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Old 12-31-2012, 09:16 AM   #81
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Have done this twice...Florida sun kills plastic....would recommend also using the liquid that moistens the seals around the window.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #82
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I was out on the road today and passed by a BMW dealership... Northwest BMW in Reisterstown, MD. I looked up the part number and saw I could order it from GetBMWParts.com for $52.... SO I gave the dealer parts guy the part number... He came back at $85... I told him about the $52 price. He came down to $65 quickly... I went ahead and bought it.

One word of advice. I thought I had a puller (which I probably needed) small enough to do the job. But mine was too big... So I started prying the arm up gently with a wooden mallet handle as the fulcrum. The Driver's side popped up slowly and I was close enough to catch everything. HOwever... The passenger side popped off and landed in the middle of the engine bay... Dropping the center piuece of the wiper holder somewhere in the engine bay. I could hear it "tink-tink-tink" down the engine. I thought it would end up on the bottom tray cover but it didn't... So I lost that little piece. Lesson learned.... Take the nut off and either have a good set of hands or throw a small piece of duct tape over the tope to catch the center part.

Overall, hunting for the missing part notwithstanding, the swap was very quick and took about 10 minutes. It makes the car look much newer... Except for the wiper in my back seat... I have to hit a BMW dealership tomorrow for the missing part!

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How the hell did he just drop $20 just like that. Wtf?
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How the hell did he just drop $20 just like that. Wtf?
My bmw parts guys will drop prices too. I've knocked over $400 of what they wanted for a bumper.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #85
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How the hell did he just drop $20 just like that. Wtf?
I have worked for dealers off an on for the past 25 years. Right now I work for a lender that works with dealers... But that really has nothing to do with the pricing except that I KNOW the parts guys ALWAYS hits you at the highest price.

I had the part number written down on a piece of paper with $52.87 below that. I told him that Tischer would honor that price but I didn't want to burn the gas (40+ miles away in traffic) or pay for shipping so I thought I would try him.

I could have had it delvered for free and even cheaper if I wanted to wait. I know so many dealers that I could have called from one and just asked them to deliver the part to that dealer... COD. I could have left the money and picked the part up later. But I wanted it right then.

Now I need to go out and get "Wiper Arm Element - Part # 61618226059" from one of the local BMW dealers so I can get my other wiper on today. Either that or I'll need to order it and overnight it.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #86
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Got my wiper piece that I lost at BMW of Towson today..... $2.26

Now I am wiping with both arms....

Uh... That sounded sick...
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:10 PM   #87
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If anyone needs to replace their windshield, order this before, then hand it to the guy replacing the windshield for free labor.

Otherwise, pulling the wiper arms off was fairly easy. Dude just popped them off with his fingers.

Seriously though, cheap part. Same damn thing for a Miata runs like $120 for some reason.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:53 PM   #88
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Both of my wiper arms were frozen on the shafts. Found this puller at Advance Auto Parts specifically for the job. However, the jaw opening was not wide enough to fit over the flange of the arm, so I used my pneumatic tool with a grinding bit and enlarged it to 13/16" and it worked like a charm. A lot easier than the damned puller. Highly recommend a good coat of 303 Protectant before installing the part.
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