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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 12-17-2014, 12:13 PM
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Red face Bosch Wiper Blade Junk

How should i feel. Last year i spend $70 for a pair of Bosch wiper blades for my 2000 BMW 528I and over the past two months i get chatter on my windshield...a terrible noise...in addition to the rubbing i get smears and more smears and noise. One year warranty? How convenient....
I purchased them from O'Rielly's Auto Parts....i will never buy Bosch anything again. Here is what i bought:

Bosch OE Wiper Blades - Wiper Blade
Part Number: 3397001539
Line: BOS
1 year limited warranty
•UPC: 28851032032
•Front
•Length (In): 26, 22 Inch
•Type: OE Blade Set

Junk...pure junk. so much for blades at $70 and they don't last one year? I did drive through one winter last year with them and on and off rain the remainder of this year, but i have had cheaper blades that outperformed these for a fraction of the price. Pure junk.

I called the BMW dealership to see if i can buy a package of refill blades for a few dollars as i read on Bimmerfest and the dealer told me they stopped either making them or carrying them several years ago.
what now?

Go out and buy another set? hell no i wont. There have to be refills somewhere. anyone can help me with some suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 12-17-2014, 12:17 PM
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Follow this link and order the blades made by SWF. They are OEM blades for $29.50 for the pair. I replace mine every August and they really are usually still working at that point without issue. They also mount directly.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...pg4.htm#item17
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:39 PM
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It really help in reduction of wiper blade consumption if you use Rainex as windshield washer. Sometimes I don't need to turn the wiper on.

But, I hear you about Bosch though. They used to be really good with their products, I remember the first set of wiper blades I bought for my E46 it's called Bosch Icon or something like that, they lasted a long time then recently they are all craps.

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Old 12-17-2014, 02:53 PM
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You spent $70 on wiper blades? I bought a set for $6. They work great.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:30 PM
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I just bought 2 sets of trico direct fit blades from rockauto shipped for $23. The blades were wholesale closeout in napa boxes made by trico. Im going to put them on after buffalo ny winter, when the 540i goes back on the road.
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i bought boss icon's like 5 years ago...

just replaced them last week... Im gonna call Bs or operator error.. lol
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:37 PM
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Follow this link and order the blades made by SWF. They are OEM blades for $29.50 for the pair. I replace mine every August and they really are usually still working at that point without issue. They also mount directly.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog/...pg4.htm#item17
Thanksplmaddinge39. Much appreciation for providing that link. I'll check it out now.
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Old 12-17-2014, 05:42 PM
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You spent $70 on wiper blades? I bought a set for $6. They work great.

When i went to buy these wiper blades i was told oooh mannnn bmw...oh mmnaaannn we have to get them on special order.....those are high end...oh mannnn.....friken refer smokin store clerk. I won't name the parts store but not much out there for the model. Today, i was at BJs Wholesale and saw blades for 10 each that were 26 in and 22 in... perfect for the bmw. Why weren't they around last year? I guess i bought at the wrong time last year.


I agree with you...blades are so important but yet so commodity like that know one should have to pay more than $20 for a set. Bosch can stick those wiper blades you you know where.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:01 PM
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Rockauto to the rescue ...... They are always liquidating wiper blades for my 528i at a huge discount
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:18 PM
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Rockauto to the rescue ...... They are always liquidating wiper blades for my 528i at a huge discount
YOur a great Bimmerfest friend AH673000....your going to have one less set to get now that you told me. ha, ha....lol. I'll check them out...thanks bud. Happy Holidays!!!
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:24 PM
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I have Bosch normal E39 wiper blades online.. They've been doing fine..
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When i went to buy these wiper blades i was told oooh mannnn bmw...oh mmnaaannn we have to get them on special order....
I would just type /wiper blade into the bestlinks ...
How to buy BMW E39 wiper blade refills (1)
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:25 AM
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^ and to follow up on that, NEVER tell the parts desk guy the letters B-M-W. They immediately take you for a sucker who wants to overpay for everything. When I got mine, I looked like your average dude, buying any old blades for his Camry. I brought in one of the blades for reference, and they treated my like a normal person. The moment I mentioned that I was shopping for a BMW, the guy tried pointing me in the direction of the Platinum Edition Bosch Ultra+ Allweather SubZero Water Dispersal Units (remind me to trademark that name) for $30 a pop. "No thanks, I'd rather do this."
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Old 12-18-2014, 07:55 AM
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Rockauto to the rescue ...... They are always liquidating wiper blades for my 528i at a huge discount
Thank you so much for posting this link!!! I just ordered 2 L side blades and with shipping was $13 and change!

I have a brand new OEM wiper refill 26", if anyone would like it free, just pm me and I'll be happy to mail it to you.

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Old 12-18-2014, 08:37 AM
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Trico refill is cheap and excellent. About $6 for a pair.
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^ and to follow up on that, NEVER tell the parts desk guy the letters B-M-W. They immediately take you for a sucker who wants to overpay for everything. "
You're right. Well, I'm not sure they figure a BMW owner for a sucker but the will usually figure you have pleanty of money. I went to a flooring store to shop for stuff for my house, the store has parking right in front of their all-glass window storefront, I parked my car in front a store a couple of doors down....I don't need some carpet salesperson eyeing me as I get out of my German luxury car and adding another 30% on to the sales price of their goods. If I have to have somebody out to the house to do repairs or what not I NEVER let them into my garage for exactly the same reason.
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:10 AM
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Start with a very very clean windshield. When mine gets loaded with road grime it's WINDEX (with ammonia) first then I use denatured alcohol and paper towels - lots of paper towels. Keep the Windex and alcohol away from the paint - they remove wax and polish. Your wipers will wear fast if your windshield is sandblasted or heavily pitted too.

I was a regular user of Rainex but lately it seems to increase the likelihood of streaking.

For keeping the windshield clean I use a premixed wash for my run of mill car - but for the BMWs I really really like BMW's cleaner. If you buy the concentrate, mix it with distilled water (NOT stream fresh stuff); there is too much junk in municipal water supplies! It only takes a gallon or two; usually less than $1.00/gallon at the grocery store.

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same happened to my 528i , searched the whole town and nthng, all are short, and bosh are kind of overpriced unless u have them as the guys did on offer or smthng like that, for me , got only rubber grafite refills 72 cm each, pair for around 2 euro, cut them, filled up the metal rods of the old original bmw blades, and working quite geat,... think u have to search little bit,
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