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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-11-2013, 10:36 AM
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I picked up these. Easy install, great performance

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Old 01-11-2013, 01:14 PM
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No kidding, BMW dealer wanted $99 for a pair of blades. Inserts only no longer available on BMW cars.
So I bought Trico-force for under $30/pair; hard to say but they develop small streaks, maybe cause I have some chips on the windshield.

I need to check if Good-year blades at Costco now has E60 fitment, they are super cheap when Costco runs *****one-get-one-free, like $7 for the pair.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:23 PM
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When I checked these out, there was a footnote that said we needed to purchase an extra mounting part? Were you guys able to install these straight from costco?
Yes, the adaptor was included.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:17 PM
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I just put on a pair of Michelin blades from Costco for about $11 each. Wipe fine, but the connector area sticks up higher than the OEs did. This is going to bug me since it's right on the 'horizon' at the base of the windshield.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:41 PM
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Am opening an old thread but wanted to advice from the gurus. I have a 08 535i and would like to use the PIAA wipers. I have 2 options:
1. Buy the complete wiper set from Amazon - PIAA 97351 Silencio X-TRM Black 26"/23"
2. Buy the inserts from Amazon - PIAA 94060 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 24"

First one is 70 bucks and the second is 20.

Question is can I fit the PIAA inserts into the stock 08 535i wiper blades and would it perform a well as the low profile set? (am worried about width here as 24" at 5/16 of an inch where as 22" is 1/4 inch as well as length). According to Amazon the original stock sets are both 24" Bosch 3397118955 Original Equipment Replacement Wiper Blade - 24"/24" but some folks have reported different lengths.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:40 PM
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Am opening an old thread but wanted to advice from the gurus. I have a 08 535i and would like to use the PIAA wipers. I have 2 options:
1. Buy the complete wiper set from Amazon - PIAA 97351 Silencio X-TRM Black 26"/23"
2. Buy the inserts from Amazon - PIAA 94060 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 24"

First one is 70 bucks and the second is 20.

Question is can I fit the PIAA inserts into the stock 08 535i wiper blades and would it perform a well as the low profile set? (am worried about width here as 24" at 5/16 of an inch where as 22" is 1/4 inch as well as length). According to Amazon the original stock sets are both 24" Bosch 3397118955 Original Equipment Replacement Wiper Blade - 24"/24" but some folks have reported different lengths.
Okay just my feedback I went with the PIAA and I regret it. I out 70 bucks these wipers are making a noise with every cycle so much so that even my wife pointed them out! (she's usually oblivious to noises). My original BMW OEM wipers lasted 3 years and NOT a squeak.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:53 PM
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I did a post on this nearly 2 years ago, post #40 Jan 2013, as follows:
[The simple solution that several people have given is to just buy BOSCH ICON wiper blades. I did, and problem solved. AutoZone sells them for about $23 each side (22" and 24"), and they mailed them to me for 6 bucks, $56 total. They slide on fine, but you have to work them a little to do it. It sure feels nice to have quite wipers now.]

Nearly 2 years later they still work great and are quiet. I would recommend that you do the same. A few months ago I also bought Bosch ICON wipers for my Lexus RX350 SUV, given my good experience with the BMW 530i. They also work great on the Lexus.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:52 PM
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Just to add to the discussion, I replaced my blades (new to me car) with Bosch blades, but they chattered for me. Got to streaking too, even when clean windshield. After cleaning the windshield with a random orbital buffer and some glass compound/polish, no more streaking and no more chatter. I've been happy ever since no matter which brand blade, Bosch and the current RainX(I believe).
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:08 PM
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This is a good tip. Thanks, can you elaborate what compound your used and what tool you used to polish the glass or if you got this done professionally.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:47 AM
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Sorry for the late reply! I am not getting updates to threads for some reason (must explore this).

To answer your question, I used Diamondite Glasswork Restorer with a 5" DA machine to attack the glass. Has a great reputation, however for me Not the best results with some degree of etched water spots still there. I have been told By several that Bio-Clean has more grit and might be what I need. I'm amazed the first product WITH A MECHANICAL DA POLISHER didn't strip it all off--and that was with 3-4 different polishing attempts. And of course there's always 000 steel wool to try.

Nonetheless wiper performance was hugely improved by the glass polishing.

Hope that helps.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:53 AM
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Oh, I had used the dual action Porter Cable and 5" pad borrowed from friend. If tackling this way, it was later suggested to use a smaller sized pad (3") to concentrate the polishing action and to use the proper type pad as well--mine was a finishing polishing type pad as opposed to a cutting type pad. Might be the reason I had mixed results with the Diamondite product.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:21 PM
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Old thread .Carpro Ceriglass.Theres nothing else.I tried everything and every technic for windshield mild scratches,even bad water spots.I use a DA with orange pad and lots of patience.To go faster one can use a felt pad for the DA with ceriglass ,this technic is a very practiced skill.Ive gone this rout for really deep scratchs with lots of orange pad with Ceriglass after .
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:21 PM
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Cool, thanks for the update on Ceriglass--tons of great reviews on it, nothing found on Bio-clean product however. Also read that 000 steel wool not recommended for a ton of reasons. Will stick to Ceriglass and DA glass polishing pad instead next time.

