hybridbear
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:16 am

EVA wrote:Oh wow, wiper blades, I bought mine at my Ford dealer. Yes, they had some coupon for money off.
Where do you find the coupon?
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triangles
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:05 am

I've had Tripledge silicone wipers on my ICE car for 7 years now. They're just about ready for replacement. Before I tried Tripledge I was replacing wipers about once a year. Unfortunately Tripledge doesn't make anything that fits the FFE :( In fact it doesn't look like anyone makes silicone wipers that fit our car. I guess it's replace every year again. A quick net search doesn't show many options for 29" wipers which means it might be difficult to find wipers when the time comes to replace mine. However these wipers from Valeo look indistinguishable from OEM. Valeo might be the manufacturer that makes them for ford.

Valeo part numbers:
900-29-3B, 900-29-4B

Some sources indicated 28" wipers and others 29" wipers. I think they are all 29" now but I will have to measure mine to be sure. If anyone knows of a manufacturer that makes silicone rubber wipers, please do share.
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hybridbear
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:12 am

I finally went to the dealer today to buy wiper blades. They're ridiculously expensive. It cost over $50 with tax for the three wiper blades.
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WattsUp
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:31 pm

triangles wrote:A quick net search doesn't show many options for 29" wipers which means it might be difficult to find wipers when the time comes to replace mine. However these wipers from Valeo look indistinguishable from OEM. Valeo might be the manufacturer that makes them for ford.
These Valeo parts appear to be entire wiper blades, no?

Isn't it possible to just buy some (rubber) inserts/refills for the existing blades?
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:32 pm

hybridbear wrote:I finally went to the dealer today to buy wiper blades. They're ridiculously expensive. It cost over $50 with tax for the three wiper blades.
Was that just for three inserts/refills (for the existing blades) or three entire new blades?
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:12 pm

I just bought 4 blades at the dealer for $12 per blade (I have two Focus that use the same blades). To my mind - that's perfectly reasonable for a set of blades that will last a year.

The rear blade is a strange one. Can't remember if you can buy an OEM blade for that wiper. I haven't replaced it on either car anyway. It gets used so rarely.

That was for full replacement of the wiper.

WattsUp - you can't buy inserts anymore - you replace the whole blade and backing part now.

The original blades are 29 - the new replacements are 28. They work just as well. Somehow the attachment point is offset a little bit - the 1 inch shorter blade reaches the same top part of the windshield.
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EVA
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:12 pm

hybridbear wrote:
EVA wrote:Oh wow, wiper blades, I bought mine at my Ford dealer. Yes, they had some coupon for money off.
Where do you find the coupon?
It was in an mailer from my dealer.
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WattsUp
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:11 pm

EVA wrote:WattsUp - you can't buy inserts anymore - you replace the whole blade and backing part now.
Interesting, I didn't know that.

Amazon seems to have Anco parts that fit the Focus Electric.

Front 28"
http://www.amazon.com/ANCO-A-28-OE-Prof ... B0076D4ET2

Rear 12"
http://www.amazon.com/ANCO-AR-12E-Rear- ... B003OBKW5A

All three needed blades (28" x 2, 12" x 1) can be had for just about $34 total (with free shipping if you have a Prime account, or if you can add something else you need to the same order bumping your total above the minimum $35).
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hybridbear
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:30 am

The blades would have been cheaper at Rock Auto even after paying for shipping. They would have also been cheaper on Amazon but only marginally. I would return them to the dealer but the receipt says that there is a 20% restocking fee on all returns which would wipe out the savings.

The dealer wouldn't accept the coupon from the Ford Owner website since the Focus wiper blades are Ford's OE blades. The coupon is only valid for Ford Premium wiper blades. He did give me a 10% discount since they wouldn't accept the coupon.

I bought all three because the rear wiper blade is actually in the worst shape of the three. We use the rear wiper a lot. The car accumulates a lot of dust parking underground at our apartment so we're regularly using the rear wiper to clean that window. The aerodynamic profile of the FFE also causes a lot of dirt to end up on the rear window when driving on sloppy winter roads. With the weather we've been having so far we've been running the rear window washer multiple times a day while driving to keep the back window relatively clean to be able to see out of it.
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JakeTse
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Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:35 pm

As for myself, I buy these from online quite often, for example, Amazon and eBay. And the best wiper blades? My choices are Bosch, Rain-X, Michelin and Valeo.

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