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M140i screen wash

Post by TheHoofmeister » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:32 pm

So very simple question - any reasoning to buy BMW screen wash over a shop alternative?

Mine has nearly run out for first time and wanted opinions from those in the know.

Only thing I can see after small search is that BMW's is good down to -65 or something ridiculous.

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by alanf » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:46 pm

On my old e8x I used generic screen wash until the pipes got blocked up and stopped the rear screen wash from working. It's a pain to sort so once done i, only use genuine stuff now.
It's good down to -60 something less or you said and also is supposed to have bacterial inhibitors in it to stop the growth that causes the blockages.
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by Tricky401 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:51 pm

i only use genuine after i had the rear screen pump replaced under warranty
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by marco_polo » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:52 pm

I use BlueCol -36, anti-bio additives, mixes with BMW stuff, and doesn't freeze.

BMW original is good gear though, if you can buy it locally/easily.
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by wenklaw » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:26 pm

BMW stuff is not expensive either.

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by BigSwede » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:30 pm

I can honestly say that in over a million miles over the last 15 yrs doing between 80,000 & 120,000 miles per car I have never had a problem with screen wash pipes, filters or pumps and I use whatever I end up buying when I run out be it from Halfords or from ebay or where ever. I just buy what's appropriate temp-wise for the time of year and and throw it in. BMW stuff at £18 for 5ltrs can FRO. -63 is fine but in our cars with heated washer jets/pipes it shouldn't be an issue. In all the time I've had BMW's or Mercs I cannot remember a single instance of my washers freezing up.

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by Barney McGrew » Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:34 pm

You only need it to go to -65 if you leave it as concentrated, which is obviously a bit silly - treat it as a concentrate that you dilute and it suddenly makes sense.

As above, buy the 5L bottles and it's pretty affordable (I get it for around 15-16 quid off ebay).

I dilute 1 part screenwash to 2 parts water in winter and it's been fine for the coldest days we've had so far. Straight away it's now only costing you around £1 a litre.

In summer I go 1 part screenwash to 3 parts water and it's still really good at cleaning the windscreen, this makes it around 75p a litre.

At those dilutions it's easily comparable in price to any other screenwash and although skeptical at first, I have to admit it's actually really good at what it does, so I just think why bother risking any issues.
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by R1cey » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:05 pm

Barney McGrew wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:34 pm
You only need it to go to -65 if you leave it as concentrated, which is obviously a bit silly - treat it as a concentrate that you dilute and it suddenly makes sense.

As above, buy the 5L bottles and it's pretty affordable (I get it for around 15-16 quid off ebay).

I dilute 1 part screenwash to 2 parts water in winter and it's been fine for the coldest days we've had so far. Straight away it's now only costing you around £1 a litre.

In summer I go 1 part screenwash to 3 parts water and it's still really good at cleaning the windscreen, this makes it around 75p a litre.

At those dilutions it's easily comparable in price to any other screenwash and although skeptical at first, I have to admit it's actually really good at what it does, so I just think why bother risking any issues.
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I think the key thing is to never mix any different brands (and totally flush with water before using another), and always use one that won’t freeze up. Used both Halfords and Prestone (down to -25) screenwash in my two previous BMW’s over the course of 10 years, and never once had any issues.
When I got the M140, just stuck with the BMW stuff and only on my second 5litre can, since March 17, so dilutes well and not expensive at all !!
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by SunnyJ » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:55 pm

I've just bought 5l of BMW 83122409032 here...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Genuine- ... 2749.l2649

...haven't used it yet as the 140 is only 2 weeks old. At £15.50 delivered it's cheap and has an expiry date of Nov 2023.

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by rustyk » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:11 pm

Thanks! I just bought some too.
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by ChrisBM140i » Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:59 pm

Just shows how little thought I have put into screenwash. I just use the stuff from the supermarket. What are the disadvantages of the cheaper stuff?

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by marco_polo » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:03 pm

ChrisBM140i wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:59 pm
Just shows how little thought I have put into screenwash. I just use the stuff from the supermarket. What are the disadvantages of the cheaper stuff?
The problem with our cars is the washer bottle lives inside the drivers' front wing. This causes 2 issues:

1) The exhaust/turbo warms the area up to the perfect temp for growing biological nasties inside your washer bottle.
2) Once your bottle is filled with black bio film, blocking the motors, it's an absolute pig to access for cleaning.

Cheapo fluid often doesn't contain the essential anti-bio additives.

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by dailydoggy » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:06 pm

mine froze twice in the bad weather i had antifreeze wash in aswell so ide empty it and fill wiv reputable stuff don't help the jets are external of the engine bonnet area too......
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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by ChrisBM140i » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:16 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:03 pm
ChrisBM140i wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:59 pm
Just shows how little thought I have put into screenwash. I just use the stuff from the supermarket. What are the disadvantages of the cheaper stuff?
The problem with our cars is the washer bottle lives inside the drivers' front wing. This causes 2 issues:

1) The exhaust/turbo warms the area up to the perfect temp for growing biological nasties inside your washer bottle.
2) Once your bottle is filled with black bio film, blocking the motors, it's an absolute pig to access for cleaning.

Cheapo fluid often doesn't contain the essential anti-bio additives.

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Well there you go, I had no idea!

Are the antibacterial properties in these more expensive washes benificial even when it is diluted? I get through so much screenwash sometimes it’s unreal!

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Re: M140i screen wash

Post by dailydoggy » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:18 pm

Bluecol screenwash is cheaps chips at ECP wiv WEEKEND37 discount code applied 2 x bottles = £4.52


free delivery too if you cannot be bothered..

fill ya boots i just bought 2 meself :)

https://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car- ... &0&cc5_701
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