In Reply to: Re: Slow down. posted by Adam V on October 18, 1999 at 14:53:21:
: When driving in the rain previously I was just keeping up with traffic. Now I drive in the centerlane, to avoid puddles, and go slow. But I still hydroplane now and then.
You're not just talking about the tug on the wheel when you hit a puddle, are you? You mean you're actually losing contact with the road surface, right? I ask this because some cars don't give much of any feedback through the steering column --- even when they are hydro-planing. Just mentioning to make sure you're not confusing the torque you feel in the wheel with the contact you may or may not have on the road.
BTW, how cold was it? I believe performance of tires in rain is tied to temperature as much as pattern. My .02
Also, were your wiper-blades exposed to intense heat/sunlight or 0-zone? Like other posters, I've found the blades/wipers to be generally superior. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the spring rates are higher than the typical U.S. car --- as they are the same as are used in Germany for higher speeds were lesser springs could allow lift.) Anyway, higher spring rates = better function, but also faster wear. How do the edges look? hard and dry? Dirty?