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just recently purchased these from amazon for $20 the pair, that is $10/each
driver:Valeo 900-24-1B All-Season ULTIMATE Wiper Blade - 24"http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CDADO8/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details
pass:Valeo 900-17-1B All-Season ULTIMATE Wiper Blade - 17"
They work great, but of course are brand new (quiet, clean windshield on upstroke, downstroke is just there to move water down from the pass blade).
However, use to have the rain x lat's (Rain-X 5079280 Latitude 8-In-1 Premium Graphite Coated Wiper Blade) and they too also worked great. Had them on since Sep 2010!!!! with only recently bad performance. I live in central PA, there was a lot of snow last year, cold days/nights, but this winter was light.
But within 4-5 months of use, the driver blade experience a streak right in the middle of driver view that would appear/stay only on downstroke. This annoying, but overtime got worse. I've read many state its a design flaw that over time was exposed (too long of a blade with that much of a curve, that eventually would lift,bend,push the blade into the windshield it would deform the blade just in that area).
My point (sorry for taking too much time, there too much caffeine in me system), when i replaced them with the valeo, i noticed just like any other blade system the rubber can easily be removed. Also, the rubber blade was bent in one direction. I decided to remove the blade from the frame, reverse the order, reinsert into the frame, clean the frame with vinegar (soapy water, windshield fluid will do) to remove oxidation/grime/oils... and what do you know, it performs like new again..
POINT CLEAN AND ROTATE THESE BLADES they can last longer..!!!