Originally Posted by suss6052
I'm saying if the rain lamp option was enabled in the IPC the windshield wipers would have to be on and in their high or low speed setting with the auto lamps enabled before the headlamps will turn on from the "rain". Otherwise in automatic mode the headlamps will not turn on just because you drove near a sprinkler system. It has to get sufficiently dark enough for long enough to enable the ambient light sensor to turn the head lamps on.
Since bama_focus said they didn't have the wipers on (car never got wet, just drove past the water) it would have had to have been in a tunnel or under a dark enough cloud to turn the lamp on if only for a moment.
These cars do not have a rain sensor on the U.S. models. At least not the ones built without the automatic wipers, which was only ever available on the 2012 SEL premium package, and the 2012 Titanium models. That would only automatically turn on the wipers however.
Ahh...I thought it was just about the lights coming on, not the wipers too.
I know the 13's don't have the rain sensing wipers unlike the 12's, which is good. That feature is usually poorly executed on anything but top end cars.
Originally Posted by madaB
I hate the rain sensing wipers on my wife's Mazda 6...
VW had them on all but the lowest S trim Passat as well. Like the Focus, it only lasted 1 year before they did away with it. Seems like when that feature does make it on to a lower end/common car, it never stays around long due to poor execution. It's one of those features that should just stay with the high dollar lux cars.