Windshield Wipers

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  1. Washingtonian

    Washingtonian Senior Member

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    At four years, my windshield wipers were getting less than perfect. I was afraid to ask the dealer what he wanted for them, but happened to be at Costco today and they had Michelin "Guardian" on sale at $6.00 each ($8.99 with $3. off). Needed a 16" and a 28" one. Changed them this afternoon and a perfect fit. I almost took them back as I didn't think they would fit, but reading the instructions and seeing that a penny wouldn't fit the Prius metal part and using the C3 adapter, they went on like they were made for it. Tried the windshield washer and they seem to clean the window very well. Not sure, but I think the sale is only on for a day or two more.
     
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    I use the Toyota refills. They seem to last longer than any others I've used.
     
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    My Prime and my Mazda use the same type of wipers. The refills from the dealer or an on line source don't cost a lot, they're easy to change, and they last a long time. Trico Exact Fit Beam 16-17B and 28-17B fit the wiper arms (also NAPA Exact Fit), but just changing the refills is cheap & easy.
     
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    Ditto. I discovered that they sell two kinds. So I'm running one kind on my wife's car and the other on mine. Hers has the less expensive Sightline. Mine has the El Primo OEM blades. I couldn't get inserts for either unless I bought a 5 or 10-pack. I forgot how many per pack but that didn't seem like a good idea. I thought that odd because I never had a problem buying the inserts for Gen 2 or 3.

    We'll see which lasts longer. Not a perfect test, because my car gets more miles, but hers spends more time in the sun.
     
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    Wiper blade refills at the dealer is surprisingly low cost (lower than a cabin air filter) even considering Canada's tendency for higher prices (smaller population, lower purchasing power).
     
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    I bought a pair of spare wiper blades (R: 85212-47130 MSRP $29.99 and L: 85222-47130 MSRP $29.99) and a pair of spare wiper blade refills (R: 85214-78010 MSRP $9.99 and L: 85214-47110 MSRP $9.99) soon after purchasing my 2017PP. I paid ~$70 for all four items, but I have never used any of them yet. My 2017 PP original wiper was still in very good condition when I traded in 3 years later, and I only had 2020 PP for 10 months. I have had a very bad experience losing a wiper blade while driving during a bad snowstorm. Since then, I do not go anywhere without a pair of spare blades in my trunk.

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    Well, I didn't know what the dealer would charge so I assumed that Costco had the better buy. Looks like that is right if the dealer charged $60 for the pair and I paid $12 for a pair. I had an unpleasant experience with them a couple of months ago when I needed an oil filter. Noticed the local dealer's website had them for about $4.50 and was about to order when I noticed they wanted $12. for shipping. They are about 10 miles from me, so I called and asked if I could order them and pick them up. They replied that $4.50 was their online price - if I wanted to pick them up they were about $7. Not that I can't afford $7., but I just went ahead and paid that much to get them from Amazon.
     
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    $60 for is for the blades. You only need the refills which he said were $9.99 each.
     
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    You can find them more like $5-7 each online, although the shipping cost may increase the final cost. I had to have a pair of spare wiper blade assembly, just in case the wiper blade is unlocked and lost in a storm which is what happened on my other car. Having just a refill blade won't do any good in that situation. I may have bought an aftermarket wiper blade for my spare, but at that time there was no third-party wiper blade with the fitting that worked on my 2017 PP. I also wanted to try an aftermarket silicon blade refill that may fit on the OEM blade assembly but never got to it.
     
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    The blades on my 2017 lasted longer than the car did (traded in after 4 years). I’ve never had blades that lasted a year before. If the blades go out on my new 2021 I’m going with the factory ones
     
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    I installed a set of wiper blade refills from the dealer $22. It's probably the easiest wiper replacement there is. I didn't want to play around with aftermarket replacements and some univeral adapters that may or may not last.

    The originals were 4 years old and still serviceable but I figured it's better to replace them when it's convenient than to wait for them to fail on a rainy trip somewhere.
     
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