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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 08-18-2012, 05:26 PM
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Best wipers?

On my way home it started pissing buckets here in Dallas. I have needed new wipers for a while now but haven't gotten around to it because it doesn't rain too often here. But to day it could have turned into a dangerous situation fast. What is every one else running? I'd like to throw some Bosch icons or some thing comparable on her but I'm not sure if the clips are matching.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:27 PM
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Best wiper refills are at the dealer. I've had bad luck with aftermarket stuff.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:35 PM
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Best wiper refills are at the dealer. I've had bad luck with aftermarket stuff.
What he said is the best!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:44 PM
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:49 PM
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On my way home it started pissing buckets here in Dallas. I have needed new wipers for a while now but haven't gotten around to it because it doesn't rain too often here. But to day it could have turned into a dangerous situation fast. What is every one else running? I'd like to throw some Bosch icons or some thing comparable on her but I'm not sure if the clips are matching.
IMHO Bosch Icons are the best wipers, unfortunately BMW used a proprietary attachment system for the e39s wipers and Bosch Icons are incompatible. The OEM e39 wipers are very good its just the Icons last much longer without streaking or starting to make noise. Also I feel the Icons clear a little bit better and smoother. This is based off the Icons on my e28 vs my e39 blades.

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Best wiper refills are at the dealer. I've had bad luck with aftermarket stuff.
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I agree for the e39 the OEM refills are the best option and they are incredibly cheap ($3-$5 each). As long as your wiper arms are in good shape, just but the refills that is all you need.

Whole New Blades

Eventually your OEM arms may get tired or rusted and buying the complete setup will be in order. I think they run around $40-$50

You can also buy an Bosch wiper blade set for around $40-$50, but they are not Icons and once they go bad you have to buy a whole new set there are not cheap refills for them. Personally I don't think they are worth it. I got stuck with them and would not recommend them. Last time I had my car inspected back in NC the shop said it needed wipers so I said okay just change em as I knew the refills were only $3-$5. Then when I come to pick up the car its $50 cause they threw Boschs on there instead of the OEM refills. I was not every happy especially since my original wipers were no where to be found so I was stuck with the Bosch's. I did not think much of it because I had run Bosch blades' on my e28 for 10 years (Micro Edge's, Excel +'s and Icons). However while these Boschs started out smooth I don't feel they have stayed quiet an streak free as long as the Micro Edge's, Excel + blades I used to run on my e28. Also on two separate occasions during rains storm the wipers started skipping which was extremely annoying and has never happened to me before. I think somehow the Bosch's build up dirt on the blades and that causes the issue, but I ran both Micro Edge and Excel + blades for years (before the Icons came out) on my e28 and never had an issue. I only had the OEM e39 blades on there for maybe 6-8months, but I never experiences that skipping issue with them in that limited time.

I am going to get my money's worth out of these Bosch blades, but once they are done I am going to go back to OEM or do the no so cost effective, but very cool e60 wiper arm mod.

Expensive e60 Mod
The final options which is by no means cost effective is to adapt e60 wiper arms to your e39 and then you can run OEM BMW bracketless e60 blades or Bosch Icons. The driver's side e60 arm needs to be bent to to clear the e39's hood. Then for the passenger side you need to cut and e39 arm and an e60 arm and weld the e60 upper arm to the lower e39 arm. A guy over in the UK posted a great DIY on this and if you want to go that route you can check out this thread. I has pics of the DIY

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ighlight=wiper
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:39 AM
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What is every one else running?
The price of wiper refills turns out, in practice, to be highly variable.

As you have seen, most people report 'their' stealer reasonably priced - but I've called the three local ones (San Jose, Fremont, & Mountainview) ... and I didn't find them all that reasonable.

So I went OEM over the web. Make sure you consider the metal tabs, by the way, when you're pricing them.

For more details than you can possibly want, go to this thread found by typing /wiper F3 into the bestlinks:

- How to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1)

For the aficionado, more-detailed references are listed below:
- How to replace E39 wiper blade refills (1) & how to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & how to replace the wiper arm (1) (2) & troubleshooting or replacing the wiper motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) or wiper switch (1) or wiper relay (1) & how to replace the rain sensor (1) (2) & retrofitting a rain sensor (1) (2) (3) & how to remove Rain-X water wiper streaks & spots on windshield glass (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7).

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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:55 AM
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http://www.ebay.de/itm/AERO-BMW-E39-...item2a1a5434d7
e60 style e39 wipers, no cuting or welding needed, just leave original wiper arm, attach the adapter and wipers. tested and working fine for me (2 months). guy who sold me told that the adapters can be later used with bosh blades
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:41 AM
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http://www.ebay.de/itm/AERO-BMW-E39-...item2a1a5434d7
e60 style e39 wipers, no cuting or welding needed, just leave original wiper arm, attach the adapter and wipers. tested and working fine for me (2 months). guy who sold me told that the adapters can be later used with bosh blades
Cool. Would you be able to upload some pics of your actual setup? The pics on the ebay page are not so helpful.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:47 AM
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:52 AM
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my pictures:
first removed old blade with the plastic shield:
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566124/2...1_20.37.17.jpg
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566123/2...1_20.37.00.jpg

this how the empty wiperarm then looked:
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566121/2...1_20.36.35.jpg
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566120/2...1_20.36.25.jpg

attached adapter clip into the big holes and fitted new aero blades:
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566118/2...1_20.35.44.jpg

this how it looks now:
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566116/2...1_20.35.22.jpg
http://www.upload.ee/image/2566113/2...1_20.34.52.jpg

the hardest part was to remove the old plastic from the arm's big holes and not leting the arm slip-crash into windshield.
more on thema:
http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/22408-...20#entry668715

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:08 AM
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On my way home it started pissing buckets here in Dallas. I have needed new wipers for a while now but haven't gotten around to it because it doesn't rain too often here. But to day it could have turned into a dangerous situation fast. What is every one else running? I'd like to throw some Bosch icons or some thing comparable on her but I'm not sure if the clips are matching.
I throw OEM refills at the car twice a year as Florida sun and rain eats wiper blades for breakfast.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:19 AM
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Dealer refills, 3.30ea and they will even throw them on for free. I wish I could run the Bosch Evolutions or icons, but I am happy to get refills for a good price, and they work just fine. Which is good because it rains a LOT here.
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