2008 BMW 1 Series Long Term Road Test


2008 BMW 135i: Activating Intermittent Windshield Wipers 101

June 08, 2009

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All I wanted to do was put the windshield wipers of our 2008 BMW 135i on intermittently and I couldn't figure out how to do that just by feel or even by looking at the windshield wiper lever. That's a lot going on for a windshield wiper lever, don't you think? Can you figure out how to switch it on intermittently without RTFM?

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Since I couldn't, I looked it up in the owner's manual. And it all became clear: BMW has a knack for taking a simple feature and making it really complicated.

OK, so to turn on the wiper intermittently, I'm supposed to press that "A" button (3) to activate the intermittent wiper after having pushed the lever upward to switch on the wiper itself. To set the speed of the wiper, I turn the thumb wheel (5). It doesn't say in the manual, but I'm assuming "I" means slow and "II" means faster. By the way, it's hard to test this out while the vehicle is stationary since the system switches to "Normal" speed then.

Arrrggh! Just give me a plain ol' lever where it's two ratches up or down and I'm done.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 22,790 miles

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