2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Wiping Off the Wiper Blades

July 17, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3 It's been raining a little here in Southern California lately, and I had a rare chance to test the Mazda 3's wiper blades.

Not good. There were multiple streaks across both sides of the windshield. I couldn't believe that the summer sun had already baked out the blades--our Mazda 3 is only 12,000 miles old, and spends most of its days inside a temperature-controlled garage.

Turns out, the Mazda has also spent some recent time beneath a tree at some staffer's house. The blade well was holding enough leaves and needles to seriously dirty-up the blades, causing the poor performance.

After a good cleaning, the road became clear ahead. Wish I could say the same thing about the weather.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 12,222 miles

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