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Old 02-27-2011, 08:12 AM
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Prone to chips in windshield?

I just realized that my windshield is pitted with a half dozen small (1/16-1/8th in.) craters, one of which was large enough to require filling by the windshield repair people. Most are located near the base of the windshield. Now I realize that this has been an awful winter, with lots of salt and stones on the road. However, I've been driving BMWs for 30+ years and have not had this experience before. Could it be caused by the combination of the hood and windshield contours? Has anyone else noticed an unusual amount of pitting on the F10 windshield?
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:37 AM
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People have been complaining of soft glass on BMW windshields for a while now. My '08 335i was awful, never had to have it replaced though. I've already noticed many small pits on my F10 535i with 5000 miles on it. I do a good bit of highway driving, but even small hits by sand and other normal items is enough to create the pitting. I don't recall my '05 330i having as bad a problem.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:46 PM
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I haven't had any issues, but I highly recommend putting Rain-X or Glass Science Rain Clear Windshield Repellant Gel. These products will make all the exterior glass super slick, easier to clean and aid in visibility. I'm not sure if it helps with pitting, but it can't hurt for sure. As a bonus your wipers will last longer as well.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:00 PM
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Yes, I agree. I scratched my windshield with freakin news paper! I was getting bird droppings off my windshield and noticed little scratches. I am going to tried glass polish to see if it will remove them.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:16 PM
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Got another hit today....a small crack, about 3/16" in length. Will wait to see what happens when summer comes, may swap out windshield. But this is a bit silly. I do use Rain-X.
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I have experienced the same problem. Within one month of having my F10 and before the winter weather arrived, I noticed that my windshield had many chips. I am very disappointed by this because I believe the windshield should be more durable. Will BMW try to charge me for this at the end of the lease?
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:50 PM
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It is my understanding that it is much more difficult to repair windshield chips if Rain-X has been used. Apparently it leaves a microscopic residue that makes the windshield repair adhesive less likely to work. I was researching windshield chip repairs when I came across this information on a number of blogs.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:10 AM
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It is my understanding that it is much more difficult to repair windshield chips if Rain-X has been used. Apparently it leaves a microscopic residue that makes the windshield repair adhesive less likely to work. I was researching windshield chip repairs when I came across this information on a number of blogs.
I always use Rain-X and have had quite a few successful chip repairs. Doesn't seem to be a problem as they apparently can clean the windshield chip sufficiently of Rain-X, road oils, bug deposits, acid rain and any other debris in the chip.
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Yes kocsis, my experience is the same as yours. I got my 2011 F10 550 M sport on 12/4/10 and have about 2600 miles. I have 4 or 5 small windshield divots like you describe. This is definitely an issue with BMW windshields. Does anyone know how to fix these? Partial or total fix?
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It is my understanding that it is much more difficult to repair windshield chips if Rain-X has been used. Apparently it leaves a microscopic residue that makes the windshield repair adhesive less likely to work. I was researching windshield chip repairs when I came across this information on a number of blogs.
To a certain extent.

A guy I used to work with was super ridiculous about his car....and put on Rain-X every week! He literally used to drive with no wipers up until a downpour but I digress.

He had a small crack that he tried to have filled and they said there was too much Rain-X for them to be able to repair it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:21 AM
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Same experience here with windshield chipping. Weak glass quality is what they use to keep manufacturing costs down.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:13 PM
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I don't think BMW is more prone to chipping then any other make. I drive mostly freeway and have had some pretty good size stones bounce off with no major damage. Small chips sure, that's unavoidable if you drive the freeways. You just have to pay attention and back off from cars and especially trucks or pass them ASAP. Gravel trucks are the worst and they all like to drive 75 mph. I've owned Lexus, Audi and several American brands. All have the same problem.
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I currently have a 12+ inch crack in the upper corner (passenger-side) of the windshield which I presume was caused by a stone chip (a small ding on the crack is obvious) I don't remember anything hitting the windshield...which is strange as the car is only 2.5 months old I have been obsessive/paranoid about keeping it in perfect condition and cringe everytime someone in front of me cleans their windshield and gets wiper fluid on my windshield Luckily I have no-deductible insurance coverage for it. I was supposed to have the windshield replaced this morning..but the auto glass guy said his supplier didn't have a replacement F10 windshield in stock. I hope to get it done by the weekend.
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I don't think BMW is more prone to chipping then any other make. I drive mostly freeway and have had some pretty good size stones bounce off with no major damage. Small chips sure, that's unavoidable if you drive the freeways. You just have to pay attention and back off from cars and especially trucks or pass them ASAP. Gravel trucks are the worst and they all like to drive 75 mph. I've owned Lexus, Audi and several American brands. All have the same problem.
Well I don't know what the other responders are referring to, but like I said, my previous '08 335i windshield was full of small pits from even sand particles blowing up from the road from traffic ahead. I do a good amount of highway driving to and from work (except for the bumper-to-bumper part), but IMO, that windshield, and now my new 535i, seems worse for wear than my previous cars. My 535i windshield had small pits after a few weeks and nothing "big" hit the windshield.
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Well I don't know what the other responders are referring to, but like I said, my previous '08 335i windshield was full of small pits from even sand particles blowing up from the road from traffic ahead. I do a good amount of highway driving to and from work (except for the bumper-to-bumper part), but IMO, that windshield, and now my new 535i, seems worse for wear than my previous cars. My 535i windshield had small pits after a few weeks and nothing "big" hit the windshield.
I have had the same experience with my F10, which was delivered on October 23, 2011 and which has just about 5k miles. Our 2010 X5 seems to be doing better, but I attribute this to the location of the windshield (higher up), rather than the X5 having a better windshield. Contrary to Mark's 2008 335i, our 2006 325xi's windshield seems to have done better than the one on the F10.
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