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Old 03-17-2014, 06:16 PM   #1  
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First off, let me say I'm embarrassed to be posting this. While I'm no Steve Matchett, I do consider myself to be pretty mechanically inclined. I do all of my own work on my E60, I help my friends with their cars, hell I built my E30 motor from the ground up. I like to think I know what I'm doing. Apparently, I'm an idiot...

I am trying to replace the wiper blades on my E60. Last weekend I bought a set of RainX blades that were listed as fitting the car. I opened the package and out popped four or five different 'clips' that attach the blade to whatever car it needs to go on. The closest one I could find that looked like it would fit the E60 arm didn't have enough distance between the 'pin' on the end of the arm and the button that locks it into place. It wasn't even close to fitting.

So off I went today back to the store. I returned the RainX blade and thought I'd just go with the sure bet and get a Bosch set. I bought the set that was listed for the car, got home, and went to go pop it on. Once again, the clip isn't the right size. Like, it isn't even close.

WTF am I missing here? I really don't want to go to the dealer and drop $60 on a set of friggin' wiper blades, but I feel like it's coming to that.
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Lol, damn bro rough day at the office?.... Ive used rain -X latitudes before and they were pretty easy to put on. Im not to sure what problem your having. My suggestion I just bought some Bosch Icons best wiper blades I've ever used (smoking the rain-x) when buying the icons if youre thinking about it make sure it says OE the icons are pretty tough to put on tho. Its all about the angles trying to get them on took me a little while. The icons are expensive tho ran me about 45-50.
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What BOSCH part numbers did you get? I replaced mine recently and used 24OE and either 20OE or 22OE (one is for an X5 and one for an E60 - don't remember which). As I recall, you have to remove the outer shell of the blade and it slides into the E60 wiper arm. My E60 is 2006 and the 2009 X5 attachment is actually different and the shell stays on.
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Rockauto Bosch OE's are under $10 each and they fit that factory funky plate latch thing that superceded the old shepherd's crook.
The ones I got are Bosch Clear Advantage, 22OE and 24OE. They are not the shrouded winter ones.
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Yeah...got mine from Rockauto as well.
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I was going to suggest the same, rock auto... I believe the set I received had NAPA logo on them so if you need them quickly maybe give NAPA a try. I was thinking that a set of blades at the dealer were around 30?
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What BOSCH part numbers did you get? I replaced mine recently and used 24OE .
I have 24OE for the driver's side.

I tried again this morning. They won't lock into place on the arm. I removed the upper 'cover' on the clip like the illustration on the box said to. the release button is about 5mm further forward than it is on the BMW blade. the release button, unless I'm mistaken, is what locks it into place.

I'll try again tonight when I get home. Thanks for all the responses. I appreciate my E30 more and more as time goes by.
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Those clips are pretty tricky - I fought with replacements for about 5 minutes before figuring them out. Got a set of Michelin blades from Costco. They did go on OK but I didn't like how high they sat - way up in the line of sight. Sprang for a new pair from the $tealer - cost about $75CAD.
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It is a little tricky to get it together. Here are pictures of it apart and put together:
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:19 AM   #10  
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^^that's exactly what I have, and shows the problem I'm running into. That 'button' is located too far forward and doesnt allow the blade to snap into the arm completely.

Thank you for posting that picture!! I'll give it one more shot tonight.
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