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Old 01-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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BMW discontinuing windshield wiper blade replacements....

Just a heads up, i went to get the rubber blade replacements at the dealership yesterday, and I was no longer able to purchase the ($14) rubber blade and metal carrier pieces, or whatever you call them.

The person at the dealership told me that BMW had them send all of their inventory back last week. I will be making a fuss about this, i'm not spending goddamn $63 every time I need new windshield wipers. I had to buy them yesterday, but I will still look around to see if I can find somewhere that has them.

I'd call your local dealer to see if they already sent them back, if not, load up on them and tell me what dealer that way i can call them and order 5 sets.

Does anyone know if there are other means of getting these replacements?

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:18 AM   #3
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ICON's work as well, your local auto parts store can hook you up.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #4
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Bought Evo knockoffs off eBay. Only $10 for the pair and they're well-built. They work perfect so far, but obviously not sure how long they'll last.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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Just a heads up, i went to get the rubber blade replacements at the dealership yesterday, and I was no longer able to purchase the ($14) rubber blade and metal carrier pieces, or whatever you call them.

The person at the dealership told me that BMW had them send all of their inventory back last week. I will be making a fuss about this, i'm not spending goddamn $63 every time I need new windshield wipers. I had to buy them yesterday, but I will still look around to see if I can find somewhere that has them.

I'd call your local dealer to see if they already sent them back, if not, load up on them and tell me what dealer that way i can call them and order 5 sets.

Does anyone know if there are other means of getting these replacements?
BMW Evo blades cost as little as $40.

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Old 01-27-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:29 PM   #7
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get piaa silicone refills and forget about them for years. Driver's side refill needs to be a couple inches longer tho
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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I get Icons for $27/pair. They last maybe a year and that's about it.

Sucks that BMW is doing that.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #10
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Why the heck do you need the metal pieces? Just reuse the existing ones.

BMW still sells the rubber by the foot. It's dirt cheap.

They only stopped selling it PRECUT to exact size.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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Wiper refills (rubber piece with 2 stainless steel ribs, trim/snap to length) are $4 each or less at the parts counter.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:30 AM   #12
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My stealership said they dont have the rubber anymore, all inserts/insert material was sent back....... he was as confused as we are.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:42 AM   #13
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I get Icons for $27/pair. They last maybe a year and that's about it.

Sucks that BMW is doing that.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:00 PM   #14
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My stealership said they dont have the rubber anymore, all inserts/insert material was sent back....... he was as confused as we are.
Same here up in NJ, parts guy said they sent them back
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:03 PM   #15
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get piaa silicone refills and forget about them for years. Driver's side refill needs to be a couple inches longer tho
Russo, I cannot even stress this ^ enough. I've had PIAA super silicone's on my car for years almost ever since I got it, and they are 100% worry free and do last for years. To get around the odd sizes of our OE wiper arms, for your first time, you can just pick up a set that is about 1 inch shorter on each side with the brackets. Then every other time (which will not be often at all compared to the OE inserts), you just get the refills that are about $10 each.

AMAZING wipers, constantly coats your entire windshield with a microscopic bead of silicone that's impregnated in the rubber itself. It's like a constant application of rain X. I swear, when it's pouring out real bad I can actually leave my wipers off if I wanted to and you could still see fine as the water beads up and rolls off like nothing!

Here: http://www.amazon.com/95055-Super-Si...super+silicone

Don't quote me on the size, just figure out what yours are, and then get the closest smaller size to it and SEE CLEARLY FOR EVER! I mean just look at the windshield in my SIG PIC compared to the rest of the car!
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I get Icons for $27/pair. They last maybe a year and that's about it.

Sucks that BMW is doing that.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:14 PM   #18
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So for those of you with the PIAA silicone, the reference to Rain-X was interesting. When I used Rain-X in the old days it was great as long as you didn't use the wipers. As soon as you started to use the wipers it created a slight haze when mixed with grime that as actually harder to see through. So, the question is, do any of experience any downside to the PIAA blades?
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So for those of you with the PIAA silicone, the reference to Rain-X was interesting. When I used Rain-X in the old days it was great as long as you didn't use the wipers. As soon as you started to use the wipers it created a slight haze when mixed with grime that as actually harder to see through. So, the question is, do any of experience any downside to the PIAA blades?
I've used Rain-X in the past a loooong loooong time ago, and you're 100% right, it sucks. Once the initial effects wear off which is pretty damned fast, it ends up worse than it was in the first place, causing you to reapply rain-x for the rest of your life, causing them to make loads of money.

There is NO downside to the PIAA blades. It is one of the cheapest and most effective modifications I've ever done to my car, biggest bang for buck ever. Nothing like seeing through a crystal clear windshield all the time. As the wipers wipe, the silicone keeps getting reapplied, so it will always stay clear for the life of the wipers, which to be honest is YEARS. I can't say enough good things about them and have come on this forum before in other threads touting them. I think to Zell.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:20 PM   #20
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I still use Rain-X and it works great here...I have used it for 30+ years. It seems to last longer now. I am thinking that there may be less road grime that causes the intial wear on the Rain-X. Ther hardly sand or gravel the roads where I live now. I put it on once a month and drive 50 miles a day. I still use the BMW OEM blades and am happy with them.
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