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Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

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Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by wrybread » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:57 am

Does anyone have some wisdom for wiper blade replacement? Mine are looking pretty rough, trying to avoid buying the wrong thing. Was considering these?

https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Wipe ... B013AUNJSG



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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:57 am

I bought the second cheapest rain-x blades at walmart (beam type about $7.50 a piece). They've been on the car for 20k+ miles and seem to do a good job. You don't have to spend a lot to get a lot.


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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by Eddystone » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:50 pm

It is imperative that you only use OEM Volvo wipers on these cars. Other wipers will just fail on you, and then you will have to go out and buy Volvo wipers, anyway. It is false economy to use non-OEM Volvo wipers. Do it right the first time. I'm only kidding. It's amazing how much difference there is from brand to brand in wipers and how they have all gotten so expensive.


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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:32 pm

wrybread wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:57 am
Does anyone have some wisdom for wiper blade replacement? Mine are looking pretty rough, trying to avoid buying the wrong thing. Was considering these?

https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Wipe ... B013AUNJSG

Costco use to sell those for $7.99 each. Currently they are selling Michelins for $8.99. It was on sale for $5.99 a couple of weeks ago. The Good Years had a hard shell on top whereas the Michelin's are soft / rubbery so it contoured with the blade on the windshield. Had lots of trouble with the Good Years and glad Costco got rid of them.


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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:35 pm

Eddystone wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:50 pm
It is imperative that you only use OEM Volvo wipers on these cars. Other wipers will just fail on you, and then you will have to go out and buy Volvo wipers, anyway. It is false economy to use non-OEM Volvo wipers. Do it right the first time. I'm only kidding. It's amazing how much difference there is from brand to brand in wipers and how they have all gotten so expensive.
I was starting to rethink...


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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by MoVolvos » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:07 pm

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Not sure if the cover on the Good Year is still hard plastic. Pivot and flex in 2 sections so blade does not contour.
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Michelins should work better or else Costco's great return policy just takes them back.
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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by jreed » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:21 am

I have been buying the individual rubber inserts and replacing those once or twice a year. The inserts are available delivered from China for about $2/each. You have to rethread the insert through all the clamps -- it takes a little time, patience and double checking but it works well.
I have bought three times from this seller and it has been a good deal so far:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1Pc-6mm-Pro-Ca ... 2673528865


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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by abscate » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:32 am

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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by amblerman » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:19 am

jreed wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:21 am
I have been buying the individual rubber inserts and replacing those once or twice a year. The inserts are available delivered from China for about $2/each. You have to rethread the insert through all the clamps -- it takes a little time, patience and double checking but it works well.
I have bought three times from this seller and it has been a good deal so far:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1Pc-6mm-Pro-Ca ... 2673528865
I fully understand why stores stopped carrying these inserts but I sure do miss being able to buy just the inserts. It seems like such a waste throwing out perfectly good frames . Granted, these days, very few people change their own wipers and hardly any of those would go to figuring out to replace just the insert.

OP. Those wipers you linked to would work but seem to be quite expensive. I seem to change wipers on my car 2x a year and spend about $15 a pair. I generally wait until I find them on sale at Napa/Walmart, etc and get a few pair.

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Re: Windshield wiper recommendation for 2000 S70?

Post by amblerman » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:33 am

amblerman wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:19 am
jreed wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:21 am
I have been buying the individual rubber inserts and replacing those once or twice a year. The inserts are available delivered from China for about $2/each. You have to rethread the insert through all the clamps -- it takes a little time, patience and double checking but it works well.
I have bought three times from this seller and it has been a good deal so far:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1Pc-6mm-Pro-Ca ... 2673528865
I fully understand why stores stopped carrying these inserts but I sure do miss being able to buy just the inserts. It seems like such a waste throwing out perfectly good frames . Granted, these days, very few people change their own wipers and hardly any of those would go to figuring out to replace just the insert.

OP. Those wipers you linked to would work but seem to be quite expensive. My thought on that is based on the fact that I think those wipers are just rubber and not something exotic like silicone wipers.
I seem to change wipers on my car 2x a year and spend about $15 a pair. I generally wait until I find them on sale at Napa/Walmart, etc and get a few pair.

-A



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