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    Is it worth going online for these fancy wiper blades assemblies or is the dealer competitive?. (C4P)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagaman View Post
    Is it worth going online for these fancy wiper blades assemblies or is the dealer competitive?. (C4P)


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    I find they'll always be cheaper online, but you also get what you pay for. I bought a set of 'genuine' Mk2 Megane wiper blades (head and attachments) online and they only lasted two years before they disintegrated.

    I got a new set of wipers, blade and head, for my Latitude when it was in for it's 40,000km service and I was charged $180.00 for them by the dealer and when I saw them on the car, they were very similar to the aftermarket ones you could buy at your local Auto Sprints or online for a lot less. I told them to take them back and I'd find my own. I thought they would've been the genuine set for the Latitude at that price, but not so.
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    I bought some Tridon blades at my local parts place for the C5, and they not only matched the originals in appearance and clips, but the same Valeo part number was moulded onto them. The price was way under the dealer. The catalogue is online.

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    I kept the box, possibly for the part number. The Picasso is probably different, but the C5 uses a Flexblade Top Lock 28in/700mm

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    Iím thinking Mickís Garage may be a good bet.


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    Bosch sub $60 from Ireland delivered........too easy.


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    I buy from Bosch inline store in australia. Pretty good value and quick arrival
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    G'day,

    my little wiper blade saga is here.....
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    Must say, I'm pretty pleased with these ebay items, at $20 a pair I don't really care if they have to be replaced every year - or twice a year for that matter

    And, they are real rubber, not streaky silicon rubbish....

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    yes... I was facing an $80 pair from ..um...SuperCheap (not) and ended up with on line ones for $21.

    I also bought a rear one, for literally a few dollars, posted from OS.
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    My original blades on the 208 are still going strong after 3.5 years.

    I'm impressed.
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    The postage for my 700mm ones was more than the blades (just) but still less than Bosch online with free postage. Flexible pricing it seems.


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    Why would I buy abroad/ebay when the local trade supplier up the road is sub-$60?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasink View Post
    Why would I buy abroad/ebay when the local trade supplier up the road is sub-$60?
    Iíll get a price if I can find out more..........?


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    We have discussed the "buying from a shop v on line."
    I DID buy a pair from SuperCheap (not), and despite careful querying, these were "the right pair" for my C5. ..... Not.
    So, $80 and two trips.

    The on line pair (front) were $21 posted (Oz). Fitted easily and work well.

    The rear wiper is $5.34 posted from the UK.


    REAR WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADE FOR CITROEN C5 MK1 HATCHBACK 2003-2004 400MM 16" | eBay
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    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    sold ..... D Special 1974 ... to fellow Tassie AFer.
    sold ..... Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    sold .....GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    sold .... 1986 2CV6

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23 1973 Pallas
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyk View Post
    We have discussed the "buying from a shop v on line."
    I DID buy a pair from SuperCheap (not), and despite careful querying, these were "the right pair" for my C5. ..... Not.
    So, $80 and two trips.

    The on line pair (front) were $21 posted (Oz). Fitted easily and work well.

    The rear wiper is $5.34 posted from the UK.


    REAR WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADE FOR CITROEN C5 MK1 HATCHBACK 2003-2004 400MM 16" | eBay
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    Ah, grasshopper, maybe a technology upgrade might save you money !
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    sold ..... D Special 1974 ... to fellow Tassie AFer.
    sold ..... Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    sold .....GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    sold .... 1986 2CV6

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23 1973 Pallas
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

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    KńST brand ; just arrived .....schmick, and including a protector for the rubber blade. V happy.


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    Was that for your current shape C4 Picasso - from Mick's Garage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citquery View Post
    Was that for your current shape C4 Picasso - from Mick's Garage?
    Yes.
    I havenít fitted them yet.
    The Picasso has a strange habit of Ďdraggingí water back from the A pillar on to the screen.....very odd but a small price to pay for a bit of rain.


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    A long long time ago wipers were simply but now they are just another complex profit industry doing itís best to make yours unique.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagaman View Post
    A long long time ago wipers were simply but now they are just another complex profit industry doing it’s best to make yours unique.


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    Exactly the same as other facets of modern vehicle engineering.

    The critical question in my mind is do the wipers in question perform their task better than wipers in time gone by ?

    I suspect the answer is yes.
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    The actual rubber blade component could easily be replaced at a vastly reduced cost if there was actually a will to help reduce/contain costs.
    We can go to Mars but not replace the rubber cheaply.


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    You haven't answered the question ?

    Do the wipers work better than the ones that were on your 25 year old car ?

    The manufacturer will decide on the most economical way to service the the parts on the vehicle. How they do that is beyond your control.

    If want cheap and plentiful spares you probably purchased the wrong vehicle.
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    ebay.uk .... wiper blades are very cheap. They shouldn't work any better than older wipers.... its about being pedestrian friendly. You don't want to hurt the poeple you run down with your wiper blades after all (seriously, that is what this BS is abouut)
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    G'day,

    modern wipers don't seem to be any better than their ancient counterparts - particularly if you're unfortunate enough to not notice that you have picked up a silicon blade. In my experience the modern marvel material leaves greasy streaks everywhere. We were spoilt with froggies in the old days anyway, the OEM French rubbers were much better than the local stuff...

    The Latitude ones have a solid plastic backing with no visible springs, the product looks good. Assuming the plastic puts in a full season without falling to bits I'll be quite happy, they were only $20 a pair after all, and have RUBBER blades...

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