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Old 12-28-2011, 04:59 PM
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Those Damn Flying Rocks

Exactly after 2 months of delivery and 1,900mils on the meter. I've got a big crack on the windshield. Driving on the freeway behind a big truck and got hit by a flying rock at 80mph. In the begining there was only dime-size chip and I thought I could get it fix during first service appointment. But two days later after a fairly sunny morning the chip became two-feet long crack..... This breaks my heart.

Going to have the windshield replaced tommorow. Good thing I bought a 5yrs windshield protection insurance. So everything should free.

Any suggestion of what to look for when they're replacing my windshield such as censors, seals....?
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:56 PM
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This is no big deal.

Have replaced my daughter's 330i and wife's 328i over the past year. Both with rain sensors.

Had them done by a mobile guy in my driveway.

Less of an issue than if the rock had dented your hood and you needed body work and paint.

They just bring out a new windshield and pop out the old one.

You'll forget it ever happened (and hope it doesn't again anytime soon)!
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:29 PM
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You'll forget it ever happened (and hope it doesn't again anytime soon)!
Thanks for the comforting words. For some reasons, chipped/cracked windshield have always been haunting our Bimmers. My wife's 3 series had second windshield replaced not long ago. Now it's my 2-month old 535i.
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:06 AM
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Same happened to me at 30k miles. What does a windshield cost either from BMW or one of the other mobile suppliers? I have no replacement coverage.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:03 AM
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This is no big deal.

Have replaced my daughter's 330i and wife's 328i over the past year. Both with rain sensors.

Had them done by a mobile guy in my driveway.

Less of an issue than if the rock had dented your hood and you needed body work and paint.

They just bring out a new windshield and pop out the old one.

You'll forget it ever happened (and hope it doesn't again anytime soon)!


Exactly! It sucks when a rock hits the windshield but at the same time is relieving that it probably didn't hit your hood!
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:39 AM
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U all good. One nailed my hood and hit my windshield. Sux
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:52 AM
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U all good. One nailed my hood and hit my windshield. Sux
LoL the dreaded "double whammy"
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:31 AM
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It's no problem if you get someone who knows what they are doing and they use BMW OEM glass. I would NOT recommend Safelite for the job. They dripped sealer on my dash and ruined a $800 piece of wood on my Lexus a couple of years ago. I was shocked when I called Lexus and inquired about the cost to replace a piece of wood about 14" long and 4" wide. The manager at my local Safelite refused to acknowledge that they did it, even though I was standing there when it happened. I contacted the parent company and told them I would sue over this matter and they agreed to take care of it. They sent out a guy who contracted with Lexus to replace the windshield and he did an excellent job. I would not recommend Safelite to anyone with a nice car. Have your BMW dealer do it and have it done right.

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Old 12-29-2011, 07:11 AM
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If it makes you feel any better, you probably couldn't have had that chip repaired anyway. They're not allowed to repair chips directly in the driver's line of sight.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:35 AM
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I hate flying rocks. Whenever I am stuck behind a truck, I keep a distance of 2000 feet, then when I have an opportunity to pass, I do it as quickly as possible.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:37 AM
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If it makes you feel any better, you probably couldn't have had that chip repaired anyway. They're not allowed to repair chips directly in the driver's line of sight.
That's exactly what I was about to do (repair the chip) before the chip expanded to a long crack.

Any1 has an idea what does it cost repair a chip? Need to fix one on my wife windshield. And what about the cost of 5er windshield replacement?
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:03 AM
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Ask your dealer who they use. I know for my E66 that there are two windshields available for replacement. One has the BMW logo and the other does not but they are made by the same manufacturer. In MA insurance covers glass but they will not pay the extra $500 for the logo'd windshield. I opted for the non logo glass. Replaced the windshield several times over the course of owning three e66's and never had an issue. Remember, there is alot more to these windshields than glass. Infrared, rain sensors, etc.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:28 AM
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I hate flying rocks. Whenever I am stuck behind a truck, I keep a distance of 2000 feet, then when I have an opportunity to pass, I do it as quickly as possible.
Ditto here... nothing worse than driving and hearing a loud bang from rock collisions.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:44 AM
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I hate flying rocks. Whenever I am stuck behind a truck, I keep a distance of 2000 feet, then when I have an opportunity to pass, I do it as quickly as possible.
Helps with your stealth setup last time I attempted the maneuver of overtaking a stone spewing truck I got quoted 85 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Not to derail from the topic - I have a no-deductible glass comprehensive coverage, and used that on my previous car - Lexus (3 days after purchase, someone shot my back window with a bb gun), the glass was replaced with an OEM Lexus glass by Safelite. They did leave quite a few shattered glass pieces in the rear speaker grill, and I was still finding glass on my car floor 4 years later.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:54 AM
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Here is an interesting fact for you. In California, if another vehicle drops or kicks up any debris, including a rock, and the object hits your car and causes damage (windshield included) it is classified as a traffic accident. If you are able to, get the other vehicles license number, vehicle description, the location and time of occurrence. The other parties insurance should cover the replacement. If not, your insurance should cover it under comprehensive. Unfortunately, a lot of us carry such a high deductible that it doesn't work going through your own insurance.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:58 AM
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Here is an interesting fact for you. In California, if another vehicle drops or kicks up any debris, including a rock, and the object hits your car and causes damage (windshield included) it is classified as a traffic accident. If you are able to, get the other vehicles license number, vehicle description, the location and time of occurrence. The other parties insurance should cover the replacement. If not, your insurance should cover it under comprehensive. Unfortunately, a lot of us carry such a high deductible that it doesn't work going through your own insurance.
Really? I had no idea.......how can anyone prove that the car in front flipped the rock up? With this, anybody can say anything and insurance company will always pay? Hmmm...
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:01 AM
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Here is an interesting fact for you. In California, if another vehicle drops or kicks up any debris, including a rock, and the object hits your car and causes damage (windshield included) it is classified as a traffic accident. If you are able to, get the other vehicles license number, vehicle description, the location and time of occurrence. The other parties insurance should cover the replacement. If not, your insurance should cover it under comprehensive. Unfortunately, a lot of us carry such a high deductible that it doesn't work going through your own insurance.
That's one of the many things I like about my GEICO coverage...windshield damage repair or replacement falls under what I like referring to as one of life's can't helps. Coverage is automatic when things like that happen...and no deductible!
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:08 AM
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Really? I had no idea.......how can anyone prove that the car in front flipped the rock up? With this, anybody can say anything and insurance company will always pay? Hmmm...
I never heard of anything like that either. It strikes me that such a scenario...having to claim and ID the vehicle in front of you that caused debris to damage your windshield...would almost be impossible to prove. I know what my reaction would be if my insurance company called me about such a thing...the PC version would be to pound sand!
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:31 AM
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I agree... it is an odd interruption of the traffic collision law, but it is a fact.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:55 AM
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If you check realOEM.com you'll see many different windshields for our cars depending on your car's options. Coding required for most replacements.

Would agree to only use OEM glass and only have BMW dealer or authorized installer do it.

Maybe better now but I had a wait to get the part from BMW and had a minor battle with insurance to cover it at dealer with OEM glass.

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Old 12-29-2011, 10:01 AM
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I agree... it is an odd interruption of the traffic collision law, but it is a fact.
I hear ya cowboy!. Cali is a wonderful place nonetheless!
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My insurance, State Farm, also pays for windshield damage. Had a long crack on my Honda Odyssey and they sent someone out in no time to replace it.



Edit- Correction - mine was paid for under the comprehensive coverage and I did not have to pay the deductible.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:13 AM
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My insurance (Geico) pays for the replacement with no deductible under my comprehensive coverage.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:38 PM
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That's interesting. I also have State Farm and glass replacement falls under my comp. deductible. I changed the deductible to zero for about $50.00 a year when I got my M-Sport in July. There must be some rider on your policy for glass coverage that is rolled into your total premium.



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My insurance, State Farm, also pays for windshield damage. Had a long crack on my Honda Odyssey and they sent someone out in no time to replace it.



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My AAA auto insurance has free windshield chip repair but windshield replacement would incur a deductible. It looks like my ~$800 windshield protection insurance for 5 yrs pays for itself in just the first two month of the new car.
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