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Bargain Aero Wipers for A3 (Pics)

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  1. Tallpaul
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    My 1998 A3 1.8T Sport came with crappy old school wipers that don't really wipe the windows and make a funny noise. Until now, if i wanted fancy areo wipers, i thought the only option was to swap to the arms and aero wipers from late spec S3's/Golfs/TT's etc. This upgrade is about £60 and a bit steep just for wiper blades!

    Anyhoo, i've found this company:

    http://www.wiperblades.co.uk

    And they sell Valeo Aero Wiper blades that fit the 8L A3 old type wiper arms!

    Now the tricky part is that you have to search the website by car and these aren't listed for the A3! Don't panic, we share our windscreen with the SEAT Leon and these are listed for that! So, select SEAT, then Leon, then Year 2000. The blades you want are:

    Valeo - UM621 Silencio X.TRM Aftermarket FLAT WIPER BLADE UPGRADE 18"

    and

    Valeo - UM661 Silencio X.TRM Aftermarket FLAT WIPER BLADE UPGRADE 21"

    The end result?

    [​IMG]

    What do you think, not bad for £22? :)
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    Do they do them for A4's???
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    err, have you looked on the website that i posted the link for?:huh:
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    Sorry, being lazy as usual.

    I will look and find out, if anyone else asks you tell them im on the case!
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    Nice, and a bargain at £22, I paid for the proper ones, now why didn't anyone find these earlier? :uhm:
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    nice, my front wipers arent clearing water off at the edges, a good excuse to upgrade methinks!

    heh total lack of willpower on my part, just ordered a set!
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    There are some on ebay to every now and again.
    Thats were i got mine from but paid £25 for them:(
    They work so much better than standard wipers.
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    [Oct 2, 2006]
    What blade would you recommend for the rear wiper? A3 TDI
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    nice find mate, a4 is listed straight off, slightly more expensive at £31 + postage - still a good deal?

    actually hold on, all the rest list drivers and passengers size as 21" each but valeos says 21" for driver and 20" for passenger with the 20" one costing more, hmm?
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    I have done the fronts and now want to do the rear,any ideas anybody,part nos etc?
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    These are just the blades for use on the standard arms. VAGparts items are for the whole aerowiper arms and wiperblades, that's why they are £50.
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    mine arrived from wiperblades the day after i ordered, not had the time to fit them yet but shouldnt be a problem hopefully.
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    just ordered some too..... good find!!!
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    Yeah these wipers look good, i saw some on a friends R32!

    Wasn't sure if they where standard or not!

    Sounds like a must upgrade, since the wet weather is here : )
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    [Oct 5, 2006]
    Looked at buying these but my dad was saying that the standard fit ones on his Skoda Superb have never been right. In light rain the first wipe is OK but then every one after that is really loud. When he first bought the car the stealer fitted new wipers and messed with the arms in an attempt to cure it but Skoda UK now refuse any warranty work on them.

    Anyone else have this problem?
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    I assume you mean Aero wipers on your dads skoda?

    The Aero wipers fitted to my old Leon Cupra were infinitely quieter and more effective than the old ones and, so far, these Valeo ones appear to be just as good. But my OE wipers were worn out so i needed new blades anyway. For £22 they're worth a punt, you could probably flog them on eBay for more than that if you don't like them ;)
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    Sorry, yes aero wipers are standard fit on them.

    I'll give the Valeo ones a try then, need all the help with visibility I can get as I'm currently fighting a losing battle with getting the headlights to light and more than 15 feet in front of the car :banghead:
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    Nice find mate , just ordered a set now so see how quick they come, its hammering down here now so within the next 5 mins would be ideal:)
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    These seem popular, probably should have tried to get a group discount on them.
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    Contact Olly and see what happens it could be worth a try, typical if they say yes when some of us have ordered already:rolleyes:
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    I would if i hadn't already stumped up my £22.

    Those that haven't ordered might wanna give it a try though. I guess you'd need at least 10 people to make it worth there while.
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    ordered :) Good bargain!
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    if theres a group buy Ill take two sets!
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    I may be able to get a group buy going through one of my local Parts Supplier(Motaquip)
    who has a large stock of these coming in on the 16th if any one is interested?Not sure on price until they get them?
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    got mine fitted, the right hand side wiper still doesnt fit flush against the window, grr!
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    Ordered on thur Delivered on sat ...... ideal :icon_thumright: great service
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    got mine quick and they've sat in the kitchen since!
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    Ordered, delivered within 2 days, fitted on Saturday and used this morning.
    Quality product and an excellent find.

    Thanks TallPaul
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    Thought i'd drag this thread from the dead....

    How did people that ordered these Valeo wipers find there longevity?

    My little yellow warning triangles were fully showing about a month ago. So that's around the 6 month mark. TBH i've done a few thousand miles and the blades are still working OK but the yellow labels annoy me in the morning so i've just ordered a new set.
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    I did get the Aero wippers from VAG parts and them seem to working fine. They can get noisy at times, not sure why but they do the job.
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    cant beat aero wipers, got a set of genuine ones on mine off a R32, had them on all of my cars as they look so much better and performance i find is better too. :icon_thumright:
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    How about a black marker pen to erase the horrible yellow dot? I got 18 months use out of aero wipers. Time to invest in a set for the S3
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    Just about to order these for mine guys, £24.44 now,

    Just wondered if they do ones on there for the rear wiper arm too?

    J
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    I bought a mkV Golf Rear Wiper arm for mine; arm, blade and washer jet cover came to about £15 from a VW garage.
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    Ok mate cheers, think im gonna have a go at de-wipering it soon anyway!

    Jason
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    I've had these Valeo wipers on my car, and I've also tried the Bosch retrofit aero wipers too.

    http://www.wiperblades.co.uk/product_details.php?ProductID=262

    Out of the two, I prefer the Bosch, as the plastic clip that fits around the wiper arm is smaller, and sits lower to the windscreen.

    I also found the Valeo clip kept coming undone on my passenger side, not so that it fell off, but annoying! The Bosch clips are much more secure.

    Slightly cheaper as well at the moment I think.
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    what's the best option for an aero rear wiper then? I can't seem to find it on the wiperblades.co.uk site
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    you can get the aero arm and blade from euro car parts for about £20 ish

    smartens the back up nicely imo
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    Ive had the Valeo Retro-Fit flat blade wipers fitted to my A3 for roughly 6 months. In my opinion your better of with the OE design.

    My yellow warning tabs were showing after about 4 months. While they still were working like new the passenger side blade never made proper contact with the windscreen at the far right side. If you have a look at the direct fit blades they are bent to take into account the curveature of the windscreen at this point.

    Another thing I didnt like is the mounting clips. They are far too big and the wind catches them at anything over 60mph and lifts them from the center of the windscreen.

    Granted they look far better then standard but at the end of the day I prefare to have the screen cleaned. I'll be going back to the Valeo direct fit items they work better.
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