2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: It's Double Jointed!
December 20, 2007
Since it's perpetually 72 degrees and sunny here in Los Angeles, we don't get many opportunities to test out things like windshield wipers. In fact, last year I think I used them maybe thrice. So Tuesday's rain gave me an opportunity to become reacquainted with these forgotten automotive staples -- and in our Mercedes-BENZ C300 Sport, good ones at that. Long gone is Mercedes' huge one-blade wiper design, replaced instead by two that manage to cover an impressive amount of windshield.
The passenger side one is double jointed, allowing it a greater range of motion. This isn't a feature unique to Mercedes-BENZ, but it does clear more of the glass and prevents that little shark-fin-shaped wiper gap at the bottom of the windshield.
They aren't the quietest in the world and when there's not a lot of water, they squeek like a small field mouse is propelling them. Another complaint was that there are only four wiper speeds -- no manual, rain-sensing (optional) or speed-sensing intermittent settings. Considering it won't rain again for seven months, I can probably live with that. You may not be so lucky.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 3,780 miles