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Despite having covered only 5700 miles, my wiper blade seems to be utterly useless. I've searched a fair bit but haven't found a V6-specific wiper blade available - are they the same as the S2?

 

Also, having seen an uprated wiper arm on one site, does anyone know if such a thing would be of benefit, or is my miserable wiper experience quite unique?

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We've put the Bosch one on, Silverstone did as a "wiper upgrade" for £16 all in. Works perfectly. I looked to buy the blade and do it myself but it was twice the price. Will try and find out the part number.

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When I picked mine up I asked about a wiper upgrade option - I was just told to change the OEM blade frequently. Anything that might improve on the stock item would be useful. 

 

A good covering of Rain-X might also help?

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I am surprised you lasted that long - mine was changed at the 1k service by Silverstone - the original blade was terrible!

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For me the OEM one never worked, just left 3 lines across the screen where the pressure was on the blade.I believe the wiper part is are AR24U.

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Thanks all. It unexpectedly rained today (very annoying after washing the car Sunday...) and the wiper was utterly useless to the point of dangerous as I drove home in the sun with a fine spray regularly coating the windscreen.

 

The Bosch AR24U appears to be intended for BMWs, does that sound right? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-AR24U-Wiper-Blade/dp/B009E9EXO2

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The famous Blinky at the other place suggested that on to me. I have one here that I never fitted, can check on Saturday when I get the car. Otherwise give silverstone a ring, sure they will confirm.

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My wiper blade has seen 2,200 miles of fairly heavy use, especially in December and January. It's always worked well and it continues to do so.  :huh:

 

Maybe B&C fit a non-standard blade pre-sale...

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Thanks all. It unexpectedly rained today (very annoying after washing the car Sunday...) and the wiper was utterly useless to the point of dangerous as I drove home in the sun with a fine spray regularly coating the windscreen.

 

The Bosch AR24U appears to be intended for BMWs, does that sound right? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-AR24U-Wiper-Blade/dp/B009E9EXO2

 

I can see from my order history this is the one I ordered. Will take the one off the car and compare over the weekend if you can hold on a few days?

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I had the Bosch 24" on my S2 and that was great. Still a job I need to do on the V6.

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I've put the Bosch AR24 on mine - it works ok in so far as due to the shape of the screen, the final 2 inches or so don't actually touch the screen.

The bit in the middle works ok though.

I've even just put a pair on my van - Euro car parts, the pair for £16.

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Just put on a Bosch ar26u from Halfords, works great although final couple of inches don't touch screen. It's also quieter in operation. The original blade was poor.

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I have the Bosch blade and the Gtechniq G4 and G5 to apply. Hopefully that'll sort any issues out :)

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I use that, it's very good :)

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Finally got round to fitting the Bosch AR24 at the weekend. So much better now.

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I just put on the Bosch AR24U and it's so much better. Thanks for the advice guys.

 

The stock blade put a nice big scratch in my windscreen on one of the three pressure points, which I'm going to try and polish out.

 

I hope someone at Lotus is reading this cos it cost me $20 to replace and it's a million times better than the stock blade. It actually works!.

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The V6 Screen and wiper mechanism etc etc are the same as the S2 so anything that fits the S2 will fit the S3

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My V6 wiper is very poor, exhibits the same 3 bands as mentioned above.

I think I'll give the Bosch AR24U ago too.  Could I just confirm the correct size ?  Is it the 24inch blade?

Thanks

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Popped into Silverstone this morning and got them to fit a Bosch wiper blade. The one they fit is an AR26U. I assume this is slightly longer but the improvement is staggering. £17.28, a bargain.

 

Danny

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I've got the Silverstone upgrade on mine and while it's definitely better than the OE one, it still smears really badly towards the top of the screen. Just like I found happened with my S2 in fact! May invest in some glass polish.

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Will, you might find it helps if you carefully manipulate the shape (=bend) the very end of the blade to form a bit of curvature in the last couple of inches so the blade contours to the screen a bit better. 

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