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    Thread: Bosch ICON wiper blades: Worth the extra $$$?

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      12-20-2009 01:11 AM #1
      I found out that I can get them for my 1990 bimmer, but I wonder if they're everything they're made out to be. Any user reviews for me?

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      12-20-2009 01:13 AM #2
      Yes! I just found some on clearance at Pepboys for $11 and $9 for the driver and passenger side, respectively and they are the absolute best blades I have ever had. Totally worth it.
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      12-20-2009 01:14 AM #3
      They're pretty decent. But if your windshield is curved too much (say Saab 900), they may not make full contact/

      But for an older BMW? Should be fine.


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      12-20-2009 01:14 AM #4
      they suck in snow....that's all I have to offer
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      12-20-2009 01:17 AM #5
      my Rain-X blades are awesome in snow
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      12-20-2009 01:23 AM #6
      They are all I use on all my cars and combined with Rain-x washer fluid, they are amazing in any weather. very much worth the extra money, especially when you think that you only need one set through all 4 seasons.

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      12-20-2009 01:27 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by EdRacer71 »
      they suck in snow....that's all I have to offer

      What vehicle are you using them on?


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      12-20-2009 01:28 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by DubNMiatafan »
      Yes! I just found some on clearance at Pepboys for $11 and $9 for the driver and passenger side, respectively and they are the absolute best blades I have ever had. Totally worth it.

      I just found out that Bosch is offering a $15 rebate if you buy two. http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx


    9. 12-20-2009 01:29 AM #9
      yes. worth every $

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      12-20-2009 01:30 AM #10
      I've used them on every car I've owned in the last few years. Swear by them, even in the snow.

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      12-20-2009 01:31 AM #11
      Love em, when i replace them it will be with the same...plus I'm going on 3 years for one set and they still work
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      12-20-2009 01:35 AM #12
      When I was in college, I worked at a parts store that retailed them. The people who bought them all seemed to love them. I even remember a guy who bought a set and put them on, then came back a few days before Christmas and bought 4 or 5 sets for his family's cars as stocking stuffers.

      I'm perplexed that anybody would think they were bad for curved windshields - they're actually one of the better options because of the way they're tensioned, they contour to the window and the pressure is consistent. Even when I think of some of the cars that do have extremely curvy windshields, the regular hinged blades usually have the same issues.

      I have similar blades on my car now. I forget who makes them, but they're the same basic design.

      Really, about the only thing we ever cautioned anybody on was to not tear them up by using them as ice scrapers. I think I talked to one or two people who'd done that, but I never heard anybody else ever complain about them.


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      12-20-2009 01:39 AM #13
      Volkswagen have them as OE and I love them

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      12-20-2009 01:41 AM #15
      I had a set on my Jetta for 3 years, and the worked great. When I bought the Subaru last January, I bought a set for that and they are still on almost a year later. Still working great.

      I think that are worth the premium price.


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      12-20-2009 03:39 AM #16
      They are running $15 rebate on two:
      http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx

      I run those in my B5 and I am a happy driver. I use Rain-x too.

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      12-20-2009 04:06 AM #17
      I got a set of Icon blades for a Valentine's Day gift in 2007. I put them on my '03 Town Car and finally replaced them last week with a new set of Icons. Not bad for almost 3 years of service.

      The Jetta has them and they are great. I wish I could score a set for my '04 Crown Vic but the connection isn't compatible.


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      12-20-2009 07:07 AM #18
      I have the Bosch Evolutions which are essentially the ICONS at half the price. I'm totally in love with a frickin wiper blade.

      http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx

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      12-20-2009 08:48 AM #19
      I have some ANCO blades on my car and they work well, I mean they clear the water.

      Do the ICON's do a song and dance to? What am I missing?


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      12-20-2009 08:51 AM #20
      they are great. I took them from my old car when it was totalled so I could use hem on my new car, no sense wasting perfect blades
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      12-20-2009 08:52 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by eunos94 »
      I have the Bosch Evolutions which are essentially the ICONS at half the price. I'm totally in love with a frickin wiper blade.

      http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx

      I came in here to say this. The icons are overpriced for what they are, unless you really have to have the fancy plastic cover that goes over your wiper arm. The Evos do the same job for less money. I just bought some for the wifes car, 28 bucks for 3 blades.


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      12-20-2009 08:54 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by TurboWraith »
      ...unless you really have to have the fancy plastic cover that goes over your wiper arm...

      Now I understand, they are cool looking.


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      12-20-2009 09:17 AM #23
      I just get the ghetto OEM blades and can't complain.

