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I think like others have said it really depends on the car. Our Lexus GX460 has one and I have used it twice in two years.


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I just saw an older Mazda 6 sedan with a rear wiper!
 
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I wouldn't be able to see out of the back window of my X1 when raining without the wiper.
 
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As someone who's driven plenty of things with no rear windows at all, the "absolutely" answers make me chuckle a little. Smile


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Only if you need to see out the back glass.
 
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Hate sedans. Most hatches have rear wiper. I use it every time the rain is coming down, helps tremendously with visibility. I constantly SIPDE when driving and use the rear wiper extensively. Daily driver and weekend car both have it.



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I wish my sedan had one. My previous wagon had one I used quite often. My wife SUV has one that I also use.
 
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I very rarely use it (SUV).


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On the truck, I don’t need it for the rain per se but for the sludge that forms on the window when it rains. Because of the rear aerodynamics the sludge build up becomes opaque.




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With the advent of rear view cameras, a rear window wiper is not needed.

My wife and I went to Chick-Fil-A when we first got our Odyssey. I was backing out of our parking space and heard a beeping horn. Checked the mirrors, looked behind, didn't see anyone, so I stared backing up again. Someone then layed on the horn. I got out of the mini-van and there was a guy in a Miata with the top down behind me. I coudn't see him at all. That's when it dawned on me we had a backup camera in the new Odyssey. First time we had one.

For the last 1,500 miles, the only thing I see behind me is a 5th wheel.
 
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Hey buddy, long time no "speak". Necessary?, no but nice to have. Rain X works great. Para's comment about having to drive backwards pretty much sums it up.


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Hey buddy, long time no "speak". Necessary?, no but nice to have. Rain X works great. Para's comment about having to drive backwards pretty much sums it up.


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on MY! car that would be silly ,
but on her mini van,
a rear window wiper would be in the top 12 desirable gizmo's

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wouldn't want to be without the one on my hatchback.
The sedan version of my car has the rear window at the very same angle but doesn't have the feature.




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If your transmission is broken and your vehicle will go only in reverse.

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I just saw an older Mazda 6 sedan with a rear wiper!


1st generation Mazda 6 5-door. A liftback version of the sedan.
That'd be my guess.




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I have used them, but very seldom.

Put me in the camp for better to have it than not.


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On my hatchback it's necessary if you want to see out of the back window when raining or the road is wet. Without it there is no way to see out.



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Originally posted by Phelen_Kell:
I just saw an older Mazda 6 sedan with a rear wiper!


1st generation Mazda 6 5-door. A liftback version of the sedan.
That'd be my guess.

My point exactly. I have the 5 door, it's almost identical to the sedan unless you know what to look for. So the "angle of the rear window" doesn't apply to this one.




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