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Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:44 am
by hybridbear
Considering that wiper blades are one of very few maintenance items needed for the FFE I'm curious where others have found is the cheapest place to buy them. Rock Auto has them for $11.90 plus shipping. Once you factor in the shipping cost they cost about $13.50 per blade. The part numbers are WW-2803, WW-2802 & WW-1204. Has anyone else found better deals elsewhere? Do Ford dealers ever offer coupons on wiper blades such as BOGO deals or other discounts? Has anyone bought non-Motorcraft wiper blades for the FFE?

Thanks!

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:02 pm
by NightHawk
How long do the wiper blades typically last until needing replacement on a typical FFE?

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:09 pm
by hybridbear
Our FFE has been in service since August 2013, it was built in November 2012. The wiper blades are worn out. In Minnesota on other cars I've typically found that wiper blades must be replaced every 12 months. I like to do it right after winter since winter is the hardest on them. But the FFE wiper blades are in starting to streak so they'll need to be replaced soon.

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:50 am
by hybridbear
I'm really surprised that no one knows where to buy wiper blades. Jamie? Wattsup? Unplugged? EVA? No one has bought wiper blades for their FFE?

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:05 am
by jmueller065
LOL I don't consider wiper blades that big of a deal and just stop at the local autoparts store to pick them up. I'm sure I'm already on my 2nd or 3rd set--this topic reminded me that I do need new ones.
Saving $5 on a once a year (or twice a year) purchase doesn't make that much sense to me.

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:10 am
by Steve0512
I agree. I just buy my wiper blades at Costco and call it done.

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:17 am
by NightHawk
Does the FFE use the same exact model wiper blades as the other ICE Ford Focus models?

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:11 pm
by jmueller065
NightHawk wrote:Does the FFE use the same exact model wiper blades as the other ICE Ford Focus models?
Yes

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:40 pm
by unplugged
I buy all I can at Amazon. Huge selection of all sorts of wiper blades. My FFE is garaged most of the time, so it hasn't yet needed blade replacement. But I do get blades for the other car at Amazon.

Re: Best deal for wiper blades

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:34 am
by EVA
Oh wow, wiper blades, I bought mine at my Ford dealer. Yes, they had some coupon for money off. They weren't very expensive anyway. And yes, the exact same blades ICE and FFE.

I hate to say this, I've tested way too many wiper blades the last few years. I actually tested a couple of the Goodyear super fancy models against the Ford blades - the Goodyears were not good (one brand on the driver's side, the other on passenger). The Bosch blades were great for a few months and then went bad really fast - didn't last more than 6 months. In the end, Ford actually came out the winner for working the longest, best, and staying chatter free.

If I were buying other than Ford blades, I'd get Michelin Stealth wipers, or Valeo 600 series (that's a traditional frame wiper, not for the FFE).

Oddly, more expensive isn't necessarily better.

And thank you for reminding me, it is probably time for new blades on both cars. They are about a year old now.