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Old 12-07-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
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I can't believe I need to replace my wipes already. The damn it to hell these OEM blades suck I've only had these for 10 months. Does anyone know a good brand. Oh by the way if you wanted to know the blade sizes are:

driver side: 22inch; passanger side 17inch; and rear 15inch (wagons)

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Old 12-07-2005, 09:23 PM   #2
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Take it to your dealer before you go to the store, they should replace your wipers under the 3/36 warranty.
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:24 PM   #3
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I need to replace mine too - was thinking about the silicone ones. Anyone try those yet?
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:36 PM   #4
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I use Rain-X, wipers have become an option. They last forever when you never have to use them.
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:06 PM   #5
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Take it to your dealer before you go to the store, they should replace your wipers under the 3/36 warranty.
Agreed - I've probably received 6 sets of Subie OE blades on my WRX and Leg over the last 3.5 years. In fact the wife's Leg needs some right now.

I never paid a cent under the 3/36, neither did my folks on their OB or Forester. Different dealers too.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:15 AM   #6
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Take it to your dealer before you go to the store, they should replace your wipers under the 3/36 warranty.
D'oh! I wish I knew this 8,000 miles ago when I needed to replace my front wipers (I was at 30,000 miles at the time). I bought the OE replacements when I could've had them for free. Bummer. Oh well, not like they cost me and arm and a leg...
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:19 AM   #7
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Wipers are one of the fastest wear and tear items on a car and should be replaced every 7500 miles or every three months.

Quit whining and replace them you cheapskate.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:25 AM   #8
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They last pretty good when you heat them.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:42 AM   #9
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anyone tried those silicon blades or the ones from piaa? anything like them?
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:54 AM   #10
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Wipers are one of the fastest wear and tear items on a car and should be replaced every 7500 miles or every three months.
Hmm, never heard this before... Sounds like something that windshield wiper manufacturers would want their customers to believe... Can anybody else verify this? It sounds a rather obsessive and wasteful to me. (I don't deny that you can kill a set of wiperblades in 3 months, but replacing them every 12 months seems more reasonable.)
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Old 12-08-2005, 09:02 AM   #11
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Hmm, never heard this before... Sounds like something that windshield wiper manufacturers would want their customers to believe... Can anybody else verify this? It sounds a rather obsessive and wasteful to me. (I don't deny that you can kill a set of wiperblades in 3 months, but replacing them every 12 months seems more reasonable.)

Screw the scheduled replacement period, replace them when they no longer do the job to satisfaction. Not exactly rocket science. They either remove the crap on your windsheild, or they dont.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:45 AM   #12
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I use Rain-X, wipers have become an option. They last forever when you never have to use them.
Best advice in this thread yet!
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:50 AM   #13
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Here are some review posted about the PIAA blades. I plan on getting these before I drive from LA to Seattle for christmas.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ht=piaa+wipers
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Old 12-08-2005, 11:54 AM   #14
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I've tried lots of different brands, some of which cost 3X more than ANCO. Some do slightly better than others but, they all are ready for replacement at about 1 year here in FL. I just get a new set of ANCO blades at WalMarts for about $5.99 each and I'm very good for about one year. I have paid up to 11.95/blade for Bosch, PIAA and others and I end up needing new in one year.
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:16 PM   #15
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My PIAA silicone blades lasted about 2 years. When i replaced them they were still doing an adequate job.

Initial "buy in" price is kinda steep for wiper blades since you get the wiper frame too, but after that all you need to do is order the refills which are only afew bucks each.
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Old 12-08-2005, 01:49 PM   #16
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Bosch Triple-Edge are sweet, although I'm dying to try out some silicone blades next.
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Old 12-08-2005, 04:43 PM   #17
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I use Rain-X, wipers have become an option. They last forever when you never have to use them.
+2 on this. Junked out my original wipers within the 1st month.
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Old 12-08-2005, 06:20 PM   #18
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I never thought that SOA would replace to a wear and tear item like this. I was just going to replace going to replace with a better item that due a better job.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:30 PM   #19
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I use Rain-X, wipers have become an option. They last forever when you never have to use them.

+3 on Rain-X. I LOVE that stuff. It's funny, but sometimes at night when it starts raining lightly, I don't even know it's raining until I see headlights of oncoming traffic! But I'm picky, so I usually replace my blades twice a year... just before winter sets in and again in the spring. The salt on the roads around here kinda craps them up.
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:33 PM   #20
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My PIAA are still working great and I have no complaint what so ever.
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Old 12-08-2005, 08:25 PM   #21
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ghlight=wipers

Bosch is making a wiper similar to the Valeo's now, but they're $10 cheaper per wiper. I'm going to be picking those up next.

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Old 12-08-2005, 09:39 PM   #22
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I use Rain-X, wipers have become an option. They last forever when you never have to use them.
Rain-X plus Rain-X orange washer fluid = teh Winnar!

I didn't even use Rain-X on my old Legacy, just the orange washer fluid and it basically coats your windshield in Rain-X. I would also worry about the other brands of washer fluid rubbing the Rain-X off.

The fluid is also nice on winter days with a light coating of ice on the windshield. That stuff melts it right off and doesn't refreeze on your windshield. Also doesn't freeze in your nozzels.
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:51 AM   #23
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Rain-X is a nice product, but I'll never use it cause if you get a spiderweb crack and if you try to fix it the apoxy won't cure right and you'll most likely have to replace the whole wind screen.
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:22 AM   #24
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I recently put Bocsh wipers on, much better than before.
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:23 PM   #25
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Make sure they just don't need to be cleaned...take rubbing alcohol on a cloth and clean them. If there is any oil on them, they will smear....also, you'll be amazed at how much crap comes off of them...
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