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liuk3
11-09-2004, 11:58 PM
I just got a crack in my windshield this weekend. Recommendations please? I live in Los Angeles. How much is it going to hurt my wallet? How should I go about getting it repaired?

DYuk
11-10-2004, 11:06 AM
I just got a crack in my windshield this weekend. Recommendations please? I live in Los Angeles. How much is it going to hurt my wallet? How should I go about getting it repaired?

whether you want OE glass or aftermarket (cheaper), whether it has the rain-sensor part on it (more for part and labor), and where you get it done ($$$ at stealer).

You didn't describe the crack. If it's a small bullet hit, it can be repaired by drilling a hole and filling it with epoxy and heat curing it. Most auto glass places will do that (~$60). However, if in the driver's line of site, most reputable places should refuse to repair it (illegal in most states and if they can see it at inspection they will fail you). Also, they don't guarantee the repair because while drilling the hole, the winshield can crack.

If you have a line crack or a crack with spider legs already, replacement is the only option (if it's small, you can wait until it cracks further or until you have to get it inspected).

liuk3
11-10-2004, 11:11 AM
whether you want OE glass or aftermarket (cheaper), whether it has the rain-sensor part on it (more for part and labor), and where you get it done ($$$ at stealer).

You didn't describe the crack. If it's a small bullet hit, it can be repaired by drilling a hole and filling it with epoxy and heat curing it. Most auto glass places will do that (~$60). However, if in the driver's line of site, most reputable places should refuse to repair it (illegal in most states and if they can see it at inspection they will fail you). Also, they don't guarantee the repair because while drilling the hole, the winshield can crack.

If you have a line crack or a crack with spider legs already, replacement is the only option (if it's small, you can wait until it cracks further or until you have to get it inspected).

It's an 11 inch crack running horizontally starting from the left edge side of the windshield and going right. It is at the driver's eye level. I have rain-sensor and will want OE glass. Sounds like this is going to hurt the wallet. :bawling:

DYuk
11-10-2004, 11:21 AM
It's an 11 inch crack running horizontally starting from the left edge side of the windshield and going right. It is at the driver's eye level. I have rain-sensor and will want OE glass. Sounds like this is going to hurt the wallet. :bawling:

I used Autoglass twice here in the east coast awhile back for my Honda. First time worked great, second time the installer did a hack job on the liner cutting around the windshield. So I suggest you stick around and watch the installer (if nothing else that will make him be more careful). I read on the "other board" that the installation of the sensor is tricky, so you need to question the place/installer if they have done one before.
Good luck.

sky
11-10-2004, 01:38 PM
I just got a crack in my windshield this weekend. Recommendations please? I live in Los Angeles. How much is it going to hurt my wallet? How should I go about getting it repaired?If you don't mind driving, try Harloff in Encinitas (San Diego). About $400 for
OEM glass w/ the BMW logo. A big thanks to Jeff_DML for the info.:thumbup:

(edit) Oops. $400 was for the windshield without the rain sensor.

waapples
11-10-2004, 03:09 PM
doesn't this cover by the auto insurance?

i don't know about you guys' but my insurance would cover this type of service, of course i have to pay the deductable.

liuk3
11-10-2004, 04:18 PM
Yeah. I just called my insurance company. My deductible is $500 and the new windshield costs about $550 to replace. I hope my premiums don't go up because the insurance company has to pay a measily $50. Has anyone used All-Star Glass? I had heard that they have a decent reputation. They said also that they would guarantee the work against rain leakage and wind noise. They would be using OEM glass.

LA525iT
11-11-2004, 03:02 PM
doesn't this cover by the auto insurance?

i don't know about you guys' but my insurance would cover this type of service, of course i have to pay the deductable.

I believe many insurance companies waive the deductible for this repair.

paulwbenn
11-11-2004, 04:25 PM
I recently got a quote from John Roberts BMW in Dallas to replace the windshield (no rain sensor) on my 2002 525. The quote for windshield, seal and installation was over $600. I am going to check with Safelite glass or similar. Good luck with it.

brianmaslen
11-15-2004, 10:29 AM
Hi guys, as a matter of interest I just had my E39 screen replaced in the UK by a screen specialist recommended by the BMW dealer. It is the rain sensor model and cost 438 sterling...fortunately my insurance means I only pay the first 25....also if I had chosen to have it repaired instead I would have still only paid 25, like you it was around a foot long so needed replacing.

liuk3
11-15-2004, 01:35 PM
I ended up getting the windshield replaced for $502 from All-Star Glass. They gave some discount on labor since I am with Mercury Insurance. I used OEM glass and have the rain sensor. The dude came to my office to replace. The glass seems to be holding up fine with no materially noticeable increase in cabin noise, but then again I usually have the music pumpin' pretty loud anyway, so I figured it really wouldn't bother me. I am pretty happy with it considering that Beverly Hills BMW had quoted me something like $1200 to replace the windshield. South Bay BMW had quoted me ~$650.