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      12-20-2009 09:18 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by insertnickhere »
      yes. worth every $

      X2. No need for those big nasty clunky winter wipers too. And they seem to last a good bit longer.

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      12-20-2009 09:21 AM #25
      I have some made by Michelin with the exact same design, compared to Icons I've used in the past, I prefer the Michelin ones because of the lower price, they're exactly the same in terms of quality and effectiveness.

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      12-20-2009 10:04 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by stevehecht »

      What vehicle are you using them on?

      this was in my Chevy Van work truck.

      http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx

      if you look at the cutaway picture in the circle...see how the wiper is almost haped like a plus sign + in heavy snow, snow would collect under the horizontal part and basically lift the wiper blade off the windshield.

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      12-20-2009 10:53 AM #27
      Quote, originally posted by stevehecht »

      I just found out that Bosch is offering a $15 rebate if you buy two. http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx


      Quote, originally posted by alex_bgnet »
      They are running $15 rebate on two:
      http://www.boschautoparts.com/....aspx

      I run those in my B5 and I am a happy driver. I use Rain-x too.

      Since you both posted, I'll quote you both in my post to remind everyone not to do what I did.

      I bought these blades a couple of years ago with a "buy one get one free" rebate. I put them on, in the rain, in front of the store. Went home and gave my wife the receipt and the rebate form. Two days later she asked for the UPC codes off the packages. Of course I had thrown the packages out at the friggin' parts store. $25 in the trash.


      They are great blades BTW.

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      12-20-2009 11:14 AM #28
      As soon as I bought my WRX (before rain was even forecast), I put them on. Same with my MINI S. We run them on every car except the TL. My dad made the mistake of buying the Rain-X ones... nothing compared to the Icons.

      They usually last 1-2 years and the low-profile look is worth it alone. They do get snow stuck under them occasionally, but they don't ice up like other blades. I'll happily pay $40 for them time and time again.


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      12-20-2009 11:19 AM #29
      One time I was buying blades and they only had one Bosch Icon left in the size I needed so I bought a similar blade from another brand. I thought it was Rain-X. There was no noticable difference in their performance or lifespan. Just our experience on the wife's former Chevy Venture.

      edit: speeling


      Modified by onebadbug at 11:24 AM 12-20-2009

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      12-20-2009 11:21 AM #30
      I had them on my Audi, and my dad has a set on his VW Passat. They work quite well, very smooth, no chatter or squeaking.

      I tried fitting them onto my Volvo, but the design of the wiper arm doesn't let them fit in.


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      12-20-2009 11:26 AM #31
      in general blades themselves are like spark plugs. Get one from a reputable brand (OEM is great because it was at least thoroughly tested with the manufacturer's specs) and you'll be fine
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      12-20-2009 11:38 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by z0d »

      I'm perplexed that anybody would think they were bad for curved windshields - they're actually one of the better options because of the way they're tensioned, they contour to the window and the pressure is consistent. Even when I think of some of the cars that do have extremely curvy windshields, the regular hinged blades usually have the same issues.
      Modified by z0d at 1:40 AM 12-20-2009

      I had them on my NC Miata and they didn't quite maintain the curve of the windshield for the last 3 inches or so. Worked great otherwise though.


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      12-20-2009 11:49 AM #33

      I've got these on my Legacy, and in a back to back comparison with the Bosch Icon's I had on my GT-R, these performed just as well at low speeds. At high speeds (I mean high) however, can't beat the Icon's...

      The Icon's are still the quietest wiper blades I've ever had.


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      12-20-2009 12:06 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by th535is »
      I had them on my NC Miata and they didn't quite maintain the curve of the windshield for the last 3 inches or so. Worked great otherwise though.

      I can definitely believe that there are some examples like that, no problem.

      I just don't think it works out as a broad generalization, either with all types of windshields or just the curvier ones. The main benefit to that design is their ability to contour to the windshield better than hinged blades usually do - but, like I said, I'm sure there are some exceptions.

      Though, as a matter of idle curiosity, I wonder if a slightly shorter or longer blade might work better in your case - if it'd fit, of course. If the curve is too steep and too near the end of the blade, I would think having more length there would give the blade more flexibility to form that shape, and that the spring tension would be greater... Off the top of my head, at least. I'm sure there are dozens of factors I'm not considering, and somebody will probably take this as some kind of physics or engineering challenge and pick it apart.


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      12-20-2009 12:45 PM #35
      I just got some recently due to the sale going on. Definitely worth it! Make sure you clean your windshield though, mine was dirty and they didn't like it so much at first. However, they are the quietest wiper blades I have ever had! You turn them on and see them go across but can almost not even hear them!

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