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    Thread: Best Wiper Blades for 2002 Jetta?

    1. 01-13-2006 11:25 AM #1
      It is that time. I need new wiper blades. Rather than just go to my local auto parts store, I thought I'd solicit opinions here. What are the best/longest lasting wiper blades you have used on your Jetta?
      Also, can anyone identify for me the specific size blades needed for an '02 Jetta?
      Thanks!!!

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      01-13-2006 11:26 AM #2
      Quote, originally posted by rbenjami »
      It is that time. I need new wiper blades. Rather than just go to my local auto parts store, I thought I'd solicit opinions here. What are the best/longest lasting wiper blades you have used on your Jetta?
      Also, can anyone identify for me the specific size blades needed for an '02 Jetta?
      Thanks!!!

      aero blades. or if you dont want to buy new arms, bosch icons.

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      01-13-2006 11:27 AM #3
      Quote, originally posted by slicecom »
      aero blades. or if you dont want to buy new arms, bosch icons.

      I personally wouldn't waste the money on Aeros. Bosch Icons are simply AMAZING!
      Advance Auto parts has them in stock near the cash registers on a stand.
      And on my Golf the blade sizes are 19" and 21" but I'm not sure about Jetta.

    4. 01-13-2006 11:28 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by slicecom »
      aero blades. or if you dont want to buy new arms, bosch icons.
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Don't get rain-x blades.
      19" for passenger side and 20" or 21" for drivers side.

    5. 01-13-2006 11:30 AM #5
      Another [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for Bosch ICONs. They have been grrrrrrrrrreat (RIP Tony the Tiger) on my Jetta. Same sizes as have already been mentioned. Part #/cross reference catalog was available on the shelf when I got mine @ Autozone.

    6. 01-13-2006 11:40 AM #6
      I see the Bosch Micro Edge Excel blades online for about $23 for the pair. Anyone have experience with these? P/Ns 40919 and 40921 from the website look-up.
      (I guess they are 19" and 21")

    7. 01-13-2006 11:44 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by rbenjami »
      I see the Bosch Micro Edge Excel blades online for about $23 for the pair. Anyone have experience with these? P/Ns 40919 and 40921 from the website look-up.
      (I guess they are 19" and 21")

      listen to the posts in this thread.
      bosch icons are the best out there right now.
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2379327

    8. 01-13-2006 11:48 AM #8
      I have aero blades ($100 ) wish the icons were out about a year ago. they seem to be the smae thing as the aero blades. stick with the icons. they are unreal

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      01-13-2006 11:53 AM #9
      Another [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for the Bosch Icon's. They are amazing! So far I've installed them on 2 Beetle's, 1 Jetta, and my Subaru Outback! They make a huge difference! I have R32 aero wipers on my GTI and I would say the Bosch Icon's are just as nice!

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      01-13-2006 12:09 PM #10
      Go with the Icon's. A friend of mine just put a set of "Reflex" blades from Canadian Tire, which are similiar in design, on his S4 and they're amazing.

    11. 01-13-2006 12:25 PM #11
      I'll add this caveat (hate that word, but it applies):
      The original blade assemblies used to hide more of the wiper arm than the Icons do. Now, with the Icons installed, I sometimes think the arm is sitting up way too high off the windshield (although I know it isn't). It tends to look a little strange until you get used to it. I have a feeling some folks won't like the look and will go back to the original-style wipers, even though they flat out suck in comparison

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      01-13-2006 12:34 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by 3rdtime »
      I'll add this caveat (hate that word, but it applies):
      The original blade assemblies used to hide more of the wiper arm than the Icons do. Now, with the Icons installed, I sometimes think the arm is sitting up way too high off the windshield (although I know it isn't). It tends to look a little strange until you get used to it. I have a feeling some folks won't like the look and will go back to the original-style wipers, even though they flat out suck in comparison

      i agree, which is why i prefer the aeros. they sit so low i cant see them from inside the car.

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      01-13-2006 12:36 PM #13
      or if u can't afford crazy wiper blades, rub some Rain-X on ur windshield it works pretty well and costs under 15 bucks..

    14. 01-13-2006 12:56 PM #14
      it looks like impossible to order Bosch ICONs online.

    15. 01-13-2006 01:03 PM #15
      Just wondering if anyone tried the Canadian Tire wipers that have no joints...Flex something? Suppose to be better because they are thinner for less wind lift and no joints means better surface grip

    16. 01-13-2006 01:10 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by jetta1.8tbee »
      it looks like impossible to order Bosch ICONs online.

      oops, found out amazon got all of them. $19.99 each, shipping $5.xx
      order 2.
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/searc...BOSCH

    17. 01-13-2006 01:24 PM #17
      Looks like the Bosch Icons are about $40 for the pair and the Micro Edge Excels are about $25 for the pair. Can anyone offer a comparison between the two?

