406 Saloon Rear Wiper

Discussion in 'Peugeot 406' started by Keith Willcocks, May 16, 2006.

  1. I was toddling along in my S reg 406 saloon this morning when I came up
    behind a P reg 406 saloon. I was surprised to see that it had a rear wash
    wipe that was fitted through the bottom of the rear screen. I was just
    curious whether this was something that would have been fitted after market
    or was it an option on the early 406 saloons? Anyone know?
    Keith Willcocks, May 16, 2006
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    John Duffey Guest

    I'd love one on my T reg 406.

    It's surprising the difference not having one makes.

    John Duffey, May 16, 2006

  3. Tell me about it!!
    Keith Willcocks, May 16, 2006
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    Peter Guest

    It was an original factory fitting on certain 406 models - I think
    I've only ever seen about 4 or 5. Not sure which models though
    Peter, Jun 5, 2006

  5. That's interesting. I have never understood the logic of fitting them on
    hatches and estates but not saloons. The rain falls on them in exactly the
    same way. It may swirl differently because of the different body shape
    but you still can't see out the window.
    Keith Willcocks, Jun 5, 2006
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    Chris Guest

    Why have them in the first place ,i dont drive out my rear screen i use
    my front screen also my mirrors.
    Chris, Jun 5, 2006
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    John Duffey Guest

    I was taught to drive using all three mirrors.

    I was also taught that when reversing, one should twist round slightly and
    peer out of the back window in order to see where you're putting the car.
    However you look at it, being able to see clearly through the back window
    means you have a greater chance of being able to see what's around you,
    and therefore less likely to be involved in an accident. Wing mirrors
    alone leave a rather unpleasant blind spot that could easily contain a

    When my rear window is gunked up (as it currently is with tree sap) it
    takes longer to see who's behind me before I manouvre. I'll glance at the
    rear view mirror and think "Damn, I really ought to get around to washing
    that soon!" then have to double-check in the wing mirrors. The view isn't
    totally obscured, but water, sap or whatever (which would have been
    cleared on my Mondeo by a quick blast of the rear jet and a couple of
    wipes) on the rear screen means you don't have the immediacy of a quick

    Half seconds can mean the difference between someone going into the back
    of you and not.

    I'd like a rear wiper on my 406 and I'd be very willing to pay for it.

    John Duffey, Jun 5, 2006
  8. Agreed, when I took my test (and AA men still saluted you) the test papers
    said that the rear view mirror should be used. You were advised by your
    instructor to move your head so that the examiner could be sure the mirror
    was being looked at. At that time (late 1950's), other than the expensive
    models, cars were not provided with wing mirrors. They were something you
    bought in Woolworth's or Halford's and fitted yourself along with indicators
    and screen washers. None of these items were a legal requirement, just a
    luxury. Come to think of it, even heaters (that used a shroud round part
    of the radiator to gather warm air) and demisters (an electric element
    mounted on an ali strip and stuck on with suction cups) were after market
    luxuries as well. Stop me now or I'll bang on about starting handles!!!
    Keith Willcocks, Jun 6, 2006
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