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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (myVolvoS60T5)

Trade your T5 in on an R...<p>I think this would prove to be a costly update. At a minimum, you would need the sensor, control unit and possibly a new windscreen if you want to complete the factory "look". This is assuming that all of the wiring is there on your T5. The system is not all that great IMHO. Living in Seattle where it rains frequently and can change from a slight mist to a downpour in a heartbeat, the system is constantly adjusting the timing and speed of the wipers between "off" and "high". I can never find a position on the dial that matches the timing and wiper speed to my liking in changing conditions. I still find myself constantly adjusting the dial position while I am driving - what's the point?<p>It is fun for impressing friends and family, though. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>- Tryg<br>
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (RainyS60R)

I also live in the Seattle area, and like the Rain Sensor system.<p>It means that it gets set once and the wipers do what is necessary to keep the windshiled clear. No, it is not perfect, but is sure beats turning the wipers on/off constantly, or changing the frequency constantly, as I have to do on another car.<p>All in all, not perfect, but I think it works pretty well.
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (Lead Foot 60)

<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lead Foot 60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It means that it gets set once and the wipers do what is necessary to keep the windshiled clear.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>True. My only gripe is that the system is so eager to ramp up to the highest wiper speed. There are only two clicks on the intermittent dial that appear to disable (for lack of a better term) the highest wiper speed.<p>I really don't lose any sleep over the rain sensor's performance and, again, I do love the gadget factor. That said, the performance of the system would need to be stellar before I would consider spending big bucks to upgrade. Fun, yes. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Stellar, not quite.<p>If you do upgrade, let us know how it goes and what's involved.<p>- Tryg
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (myVolvoS60T5)

The rain sensor is okay, but definitely not worth the high (I am guessing) cost to add it to your car at this point. Just my opinion.
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (myVolvoS60T5)

I believe it's implemented differently on the '04 than on the '05+ models. You can turn the system on and off on the '05+ which sounds great, but since the systems shuts down every time you turn your car off, it's almost easier just to flick the stalk and regulate it by yourself. It's a nice gimmick and I agree that it tends to prefer too quick of a wiper speed, but on the '05+ models you can actually regulate the speed, as well. If it starts going too quickly, you can lower the intermittent speed by turning the intermittent wiper dial as you would if you had manually turned the wipers on.<p>I rarely use mine unless I'm bored and playing around with the buttons, and even then I tend to override it manually. If the default state was "on" I'd probably use it more often.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (Sue Esponte)

I believe you can also regulate the speed on the '04 models as well, at least that is what I have been told, although it cannot be shut off, like the '05 version. I have the intermittent dial that will vary the speed.
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (Wayne T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Wayne T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I believe you can also regulate the speed on the '04 models as well, at least that is what I have been told, although it cannot be shut off, like the '05 version. I have the intermittent dial that will vary the speed.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, Wayne, you are right...we can regulate the speed. Actually what you are regulating is the sensitivity of how the computer reacts to the sensor's input.<p>I find it to be, for the most part, pretty useful. A couple areas I find it falls on it's face.....road spray. Road spray drives it nuts because it won't clean off the sensor as well as raw rain, and it goes hyper trying to clean it off when it's not raining. Also, if the rain goes from very light to very heavy quickly it's thrown off because, as others have said, it tries to go into warp speed too quickly. <p>If the rain is fairly steady, it does a good job. It's definitely not something that I would go out of my way to install or look for as a key feature that would make me buy a package on the next car. <p>BTW - on a somewhat related topic. Our '01 S40 had a nice feature where when you sprayed the windshield, it would wipe 3 times, then pause, then wipe up the leftovers. <p>Our '04, which cost twice as much new, doesn't have this? <p>WTF?
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (myVolvoS60T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>myVolvoS60T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I did a search on this as usual, but had no luck. So how does one get a rain sensor?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Stick your arm out the window, if it gets wet, turn on the wipers. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (Our R)

I drove an '06 XC70 with the rain sensor "button" on the stalk. Loved it. Is there any way to get this stalk on my '04? I like have the option of regular inter as well as rain sensor. My sensor does pretty well with road spray, but with light snow, it throws fits, and in light mist, it makes me throw fits! These are times I wish I could just have regular intermittent.<p>As far as your question, obviously it would require the instalation of the sensor and a knew stock... and if I know Euros, a knew stock means a new steering column, which means a new front axel, which means.... whatever. Probably pricy, and it isn't that great.
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (needsdecaf)

I put a set of Bosch Icon blades on the car a few weeks ago and actually look forward to the rain, they work so well!
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (Wayne T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Wayne T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The rain sensor is okay, but definitely not worth the high (I am guessing) cost to add it to your car at this point. Just my opinion.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I second that. It's the inconsistency of the thing that I don't like--one minute it will switch onto high-speed wiping with mere mist on the windshield and the sensitivity set to medium, then 3 minutes later it doesn't respond to a downpour at all, and I have to ramp up the sensitivity to get it to wipe at all. What does seem to help is that when it starts acting stupid, I use the windshield washer, but this only makes a difference sometimes. Not a well designed system in my opinion...I've come close to just disconnecting the sensor so it reverts to a standard intermittent type of wiper.<br>
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (kenschel)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>kenschel</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I've come close to just disconnecting the sensor so it reverts to a standard intermittent type of wiper.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Is this possible? Will the wheel then act as an interval adjuster?
 

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Re: how to get Rain Sensor (myVolvoS60T5)

Cost ineffective. You would need a different windshield, the sensor, all the wiring and hopefully programming if it's even possible which I doubt<br>They suck anyway and mine's been disconnected for nearly 3 years now. <br>If you can't figure that it's raining outside without a wiper going on automatically you shouldn't be driving <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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