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What did you do with your 3rd Gen OB today?

There's a thread for the other three generations, so why not for us 3rd Gen Owners? Maybe somebody can sticky this?

I'll start:

I replaced the cheap summer blades that came on my 2008 with Rain-X Latitudes. I've used Bosch's in the past and though they work great I wasn't impressed with their longevity. Time to see how the Rain-X's fare.


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There's a thread for the other three generations, so why not for us 3rd Gen Owners? Maybe somebody can sticky this?

I'll start:

I replaced the cheap summer blades that came on my 2008 with Rain-X Latitudes. I've used Bosch's in the past and though they work great I wasn't impressed with their longevity. Time to see how the Rain-X's fare.
I've been thoroughly disappointed with the Latitudes I have on my Outback. They completely fall apart randomly in the winter, has happened a few times. Especially for the price they charge, you'd think they'd be better quality. I will be most certainly going back to a set of Anco Contours when these wear out.


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I've been thoroughly disappointed with the Latitudes I have on my Outback. They completely fall apart randomly in the winter, has happened a few times. Especially for the price they charge, you'd think they'd be better quality. I will be most certainly going back to a set of Anco Contours when these wear out.
That's disappointing to hear. The problem I would have with the Bosch's (Icons) is the blade itself would start peeling off of the arm. In the summer they were pretty good, but in the winter this would happen after just a few storms. Happened to two sets in a row.

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Stickied per OP request.

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Although it wasn't "today", I did try out FreeSSM yesterday afternoon on my '05 Sedan. Took me two tries to figure out how to get it to communicate but, once I was in, wow, this will be great for troubleshooting problems. I took some time to go through all of the Engine stuff. Today I'll hook it back up and go through the trans stuff.

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I've been thoroughly disappointed with the Latitudes I have on my Outback. They completely fall apart randomly in the winter, has happened a few times. Especially for the price they charge, you'd think they'd be better quality. I will be most certainly going back to a set of Anco Contours when these wear out.
Look at PIAA wipers.. a little more expensive but may be worth it or maybe the new Michellin stealth.
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I have the Bosch Icon on mine since august ,so through plenty of rain and the snow here which has been heavy at times but consistant, no problems yet. Also I had my windshield treated with Aquapel. Its far superior to rain-ex and lasts months and have found that with a few min with defroster on the ice melts or never really sticks ,in rain its like a clear sheet hardly use wipers. Its made my PPG and most glass shops should have it and can treat your windshield for you.

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