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Old 08-07-2012, 10:03 PM
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

thanks...I will find out tomorrow and will push for oem.
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

Same thing happened to me. Because my Jeep was so new at the time (3 months/2500 mi), I insisted on OEM glass replacement which the insurance company had no trouble authorizing (they said they would replace a windshield with an OEM one for any vehicle two years old or newer). A couple of observations:

- The insurance company recommended that I use SafeLite, but told me I was free to use whomever I wanted. Because of the bad rep SafeLite has in this forum, I was leery, so I called several other places. The two local Jeep dealerships do not do windshield replacements so I called their subcontractors as well as others. Long story short, SafeLite seemed to be the best option after all so I went with them. They offered to come to my house for the repair (all of the shops did) which I accepted.

- The guy who showed up had been in the business for a long time. When I asked him how he was going to remove it without damaging, scratching, etc., he told me he uses a blade to cut out the windshield but not to worry because he covers any scratches with primer to prevent rusting and the scratches caused by the cutting would be under the edge of the new windshield and not visible in any case. I wasn't thrilled with that so I asked if there was another option. He said they could use a wire to remove the windshield but he had not yet been trained on that technique. He offered to call someone who was trained and within 45 min that person was at my house and the two had the cracked windshield off in no time, with no scratches anywhere. The new OEM windshield was installed in about 20 min and it looks perfect.

- Lessons Learned. (1) Ask for the wire removal, not the blade. The wire will allow an experienced tech to remove the windshield with no scratches and leaves no marks whatsoever. (2) Order time for the OEM windshield was only a couple of days. Retail was $680 but the cost to SafeLite was considerably less. Total cost of repair was under $500. I only paid my $100 deductible. (3) SafeLite here in Hampton Roads, VA does great work.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

Have you tried the rain sensitive wipers?
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

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Same thing happened to me. Because my Jeep was so new at the time (3 months/2500 mi), I insisted on OEM glass replacement which the insurance company had no trouble authorizing (they said they would replace a windshield with an OEM one for any vehicle two years old or newer). A couple of observations:

- The insurance company recommended that I use SafeLite, but told me I was free to use whomever I wanted. Because of the bad rep SafeLite has in this forum, I was leery, so I called several other places. The two local Jeep dealerships do not do windshield replacements so I called their subcontractors as well as others. Long story short, SafeLite seemed to be the best option after all so I went with them. They offered to come to my house for the repair (all of the shops did) which I accepted.

- The guy who showed up had been in the business for a long time. When I asked him how he was going to remove it without damaging, scratching, etc., he told me he uses a blade to cut out the windshield but not to worry because he covers any scratches with primer to prevent rusting and the scratches caused by the cutting would be under the edge of the new windshield and not visible in any case. I wasn't thrilled with that so I asked if there was another option. He said they could use a wire to remove the windshield but he had not yet been trained on that technique. He offered to call someone who was trained and within 45 min that person was at my house and the two had the cracked windshield off in no time, with no scratches anywhere. The new OEM windshield was installed in about 20 min and it looks perfect.

- Lessons Learned. (1) Ask for the wire removal, not the blade. The wire will allow an experienced tech to remove the windshield with no scratches and leaves no marks whatsoever. (2) Order time for the OEM windshield was only a couple of days. Retail was $680 but the cost to SafeLite was considerably less. Total cost of repair was under $500. I only paid my $100 deductible. (3) SafeLite here in Hampton Roads, VA does great work.

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So did you get OEM MOPAR Windshield? I thought SafeLite only used their own glass.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:43 PM
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I had mine replaced in the first week on my new GC, a small chip on the drivers side edge, sent a crack right across at eye level. I was so pissed, and thought it was a faulty screen.

Was replaced by insurance co, had all my uv tinting done at same time.

It was OEM, but took a week to get, none in stock in Western Australia.

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I've replaced automotive glass with aftermarket before and was disappointed. I'm sure there are some quality aftermarket glass manufacturers but when in doubt just go with oem.

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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

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So did you get OEM MOPAR Windshield? I thought SafeLite only used their own glass.
SafeLite ordered the OEM Mopar windshield. It took two days and they had no problem doing it. In fact, they asked whether I wanted them to replace it with aftermarket or OEM when I made the appointment. When they showed up, the windshield was in its original packing so I could see it was legit.
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Have you tried the rain sensitive wipers?
Absolutely...I use those all the time. That is another reason I wanted OEM. I wasn't sure if the aftermarket glass would work as well.
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

I had my windshield replaced by Safelite about six months ago due to a chip/crack from all the highway driving I do. First attempt, I opted for the aftermarket glass due to a significantly reduced repair turnaround time due to availability of parts. Big mistake. First off, the the weatherstripping around the top of the windshield looked like garbage due to its subpar quality and the several waves it had in it. To add to that, I had an issue with the RainSense wipers not working properly with the new windshield. I experienced intermittent "ghost swipes" of the wipers at random times during driving as well as every time I started my vehicle.

Called Safelite and told them I was by no means satisfied with the replacement. They set up a time for a tech to come out again for round two. This time I insisted on an OEM replacement, which they were happy to provide (just make sure your insurance company is willing to foot the extra cost).

Hanging around while the tech was replacing the windshield, we came to find out that the OEM windshield has 2 alignment pins at the top corners that help locate is properly in the window opening while the aftermarket did not. This was part of the reason why the aftermarket windshield install looked so crappy. Also, after removal of the aftermarket garbage, we noticed an air bubble in the gel pack that the covers the rain sensor causing the issues I was experiencing.

Long story short I will always recommend OEM glass, especially on such a new vehicle with all the technology that interacts with it (RainSense wipers, Auto high beams, etc.) Go factory if you can. It will likely save you additional trouble down the road.
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

Thanks Frankdatank. Finally some specific information as to the reason to go OEM. It would cause me to pay the difference out of pocket if my insurance company refused OEM.
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Re: New windshield for overland ...question.

Get oem mine just cracked last week with a damn stone from the road, insurance "approved replacement part" but it did not have the rain sensor in was also told te oem is needed for the intelligent hi beams... Shop did not have oem and said that insurance would not cover it in decided to try the repair procedure
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I had my windshield replaced by Safelite about six months ago due to a chip/crack from all the highway driving I do. First attempt, I opted for the aftermarket glass due to a significantly reduced repair turnaround time due to availability of parts. Big mistake. First off, the the weatherstripping around the top of the windshield looked like garbage due to its subpar quality and the several waves it had in it. To add to that, I had an issue with the RainSense wipers not working properly with the new windshield. I experienced intermittent "ghost swipes" of the wipers at random times during driving as well as every I started the vehicle.

Called Safelite and told them I was by no means satisfied with the replacement. They set up a time for a tech to come out again for round two. This time I insisted on an OEM replacement, which they were happy to provide (just make sure your insurance company is willing to foot the extra cost).

Hanging around while the tech was replacing the windshield, we came to find out that the OEM windshield has 2 alignment pins at the top corners that help locate is properly in the window opening while the aftermarket did not. This was part of the reason why the aftermarket windshield install looked so crappy. Also, after removal of the aftermarket garbage, we noticed an air bubble in the gel pack that the covers the rain sensor causing the issues I was experiencing.

Long story short I will always recommend OEM glass, especially on such a new vehicle with all the technology that interacts with it (RainSense wipers, Auto high beams, etc.) Go factory if you can. It will likely save you additional trouble down the road.
Thanks for this info. I contacted safelite and they will order OEM for me. I still need to get approval from my insurance company, however.
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