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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 Yesterday, 06:20 PM
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Mein Auto: 2001 525i E39 M54 Engine
Wiper Blades

Took the advice here at bimmerfest, "go to the dealer for wiper blade refills". Unfortunately none of the dealers sell the "refill" squeegee you gotta buy the whole assembly or stay home. So I went to a good Automotive Part Retailer and found a set of 22" and 26" TRICO blades. The frames will NOT work but the rubber squeegee works! It's a whole lot cheaper than the alternative $50 bux each for blade and assembly. So here's the deal.

Buy the 22" and 26" TRICO blades $15. Remove your BMW blades from the car (mine is a 2001 e39). Slide out your old squeegee with metal inserts the inserts will probably fall out as you are sliding them off the "stand offs" on both right and left blades. Next slide the squeegees off the new set of Trico blades. Be careful you don't want to damage the rubber tips you have to work at it, look at it, you'll see that you got to compress the rubber and metal strip at the TIP. Once it begins to slide free you'll see what I'm talking about, it only comes out ONE WAY. Reverse the procedure on your BMW wiper frame and slide it on, once inserted fully, just snap the blade assembly back into place and your good to go for another 2-3 years. That... or go buy a new car, that makes crazy since in this economy, but it is an alternative to doing it my way. I've done this twice now in 3 years total cost about $15 bux a change out. It's that or $50 bux on line for each blade. It works for me. Besides I just hate going to the STEALER. I'm just like yall STUBBORN Bimmer owner.
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Old Yesterday, 06:31 PM
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JDeGraff89 JDeGraff89 is offline
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Oh man, I never knew you could just switch out the inserts! I've been buying whole assemblies! By the way Bosch has crappy inserts.. Or crappy arms. I bought Bosch just to try them out, but I'm going back to SWF Valeo.
"Owning one of these cars is much like owning a two year old child. It's annoying most of the time, but if anyone tries to take it from you'll kill them." J. Clarkson.
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Old Yesterday, 07:00 PM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
See also:
- Where to buy wiper blade refills (1) & a DIY for replacing your windshield wiper blades (1) & how to replace the wiper arm (1) (2)
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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