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Old 01-02-2019, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Headlight washers were all the rage in the 90s but even then I thought it was a silly feature. So you squirt some liquid on the headlights and that's supposed to clean them while you drive? Then they went one step further and topped that with another silly feature; tiny wipers. I love to know how many of those still work.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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I've only seen them on older volvo's. I never understood the purpose
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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We have had a couple of Volvos with them. We could never remember where the button was for them among the 40 or so buttons Volvo is famous for (one review described the interior as seeming "as if a button monster thew up all over the cockpit on his way home from a tavern.") if we even remembered where they were there at all. Eventually the wipers broke off. That is not something you bother spending money to replace.

I think some Mercedes had them for a while as well.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I think some Mercedes had them for a while as well.
The only reason I thought of this was a Maybach review I was watching on youtube. That's another monstrosity. You could move the front passenger seat while sitting in the back.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Yes they work and are required in many countries. Many of the cars I have had them - Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, Lexus, Bentley, Porsche, Land Rover, Toyota (at least my Land Cruisers), etc. Not sure the comment about he wipers breaking off. The only challenge I had on the older ones was the wipers getting out of synch but that didn't affect operations.
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Yes they work and are required in many countries. Many of the cars I have had them - Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, Lexus, Bentley, Porsche, Land Rover, Toyota (at least my Land Cruisers), etc. Not sure the comment about he wipers breaking off. The only challenge I had on the older ones was the wipers getting out of synch but that didn't affect operations.
When none of the brands you mentioned offers one anymore should tell you something.
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Actually they're an ECE requirement for anything with HID's. They've just gone to high pressure spray instead of using the wiper. One (several) fewer parts for potential failure on a government mandated part.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I can remember quite a few trips where I had to pull off every 20 miles or so to wipe off a salty road spray that reduced my headlights to a mason jar full of fireflies. So if I drove a six-figure car, I'd think that was a nice feature.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:09 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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I had them on my 1971 Plymouth Fury III. That was one deluxe car.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:06 PM
 
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"...mason jar full of fireflies."

thanks.
i needed that.
good times.
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