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Old 01-15-2016, 10:25 PM
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Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

Ok. I don't want this to turn into a war thread but this is weighing heavy on me. I have the worst luck with rocks hitting my windshield. Tomorrow will be my 3rd replacement in the less than 2 years of ownership. Now, my 1st replacement was due to a seriously large rock from a non covered gravel filled truck on the highway. It bounced out of the truck and struck my windshield while going about 65-70mph. It was big enough to see it coming and then gave a nice pop noise and left a great looking spider web.

I got it replaced with non-OEM glass. I was concerned but it seemed no issue. Less than 6 months later I had another stone whack the windshield. No biggie, it was small. Got it filled and no issue. Then once the weather got cold it became an issue and a nice long line was across my windshield one day, the first really cold day. Ok, replaced again, non-OEM glass.

It's been less than 3 weeks now and just the other day I hear another stone hit while cruising on the freeway. It hit the edge of the windshield passenger side. No crack but a small ping right near the seal. 2 days later it was forming a line from passenger toward middle (about .5 inch). 1 day after that it has moved across to the drivers side.

I'm scheduled for replacement. Maybe it's just my luck. Or, maybe it is the glass type.

Is OEM glass better than non-OEM?


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Re: Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

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OEM is definitely better than some if not all generic glass. There are some reputable companies out there making aftermarket glass but I would insist on oem. The quality and clarity seems more consistent. Your insurance company should cover it.
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Re: Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

Depending on where you are, your insurance should definitely cover replacement glass. When I lived in Florida, you were allowed 1 replacement glass per year. Here in Texas they fill the chip rather than replace the windshield.

Check with your insurance company for your specific state.
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Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

There's plastic you can buy(can't think of the name now) to cover the front windshield. its as clear as glass but makes it stone chip resistant. professional install type of thing
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Re: Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

Also worth considering keeping one of those little doityourself chip kits handy.
If you can catch the initial ding and it has ANY lines leading out of it whatsoever, fill that ding as fast as you can--can save the cracks growing across the windshield.

Even the factory glass seems a bit prone to chipping and if you don't get on the ding almost immediately it can grow alarmingly quickly.

I've had good luck with the Permatex bullseye kit.
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Re: Windshield Replacement: OEM vs. Generic

Avoid the 3m glass repair kits, they are junk and simply do not work!.
Permatex I also had good luck with in the past and holds up and actually fills the crack.
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