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How reliable is windshield replacement? #4778009
06/05/18 09:59 AM
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Clermont, Florida
Jimmy9190 Offline OP
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This is about my 2013 Honda Civic, 63, it has 63,400 miles on it now. I was driving down the road today minding my own business, going about 55, a rock flew up and put a starburst chip about the diameter of a quarter in the top left corner of my windshield. About 30 seconds later a crack formed from out of the center of the glass, about 4 inches long. By the time I got home the crack about doubled in length. Safelite is coming out on Friday to replace the glass, I am just wondering how good/reliable is a windshield replacement nowadays? I wonder about leaks, also wonder if it will bring down the value of the car without the OE glass. Any help/others' experiences is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778036
06/05/18 10:19 AM
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I've had numerous windshields replaced over the years and none have leaked nor were there any problems.

Tell Safelite you want OE glass...they'll use it. Had the same thing when I replaced an F150 windshield.

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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778038
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Safelite will either use:
OEM glass which is the exact same as the original windshield but without the Honda logo
a windshield that is the exact same except made by a different mfr but still an OE supplier (eg Fuyao, PGW, Pilkington, etc)
a windshield that Safelite makes themselves

Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778040
06/05/18 10:20 AM
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My Sonata is on its third windshield and the Dakota is on its second.

No problems with leaks. Can't answer about diminished value since I drive them until they're undrivable so resale is a non-issue for me.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778049
06/05/18 10:42 AM
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Jupiter, FL
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Definitely ask them about OEM glass or Pilkington, I had my Jeeps windshield replaced and they originally where going to use a really cheap brand when I requested Pilkington they had no issues with the upgrade.

You can find out who makes the windshield by looking up the DOT Code as well, http://www.carwindshields.info/dot_db


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778072
06/05/18 11:14 AM
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Safelite changed my windshield and family vehicles for years with no issues. Getting hit with rocks from large construction vehicles is a everyday issue in Florida. More so in South Florida on all highways.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778085
06/05/18 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted By: Jimmy9190
I am just wondering how good/reliable is a windshield replacement nowadays? I wonder about leaks, also wonder if it will bring down the value of the car without the OE glass. Any help/others' experiences is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Don't buy Safelite's own brand of glass. It's the only kind I have ever had that only lasted a month. That and it leaked. Plus Safelite is often way more expensive than the competition.

Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778090
06/05/18 11:31 AM
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It depends more on the technician doing the install and the sealer being used.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778098
06/05/18 11:40 AM
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I had a bad experience once with a windshield replacement by a chain business, it was for my 2001 Grand Prix, in 2001. It lasted a long time (life of the car I believe, most of the 13 years I drove it from new). They replaced the factory black trim around the windshield with a generic rubber gasket. It was never as quiet at highway speeds as it was when I bought it. Next time I needed glass on my older Grand Prix, a 1994 model, I asked the dealer where they get their glass done. They told me the name of the glass shop that does their work. I went there, got OEM glass, and they were able to re-use my trim around my windshield. Was very happy with them and have been back at least once more for my 1996 Buick Roadmaster. I had them repair a chip in my Cruze, I didn't think the repair was that great and was more expensive than it seemed it should be ($30). I got another chip later the same summer and bought a kit off from Amazon to fix it and it came as good or better than the professional repair and was only $10 and I have material left over. UV cured and there was no sunshine available so I bought a cheap UV flashlight at walmart to cure it. Worked well.

Last edited by WishIhadatruck; 06/05/18 11:41 AM.

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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778114
06/05/18 12:08 PM
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Minnesota
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I just had the windshield in my 2010 Civic replaced with Honda OEM glass. (55k miles, car is flawless)

I made a deal with my insurance that if they paid for OEM glass I would cover the labor. So my dad and I removed the old glass and we paid a friend $75 to set the new windshield.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778117
06/05/18 12:13 PM
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I recently had the windshield installed in my old Sienna after I repaired some pinch weld rust (I removed the old one). The place used Fuyao glass, made here in the US by a Chinese company. The quality appears excellent, there is virtually no distortion down in the corners and so far it has worked fine.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: WishIhadatruck] #4778139
06/05/18 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: WishIhadatruck
I had a bad experience once with a windshield replacement by a chain business, it was for my 2001 Grand Prix, in 2001. It lasted a long time (life of the car I believe, most of the 13 years I drove it from new). They replaced the factory black trim around the windshield with a generic rubber gasket. It was never as quiet at highway speeds as it was when I bought it. Next time I needed glass on my older Grand Prix, a 1994 model, I asked the dealer where they get their glass done. They told me the name of the glass shop that does their work. I went there, got OEM glass, and they were able to re-use my trim around my windshield. Was very happy with them and have been back at least once more for my 1996 Buick Roadmaster. I had them repair a chip in my Cruze, I didn't think the repair was that great and was more expensive than it seemed it should be ($30). I got another chip later the same summer and bought a kit off from Amazon to fix it and it came as good or better than the professional repair and was only $10 and I have material left over. UV cured and there was no sunshine available so I bought a cheap UV flashlight at walmart to cure it. Worked well.


I use the repair kits off ebay and they appear identical to the JB Weld kits only half the price and made in USA too.


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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778141
06/05/18 12:42 PM
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Thanks for all the info. I am not too worried about it now, just wondering about the procedure. I was planning on trading the car in this fall anyway. I may trade sooner now. Thanks again fellow BITOGers.


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2013 Honda Civic LX Sedan
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Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778145
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It really depends on the tech installing it and the brand of glass. Most insurance companies have Safelite process their glass claims and in many cases, they'll also do the install. I recently had Safelite come out, the guy who came by knew that he was doing and installed a Pilkington. He told me a few stories from his days installing glass at Pick & Pull before this job.

AGRR, like many automotive trades is filled with hackjobs. There's a few hard and fasts you'll be on the lookout for with a glass tech. If he/she doesn't take the time to take the cowl and wipers off, keeps a big roll of universal molding in their van/truck or carelessly uses a long knife to cut the urethane, those are all signs of a hackjob. Prep is also important, that tech should be using one brand for urethane, glass/metal primer and prep.

Re: How reliable is windshield replacement? [Re: Jimmy9190] #4778148
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I've seen a few horrible hack job w/s installs done by Safelite. Most recent was on a buddy's F150 pickup. They broke the plastic cowling, didn't say anything and "glued" it back with black silicone. A Ford dealer fixed it on Safelite's dime after a bunch of hassle. I would avoid them if possible.


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