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Old 09-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Pitted Windshield

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Any suggestions as to what I can do concerning my awful looking pitted windshield?

I visited a local glass shop and they said there's nothing they or anyone else can do for a pitted windshield. The only thing they suggested was a complete replacement for $485 (tax inclusive). That will include all the necessary rubber seals, rain sensor and whatever else.

I've heard some bad stories with people having noise issues and leaks after having a third party performing the replacement, so I'm hesitant to go down this step. As for the dealership, I've not even bothered asking them as I know they'll probably charge way more.

Should I just live with it? Or if anyone has any other tips as to what they did about their pitted windshields, please do share. In my case, it's quite difficult to see in direct sunlight.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:01 PM   #2
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I just wait for a rock hit to crack it enough for the insurance to pay to replace it.
If you have noise or leaks afterward, take it back and make them fix it correctly.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Hey guys,
Any suggestions as to what I can do concerning my awful looking pitted windshield?

I visited a local glass shop and they said there's nothing they or anyone else can do for a pitted windshield. The only thing they suggested was a complete replacement for $485 (tax inclusive). That will include all the necessary rubber seals, rain sensor and whatever else.

I've heard some bad stories with people having noise issues and leaks after having a third party performing the replacement, so I'm hesitant to go down this step. As for the dealership, I've not even bothered asking them as I know they'll probably charge way more.

Should I just live with it? Or if anyone has any other tips as to what they did about their pitted windshields, please do share. In my case, it's quite difficult to see in direct sunlight.

I had a guy come to my house and replace my windshield with it parked in the driveway for $185 on my toyota tundra a few months back. It was a 1 guy deal and he had it done in 2 hours. no leaks, no noise.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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Actually sometimes insurance will cover an extremely pitted windshield. They're dangerous when it's dusk or dawn especially. It gets very hard to see
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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Need to read your insurance policy carefully. My previous policy had glass coverage as a standard provision. My new policy has a specific exclusion for glass, with rare exceptions.
I have had my E46 windshield changed 3 times over the years, and each time there were no problems--no leaks, no noise--perfect job. First time was by the dealer. next 2 times an independent who goes to shops and does it. He also does it for the dealer (the difference is that the dealer adds an additional $100 on to the price for their trouble). No way would I use the dealer since they DO NOT change glass--they call in a glass guy to do it. I understand that the most important thing is to make sure the you get the BMW seals. Twice I was with them when they did it, 15 minutes to get the glass out, less than 2 hours total job. Because the BMW glass is so weak (thin) on the edges, last time I use a After Market glass, very happy with it. It comes with the rain sensor.
Re-pitted windshield ---I know someone who changes the glass every few years because it annoys him. It is going to cost $400 to $500 to do.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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I'll have to re-read my insurance policy then, would be great to have a new windshield put in. Cheers for the suggestions.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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I'll have to re-read my insurance policy then, would be great to have a new windshield put in. Cheers for the suggestions.
Best thing you can do I'm getting mine replaced before she goes away for hibernation this year.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:53 PM   #8
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I have 71 k on mine , is pitted and I have a crack from a rock. Will look into insurance . Hmmm . Wonder if they will jack my premium up if I am able to make a claim .
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:20 PM   #9
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If they get an OEM windshield ordered from the BMW dealership like I had to get SafeLite to do after the first OE one they put in. Not all OE windshields come with the rain sensor and lens. It should already be in place.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:40 PM   #10
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Better be OE! But throw a brick it at, then call insurance. Lol jk.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:27 AM   #11
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I've heard some bad stories with people having noise issues and leaks after having a third party performing the replacement, so I'm hesitant to go down this step. .
Got mine replaced by some dude for $200, absolutely no issues 2 years later. Much better than being constantly blinded.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:59 AM   #12
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My windshield is pretty badly chipped. I didn't know you could have insurance cover it if it was just a worn out piece. Would be awesome to have a clean windshield for once...
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:20 AM   #13
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My windshield is pretty badly chipped. I didn't know you could have insurance cover it if it was just a worn out piece. Would be awesome to have a clean windshield for once...
if you have any pits that are deep enough to be a "safety risk" meaning crack causing, then you should be able to have it replaced.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:08 AM   #14
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Just change your comprehensive deductible too $100 and be done. That's what I do. Costs me $100 for a $700 windshield with rain sensing wiper module.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:47 AM   #15
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So I called my insurance company yesterday and they said they don't cover pitted windshields. I have a $500 deductible and the windshield replacement cost was quoted at ~$480. They confirmed I'd have to be the one that paid for the replacement of the windshield. Ah well, I guess I have no option at the moment other than waiting.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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So I called my insurance company yesterday and they said they don't cover pitted windshields. I have a $500 deductible and the windshield replacement cost was quoted at ~$480. They confirmed I'd have to be the one that paid for the replacement of the windshield. Ah well, I guess I have no option at the moment other than waiting.
Something tells me you can shop around and find it cheaper then that.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:27 AM   #17
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I polished mine its a lot better now but still pitted.
I used Poor Boys Polish by hand.
http://www.autogeek.net/poorboys-wor...-polish-2.html
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #18
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Actually sometimes insurance will cover an extremely pitted windshield. They're dangerous when it's dusk or dawn especially. It gets very hard to see
if you've got insurance that covers wear and tear, yes.

Driving with bald tires is also very dangerous, but it doesn't mean your insurance company is going to cover it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #19
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The only cure is a new windshield.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:28 AM   #20
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