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      01-13-2006 01:28 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by rbenjami »
      Looks like the Bosch Icons are about $40 for the pair and the Micro Edge Excels are about $25 for the pair. Can anyone offer a comparison between the two?

      The Micro Edge Excels are just like regular blades. Bosch Icons are completly diffferetn. There is no metal that presses the blade to the sheild, the Icons have a spring loaded solid rubber piece that contours to press against the sheild for a more even hold. Bosch Icons are more quiet, clean the entire windshield in one pass (no streaking), and they are dead sexy.

      Bosch Icons are worth every single penny. Don't be lazy and order on the internet, just go to Advance Auto (unless they don't have them in your neighborhood) because you can get a $15 store credit rebate at any Advance Auto on Bosch Icons.

    19. 01-23-2006 10:44 AM #19
      OK. I got the Icons (size 21 and 19) and installed them the other day. Today was the first real rain since then and I am happy with the results.
      The wipers have an interesting installation bracket. Very well designed and easy to install. They do seem to stick up higher from the base of the windshield than stock, but not terrible.
      They seem to do a great job with rain although there still is a vertical line of sludge left on the windshield right in front of the driver's face from where the right wiper stops on its left-ward swing. Not thrilled about that.
      By the way, I completely cleaned my windshield with glass cleaner before installing the new wipers.

    20. 01-23-2006 10:46 AM #20
      Quote, originally posted by rbenjami »
      OK. I got the Icons (size 21 and 19) and installed them the other day. Today was the first real rain since then and I am happy with the results.
      The wipers have an interesting installation bracket. Very well designed and easy to install. They do seem to stick up higher from the base of the windshield than stock, but not terrible.
      They seem to do a great job with rain although there still is a vertical line of sludge left on the windshield right in front of the driver's face from where the right wiper stops on its left-ward swing. Not thrilled about that.
      By the way, I completely cleaned my windshield with glass cleaner before installing the new wipers.

      ALL wipers leave that line. the only way to not have it is to do what the new mark5s do and adjust where that line ends by stopping at different points.
      it's like saying "i bought a benz but it still uses gas. i'm not thrilled about that."
      well no ****.

    21. 01-23-2006 10:48 AM #21
      areo wipers are the only way to go [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      i love mine, cant wait to actaully use them damn snow and ice
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    22. 01-23-2006 10:49 AM #22
      Icons suck in the snow

    23. 01-23-2006 10:50 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by rbenjami »
      OK. I got the Icons (size 21 and 19) and installed them the other day. Today was the first real rain since then and I am happy with the results.
      The wipers have an interesting installation bracket. Very well designed and easy to install. They do seem to stick up higher from the base of the windshield than stock, but not terrible.
      They seem to do a great job with rain although there still is a vertical line of sludge left on the windshield right in front of the driver's face from where the right wiper stops on its left-ward swing. Not thrilled about that.
      By the way, I completely cleaned my windshield with glass cleaner before installing the new wipers.
      I got some and installed them last week and I am completely amazaed at how good they work.
      Yep, easy to install and they look great.
      I noticed that line also, but it is normal. It will probably fade after more use. I already noticed a decline in visibility.
      I claybared my windshield and the used glass cleaner. Nice smooth wipes everytime.
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for ICONS!

    24. 01-23-2006 10:51 AM #24
      I just installed PIAA wipers, original arms. I am really impressed with them. Approx $30cdn per wiper.

    25. 01-23-2006 10:55 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by Spinaker »
      Just wondering if anyone tried the Canadian Tire wipers that have no joints...Flex something? Suppose to be better because they are thinner for less wind lift and no joints means better surface grip

      After 6 months, they are toast. THey do chatter a bit new & they chattered all the time after 6 months
      Yes-- I have Rain-X blades--- they might give Trico Teflon blades as the blade blades for my money on the long term.
      To maintain the wiper performance, wipe the element down with a towel soaked in washer fluid.
      By far the worst blades I tried were PIAA Silicone. Taking up the next to worse are the Triple-Edge silicone wipers-- the piaas are the worst since they are $20 per blade (and the Triple Edge are dirt cheap).
      ANd.. Bosch Micro-Edge Excel-- middle of the pack performance--- they still chattered on me.


      Modified by GT17V at 10:56 AM 1-23-2006

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