Ref: http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...ceriglass.html
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:39 AM
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Be careful if that glass polish pad is felt.It can get very aggressive in a big hurry.Thats why I start with an orange polish pad first.The orange pad can take much longer than the felt but much less likely to cause any problems.If you do use the felt pad apply ample amounts of the Ceriglass and very light pressure.I know I went with felt the first time and pressed to hard and created deeper scratchs than before.After learning the technic with a softer pad I usually go that route first.

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Old 04-15-2015, 08:15 AM
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Okay, HOLY HELL...this shouldn't be that tough, and clearly I am not alone.

Went with everyone's recommendation for the Bosch ICON blades, 24/22OE. But damn if the inner clip just doesn't appear to be able to make it up into the arm eye-hole.

This is only for the pax side (22in wiper), about to try the driver's side and see if I have any better luck but this really shouldn't be this difficult.

Any other more detailed tips?

EDIT: Okay. After only BARELY inserting the locking arm into the opening on the passenger side of each blade, firmly apply pressure upward to make the locking mechanism bar jump on top of the wiper arm bar...if that makes any sense.

I don't expect them to go flying off, but what a joke. I'm sure Bosch makes good stuff, but don't advertise the ICONs as really fitting our vehicles if the additional locking mechanism doesn't really pop-up.

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Old 04-15-2015, 08:19 AM
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I had to bend the leading edge tab on the wiper arm.Just a small amount.Went back to Valeo bent tab back down.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:43 AM
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I agree that the first time I tried to install mine, I was ready to send them back because I couldn't get them to fit. Stick with it....they fit and work great.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:12 AM
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FWIW, I recently took a chance on these and have been very happy.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cheap ($18 total), easy to install (about 30 seconds each), and they work great. The only thing I can't confirm yet is longevity, but even if they last half as long as the Bosch wipers, I'll still come out slightly ahead.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:49 AM
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I'm a big fan of the Bosch ICON blades. I started with them on my E60 530i BMW to fix a "chattering" problem on the old blades, and they worked perfectly. So, when my Lexus RX 350 needed blades I used them, and also for my son's E90 328i BMW. You can't go wrong with these, and I just get them mailed from Autozone for about $50. If you have problems with the install, just google a YouTube or Bimmerfest post to get them on. Wiper blades are sometimes not intuitive to install, and a little advance understanding can help.

Whatever you do, don't ever try to bend your wiper arm to fix a blade problem, as a few folks have tried on this forum. That's a disaster move. Just start with good blades.
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Old 04-15-2015, 12:34 PM
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This is a good tip. Thanks, can you elaborate what compound your used and what tool you used to polish the glass or if you got this done professionally.
Just use Bon Ami cleanser and a wet sponge!
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Old 04-15-2015, 04:25 PM
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I have bought Bosch Aero Twin Blades for my E60 (correct size). I am having chattering problem I have bought another Bosch Aero Twin pair for my Suzuki swift. No chattering.

What could be the problem?

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Old 04-15-2015, 07:08 PM
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2 thoughts:

1. Road gunk on windshield again
2. Wiper arm attack angle incorrect.

I am right with y'all trying to figure this out. I wasn't happy with my blade performance though I had polished my windshield (Diamondite) about six months ago. Worked well for a short bit but Good performance did not last long. Just got trico replacement blades and things got even worse with obvious contaminants smearing all over the windshield--probably the Teflon coating from the blades mixing with road contaminants. As a test I gave a quick cleaning and then claying on the drivers side. And then cleaned driver side wiper blade very well. The streaking cleared up noticeably though I did not expect my windshield was grunged up so quickly. I'm going to go over the rest of the windshield to complete the cleaning and see if that really does improve smearing and chatter.

The other thing I'm considering is maybe a PO had the wiper arms removed and inadvertently reinstalled at an incorrect angle of attack. I'll move on to checking that if the chatter is still present after my good cleaning. There are descriptions from TSBs and from the Bentley Manual on adjusting the attack angle for wiper arms.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:17 AM
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The wiper arm mounting point is slotted allow the wiper angle to the windshield to change.Too much angle either way and the blade will not reverse and lay down.To much upright in the direction of travel will cause chatter.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:52 AM
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The wiper arm mounting point is slotted allow the wiper angle to the windshield to change.Too much angle either way and the blade will not reverse and lay down.To much upright in the direction of travel will cause chatter.

Awesome--Thanks for the excellent explanation!
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:55 PM
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Best wiper I've ever used were the Valeo blades you can pick up from Tirerack. I've tried the Icons and they ended up ripping not to mention I lost an end cap. These were on previous vehicles however. I have not needed to replace my wipers yet in the two years that I've had my E60, but when I do, I'm not bothering with anything Bosch and I'm going straight to the Valeos: http://www.tirerack.com/wipers/detai...=Sport+Package
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