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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:42 AM
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Wiper Blade Inserts

Just purchased new inserts from the "stealer". Includes the metal parts as well.Happy to see it was inexpensive. Thanks to the people who posted on the fest who recommended the dealer for this quick fix. The local auto parts store wanted $50.00 for new wipers. They do not sell the inserts.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:48 PM
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Jason over BFC has the higher quality OEM inserts for cheaper than any of my local dealers were selling the bosch ones.
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:59 PM
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The inserts are surprisingly inexpensive at the dealer, easy to install, and the work very well.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:12 PM
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You guys are lucky getting them so cheap. I paid $17 for each insert from the dealer in San Joe. They used to be $10 a couple of yrs ago.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:54 PM
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You guys are lucky getting them so cheap. I paid $17 for each insert from the dealer in San Joe. They used to be $10 a couple of yrs ago.
+1. I bet they're more here in the GTA. You should start shipping them…
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:29 PM
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I bought 3 for the wagon last fall from Cleveland BMW for a similar price, and they installed them at the same time.
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:31 AM
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In the GTA I paid $18 each at the Durham BMW dealer. Long way from $7 or $8 in the US.
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:44 AM
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in the gta i paid for 2x sets bosch ones about 30 or 50 bucks? local audi/porsche indy mechanic just got him to order it... i still have a set of inserts but i am thinking maybe i should get the metal pieces too next because i think the tension is almost gone from it.
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Actually for inserts, the choices are:

1. Local dealer for $10 (you can bargain a bit if they tell you it is $20).

2. Some online vendors sell them for $9 or $10 too:
www.bimmerspecialist.com
(Include some other items such as filters, plugs etc. to save shipping cost)

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:08 AM
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Yeah, someone's going to be getting a fat (at least to me) order soon Cooling system and two Inspection 2s….whoopee
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When inquiring at the dealer...make sure you are asking for the refills that end with "441"...these are the ones that cost less money. The old part nbr which ends with a "711" were the ones that cost more. If nothing else...go to a BMW website like Tisher BMW (www.getbmwparts.com) and print out the part nbr and price sheet...then ask your local BMW dealer will they match Tischer's price.

I just purchased a set for my E38 on Monday...and like the OP...the price was competitively priced.

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:16 PM
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When inquiring at the dealer...make sure you are asking for the refills that end with "441"...these are the ones that cost less money. The old part nbr which ends with a "711" were the ones that cost more. If nothing else...go to a BMW website like Tisher BMW (www.getbmwparts.com) and print out the part nbr and price sheet...then ask your local BMW dealer will they match Tischer's price.

I just purchased a set for my E38 on Monday...and like the OP...the price was competitively priced.

Exactly right!! What I have learned is most BMW dealers (USA and Canada) stock the "441" part which is the same refill without the metal inserts. For whatever reason, the "441" is more expensive, and typically sells for $13 to $18 each. The "711" includes the metal inserts and sells for around $3 each. Tell your dealer they need to stock the "711" not the "441".

One dealer told me the "inside info" is that dealers prefer to stock the more expensive one, since they make more money when replacing them under the "free maintenance" program that BMW offers during the first 4 years, which they bill back to BMW. So it is not so much they are trying to profit off customers as they are trying to profit off BMWNA.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:18 AM
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The "441" & "440" blades I got (this week & last summer) had the break away metals supports in the rubber refill. In fact there are 3 plastic clips one on each end and one in the middle that keep the metal strips from falling out. To install, all you have to do is start threading the refill thru the tongs on the wiper blade arm...then push the flared end (of the metal strip) so that it "clicks" into place and secures the new rubber refill into the wiper arm.

If someone gave you refills that were rubber only...you got taken...again, the refills purchased on the receipt in my post above contained the supporting metal strips which are pre-cut and can be snapped off for various lengths.

If I can find one of the Bluebee's pics...she shows the metal support strips (just to be sure we are referring to the same thing).

Here's Bluebee's pic...you can see the metal (pre-cut/break-a-way) support strips at the top, the middle shows the rubber blade installed in the wiper arm's tongs, and th bottom she shows the rubber refill (without the metal support strips installed):

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Old 04-03-2009, 01:01 PM
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I wish people would stop saying emphatically that dealers have cheaper wiper refills

CAVEAT EMPTOR #1:
I can emphatically say that the dealer is NOT always the best place to obtain wiper refills for the bimmer! A bunch of us tested this, at length, and found, like scott0357 did, that here in the San Jose California area, the dealer is still last-stop shopping for wiper refills (as documented in this detailed thread).

