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Walmart Wiper Selector: FAIL

After five years, I figured it’d be a Good Idea™ to replace the Forester’s wiper blades. Being in the Walmart at the time, I tried to use their helpful Wiper Selector gadget:

Walmart Wiper Selector
Walmart Wiper Selector

You’d think whoever is responsible for updating / replacing such things would have done so several times during the last eight years.

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  1. #1 by captnmike on 2019-07-28 - 11:20

    And this surprises you why?

    • #2 by Ed on 2019-07-28 - 15:57

      When I replaced the 2001 Sienna’s blades, the Selector worked perfectly! Which, come to think of it, might have been about when they made the Final Firmware Update … [grin]

  2. #3 by RCPete on 2019-07-28 - 11:24

    The last I looked, Costco had the front wipers. No luck on the rear. Some outfits still use the dead tree selection guide,

    • #4 by Ed on 2019-07-28 - 15:54

      The rear blade is 14 inches long, but the online selection guides seem to omit it. Maybe it uses a non-standard mount requiring Quality Shop Time for proper fitment?

      • #5 by RCPete on 2019-07-29 - 11:32

        I think the ’12 still has the original; will let the dealer replace it. They did the honors for the cabin air filters for both when we had service. The filter is swappable, but a pain to do.

  3. #6 by Ken Davidson on 2019-07-28 - 12:05

    So what’s the big deal? My newest car is a 2008. :o)

    • #7 by Ed on 2019-07-28 - 15:52

      Verily, it is written: drive ’em ’til they drop!

  4. #8 by Vedran on 2019-07-30 - 13:01

    Nissan Maxima 1998. Reluctant to let it go, but time is not on it’s side. Probably last V6 car I’ll ever own… heck hopefully last ICE car I’ll ever own :)

    • #9 by Ed on 2019-07-30 - 14:04

      I hope they’ll shake the whoopsies out of fully autonomous driving by the time we need another car, because I’d be perfectly happy to tap the “take me there” button on the console map and settle down for a nap. Uber & its ilk aren’t quite what I want, either.

      • #10 by Vedran on 2019-07-31 - 13:33

        If you believe Musk (and he tends to be right if not exactly on time) it’s really around the corner. Plus, they don’t have to shake them all out – it just has to be an order or two of magnitude better then average human… that bar seems low enough :)
        Price point on the Model 3 is sadly still a bit too high for me

        • #11 by Ed on 2019-07-31 - 15:54

          If it drives better than I do and our insurance company agrees, I’ll be on it like static cling!

          Given the number of driver-assist functions appearing in new cars, it’s a matter of time before they’re all mandatory.

          • #12 by RL on 2019-08-01 - 15:54

            Subaru’s EyeSight system is standard on almost all of the 2019 models – even the entry level ones.

            Our experience with it on our new car is pretty good. There are conditions (speed, weather, lack of clear lane markings, etc) where it disables itself. But it covers a great deal of normal driving. It’s a bit strange to feel the steering wheel turning itself when it thinks you’re close to leaving your lane.

            The car makers just may put it on everything before the government gets around to making it mandatory.

            • #13 by RCPete on 2019-08-01 - 19:49

              We have EyeSight on the ’16 Forester, and it made long trips for medical ventures doable. This was Gen 1, I think, and it merely told you when you were out of lane (void when sun was in the vision, and snow covered roads with dark streaks were interesting.) Still, the cruise control is wonderful. Being able to set a hard speed and go down a mountain highway is a lot easier. (Not EyeSight for that part, but it integrates well.)

              The ’19 Ridgeline has the full set. I don’t often use the lane-centering feature, but when I’ve tried it, and gotten over the odd feeling, it works well.

              Eventually, we’ll retire the older (’12) Forester, and will make sure it has at least the same level of assist that the newer Forester has.

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