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Old 05-05-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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OEM Windshield Glass, Pilkington?

I need my windshield replaced, a local company is telling me they have glass that says pilkington on it, which I know does make our glass. The thing is though it does not have the bmw logo on it, but says pilkington. Shop says it is the same glass. Is this the same as OEM?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #2
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Most likely, it is the same. I have an aftermarket windshield on my car. I will see if I can find the maker within half an hour for you.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:30 AM   #3
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If you have a rain sensor OEM only if you have no rain sensor there is no difference in the pilkington glass
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:32 AM   #4
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If you have a rain sensor OEM only if you have no rain sensor there is no difference in the pilkington glass
I know I have the rain sensor, because the wipers do vary in speed by themselves. I'll check the brand regardless to help out.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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the only difference between a Pilkington OEM and a BMW OE is that the BMW OE has the "Pilkington and BMW logo" whereas the Pilkington just have the "Pilkington logo."
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:35 AM   #6
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I know I have the rain sensor, because the wipers do vary in speed by themselves. I'll check the brand regardless to help out.
every BMW has that function. if you have a rain sensor then you will know. is there a black block directly underneath your rear view mirror?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:42 AM   #7
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BMW uses Pilkington, however I believe that there is a difference between what Pilkington sells to the dealer and what they use as generic replacements. I had Coast-to-Coast autoglass replace mine and I asked specifically for dealer glass but they messed up the paperwork and installed regular Pilkington the first time around. The glass was wavy. I made them re-do the work with dealer glass and it was perfect. That's all I have to base it on.
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I dont have the rain sensor, wow, a lot of conflicting information here
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:19 AM   #9
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I have non-BMW branded Pilkington with a rain sensor and it works fine.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:52 AM   #10
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BMW uses a few brands. When I got a new OEM windshield for my 330 last year, it was a BMW logo windshield made by saint-gobain sekurit. I've heard PPG makes better glass than either company fwiw
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I have non-BMW branded Pilkington with a rain sensor and it works fine.
me too, installed a few weeks ago
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BMW uses a few brands. When I got a new OEM windshield for my 330 last year, it was a BMW logo windshield made by saint-gobain sekurit. I've heard PPG makes better glass than either company fwiw
so, onto to a quest to find ppg glass then
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I need my windshield replaced, a local company is telling me they have glass that says pilkington on it, which I know does make our glass. The thing is though it does not have the bmw logo on it, but says pilkington. Shop says it is the same glass. Is this the same as OEM?
Yes, it's the same.
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Well after searching a bit I have a cheap aftermarket window. Labeled FY and under it says AS1 M848
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:59 PM   #15
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Well after searching a bit I have a cheap aftermarket window. Labeled FY and under it says AS1 M848
Fy, i saw in another thread that is a cheaper Chinese brand, thanks for the help though
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I have non-BMW-stamped Pilkington replacement windshield in my BMW.

Sure was an upgrade over the OE 200k mile pitted-to-hell glass!
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:44 PM   #17
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BMW, Merc, Audi Typically come with Pilkington or St. Gobain Seikurit. On the e46 pilkington was the primary source.

I replaced mine with PPG, a us auto glass company formerly known as PGW and i have to say i honestly preffered the pilkington more. the ppg seems a little more "synthetic" wheras the pilkington had a crystal quality to it.

That being said the pilk and pilk bmw stamped are the same thing. similar to many of the parts. you can go buy an NGK spark plug or an NGK spark plug with a bmw logo on it - only difference 99% of the time? price and a bmw stamp.
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a little off topic but wasn't the pilkington glass crappy in the first place?
i thought i read somewhere the Sekurit was better, if so see if they can get you the Sekurit.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #19
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I hate my windshield now
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:35 PM   #20
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safellite put Sekurit in mine. No problems. I have a rain sensor. Just make sure they use OEM seal. Their house brand doesnt line up and fit correctly.
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