part number and I bought them on eBay.

Post# 970735 , Reply# 11   11/30/2017 at 06:02 (350 days old) by gredmondson (San Francisco, CALIFORNIA)        

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I bought PIAA 95040 Super Silicone Wiper Blades from Amazon, and have been very happy with them. They glide over the windshield so smoothly, and they work very well. They were the devil to install, though, for me, and I finally took my car to the dealer, who put them on for free--that was a nice surprise.

Post# 970761 , Reply# 12   11/30/2017 at 10:18 (349 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

German cars in general seem to have very good wipers. My experience was the same with a '13 Passat. They wiped very well and the blades lasted two years. Those got replaced with OEM blades. My Nissan has shitty wipers in comparison.

Post# 970776 , Reply# 13   11/30/2017 at 12:21 (349 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Hmm. Still on the fence.  Looked at the silicon blade from Amazon, a bit pricey.  I need 22" blades and might just try the stuff from O'Rielly, just not sure.  The Bosch did last a while just not that impressed with them.

Post# 970781 , Reply# 14   11/30/2017 at 12:59 (349 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Matt, here are pix of the Trico Force replacements I got a few years ago.  They're still performing well, and are aerodynamically designed to, in Trico's terms, "transfer wind force to create maximum windshield contact."


I've provided the clunky OEM blade for comparison.  The car is a 2002 model.  I think a lot of new cars come with these "force" type blades from the factory now.

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Post# 970787 , Reply# 15   11/30/2017 at 13:23 (349 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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Get Valeo beam type blades.
Beam style wipers give you continuous pressure across the length of the blade.
I installed them about 8 years ago on our Saturn and are STILL working vastly better then the Autozone trash that, because of needing a rare size/type, i recently put on my Mercedes.

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Post# 970804 , Reply# 16   11/30/2017 at 15:07 (349 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Thanks - I'll check out those two options...

Post# 970833 , Reply# 17   11/30/2017 at 18:57 (349 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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On my "newer" cars (1997 and 1999) I've been happy with the Goodyear brand wipers (blades and holders) from Costco. They have them discounted every fall, which is when I stock up. During the summer a good wipe with some diluted Mequiar's  car shampoo will clean off accumulated gunk. They seem to last well enough in the sun but I usually put in new ones every fall anyway, since that's the start of our rainy season.


For my older rides,  I keep the old wipers and holders around in the summers for "looks", but if available will use modern wipers in the rainy season (winter).

Post# 970866 , Reply# 18   11/30/2017 at 22:37 (349 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
RainX and (incredibly enough) Trico

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Wasn't impressed with Bosch back home in Germany, not impressed with them here.

Had good service from RainX and Trico, though - I can't get RainX in the size to fit one of my rear-window wipers (Chrysler? Think that's the one).

What definitely helps is to remember to turn the dratted things off when you park the car. Some cars don't start them automatically when you use remote start (our Buick doesn't) but most do and that first heavy snow load/ice spikes is really hard on them.

Post# 970875 , Reply# 19   12/1/2017 at 02:09 (349 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

I have Bosch wipers on my Volvo and I love them!!!! I also had them on my Mercedes. On both cars I used the rain sensing wipers and let them decide how much "wiping" and its always been perfect.

Post# 970876 , Reply# 20   12/1/2017 at 02:25 (349 days old) by Petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Try the Aquapel treatment sometime. Either do it yourself or some businesses will do it for you. It's also offered at GM dealers and is in the parts list as Delco windshield repellant rebadged Aquapel. It works so well you barely have to turn your wipers on in many situations

Post# 970878 , Reply# 21   12/1/2017 at 02:29 (349 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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Does the Aquapel work on back and side windows?

Post# 970883 , Reply# 22   12/1/2017 at 03:40 (349 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Aquapel looks interesting. will give it a try.

Post# 970889 , Reply# 23   12/1/2017 at 06:06 (349 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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I work for O'Reilly's, and by far Trico is our biggest seller.  Not a lot of money, but a good reasonably priced & dependable blade that is just as good as the expensive Bosch or Rain-X brands that we sell.

Post# 970938 , Reply# 24   12/1/2017 at 11:50 (348 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I use the Rain-X treatment on the front, side and rear window as well as the exterior great in repelling the water. Just spray on, wait a couple of minutes and buff.


Post# 970968 , Reply# 25   12/1/2017 at 13:50 (348 days old) by Petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Not that it won't work on side windows but it would be a waste. It works well on the back. The glass must be thoroughly cleaned before applying

Post# 970979 , Reply# 26   12/1/2017 at 14:56 (348 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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The best wiper blades you can buy are the ones at the part counter at the car dealership. In most cases you can simply buy the inserts for a couple dollars each and slide them into the factory blade. At least until someone makes the mistake of junking the factory blade in favor for an inferior aftermarket one... Once I bought a used car that had aftermarket blades, I bought new OEM blades for that car.

I've replaced the Honda factory inserts only twice on my 2010 car. Both times due to tears from freezing to the window. The Honda wipers are the best I have ever had on any car.

As for Rain-X it is kinda neat when it is really fresh when the Ice coats the window. But for rain I think it is dangerous. It creates tiny micro droplets on the window due to the high surface tension. Driving in sun showers can create horrible glare problems. I don't ever want anything on the glass that mucks up the wiper action.

Post# 971162 , Reply# 27   12/2/2017 at 16:04 (347 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I've used Rain-X for years and have driven in every kind of rain/ice/snow condition possible without a problem.

Post# 971202 , Reply# 28   12/2/2017 at 23:05 (347 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

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I'm talking about the mist that forms overnight on car glass parked outside.


Post# 971207 , Reply# 29   12/2/2017 at 23:37 (347 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I've been using the one-piece blades for a few years and have had good results with them.  However, on my 01 VW Beetle I recently went back to genuine VW blades as they are curved and have a special wind deflector built into them to keep them down on the curved glass better than the blade ones did.  They still last 2-3 years and will usually begin to split before their wiping performance suffers.

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