I’ve never met a windshield wiper engineer and I hope I never do. Every time I buy a non-volvo brand of wiper (usually in an effort to save money) I invariably curse at the utter inability of wiper blade companies to make a true direct-fit replacement for Volvo brand wiper blades on my XC90.
They just don’t fit right. Not the ones I buy, even though the catalogue clearly states they do.
I’ve had this problem with Bosch and just about any other major manufacturer.
My advice: Buy the Genuine Volvo wipers for your XC90. Because FCP Euro has a Lifetime Replacement Promise on ALL their parts, even the wear items, this could be one of the best options around. Even after I’ve bought other brands and they didn’t fit my XC90, I’ve realized that the Genuine Volvo wipers are actually better quality.
There’s no need to worry about fitment, as the Genuine Volvo are an exact fit for your car. Removal and installation are pretty easy. There’s no way to confuse the driver-side and passenger-side wipers since the drive-side has that little spoiler on it. I’m still not 100% certain what that spoiler is for, but it looks kind of cool.
The Genuine Volvo rear windshield wiper is obviously an exact fit as well and give your car the clean lines it has when it came out of the factory.
And again, these wipers work well, they’re an exact fit, and they’ve held up for me in every kind of weather – from torrential rains in North Carolina to blizzards of Southern Ontario blizzards. They’ve never failed me, and now I’ll never fail to buy the ones that I know will fit my car. They’re worth a few extra bucks and with some parts suppliers offering lifetime replacement, they might end up being even cheaper in the long-run.
Also when you’re driving down the highway in the worst rain/snow/sleet/hail, you want absolute certainty that your wipers will hold up to the demands that are, literally, being hurled at them. Another good reason to go with Genuine Volvo wipers which, by the way, you don’t have to buy at the dealership. There are online Volvo parts suppliers that offer Genuine Volvo wipers at a substantial savings over the dealership prices.