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new wipers needed but what manufacturer to go for?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Phantom, 3 Mar 2006.

  1. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    I need to change the passenger anad driver side wipers as theyre beginning to split.. whats considered the best make to go for?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Kamerad

    Mobster

    Joined: 6 Jul 2003

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    Valeo if you can get them for your car. I've had a set for nearly a year and they are still working great with no smear. I've tried Bosch super plus wipers and they were very silent but they only lasted a few weeks before they started smearing.
     
  3. Goliath

    Wise Guy

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    Location: The Republic

    PIAA are the puppy's privates - had them on the RS for a good few months and they are utterly fantastic.
     
  4. Vertigo1

    Capodecina

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    Bosch Aero, end of :)
     
  5. DingleBerry

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Cloud Cuckoo Land

    Top tip: clean with white vinegar

    Does WONDERS
     
  6. Bigsy

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    Location: Bristol

    I think PIAA are meant to be the king of wiper blades, not cheap mind. I'd just go for the Bosch ones myself.
     
  7. Sam

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    PIAA ones smear tho , they have that silly coating you have to put on your windscreen :(

    Ford ones for me , nice and cheap and have a little thing telling me when to change them

    Sam
     
  8. andy2k

    Hitman

    Joined: 15 Jun 2005

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    Location: Swindon, UK

    I just got the bosch ones from halfords. £18.49 for the pair and there amazing :)
     
  9. Firegod

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Newcastle, UK

    Always just used Bosch from Halfrauds. Never failed me yet. :)
     
  10. andi

    Capodecina

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    Location: Manchester

    Bosch ones are odd. Fantastic at first, then they just smear, then they go alrightish again..

    PIAA ones cost as much as your car, but do come with some Rain-X type stuff..
     
  11. rover220

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    Joined: 28 Feb 2006

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    Location: junction 14 m6

    i get bosch super plus for 8pounds a pair inc vat.

    my current ones been on 18 months and now beginning to smear but still far from bad yet
     
  12. Luke15

    Hitman

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    Location: South East

    Bosch.

    German quality ;)
     
  13. quackers

    Soldato

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    Location: Liverpool :-)

    does the vinegar trick work? Just stick some on the wiper blades?
     
  14. Phantom

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Southampton, Hampshire

    i read up on these PIAA wipers - theyre made out of silicone which when installed for the first time should be used dry for about 5 minutes so it coats the windscreen with silicone too... you have to repeat this procecss every few months to make sure the windscreen is constantly coated! :eek: sounds like high maintenence and id probably be liable to forget!

    essentially i need something that does a good job and it appears the consensus say Bosch? need to do this tomorrow i think, the car goes in for its service soon and id rather not give Honda the opportunity to rip me off :p
     
  15. Burned_Alive

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    Champion!
     
  16. energy

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Chingford

    I use Bosch and they've been fine for almost a year now. No complaints here.
     
  17. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    I have Bosch ones and they are absolutely awful, I am considering binning them after only 6 months :(
     
  18. thebrasso

    Soldato

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    I'm running Bosch ones from Halfords, had them on since I got the car in July 2005 and no problems whatsoever.

    Not sure why some people have had problems..a bad batch maybe.
     
  19. PardonTheWait

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    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

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    I can't believe you people are discussing wiper blades!

    It makes sense, of course, because lots of wipers are awful - I just never thought I'd see a discussion on it, I never thought about it before!

    I'll bear it in mind though if I ever decide to try and drive one of those car things.
     
  20. GlasgowTitan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jun 2005

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    Location: Glasgow

    I bought a pair of cheap wipers from halfords a month ago, the ones with the spoilers. Seem fine to me.... :confused: