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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-04-2014, 04:52 PM
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Windshield replacement

Today I got a spider crack on my windshield, branching out from directly behind the black part of the rear view mirror.

This is my first time needing a potential windshield replacement so can someone explain the process as well as your personal experiences with having to replace a windshield?

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:14 PM
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Call your insurance company. Often glass is covered differently and with no deductible. If it is not covered then they may be able to refer you so that you get it at their rate.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:27 PM
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^^^+1000, howevver, make sure you specify you want OEM glass. If they install a cheap windshield you will have waviness that you cannot get rid of.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:36 PM
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I have replaced a windshield (not on a BMW),and pay whatever it takes to have it professionally done.If it isn't seated and sealed perfectly,you will have a mess on your hands.You only get one try!I just had one replaced in my E46.My insurance deductible was more than finding one myself.Safelite did it,guaranteed,in my driveway for $230.It looks great!
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:38 PM
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Yeah, dealer will quote you roughly $1400 for a new windshield, and that's without HUD. Safelite did it on my old 530 with OEM glass for $650, which the insurance was fine with.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:47 PM
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At worst, you should be out no more than your comprehensive deductible.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:52 PM
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Will the insurance company send out an adjuster to look at the crack?


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Old 04-04-2014, 07:45 PM
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No. Insurance companies (most anyway) deal with a central processor for glass claims now. They give claim number and you call the central glass people and they will tell you who is a direct bill glass company near you. Usually there are several if you are in a big city. You may be required to send a digital picture.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:06 PM
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Safelite does good work, and has a great warranty. It is not BMW OEM, but I have never seen "Waviness"
BMW has an 11 page service bulletin on installation, even a kit for a proper installation. Safelite does not adhere to this, but still does an effective job.
Things to look for:
1) a gauge exists to determine proper depth in relation to body lines (to minimize wind noise.
2) the glass is prestressed (Yes, glass flexes!!)
3) if too much urethane bedding compound is used, then seating the rubber trim is difficult or impossible. (Guess how I know??)
4) The rain sensor is a consideration. The adhesive pad can be an issue, but the pad and mount are available separately. (If anyone can explain how my teenagers broke my rain sensor horseplaying....I'd love to know!!!)


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Old 04-05-2014, 02:57 PM
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My insurance pays 100%. I went to Safelite with my E38. The forum I belonged to cautioned that improper installation would cause many problems. A few mms too high wind noise, too low a leak. I took the BMW guide to Safelite and the manager acted as he knew everything. I also insisted on a BMW windshield which they did use. He wouldn't listen or buy the spacers to install with. After 5 tries and mind you each time they bought another windshield from BMW for $850 I called their Miami HQ's for help. They had me go to a BMW dealer of my choice, have them install and then send the bill to Safelite. The dealer in Brooklyn did the work for $2400 which Safelite paid for. The moral is you may get a schmuck working there but if you have a problem they will take care of it. I would use them again.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:04 PM
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I guess I got really lucky on the price,installer ,and quality.No wind noise or waviness,and most importantly no leaks.I drove thru a wicked t-storm in it last weekend.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:07 PM
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Holy cow a windshield replacement at life quality is $2400???


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Old 04-05-2014, 05:01 PM
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Windshield replacement

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Old 04-05-2014, 05:41 PM
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Call your insurance compony. Or call safe-line glass
Depending where you live you can get a discount
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:33 PM
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Yep. At the time I lived 6 blocks from BMW of Manhattan and didn't go to them even though I wasn't paying. I didn't have the heart for Saflite to pay $3400 so I went to Life Quality. I have State Farm with no deductable for glass replacement. They paid for the first round with Safelite then it was on Safelite.

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:39 PM
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It has been several years since I last changed the windshield on my 2000/E46. After having the windshields crack due to a road pebble (?) hitting it within 2 inches of the edge, I decided to go with after-market glass, and glad I did. It cannot be worse than OEM glass which is ulta thin around the edges compared to other models, IE my E30. Told that BMW did this purposely to reduce weight, but not sure if that is true. BUT the A-M glass has lasted the longest. AND perhaps I am just fooling myself SINCE BMW does NOT make the windshields and is using one of the A-M windshield companies.
Costs---first time I got OEM glass and it was changed by the dealer. They were nice and charged me their glass guys cost. BMW Dealer DOES NOT change the glass, they call in an INDEPENDENT guy to do it or take it to the local shop--AND normally mark it up for their time and profit. First time paid just under $400. Second time about $500 and I took it to an Indy for OEM glass. The third time I had an Indy that only goes to shops meet me at my Indy repair shop, and did it in about an hour or 1 1/2 hour--requested non OEM glass with rain sensor--and it has worked great for 10 years--cost about $450. Even with inflation, I would think that you would not double the above costs to bring them to today's prices. Anyone paying in the $3000 range needs to shop around.
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:07 PM
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Is there anyone here who specifically requested an experienced/knowledgable BMW installer from Safelite?

Who did you specifically ask? Was it when you were making your appointment? How were you ensured you would be getting this type of installer?


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Old 04-07-2014, 06:25 PM
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I was told by the manager at Safelite on 54th street in Manhattan that they do many BWW's. I specifically asked about E38's since there is no room for error on that model. He assured me they knew what they were doing. It cost Safelite about $6000 for their BS. But I would go back since they stood behind their work and fired that AH manager.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:16 PM
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Found a good company that the body shops and dealers use that would install Pilkington for me at $347. Been in business for 100 years.


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Found a good company that the body shops and dealers use that would install Pilkington for me at $347. Been in business for 100 years.


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That is what I have been saying all along. I never paid more than $400. Perhaps today, a few years later it may be a little more, BUT $800 or $6000 is just crazy. I believe that Pilkington makes the OEM BMW glass.
Just make sure they use the OEM gaskets.
I got mine about 5 years ago with rain sensor and it works fine.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:51 PM
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I had Safellite do mine. I have HUD so it was OEM and I had to pay deductible (no full glass in VT). Nice install and in my own driveway. I'm happy with it.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:29 PM
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Im tech for safelite. If u bring it to my shop in white plains ny i will take care of you. I just did my window last friday! i have a 2008 550
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:08 PM
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been thinking about doing mine because it's pretty beat up from the previous owner... so checking out this thread, went for quote on Safelite.... $935 before tax. Wow, that's a lot. I have rain sensor, but no HUD. Does that seem right? Seems really high to me, but I've never done a BMW windshield.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:14 PM
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been thinking about doing mine because it's pretty beat up from the previous owner... so checking out this thread, went for quote on Safelite.... $935 before tax. Wow, that's a lot. I have rain sensor, but no HUD. Does that seem right? Seems really high to me, but I've never done a BMW windshield.
Theres different types of glass. Oem is the best , but u can use glass by Saint gobain, PGW, or Plinktion. I went with the cheaper glass Fy glass to test it to see how good it is. The only bad part about the cheap Chinese glass is that there a bad bend and you need foam to give it a little bit of suspension or else it will rub the dash. I put foam in mine and i u can not tell the different between cheap or expensive glass. IM also the one who put my glass in. I been with safelite for over 3 years. Next time it Breaks im going with saint gobain. Thats bmw oem style glass just doesn't have the symbol on it.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:23 PM
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I had Safellite do mine. I have HUD so it was OEM and I had to pay deductible (no full glass in VT). Nice install and in my own driveway. I'm happy with it.
How much did it cost you?? What was the glass did you use?? which Brand?? Any issues with HUD?? Is it appearing clear and without any double images??
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