Date registered: Jun 2008
Vehicle: 2008 GL 320, 2012 BMW X1, 1995 Volvo 855T, 2008 Outback
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Who is the idiot in charge of design
My 2008 GL320 came with rain sensing wipers. The huge stalk has 2 intermittent settings, normal and sensitive, which sounds good until put into use. I only use the normal setting as I don't like to see the wipers suddenly come to life.
Have the engineers ever driven in freezing mist? The area where the sensor is located happens to be just behind the LARGE plastic thing that holds the rear view mirror, which happens to block the defroster heat so that ice does not melt off the sensor. Guess what? The wipers are on constantly because the sensor thinks it is wet! So now I have to drive with my left hand on the wiper stalk to turn it on/off.
Same in the summer. Go ahead and hit a grasshopper with the sensor and a dry windshield. I know, I should have turned off the auto wiper but forgot when I pulled into the garage.
What in the heck is wrong with a small dial, like the Japanese cars, to let ME control how fast the wipers go? Cheap, always works, and no more blind spot behind the rearview mirror.
BTW, feel sorry for those with the "S" class. I looked at a 2012 S350 and noticed that you cannot lift the wiper blades without hitting the hood. And the driver's side blade looked to be really small.
Perhaps MB should look at the Ford Escort design: 2 very large blades with the pivot at the fenders, they clean the entire windshield. And the Escort design works for left and right hand drive cars.
This is a great driver's car, except for the comand center and lack of gauges.
The little gremlins come and go at will.