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Old 09-12-2009, 10:51 PM
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Rain sensor wipers

Had our first rain today since I bought my X3 3 months ago. Wipers just started wiping, no input on my part, the lever just happened to be in the right position.

Works really well. Cool!
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:51 AM
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Must be a new software load. I always have to cycle the stalk on my 05 after engine shut down and next start. If I leave it in the auto position, it does not respond to the rain the next start.

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Old 09-13-2009, 06:42 AM
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First rain in three months? We get rain about once week.

If your wipers go on automatically, be sure to shut them off you go through a car wash. This is how my MDX is, the X3 has to be cycled on and off once you shut the car off
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:28 AM
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Must be a new software load. I always have to cycle the stalk on my 05 after engine shut down and next start. If I leave it in the auto position, it does not respond to the rain the next start.Cheers
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the X3 has to be cycled on and off once you shut the car off
So after reading these comments I'm trying to remember exactly what I did, and I think I may have run the window washer after starting the car. Maybe that's enough to trigger the rain sensor?
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:51 AM
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Maybe that's enough to trigger the rain sensor?
Yep. I don't think anything has changed in the way you activate the auto wipers.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:28 PM
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Must be a new software load. I always have to cycle the stalk on my 05 after engine shut down and next start. If I leave it in the auto position, it does not respond to the rain the next start.

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Mine are like this too and I have a 08
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:39 PM
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Must be a new software load. I always have to cycle the stalk on my 05 after engine shut down and next start. If I leave it in the auto position, it does not respond to the rain the next start.

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Same here on my '06.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:16 PM
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I don't like the rain sensing wipers. By having it, they removed the intermittent wipers. I like those because I can control the speed. It's also more regular rather than the irregular wiper speed with automatic wipers. In fact, the automatic wipers often cause me to just use the manual 1 sweep setting and leaving my windshield very wet before I sweep them once.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:46 AM
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I don't like the rain sensing wipers. By having it, they removed the intermittent wipers. .
No, you can have the dealer turn the rain sensor off via programming. That leaves the regular intermittent function ON.

I love the rain sensor.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:38 AM
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You just have to decide if it is worth the $100 or so the dealer may charge to revisit the programming.
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Old 09-14-2009, 10:49 AM
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I don't like the rain sensing wipers. By having it, they removed the intermittent wipers. I like those because I can control the speed. It's also more regular rather than the irregular wiper speed with automatic wipers. In fact, the automatic wipers often cause me to just use the manual 1 sweep setting and leaving my windshield very wet before I sweep them once.
My sentiments too, but I think we are in the minority.

As I have noted before in similar discussions, if you carry anything on your roof that hangs over the center of the windshield, it will create a rain shadow above the sensor and it won't sense. I had mine disabled via dealer programming, since I sometimes carry a ski box or a kayak, and because I don't like the way they work anyway.
In Seattle's rain, I had to fiddle with them more than with the manual mode.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:02 AM
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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that doesn't like the rain sensing wipers! I find myself having to use the manual 1 swipe in winter driving (road salt on windshield) and waiting until the windshield if more wet than the sensor will ever allow!
It does work well in the summer...but when it's your primary winter vehicle and hardly used in the summer...I'd rather have intermittent mode...but deal with manuel for now!
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:38 AM
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Does the rear wiper have a sensor? Last night I started driving with lever in intermittent position and didn't touch it, so no activation, according to some posters. Not raining. Rear wiper started wiping, seemingly to clear accumulated water rolling down from the roof. Front wiper did nothing (not raining).

I'll test this some more and report back, maybe in a few more weeks when it rains again.
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:44 AM
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Does the rear wiper have a sensor? Last night I started driving with lever in intermittent position and didn't touch it, so no activation, according to some posters. Not raining. Rear wiper started wiping, seemingly to clear accumulated water rolling down from the roof. Front wiper did nothing (not raining).

I'll test this some more and report back, maybe in a few more weeks when it rains again.
AFAIK, the rear wiper is not connected to any sensor, at least in my 05. Just a set intermittent cycle or full on.

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Old 09-14-2009, 05:38 PM
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AFAIK, the rear wiper is not connected to any sensor, at least in my 05. Just a set intermittent cycle or full on.

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Ditto on my 2007.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:31 AM
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I don't think any BMW has variable-interval intermittent wipers, which is my preference. In fact, I think those may be rare on German cars period. All my BMWs have had either one intermittent setting or rain sensor.

I'm a Rain-X user and so intermittent wipers invariably wipe too frequently for me. Like pl869, I normally just use the one-wipe setting.
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:50 AM
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My X3 is in the shop get it's 15k check up. I have a nice little 328i as a loaner.

I have noticed that the auto sensing wipers work much better than my X3.

Particularly with light rain. The 328 activates with even a slight mist and ramps up very nicely in pouring rain.

The X3 (and my previous 07 seems to need moderate to heavy rain).

This is difficult as you almost have to wait for it be covered before it works.

Is this normal for all X3's?
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:27 AM
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I don't think any BMW has variable-interval intermittent wipers,
You can change the rear wiper's interval.
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Is this normal for all X3's?
I've noticed that they work much better on a clean windshield. When they are slow-reacting, I just adjust the sensitivity one notch and that seems to work.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:30 AM
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I may have a problem then.

I clean them on my Sunday cleaning ritual.

And the interval from low to hi has little impact.

Just checking. I asked my SA to have them look at that while its in the shop this week for it 15k and other minor issues.

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:12 AM
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The X3 (and my previous 07 seems to need moderate to heavy rain).
The one and only time I've used my wipers so far was in a very light rain. Worked fine
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:43 PM
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I may have a problem then.

I clean them on my Sunday cleaning ritual.

And the interval from low to hi has little impact.

Just checking. I asked my SA to have them look at that while its in the shop this week for it 15k and other minor issues.

Many Thanks,

EE
I have the same problem
I haven't figured out if the delay is supposed to be less or more with the lever up or down
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