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Old 03-29-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Replacement Windshields - Different Levels of Quality?

Alright, I've just cracked my fourth windshield in my DD, second time in less than a year. It's an Accord with 180K on the clock. I drive a lot... fast... on the highway. Do replacement windshields come in different levels of quality? Am I getting crappy replacements, or just have crappy luck?
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:32 AM   #3
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What is cracking them? Could also be installer if they are not seating the windshield properly and there is stress on it. Or possibly that the frame around the windshield is damaged and - again - stressing the windshield.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #4
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: Replacement Windshields - Different Levels of Quality?

If it is a glued in place glass (I'm assuming it is), it sounds as if you may have an errant piece of metal sticking into the windshield opening. The body flexes, the steel bumps against the edge of the glass and it stress cracks from the edge of the glass, inward. Again, I'm making the assumption that these cracks are not starting out as stars from impact damage.

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Old 03-29-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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what brands are you getting? i always ask for PPG glass, not from china. don't know if it makes a difference, but makes me feel better.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:45 AM   #7
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Lou and I were apparently posting concurrently with the same thoughts.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:50 AM   #8
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Bent frame?

I had a Blazer that ate windshields on a regular basis due to having bent the frame off-road.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:08 PM   #9
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Thanks guys. They're all cracking from impact damage. Just wondered is some windshields take stones better than others. The car has never been wrecked, so the frame is straight. 4 windshields seems silly to me. Some people drive their entire lives and never crack one... me, not so much.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #10
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Just pulled the receipt from my last one. It was a PPG Prostar. Here goes another $265. I can't really complain. With 180,000 miles... the car doesn't owe me anything. It's just a hassle.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:10 PM   #11
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Don't follow so close behind dump trucks, maybe?
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:16 PM   #12
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I gave up on having a crack free windshield. One in my truck has been cracked since I bought in in 2005.

Put a new one on my Jetta and cracked it 2 weeks later.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:16 PM   #13
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Based on my own personal experience I believe glass does vary. I had an 01 Silverado I swear that windshield was about as hard as chalk. If a bird even pooped on it funny it would crack. It looked like it had been through a war.

When I got my 08 truck, that windshield is a whole different ball game. I caught a rock the other day that hit so hard I swear I thought it was coming through, not even a chip.

Just one data point, but it certainly could be that whatever plant is producing windshields for Honda Accords might just make softer glass.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:39 PM   #14
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To answer the OP, yes. There are cheaper windshield that come from China and wherever. PPG and Safelite have good reputaitions. I did a job at a glass shop one day and they told me some shops use the cheap stuff,which is thinner, to get the price down, of course.

And I wish someone would break the windshield in my Nissan truck. Its the orignal glass (1986) and is so sandpitted you can't see driving to the sun.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:50 PM   #15
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And I wish someone would break the windshield in my Nissan truck. Its the orignal glass (1986) and is so sandpitted you can't see driving to the sun.
Let me take it for a spin... it'll be cracked in no time.
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:04 PM   #16
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I've managed to break all my original factory windshields by running into flying rocks. I bet I can do the same with the Chinese replacements.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:42 PM   #17
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And I wish someone would break the windshield in my Nissan truck. Its the original glass (1986) and is so sand-pitted you can't see driving to the sun.
talk to your ins agent, that happened to our car (its a '98), the windshield was so scratched and sandblasted you couldn't hardly see through it in the sun (basically the same thing you are saying). the insurance company replaced it with 0 problems, apparently they would rather pay for a windshield than an accident because you couldn't see.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:50 PM   #18
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4 in 180K, I'd say that is about normal in urban highway travel.

I have also wondered about different quality levels or hardness levels.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:29 PM   #19
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Don't know about PA but out here in CA the business next to the local Pick-n-Pull is a glass installation shop. They get most of their windshields from their neighbor. They sell them as used but the windshields are all crack and chip free and the price for windshields, including installation is $99. For a high mileage DD, that could be an option. Check some of your local U-Pull-It yards.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:41 PM   #20
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if you have that bad of luck with windshields cracking, just buy aftermarket and save big bucks. Why buy OEM if it will probably get cracked? Other than the small manufacturer logo printed on the glass, the only visible difference is the green tint visor along the top of the glass. I have three years on my windshield on my 91 civic and it looks as new as the day they installed it.
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