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Has anyone tried the new Rain-X wiper blades?



  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I had Bosch Icons on for over 2 years, replaced when performance had deteriorated, not due to any problems with the construction of the blade. I bought some similar Trico Neoform blades last fall, because they had a discount and rebate going at the time, these also seem to be well constructed like the Icons.
  • I purchased a set in Mar 09. On a rainy trip in Dec 09, they created so much vibration with their "scraping" that it shook my interior rear view mirror. They aren't effective in the middle of the blade and they are noisy.... I love them---not
  • They seemed OK in warmer weather but I'm very disappointed with them this winter. Total junk in my opinion.
    I'm going back to the triple edge wiper with silicon rubber. Best I've found so far.
  • doneildoneil Posts: 10
    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who considers these to be junk. I bought 3 sets 11 month's ago to replace the blades on all 3 of my cars. I've had 2 failures out of the 3. The plastic mounting bracket that attaches the blade to the arm is weak. It's merely snapped into place and breaks free after a period of time. My receipt shows only a 90 day defect replacement, so I guess I'm SOL. Is anyone aware of a recall?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Wouldn't hurt to contact them and complain.

    I guess you could consider breakage a safety issue; be curious to see if the NHTSA has any complaints.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,196
    At least once a month, take a rag with alcohol and clean the blades. They collect major gunk and work much better for much longer. If you park the car outside, do it every 2 weeks.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Doesn't seem like that would help keep the mounting brackets from breaking though?
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    If Rain-X blades are anything like Rain-X itself, I sure wouldn't use them.

    OEM blades are the only way to go. I change mine twice a year.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    I have a Bosch blade on my car from 2008 - seems to be in new condition. It's the modern kind that just lays flat. I do keep it cleaned, car is garaged, and I don't do a huge mileage.

    I'll admit I like to drive down the road with the rain blowing off the windshield.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,196
    No mounting brackets on my blades. Just a central one point snap attachment onto the arm. In my youth, I don't ever remember changing blades. Never cleaned my headlights until my first year in Chicago when it dawned on me that removing the dried salt and dirt might help with visibility driving out to DeKalb in winter. Night classes at NIU in the early 70's.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Yeah, since I moved back to snow country, I carry some washer fluid in a squirt bottle and an old rag in the car. Doesn't take long to dim the lights around here driving on the slush.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,196
    Maybe we need a upscale ride that has the headlight cleaners. Then you'd have another set of blades/brushes to change out as needed. I like to keep busy anyway. Could start a new discussion.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    edited February 2011
    lol, a discussion on "how to keep busy" - that could work. :-) When I look at some of the maintenance recommendations, there's something you could do just about every day.

    Around here it's hard to avoid driving in sloppy conditions, so I wind up cleaning the windows anyway with the spritzer when I do the headlights. I never had much luck with Rain-X but maybe I'd notice a difference now that I'm in a place where it rains and snows more. Could put some on the headlights too.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    edited February 2011
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    I have Bosch blades on my Mercury Grand Marquis.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    edited February 2011
    Well, they're on sale too (same link). :shades:

    (German blades on GM iron?).
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    Buy one get one free is cool on Bosch, but I drive a single wiper car :shades:

    Suckers are expensive too, IIRC over $20
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,914
    Do you have the new style flat kind that don't have the framework?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Well gee, get a spare. ;)
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    I actually picked up a pair of Goodyear Blades for "The Beast" that are basically the same are the Rain-X one from Costco. Paid $10 for the set after an instant rebate and coupon. So far, they are pretty sweet.

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