I know some of you may laugh at me, but this shit is seriously pissing me off.
I ordered a new set of wipers for my E46. On Bavauto.com, they were listed as left and right (which in itself is stupid, who's perspective?) blades at 22" and 20". Ok, so there are two different lengths. But, when I got them, I couldnt' figure out which side was for which. I looked at the old set on the car, the longer one was on the DRIVER'S side and the shorter one was on the PASSANGER'S side. I went online to confirm the placement. Yea, other places were selling the 22" for the drivers and so forth....
Ok, well, when I installed them in thier respective positions... this is what i got...
Now tell me, isn't this a wtf moment?
Ok, so I reversed it, this is what I got then:
So now they both fit, sorta, the passanger side is rather long, but at least they aren't butting into each other.
So, I don't get it. Why would the 22" be made for the driver's side, yet it doesn't fit?
And lastly... WTF is the point of this device:
According to Bavauto.com (in an insert that I got with the blades titled "Wiper Blade Installation Tips") I am suppose to do the following:
Originally Posted by bavauto.com
Purpose: When installing Bosch or PIAA blades on the E46 chassis (3 series 99 thru 05), the driver's side wiper blade tab must be transfered to the new blade. if this guide tab has previously been discarded, please contact Bavarian Autosport to order a replacement.
1. Remove the driver's side wiper blade assembly.
2. Remove the guide tab from the end of the original wiper blade-it just snaps off.
3. Install the new Bosh or PIAA wiper blade.
4.Install the guide tab on the end of the blade so that it lines up bewteen the guides on the wiper arm. Be sure to seat the guide tab on the guides on the arm, when the blade is in place on the windshield.
Umm, yea, it doesn't fit on the 20" or the 22" blade. And I really don't see the point in it. All it does is exert more pressure on the lower windshield, which, doesn't help much since the top is loose anyway. And as far as alignment.... please, there's one flat peice of metal that extends from the front of the wiper arm, but, how would that "guide" it?
An annoyed Dough.