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Hello.... I'm new to these forums, so please bear with me. LOL.

I need to replace the windshield wipers on my 2020 Subaru Impreza sedan, and I'm having a tough time finding them online or at any auto parts store. (I would prefer to buy and install them myself to save some money, instead of going to my dealer.) Any help/advice would be appreciated!!!
 

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To cbidwell's point. The OEMs aren't much more expensive than the aftermarket ones. Spent way too much time looking into other wipers and ended up buying it from the dealer. Also, not sure if this applies to your dealer, but if I buy it off of parts.subaru.com and pick it up at my local dealer it's 10% off.
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If I am not mistaken, wiper blades could be covered under warranty.
You are correct, the original set is covered under bumper/bumper
 

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I'm out of warranty so completely forgot about that
 

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Here's my experience with buying wiper blades online:
I bought a pair of PIAA wipers online, one 26", 1 16". The 26" wiper had the correct adapter for my Subaru, but the 16" did not. The problem is that the 'type M' adapter has only been available for a couple of years, so older stock does not have it. You really need to look at each box to see if it contains the 'type M' adapter, and this is just for PIAA. Probably is the same for every other manufacturer as well. You probably are safe only on wiper models which are new enough to ONLY come with the correct adapter, or with the wipers from the Subaru dealer.

FWIW, the Subaru dealer blades are.....OK. The PIAA blades (or at least the one I had...) were initially good, but after a few months developed a lot of little streaks. They certainly did NOT live up to the hype. I'm going to try the top-line BOSCH blades next, but will put on Trico winter blades for winter first.
 

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I got a set of Trico wipers last year. That 12B rear wiper really does look OEM. The two fronts require a blocky adapter that makes the arm stand higher off the glass that stock, and look kinda clunky.
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Here's my experience with buying wiper blades online:
I bought a pair of PIAA wipers online, one 26", 1 16". The 26" wiper had the correct adapter for my Subaru, but the 16" did not. The problem is that the 'type M' adapter has only been available for a couple of years, so older stock does not have it. You really need to look at each box to see if it contains the 'type M' adapter, and this is just for PIAA. Probably is the same for every other manufacturer as well. You probably are safe only on wiper models which are new enough to ONLY come with the correct adapter, or with the wipers from the Subaru dealer.

FWIW, the Subaru dealer blades are.....OK. The PIAA blades (or at least the one I had...) were initially good, but after a few months developed a lot of little streaks. They certainly did NOT live up to the hype. I'm going to try the top-line BOSCH blades next, but will put on Trico winter blades for winter first.
I can't say I have had issues with the PIAA wipers performance. Getting certain sizes, yes but in terms of their performance I had them on a few cars and they were on for years and worked great. Though I am not discounting your experience.
 

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Well, if you want to 'dress up' your car, and your paint doesn't clash horribly with those colored rubber inserts, I guess.....

All I know is what I found out back when I used to be a bike mechanic; colored tires have lousy grip. I can't imagine that colored wiper inserts work any better....
Those green things that look like the rubber inserts are just plastic protectors and slide right off no problem, i just purchased the same ones off amazon and they seem to fit and work great after a week, not sure on the long term but for $20 for both driver and passenger wipers you cant really beat it
 

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Well, if you want to 'dress up' your car, and your paint doesn't clash horribly with those colored rubber inserts, I guess.....

All I know is what I found out back when I used to be a bike mechanic; colored tires have lousy grip. I can't imagine that colored wiper inserts work any better....

The yellow you see is a protective cover on the rubber material. It's stiff and prevents flat spots during shipping. Literally just slides off. Most wiper blades come with them today. I did not remove them because I put them back in the box as I don't need them yet. The blades rubber like material is covered with a graphite like material that I didn't want to disturb or get on my hands.

I guess this is why they put warning labels hot coffee :ROFLMAO: :coffee:

Per the link on my the page reference:

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