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Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby corey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:24 pm

I know i know, theyre just wiper blades...But just to give a heads up to the crx community, i thought id share my experience with them.

I was at walmart, purchasing wiper blades. I wanted to get Rainx latitudes, but theyre to pricy for me, so i saw the michelin stealths...13 bucks a piece, i can do that...

Put them on, being a beam blade, i thought "these will be great, way better than the cheapos i usually buy"...Boy was i wrong.

Basically, the drivers blade does NOT form to the CRX(and im guessing other ef's as well) windshield for crap. It just smears a big section acrossed the entire driver side in the middle of the blade where the beam flex's...Might be great for most cars...but not for a crx.

I tried swapping blades, to another 20 inch Stealth blades, same result...

So, just to anyone out there, 26 bucks is a decent amount to spend on wipers...Dont buy stealths for your CRX/EF.

I would like to add, I put them on my GF's 01 Civic, and they have been great. So its not that theyre bad, they just dont work with our cars:(

Oh, funny story, i emailed michelin asking for a fix, replacement, or refund...They sent me OE Toyota blades as a replacement, which dont even have the same clip as a crx, and cannot be made to work. WTF? I even told them year make model, exact problem, ect. Oh well i guess. (if you have a new toyota that takes 20 inch blades both drivers and pass side, let me know! I have brand new oem beam blades you can have for the cost of shipping! lol)

Has anyone tried rainx latitudes? Does that beam blade work on our windshields?
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby CrxFun » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:25 pm

I think Walmart doesn't carry them anymore, but I have used Triple Edge wipers for many years now. They have a lifetime warranty and I can attest to it, they do honor it. I have gotten I think 3 new sets by just calling them and a week later I had a new set. And they work really well for a long time. Here in SoCal we have the problem that after 8 month of not using them, they are usually shot after all the sunshine in the summer. The silicone of the triple edge is not as affected as rubber. And I think I paid 7 bucks back when I bought them.
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby asianflava » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:42 pm

I have the same problem with the blades on my DD truck. I got a set of Goodyear beam type blades because the only other option (at the time) was OEM Toyota which cost around $50 a set. I walked into a parts store and before I could ask, they said, "We don't have anything that big." I think it takes a 26" and a 22". The Goodyears were like $4 each. I can live with them, but the best ones I had were Bosch Icons. They are pricey, but they work really well.
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby corey » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:12 pm

Good to hear
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby tommy » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:25 am

I took mine off my crx before I put it in storage for the winter so I could repaint the arms. Just looked, and I've got Latitudes on currently. Had no problems with them this past summer.
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby corey » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:50 pm

hmmmm....wonder what my issue was then...
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby MaStEr IrOc » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:39 pm

I dont know the model name, but I go to my oreilly auto parts and get the Bosch ones they have there. Have no problems with them at alll. A bit pricey, but worth it to me
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby Gophat » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:58 pm

Bosch Icons hands down are the best in my opinion. Virtually no smear and streaking.
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby acmoc » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:14 am

I have michelin, not sure if stealth or which one, I know it was a blue box.

Worked well so far for me
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby NerdCore314 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:34 am

corey wrote:hmmmm....wonder what my issue was then...


I know this sounds stupid but SOOO many times iv gotten brand new wiper blades, spent lots of money and they SUCKED.... Well one day I got some and the passenger side wiped GREAT and the drivers side CRAP so I took the drivers side off, took off the clip, turned it around and put it back on, basically turning the blade aroud, let me tell you... there IS a giant difference, it DOES matter which way it is... Maybe you put both of yours on backwards, seriously! I recommend everyone saying their wipers are bad because they usually just on backwards, it seems like it should work either way but they just dont. :blah:
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby asianflava » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:00 am

^ It's worth a shot, especially since it doesn't cost anything. I'll try it on my truck, the Goodyear blades I got from Costco miss a section in the middle (always has) but guys on the Tundra forums like'em.
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby corey » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:24 pm

NerdCore314 wrote:
corey wrote:hmmmm....wonder what my issue was then...


I know this sounds stupid but SOOO many times iv gotten brand new wiper blades, spent lots of money and they SUCKED.... Well one day I got some and the passenger side wiped GREAT and the drivers side CRAP so I took the drivers side off, took off the clip, turned it around and put it back on, basically turning the blade aroud, let me tell you... there IS a giant difference, it DOES matter which way it is... Maybe you put both of yours on backwards, seriously! I recommend everyone saying their wipers are bad because they usually just on backwards, it seems like it should work either way but they just dont. :blah:


ill give that a shot
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby NerdCore314 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:56 pm

Let me know if it works, im always excited to tell people because its always worked for me. Its usually a PITA to pop that clip off and make sure you put it on the other way. I took mine off one time, forgot which way it was on and put it back on exactly how it was, had to pull over and do it again, haha :D
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby corey » Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:47 pm

NerdCore314 wrote:Let me know if it works, im always excited to tell people because its always worked for me. Its usually a PITA to pop that clip off and make sure you put it on the other way. I took mine off one time, forgot which way it was on and put it back on exactly how it was, had to pull over and do it again, haha :D



Ill let ya know! Unfortunately its snowing right now, and i dont much feel like going outside lol :P
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Re: Review: Michelin Stealth Wiper Blades

Postby stelios » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:05 pm

Anybody else have any good experiences with different wiper blades? I like my PIAAs but for the price it wasn't really worth it. They're the older style of blades, I figured it was more era appropriate for my car, but it rains every day here and I need good blades. I wanted to try Rainx Latitudes as well, but don't want to buy them if they're junk.
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