Thanks. The reason for the question in the first place is that I was thinking about putting the Crosstour wipers on my Acura TL rather than going with a Bosch Icon or a Michelin Stealth wiper for example. The Crosstour wipers being OE, the fit is much better than those aftermarket options and they look "natural". But if they don't perform well, not much sense in investing the money just to look good.Here's my opinion. My 2008 Passat has about 32,000 miles, and has never had the wipers replaced, and they leave only 2 or 3 lines when wiping! My CT has 2,000 miles, and leaves lines everywhere! They haven't even been through a proper winter...maybe just 2 actual snow-on-windshield days. It's a little disappointing...though, the passat's are legit one piece wipers.
I clean mine too its nice to just changethe insert only $5 dollars vs the whole blade, even if you have to change them twice a year your still ahead !I went through a hard winter with the Crosstour wipers... they performed great and they are still performing great.
I'm quite pleased with them.
(Of course, I occasionally take one of those wet-nap things and clean the rubber, so I'm sure that helps.)
I can safely say that I do not have the same problem you describe, in fact I have been quite happy with their effectiveness at highway speeds. (I had an impala who's wipers would start to lift up at speeds above 60mph)I actually have a beef with the wipers. Not the blades themselves, but the arms. The driver side arm doesn't put enough downward pressure and once I get over 65-70 it doesn't clean for crap. Has anyone else come across this? I was contemplating just bending the arm a little but haven't tried it yet.
I have never experienced this problem at all.My dealer checked out the wipers on my 2011 CT because I can hardly drive the car in a heavy rain. It's not that the wipers don't weep the water away, its that the passenger wiper throws all of its water in front of the driver and by the time the arm swings back the rain has obliterated the vision once again. There seems to never be a clear moment - fast, slow.. In a hard rain what do my fellow CT drivers find? We've not purchased a second CT because of this issue. Wonderful car otherwise.
The factory arm should just be a metal hook/loop. No plastic piece.