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Paying more for frameless wipers

Are the traditional wipers ok or are the frameless ones worth the upgrade?

BHPian Takumi-san recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I drive a much beloved 2012 Holden (GM / Chevrolet) Cruze. My wipers are of the same type that originally came with the vehicle (traditional) and have been replaced a few times as can be expected over the years.

Recently I have been targetted by online ads of frameless wipers (also known as bracketless or spineless wipers which are usually used by OEMs with premium vehicles). I don't wish to give publicity to any firm so I don't want to post the link but the price difference is almost 2-3x for these compared to the usual. You can find these for almost any vehicle on Amazon / eBay. I have never been unhappy with the normal framed wipers but I guess I dont know what I am missing?

What do fellow members think? Are the traditional wipers ok or are the frameless ones worth the upgrade?

Here's what BHPian gkveda had to say on the matter:

Call me fundamentalist or old traditionalist. All I need is a clean glass to see the external world and the road clearly through the windshield. If that can be achieved by a clean cloth (cheapest solution) with the help of button inside the car, I will be the happiest person.

We have simple wipers doing that job with frame and available at a few 100s of rupees. I am extremely satisfied with this solution.

I really don't see any value in frameless wipers and per my opinion, it is a waste of money to spend additional 2x or 3x the amount. In my view, these are all market gimmicks to create and increase spending culture in the end user (our culture is saving culture and US culture is spending culture. I am proud to be a man with saving culture).

Here's what BHPian TrackDay had to say on the matter:

I will be honest, I would vote for frameless wipers purely based on the exterior appearance. I have had satisfactory usage from both types, so at the end of the day, it is just for a neat and clean look, that I went with the frameless ones. The standard (frame one) also loses paint here and there after a while. Besides all premium cars come with frameless.

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