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Old 06-20-2013, 01:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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My Australian 3.6 Premium has the auto wipers. They're not too bad, however they don't always "read" the rain drops perfectly requiring the occasional manual assistance. They seem to be most ineffective at dusk. Something about the light level seems to confuse them and they don't wipe often enough. That said, under normal conditions they work quite well.
Here is the opposite problem . 2013 Outback has too sensitive rain sensor. A few raindrops and the wipers are wiping too frequently (sensitivity is dimmed to minimum).
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I like the feature so much, I added it to my '13 OB.
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Auto wipers actually are a major pain in the back side and the windshields are far more costly to replace due to the sensor gear in the glass. Major fail in certain types of vehicles for example the Mercedes G wagon the folks who actually use it off road find a way to disable the Auto wiper and they always end up replacing the broken window with a glass that does not have the sensor. The OB would be a similar case in the US with the typical use and buyer.

This is an example of where pumping your car full of Content does not make it better it just makes it more costly an in many cases the wrong tool for the type of use and owner.
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Auto wipers actually are a major pain in the back side and the windshields are far more costly to replace due to the sensor gear in the glass. Major fail in certain types of vehicles for example the Mercedes G wagon the folks who actually use it off road find a way to disable the Auto wiper and they always end up replacing the broken window with a glass that does not have the sensor. The OB would be a similar case in the US with the typical use and buyer.

This is an example of where pumping your car full of Content does not make it better it just makes it more costly an in many cases the wrong tool for the type of use and owner.
My VW had automagic wipers. The sensor was in the mount of the rear view mirror. No special glass required.
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Also the right approach is giving he option to disable the auto mode which some makers do not
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Auto wipers actually are a major pain in the back side and the windshields are far more costly to replace due to the sensor gear in the glass. Major fail in certain types of vehicles for example the Mercedes G wagon the folks who actually use it off road find a way to disable the Auto wiper and they always end up replacing the broken window with a glass that does not have the sensor. The OB would be a similar case in the US with the typical use and buyer.

This is an example of where pumping your car full of Content does not make it better it just makes it more costly an in many cases the wrong tool for the type of use and owner.
Personal opinions presented as facts. Whatever.

As I said I like it and it doesn't make my windshield any more expensive. Also there's a switch to turn it off.

But feel free to not put one on your car. You're welcome to your personal opinion.


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This is one of the dumbest and useless features found in a car. You are paying more for something that really serves no purpose. If it rains, put the wipers on.
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except for some of the drivers
Add auto head lights, auto seat settings etc. Same people will probably like the Auto Driver mode also but only time will tell if thats taking it too far for them.

Biggest issue with Auto wipers is having it kick on at the wrong time and smearing your window. Some Auto makers did not give you the option to turn it off completely.

However the added feature of an auto setting causes its own set of issues just go read the auto head lights thread - auto wipers create their own set of problems for people.
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Personal opinions presented as facts. Whatever.

As I said I like it and it doesn't make my windshield any more expensive. Also there's a switch to turn it off.

But feel free to not put one on your car. You're welcome to your personal opinion.


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Spill the details already! What'd you get? Huah? Huah?
I installed the RT-50A from here http://www.raintracker.com/. I put this same unit in my truck a few years ago and it worked fine. There are some important installation details in my original post - I think it was in " what did you do with your gen 4 today"


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