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Old 04-25-2013, 08:19 PM
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Stone into windshield

So I'm driving to work this morning and a truck passing from the opposite direction somehow sent an object that I think was a stone..Bang!!
It hit in the low part of the windshield on the driver side. There was a little glass on the dash but not much. The cracks worked their way out from the impact. I have 1,825 miles on my 328xi.
Finally my question... Insurance Will pay but I want to make sure the replacement is of the same quality as original. Should an authorized BMW service center perform the job? How do I make sure this is original BMW parts, and will I develop rattles because of the change?
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:04 PM
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BMW uses Pilkington glass. It should have BMW logo


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Old 04-26-2013, 04:55 AM
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Windshields are no big deal .... have had two done in my driveway (about $400 each) by a good local independent glass shop using Pilkington glass.

Your BMW dealer will just sub this out and charge your insurance company $1200.

Work it out with your insurance co to minimize / eliminate your out of pocket.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:24 AM
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I used Safelite two years ago for $600. The glass will have BMW logo on it. Mine was St Gobain (not Pilkington) from the factory and was replaced by St Gobain. However, it IS different from OEM as far as shading on the top goes, but it works perfectly fine and windshield wipers work properly.

If I were in your place, and if there will be NO cost whatsoever for you in this - I would take it to the dealer. As long as your insurance pays 100% and no penalty later for you, why not take it to the BMW dealer?
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I used Safelite two years ago for $600. The glass will have BMW logo on it. Mine was St Gobain (not Pilkington) from the factory and was replaced by St Gobain. However, it IS different from OEM as far as shading on the top goes, but it works perfectly fine and windshield wipers work properly.

If I were in your place, and if there will be NO cost whatsoever for you in this - I would take it to the dealer. As long as your insurance pays 100% and no penalty later for you, why not take it to the BMW dealer?
You are a lucky guy I've heard the Saint-Gobain Sekurit glass withstands rockchips better than Pilkington.
Most glass places have the windshields stocked from the same manufacturers as your OEM glass but without the make logo, the dealer most probably will subcontract the windshield replacement to the same glass place you might go for the replacement anyway.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:36 AM
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JUST had mine done a couple of weeks ago. About a 12" crack near the base of the windshield then worked it's way up. $500 deductible with my insurance and Safelite came out and replaced with BMW OEM factory glass. The guy replaced it in about 1 hour in my driveway. Pretty cool to watch him also. I see no reason why your insurance would not cover OEM glass but I would make sure they do and make sure you see the BMW logo on the glass before installing.

side note if you have rain sensing wipers. Make sure your guy knows he needs to take the condenstation sensor out of the current and put it in the new with a "kit". This is different than the actual rain sensing device. The first guy was clueless about this and thought he needed to get a another windshield. So he left and I immediately called Safelite and described what just happened as I was like, you have my VIN, etc. how could you send out the wrong replacement?? 2nd guy was much more knowledgable and I felt comfortable him replacing it. Looks great and would never know it's replaced. Just glad I did not put my Austrian vignette on there during my ED!

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:15 AM
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You are a lucky guy I've heard the Saint-Gobain Sekurit glass withstands rockchips better than Pilkington.
Most glass places have the windshields stocked from the same manufacturers as your OEM glass but without the make logo, the dealer most probably will subcontract the windshield replacement to the same glass place you might go for the replacement anyway.
I can't say, never had Pilkington

Sure, I went with SAfelite because, in my State (Ohio), glass is not mandatory included without deductible and it counts as comprehensive. So, I was looking at paying basically the same money by paying all $600 without involving insurance to SAfelite with respect to involving insurance and going to the dealer - but with penalty of using my comprehensive insurance.

If OP is in a State where glass is no-fault fully paid by insurance incident, I don't see a reason not to go to a dealer.
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No comment on the St. Gobain vs Pilkington supplier quality. My car has the Pilkington glass also. I recently opted for crack repair waiting for a more significant hit to come which is a matter of time in Texas. My cost was going to be $408 for a Pilkington non BMW marked piece. The way it was explained to me is Pilkington manufactures say 8000 unit for model year 2012. BMW buys 5000 of them and they are picked from the 8000 and receive the BMW marking. The others are sold as non marked. The BMW marked option was $586. The glass company told me i would be getting the exact same part but either BMW picked/marked or not. Maybe it is just me but I am not that vain to get the marked one. Also, in Texas the repair is a comprehensive claim and my deductible is $500 so I would have to foot the bill.

Anytime you have a windshield changed, you run the risk of hearing wind noise and/or potential for leak. To OP, drive on freeway to inspect for windnoise. Also, do some sort of water hose spraying or equivalent to inspect for leaks (and check rain sensor while your there). I would do this same day as delivery after repair. Concerning dealer vs glass company doing it. The glass guys are the Pros. I would rather have someone do it that that is all that do all day long.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:21 PM
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I just got mine replaced by BMW dealership in London, ON. They used the BMW glass and I just had to pay $300.00 deductible out of the $1275.00 total ($975.02 was covered by insurance). I did not really notice any difference from the windshield that I had before in terms of wind or extra noise.
Another BMW dealership was trying to rip me off by saying they have to install new sensors for rain and light. The one i went to, just took my original sensors and transferred them over to the new windshield.
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So I'm driving to work this morning and a truck passing from the opposite direction somehow sent an object that I think was a stone..Bang!!
It hit in the low part of the windshield on the driver side. There was a little glass on the dash but not much. The cracks worked their way out from the impact. I have 1,825 miles on my 328xi.
Finally my question... Insurance Will pay but I want to make sure the replacement is of the same quality as original. Should an authorized BMW service center perform the job? How do I make sure this is original BMW parts, and will I develop rattles because of the change?
Thanks
How big is the cracking? Longer than a dollar bill? If possible a repair is preferable to replacement.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:33 PM
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they drill the end of the crack and fill with glue. I had a 7" crack and they halted its propagation. I took a chance that the drilling would zap the crack out much further but it didn't.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:39 PM
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I have a crack that can't be repaired, and I have a lease. The windshield has to be BMW for turn in. My deductible is $1K and my dealer wants $1900. Can I just use Safelite?
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