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Old 04-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #1
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Replacement wiper blades

I've had Bosch Icon's for the last year (420A & 422A) and it's time for replacement. They've worked great but I now have a 1" tear in the drivers side. The problem is when you go to Bosch web site or Michelins they say they don't have a wiper to fit my vehicle. I'd like to give the Michelin's a try but can't find the model number for my car. My question is there somewhere to find all the model numbers from all the manufacturers that fit our cars, I searched here. It would be a great resource. Has anyone used the Michelin's, what size and how did you like them?
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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$12 for the replacement rubber from the dealer, can't beat it... better than paying $45 for the "fancy" ones IMO
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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Regular Bosch blades are available at any auto parts store. They aren't listed, but the proper length blades will work on your car.

I haven't tried the Icon blades.
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I got a pair of Goodyears at Costco. They are the same type as bosch icon, for $16 a pair. They work great on my car
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:07 PM   #5
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OE refills for me.

Wouldn't trust Michelin since it can't make a tire that can run at Indy on an F1 car!

Not so sure a blade that rips in a year is so good, but if you used wipers when they were frozen onto window, then I'd understand.
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I like my icon, if you need number go to o'rilley's or autozone they have a book where blades are and you'll find the size you need
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:32 PM   #7
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I like my icon, if you need number go to o'rilley's or autozone they have a book where blades are and you'll find the size you need
Which is actually quite interesting...

I was looking for new blades for my 330i a couple of weeks back at both PepBoys and AutoZone and the newest 3-series any of them listed was E36s. The only wiper listed was a rear wiper for an E46 wagon.

Since I was about to order some stuff from AutohausAZ, anyway, I went ahead and ordered a set from them a couple of days ago and they arrived today.

Yeah, cost 35 bucks, but they were a good filler for a couple of cheap items I was about to order to get to 50 bucks to get free shipping.
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Old 04-15-2011, 10:51 PM   #8
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OE refills for me.

Wouldn't trust Michelin since it can't make a tire that can run at Indy on an F1 car!

Not so sure a blade that rips in a year is so good, but if you used wipers when they were frozen onto window, then I'd understand.

I buy the OE inserts too.

Doug, I hope you use the concentrated BMW wiper fluid as well. The stuff is awesome at removing grime and it leaves a nice alcohol smell in the cabin!
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:47 PM   #9
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I had the Bosch Icon's....got them buy one, get one free. They sucked. Tried several frameless wiper kits except the Piaa. I now just replace the wiper blade....not the entire wiper. Nothing like the weight of a metal frame at freeway speed with good blades. Bosch replacement rubber blades are good stuff though. Also, on the Bosch..A and B for the frameless blades make a difference....curve of the windshield. Do they look cool....I guess, but with a wiper I want what works now. Frameless suck...big time.

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I put Bosch Icons on my Z3 last year and love them. The only reason I haven't replaced my E46's OEMs with them is because Bosch claims they won't fit.
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Please take this time to recognize Doug for his excellent reasoning skills and rationale.

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I buy the OE inserts too.

Doug, I hope you use the concentrated BMW wiper fluid as well. The stuff is awesome at removing grime and it leaves a nice alcohol smell in the cabin!
I heard you can give your car a virus from that stuff. I actually mix just blue stuff from walmart with some yellow stuff, so I have a green fluid to match my car. Doesn't everyone tint their washer fluid?
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16K posts. How does that bra continue to stay on? That's what I want to know!
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16K posts. How does that bra continue to stay on? That's what I want to know!
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7k worth of your posts = 22k of mine
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7k worth of your posts = 22k of mine
If you mean you think my posts are long, thanks for letting me know...first I've heard! I'll work on it!

And, just so you don't think any insult was intended, which it wasn't, I was 'flashing' on an old joke--guess I should have shared:

An old guy is watching a movie in a theater, and at one point in the movie, a woman is walking down to a pond and slowly undressing. Just when she's about to become naked, a train passes by in the foreground. When it passes, she's in the pond.

Anyway, this guy is in the theater all day, watching the movie 10 times. After the last showing, the manager asks the guy why he watched the movie over and over. The guy says, "I've been a railroad man all my life, and I know that train is going to be late one time!"

Nevermind! I should start a thread on writing shorter posts; maybe I could learn a thing or two...maybe three!
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Dude you just confused the **** out of me
I get that a lot too.

So, I've been seeing your avatar with girl in nice top...and I'm thinking one day, I'll read a post of yours, see your avatar and she'll have forgotten to put her top on, or it will have worn away with use.

Maybe you could find that nice purple top walking across the street for me? You know the one?

What language am I speaking here? Why are there only like two that understand me, and one who I find out has just been nodding politely? Surely there must be someone?

Russo, try drinking just a splash of Hudson River water. Kalim, Mr. 100K posts, thinks that's why he has this unique ability; he's really incredibly smart, you know, so I think his theory might hold water. If there are any drips from it, lick them up and you'll understand completely.

Does that clear things up?

(Note: the secret is that you have to have read everything I've ever written. I'm seemingly using fanatics as my diary, so just assume odd references aren't odd to everyone...just like 'almost' everyone.)
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:35 PM   #20
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I'll tell you what, the Michelin Cross Terrains I got on my Explorer, I love. They came stock on the truck and I got 80,000 miles out of the first set. They impressed me so much I bought another set. They were awesome wet, dry, snow, and on the beach in N. Carolina. They're were'nt cheap but I love them. They're quiet and effective which is a win-win.
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