Just wanted to add my 2c to the blade debate here.
Here is my takeaway from spending way too much time during the last week on bloody wiper blades! $70 later including tax and shipping from the dealer website .>>>>>>>>>>
if you have the OEM NON value blades then just get inserts BUT if you have the VALUE blades that most Nissan parts departments only seem to carry now, no expensive standard OEM baldes were to be had at my dealer then you are SOL, pay up the $70 and order them all online. The value series have the rubber part glued into the spine AND somehow they have are made so you can’t remove them, some type of plastics clip beteeen the top of the spine and wiper blade body. You will eventually recoup the cost after 2 or 3 years (assuming your blades only last a year as they seem to do here in Colorado with the snow and eleveated UV levels)
Back story >>>>>>> It seem that all non OME or OEM Value series blades, Bosch, Costco Michelin and Goodyear need an offset adaptor. Getting the offset adaptor seems easy, just call their 1 800 number and they will send you the hardware. In my case they Michelin sent me the wrong part, looking at the diagram they sent the blades will never fit with a hook arm and the adaptor is meant for a non hook wiper arm. ALso going to the Mitchellin website dedicated to wiper blades imformend me that no blade they make will fit even though the little book that is normally on display in the case where they sell the blades had said they fit with an adaptor. I don’t see how any blade WITHOUT the onset will work properly as it will not clear the class correctly AND will sit directly under the drivers side wiper arm unless it is super thin. But OK someone who commented before me says the icons are thin enough but I think the part of the window that it would miss would bug my neurotic self and not sure how this would effect snow removal off the windshield.
This debacle reminds my of my ald 99 Audi A8, for years I put on wiper blades and they seems to work just so so, then for shites and giggles I decided to get some from the deal, cheaper than Nissan believe it or not. I discovered the passenger blade was indeed curved, yes curved is the horizontal direction. So no wonder the blades I’d been using all these years didn’t work as non were curved, why would any manufacturer make a custom curved blade for one vehicle.
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