I'm on windshield #3. First time, I used an independent company but paid a premium for factory BMW glass. The next time, I went with PPG glass which my insurance covered.
The glass quality of the PPG windshield is great. The rain sensor seems to be off a little on the non-factory glass, which kind of bends the cord over a little. My rearview mirror also came off once and had to be re-attached. A friend encountered both issues on his 335d when he went with non factory glass.
Dumb question. I have a small place that needs to be glue injected to keep a crack from starting. Any special precautions since it's a BMW? I took a rock hit from another car on a desolate road in colorado rockies.
Unfortunately my insurance does not cover windshield.
So if the non-OEM windshield has issues with the rain sensing feature I'm tempted to use non-rain sensing windshield which is $300+!
I had to replace my Jetta's windshield early this year and opted for the non VW windshield for $300+ instead for $500 for the VW product.
I drive a lot of highway miles and stone chips are a real hazard. Thus for the cost of a BMW windshield I can pay for 5 replacement (non-rain sensing) windshield.