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06-11-2003, 03:01 PM
wipers work? I'm interested in knowing when it activates. Does it activate as soon as it detects rain or you have to switch it on manually first?

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06-11-2003, 03:03 PM

06-11-2003, 03:03 PM
each time you use it you must turn it on again. This gives the wipers one sweep and the computer then "sees" what a clean windshild
looks like. Then, whenever water drops get over the sensor it knows
to wipe.

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06-11-2003, 03:04 PM
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06-11-2003, 03:04 PM

06-11-2003, 03:05 PM

-Andres Escobar

R.I.P. will not be forgotten! 4/5/03
Miami, FL

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06-11-2003, 03:07 PM
program to turn on the _******* wipers.

06-11-2003, 03:20 PM
I have this on my present 330x, and it's caused me nothing but grief. It would go on, of, on fast, for no reason whatsoever, rain or shine. It took me 4 f'n trips to the dealer to have them fix the issue. After taking it in the first time and then getting it back, no less than a week later did it start again. I was able to diagnose that it had "something" to do with the tilt wheel, as when I'd adjust it, it'd stop freakin out. Took it back to the dealer, told them so, they couldn't find a problem. 3rd time, again, same thing, told them, they said they couldn't find the issue. The 4th time...I send it back, have a nice heart-to-heart to the service mgr, and then when I pick it up, he's like "That was a great tip! Seems the wiring got frayed from it being crimped in the steering column and each time the wheel was moved it'd fray the wires more. Thanks!". I almost beat the living S out of him for not listening the previous times.

The major options, SMG, options that make sense, I'm all for them. But rain sensing wipers? The day BMW comes out with seats that are not only heated, but wipe your @$$, I'm done.

OK, off that soapbox. I will say though that that's the only problem I've had w/the car. I guess I should stop bitching. But when you start paying for this "class" of car...I think you also buy the right to complain.

OK, now I'm really off that soapbox ;)

06-11-2003, 03:25 PM

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06-11-2003, 03:32 PM

06-11-2003, 03:39 PM
That's how mine works. I like it myself but the dealer told me that if you leave it in the "Sensing" mode, you can leave it there and the next time it rains, it should automatically detect it and activate. Apparently, that didn't work. As far as having another computerized gadget to have that could break, I agree with the others who posted. The way it is designed to work, I can get by with having a regular intermittent mode.

06-11-2003, 03:42 PM

06-11-2003, 03:44 PM
The reason you need to turn it off, then on again after a restart is the following:

Imagine you're dropping your car off at a car-wash place and you forgot to turn off the rain-sensing wipers. Now, the water sprinkled on the car would activate the wipers again, in the middle of the car-wash. with the service dude inside trying to figure out what's wrong.

It's kind-of-a security feature, so that you are always aware that your wipers are on.

It's a very convenient feature, i.e. on long trips with multiple weather changes. Just leave it on and it'll automatically start wiping once it's raining/snowing again.

06-11-2003, 03:45 PM
computer engineer...i was going to say Mechanical engineer

06-11-2003, 04:04 PM
Heheh..the level of the humor on the board astounds even moi.


06-11-2003, 04:09 PM
you start the car, they won't try to swipe.

06-11-2003, 04:17 PM

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