CAVEAT EMPTOR #2:
As noted by QSilver7, there are variations in what sellers intimate they provide and what they actually provide; and the onus is upon you to ensure you're getting what you think you paid for. For example, my first time, I bought "BMW wiper inserts" for a few dollars that came with the steel supports; yet, when I tried to repeat the task for a friend, I was swindled when I bought what I thought were the same "BMW wiper inserts" but that second batch did NOT come with the steel supports.

CAVEAT EMPTOR #3:

The REALOEM diagrams are all wrong for wiper blades (at least for my E39) and are very confusing. Go with the part numbers as suggested here on Bimmerfest. Also, the required lengths are all messed up in the various web sites. There's more detail in the aforementioned "How to Buy BMW Wiper Refills" thread, but the general recommendation seems to be to get two of your longer length, and just cut the rubber and snap the metal stays to fit the shorter of the two.

CAVEAT EMPTOR #4:
- Watch out for the other small parts like the u-shaped guide, that break off without you knowing that they were even there if you're klutzy like I was in removing the old wiper refills. I couldn't get the old ones off without destroying them.



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Old 04-03-2009, 02:13 PM
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Also be careful with the spoiler; it's broken on mine and now half the window can't be cleaned at speed. $60CAD part.
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:54 PM
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I bought the refills from pelicanparts.com for $5 each and am very satisfied. Shipping is high, somewhere around $10-$15. But free shipping with order over $75. So it pays off if you got to buy a few things.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...-9-070-579-M14

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I just bought wiper inserts for my 2000 E39 where is the DIY so I can install these? I would imagine it is simple????? Thanks all.
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I just bought new inserts for mine yesterday at Mount Kisco BMW for $4.92 each.

It is very easy to change. Take off old blade, start at the end and pull the rubber through the metal pieces (rip it out). Throw out rubber and metal pieces. Slide new inserts from one end with the clip part last. Temporary plastic pieces can be slid off at the end, once blade is inserted and "clicks" into place with the clip on the end. For passenger side blade, do the same, it will be long...just break the metal at one of the score marks and cut off excess rubber. Should take less than 2 minutes. You can always ask the parts counter person to show you how to do it (I did that the first time).
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And you might want to check your owners manual if you have one...it gives a brief description on how to move the clips etc to remove the blade off the wiper arm etc.

AND BE VERY CAREFUL...don't let the wiper arm fall back down to the windshield without the blade...if you do...you'll be replacing a windshield!
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finally replaced my wiper refills today.. which I bought from pelican parts for $5 each...... I had the metal inserts same as Bluebee's picture here http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1230335822

I used needle nose pilers and squeezed the metal clips so that the metal inserts can slide out.. once out.... I first slide in the new rubber wiper refill in the wiper arm first.. and then I inserted the metal inserts and used the needle nose pilers again to squeeze it so that I can slide it back into locking position..... all said and done in about 10 min for both...replacement....tested wipers and working without a problem.

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Just purchased new inserts from the "stealer". Includes the metal parts as well.Happy to see it was inexpensive. Thanks to the people who posted on the fest who recommended the dealer for this quick fix. The local auto parts store wanted $50.00 for new wipers. They do not sell the inserts.
After reading a bunch of threads on wipers I went to O'Reilly today with my wipers in hand to see what I could find. The guy was able to take out the wiper inserts and insert some regular Anco refill blades. Just needed to pull a little on the inserts to get them off the metal clamps. I'll admit I was a bit worried but nothing broke. Got 28" put on the driver side and then they cut it to a 26". On the passenger side 22" fit perfectly. Cost me $14 for 2 sets of blades so Im set for a couple years now. Came home and reinstalled the wipers and gave it a test wipe Everything looked good. Just my 0.02 if your dealer is a ripping you off or you dont want to deal with them. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Exactly right!! What I have learned is most BMW dealers (USA and Canada) stock the "441" part which is the same refill without the metal inserts. For whatever reason, the "441" is more expensive, and typically sells for $13 to $18 each. The "711" includes the metal inserts and sells for around $3 each. Tell your dealer they need to stock the "711" not the "441".

One dealer told me the "inside info" is that dealers prefer to stock the more expensive one, since they make more money when replacing them under the "free maintenance" program that BMW offers during the first 4 years, which they bill back to BMW. So it is not so much they are trying to profit off customers as they are trying to profit off BMWNA.
I got some "inside" info from another BMW dealer. He tells me the "441" refills without the metal inserts are part that comes with most BMW's from the factory, and is also used for warranty replacements. The "711" is what BMW calls their "value line" and is sold as a low cost replacement refill. It was his opinion, the 441 will last much longer than the less expensive 711. I typically get 2.5 to 3.5 years of use out of the 411 here in rainy Seattle. I am installing a set of 711's I bought from Kuni BMW in Portland, OR a few months ago and will begin a long term test and see if they are equal or not. I found several threads on various forums confirming what the BMW guy said, that the 711's wear much more quickly. We will see....
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