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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by beaker, Sep 9, 2005.

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    [Sep 9, 2005]
    My wiper blades are getting really smeary now. Do I need to go to Audi for replacements, and is it the whole blade arm that gets replaced, or just the blade?
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    [Sep 9, 2005]
    I always use Bosch replacements. Can't beat them IMHO.
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    [Sep 10, 2005]
    Where do you get them, and is it the whole arm that gets changed?

    Prices?
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    [Sep 11, 2005]
    Not priced them for the Audi yet, but I've always got the arm, you don't want to be just replacing the rubbers.

    http://www.speeding.co.uk/ do them for £5.00 for 16" and then + £0.50 for each extra inch (depending what size Audi's are)

    However, Autoexpress didn't rate them in their recent survey, instead preffering TP from carparts-direct

    If you want Bosch and convenience, try your local Halfords.
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    Surely if you replace them with the genuine Audi parts then that is all that is required, the whole wiper is rubber and just fits to a pin on the main arm.

    The cost of the genuine Audi parts is £11.17 for the LH and £11.02 for the RH according to the Audi web-site.

    I must say I find the blades on my new A3 much better than on any other Audi I have owned.
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    [Sep 15, 2005]
    Noticed that my local Audi Dealer sells the Bosch ones anf for about the same price Eeef mentioned. Might just go with those.
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    [Sep 15, 2005]
    Are they the 'rubber only' type or rubber in a metal frame as older Audis. ie are they the same as the ones on you current A3.
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    I don't ate the bosch ones - replaced some wipers on my vectra i had a few years ago and they were noisey as hell... week after bought a set from vauxhall (which were cheaper also) and they were lovely and quiet again.

    ps how do you get prices off audi's website?
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    [Sep 16, 2005]
    To get at least some current parts prices from the Audi UK web-site.....

    on the opening screen
    click Business Sales on the right-hand sidebar
    click Fleet Data and Policices on the right
    click Fleet Data under Options
    click Service Maintenance and Repair (SMR) Data
    select your model - A3 or A3 Sportback
    click to Accept the conditions and Disclaimer
    select your engine type - this will open a spreadsheet...

    Below the service cost information is a list of some parts and their prices.

    Beware that the Labour in the service costs is based on £56.00 per hour - a little low by todays standards.

    You can go back to the engine selection screen and change the hour rate to a more realistic figure and it will give you an indication of service costs as well. I know my own dealer currently charges £86.00 per hour.
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