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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-23-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Best Windshield Washer Fluid...

I know most of us will say Rain-X, but I have 2 reasons why not.

My local Soobie Dealership's Service QC manager says the orange stains any black or real dark vehicles, also Rain-X wrecks wipers. I imagine the oils used to make water repel don't mix well with the soft rubber. Plus I have used it several times before in my 2 previous Impreza's.

My personal opinion is since buying 2 new vehicles from Subaru in '06 after the OEM fluid is gone, you'll miss the light foam/mist that the formula emits.

I went to buy other stuff from Wally World and it comes out of the jets and lands on the windshield like water (but it still blue).

I live in Colorado and it's been snowing at least 2 days a week for the past 7 weeks. With the constant remelting of the precipitation with oil/sand/salt on the road I noticed when my OEM fluid ran out, and I replaced with regular types of fluid I get crappy bright white films being streaked.

So I love the OEM SOA fluid, but the price is between $5-7 for 32ozs. It would take 4 of them to fill the reservoir. WTH! It is great stuff, but why so expensive.

Is there another good alternative? Or a cheaper source for the OEM fluid?

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I use RainX washer fluid myself......but I will never buy their wiper blades again.

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I keep forgetting to tell them to NOT fill up my reservoir so I can put the orange RainX in. And the blue stuff is all over my vehicle anyway why not orange...

I have an Aspen White Forester but find it hard to believe that it is going to "stain" anyone's vehicle... Maybe one of the dealer members can chime in...
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I use Rain-X pink. I noticed the Orange to be a little harsh as stated above, but pink repels the water without any negaive effects or staining. However, the pink can freeze up in extreme temps.
I was also diaappointed w/ the Rain-X blades, they really sucked. I thought their quality would carry over into their blades buy I was wrong.
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I siphoned out the $1.99 gallon of blue stuff I had in and replaced with the orange Rain-X de-icer. It's good. Cuts through the salt & road crap pretty well. I'm pleased with it, but it's a pain when you start to run low and can't find Rain-X to top it off. Arghh!

The blue stuff that I sucked out has not frozen yet... but my bottle of windex did. Oops.

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Just curious but anyone try just throwing Windex in their reservior?

I personally use the generic blue windshield washer fluid but I do like the Pink RainX the best but have a jug of the orange DeIcer RainX in the vehicle to add when all the generic blue is gone.
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You know, it's not really a matter of what washer fluid more than what wiper. I'm currently running the PIAA SuperSporza and the blade is made of silicone. Every wipe it leaves a silicone film and if I put straight water in as my fluid it would wipe clean everytime (when I first put it on I super clean the glass and ran the wiper as instructed for 5 minutes). I have a black car and didn't want to do the rainx thing too. And I applied it direct and it lasted 2 heavy showers. This works like rainx and I never have to apply anything. Stuff's awesome! On HEAVY downpour at highway speeds I have the wiper on the lowest interval setting and the water just beads away. Good stuff ..

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I am currently running the yellow rainX de-icer and I am not impressed with it. When I use it it leaves a film on the windsheild for about 10 seconds then all is clear. With normal blue stuff it is clear right away. I will be going back to the cheap stuff after this is gone as it seems to work better for me.

Anyone else had this experiance with the yellow rainX?

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Oh on that point, supposedly ice etc slides off easier also with the PIAAs =).

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Rain X fluid is different in different states and probably countries (Canada). I know the bottle I get here in the south says not legal in the Peoples Republic of California. Something about volatiles, I dunno.....Oh, and that is the Orange color jug.

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Don't put Windex in your washer bottle unless you live in Florida. I went to clean the salty crap off my head & tail lights the other day and grabbed the bottle of Windex. It was frozen.

Oh yaah, and I second what Shanty said... the Rain-X stuff does leave a haze on your windshield for a few seconds.

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Rain-X types seem to be seasonal in the Pa/NJ area. They only sell the pink in the warmer months, in the winter I can't find it on the shelves and all they have is the orange. I'm not sure about all stores but atleast at Pepboys, Walmart, auto Zone and a few others.
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I use the orange Rain-X here and don't have problems. Autozone or Advance Auto (I can't remember which one) usually has a deal on it in the fall so that if you mail in the rebate it is free, up to two bottles. I bought 4 bottles and had one rebate sent to my in-laws. I definitely like it better than the .99 cent blue stuff at wal-mart, etc.

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I use these tabs from 303. I drop one on a gallon of distilled water. It disolves kind of like an Alka-Seltzer tablet. It works fine on the road grime. I can't comment on ice/snow.

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I use the super cheapo wally world de-icer washer fluid, works great. It's the "supertech premium deicer" kind of that odd lemon lime yellow color. I also agree with what others have said about the rain-x blades, they were on sale so I got them, and they are worse than the oem blades that I had on before they disintegrated. In the summer I usually just put in distilled water, or one of the kinds that help get bugs off.

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