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nukezero2010-08-18 20:16:29 +0000 #1
I've had the car for over 8 months now and I've got to say, BMW has awesome paint (withstands against rock chips in the bumper) but the shittiest glass ever.

The windshield has nicks and picks from hwy speed driving. In fact, my 2005 Acura TSX with PPG honda windshield fared much better.

Why does BMW use shitty glass. The glass that is on there is Saint Gobain Sekurit and people say its the best of them all, but it's too soft still! It will get a nick that is not big enough to spider, but enough to annoy.

What are you guys using (aftermarket wise) and how has it held up against OEM?

This is a quote I just received from a local shop and this is what they are charging for replacement:

PGW brand with an original moulding it will be $475.00 plus tax (supposedly this is PPG, Japanese car companies use this as a supplier)

Pilkington brand with an original moulding it will be $495.00 plus tax (probably just as shitty?)

Original BMW glass with original moulding will be $695.00 plus tax (Shitty Sekurit brand)

Safelite (extremely popular) wants $298.99 + tax + molding for their "Safelite" brand (made-in-usa claim) and lifetime warranty... they said that is of identical quality

If the glass all sucks, then I rather buy Chinese windshields (FYG).... for $120 a pop or something... and just replace them every year... this is terrible.


doggiedog2010-08-18 20:25:19 +0000 #2
I agree. I got a huge scratch from some brown rock that dropped off a trunk in front of me. Unfortunately, it is exactly right in my line of sight, eye high so I see it every time I drive.
bsamoul2010-08-18 21:02:11 +0000 #3
It is pretty soft
E90 87ss2010-08-18 20:42:24 +0000 #4
My glass sucks too, little chips everywhere, when the sun hits it just right you can see all of them. my 22 year old car with original glass doesn't have this problem... But then again new glass is probably safer...
VTECaddict2010-08-18 20:45:53 +0000 #5
Mines has Pilkington glass and the windshield is pitted to hell.
Alchem2010-08-18 21:32:32 +0000 #6
I agree my car has 2 nicks from rocks on the highway. The glass is way too soft. Luckily its on the passenger side so I didn't replace windshield yet. Every time a rock hits the windshield I get nervous about a nick.

And replacing the windshield is going to cost over $1000 because of the rain sensor.
chromisdesigns2010-08-18 22:20:58 +0000 #7
Don't any of you who are complaining about rock chips and cracks carry comprehensive insurance? That's what it's for, among other things. When we got a crack in our old windshield, the agent didn't even have us take it in to look, they just said "take it wherever you want, have them call us, we'll pay the bill." Zero deductible, too. So we had our regular BMW shop do it with all OEM parts, insurance paid, done deal.

Yes, the glass is soft, and it will accumulate sand pits, etc. But sooner or later, you'll get a chip or crack, then get it replaced. Simple as that.
undecided2010-08-18 21:34:29 +0000 #8
It's not all BMW glass, just the 3 series. The M5 I just got has no scratches like my 335 did.
e92montego2010-08-18 22:55:29 +0000 #9
paint is terrible...paint blemishes from anything from bird droppings to water spots...my 10yr old honda accord's paint holds up better than this paint.
itsjappo2010-08-18 20:57:34 +0000 #10
after having my car for about a month and half, i find that the paint is not that great. mini rock chips easily takes it off. the glass sucks. i noticed it after 2 weeks of ownership. I was wondering what those blemishes on my windshield were and after washing the car, i found out it was rash from daily driving. i wonder if warranty will replace it. heh.
John 0702010-08-18 22:20:56 +0000 #11
I agree, I had one repair done since it was on the pass side, but it's like a white pimple--definitely noticeable and not what you want in the driver's view.

I was thinking what's the use of replacing it if not cracked? It's only going to get the nicks again anyway.

And with the Chinese glass ($210 installed at my office), my Nissan got that about a year ago. It is exactly like OEM, and TO DATE, IT HAS NOT A SINGLE SCRATCH NOR CHIP.

What I don't understand is the rain sensor--does that get replaced, or does the tech have to reuse the old one? How is he going to line it up perfectly, as the rearview mirror depends upon that, and what if it starts acting up?
John 0702010-08-18 22:27:44 +0000 #12
Quote:

Originally Posted by chromisdesigns

Don't any of you who are complaining about rock chips and cracks carry comprehensive insurance? That's what it's for, among other things. When we got a crack in our old windshield, the agent didn't even have us take it in to look, they just said "take it wherever you want, have them call us, we'll pay the bill." Zero deductible, too. So we had our regular BMW shop do it with all OEM parts, insurance paid, done deal.

Yes, the glass is soft, and it will accumulate sand pits, etc. But sooner or later, you'll get a chip or crack, then get it replaced. Simple as that.

I think it depends on the state--I have a $200 deductible. I was considering dropping my comp/collision as I've never had a claim in my driving career--that's tons of money down the drain as I've had a car since age 19. My parents had never had comp/collision as they've never borrowed for a car. But for some reason, my mom put insurance on her 2005 Honda. She did get the glass replaced for free as the glass coverage was a $0 deductible.

My point is I believe that glass coverage is not available in all states, in which case it's under the comp and follows the comp deductible.

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