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Old 08-23-2016, 07:25 PM
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Cracked Windshield - Anyone Used Safelite?

Anyone experienced a cracked windshield? (Unfortunately, it's not one of those tiny little cracks repairable with application of resin)

Dealership quoting $1500-$1700 range, while Safelite is $500~ range. I also have rain sensors. Not sure if I should pay extra and go with OEM or Safelite option would be good enough.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:15 PM
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Anyone experienced a cracked windshield? (Unfortunately, it's not one of those tiny little cracks repairable with application of resin)

Dealership quoting $1500-$1700 range, while Safelite is $500~ range. I also have rain sensors. Not sure if I should pay extra and go with OEM or Safelite option would be good enough.
The safelite 500 quote probably is not glass that is compatible with your sensors. With that being said, the dealership should be cheaper than that. At that price, you should be filing a claim under your insurance companies comprehensive claim and just pay your deductible (you do have insurance I would imagine, right?)

A new windshield on lease return is about 900 i think (I believe thats what they charge you for them on lease return). I would check with another dealer.
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Old 08-23-2016, 11:46 PM
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$1500 to $1700 for a windshield? That's outrageous.

I think I would agree with the above: use your insurance and get a genuine BMW windshield.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:03 AM
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The BMW windshield requirements are stringent, including the installation.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:07 AM
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Look on the lower left of the windshiled, under the BMW logo. The name of the glass maker is there (eg, Pilkingon, or something else), and ask Safelite for a quote using whichever mfgr is on your own windshield, and that is compatible with your sensors.

See what they say.
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Old 08-24-2016, 05:16 AM
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HUD requires a non-parallel glass surface. BMW requires proprietary alignment jigs, and a particular adhesive that requires not less than 24 hours without disturbance including steady temperature and controlled humidity.
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Old 09-02-2016, 09:52 AM
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Anyone experienced a cracked windshield? (Unfortunately, it's not one of those tiny little cracks repairable with application of resin)

Dealership quoting $1500-$1700 range, while Safelite is $500~ range. I also have rain sensors. Not sure if I should pay extra and go with OEM or Safelite option would be good enough.
I've used safelite 2 times already (unfortunately) on my 99 bmw 528i with no issues whatsoever...around $170 each time i believe, but wayyy cheaper than at a dealership
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:15 AM
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I had the windshield replaced on my 435 about 3 months ago. The cost was about $1175 which included all new sensors, etc. I went through the dealer as it is a leased car and they subed it out to another glass company who also submitted an insurance bid to my insurance company. They did excellent work and I have a receipt that says it was replaced by the dealership when it comes time to turn the car in.
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Old 09-02-2016, 11:24 AM
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I've used safelite 2 times already (unfortunately) on my 99 bmw 528i with no issues whatsoever...around $170 each time i believe, but wayyy cheaper than at a dealership
A 98 528 does not have all of the sensors etc that the new ones do. Safelite is fine for cars without all the sensors etc.
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:43 PM
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A 98 528 does not have all of the sensors etc that the new ones do. Safelite is fine for cars without all the sensors etc.
That is true. Newer bmw vehicles have more sensors than the older models. I believe some of the e39 came with rain sensors, but not mine though
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:53 PM
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I was in the glass industry for over 35 years..
Most of us recommend NOT to use safelite... Most shops seem to acquire poor workers, and nobody ( in the industry or ex safelite employees) cares for their "safelite" windshields"

IF you found a good installer ( at a Safelite) and a different brand WS ( than Safelite) probably would be OK......

Have you had any quotes from other Auto Glass companies?????
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:25 PM
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I had a similar issue when I needed the windshield replaced on my 2015 F30 (rain sensor, no HUD). Dealer quoted $1700. Safelite would not install BMW glass since it was a custom order and fear that the glass would crack during transportation to my apartment building. Insurance company would not cover BMW glass since the insurance company said aftermarket glass was 'just as good' although I was very skeptical with rain sensor and fact that car is leased. So....I worked with the insurance company and started calling local glass company installers. Found a glass company near me that would order the BMW glass (extra $150 relative to aftermarket glass) and brought car to the shop for installation. I was quoted 3 hours to install and actually took about an hour. Drive home 30 minutes after installation (in the rain!!!), and let the car sit for the weekend. VERY PLEASED with the job and everything works, plus no leaking or noise issues. Out of pocket was $200 total (150 extra for BMW glass + $50 deductible).
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I had a little push back from the insurance company about BMW glass but I told them they knew the car was leased and that BMW glass was required at lease turn in and had no more trouble from them.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:41 PM
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