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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Jun-25-2009, 03:46:10 AM   #31
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I understood what you wrote and I understand your logic as well. But you need to understand one term that hasn't been mentioned: resale.
I won't insult you by lecturing the concept. Personally, I look for things like this when I consider buying a used vehicle, especially a BMW. So the $131 in the big scheme of things isn't throwing money away. Being penny wise maybe good but being cheap and pound foolish is not the way I operate. The BMW glass will be installed tomorrow. Should I post a pic of the little logo?
I doubt the majority of people out there will look at a winshield when buying a car to see whether or not it's OEM, unless the seller disclose it. It won't affect the resale value of your car. Don't think too much into it.
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I think a very low percentage of people look at the manufacturer stamp on the glass when purchasing a vehicle.

If you look at all glass on a BMW, you will generally find different manufacturers for each piece of glass. For example, the windshield might be made by Sekurit, the door windows by Sigla and the rear window made by PPG. All will have the BMW logo because they were installed at the factory.

The real number you want to look for on the glass is the DOT number. Each glass manufacturer has a DOT number assigned to each factory. Some factories supply glass for several different brands...Oem logo or not, there could be different name brand pieces of glass coming accross the same assembly line. Who the purchaser of the glass is determines what logo is put on the glass.
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Personally, I'll be getting a PPG/PGW windshield when the m3 needs one. I had one installed on the race car and it is very definitely nicer than the stock glass.
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It's a Florida law to replace broken windshield. I have allstate cost me nothing with OEM.
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I understood what you wrote and I understand your logic as well. But you need to understand one term that hasn't been mentioned: resale.
I won't insult you by lecturing the concept. Personally, I look for things like this when I consider buying a used vehicle, especially a BMW. So the $131 in the big scheme of things isn't throwing money away. Being penny wise maybe good but being cheap and pound foolish is not the way I operate. The BMW glass will be installed tomorrow. Should I post a pic of the little logo?
At this point, the m3s are worth so little that resale is really not that relevant. And any of the weenies who are bothered by a windshield replacement will be bothered that it was replaced far more than by the stamp on it.
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Old Tue, Oct-13-2009, 02:21:31 PM   #36
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Hartford agreed to replace my pitted winshield under zero dollar deductible glass coverage in NY. I was actually fairly shocked they agreed to cover it. I was very straightforward that it was just pitted and not broken or cracked. I said it had happened over time, but was now effecting my vision at night with oncoming headlights. They approved it over the phone and have agreed to use the OEM BMW glass. (I asked nicely.)

I have an '04 'Vert with rain sensor wipers. My original winshield is the BMW with the green band across the top.

What should I be aware of during the replacement? Safelite is coming to my office later this week to do the repair. Is there anything specific I should be sure they do/don't do?

Was I correct to ask for BMW glass? I have read other threads and it seems the BMW glass is softer, but the aftermarket glass might not be quite as optically true - although all must meet government standards. I know resale on these cars is in the toilet, but since it seems to be free to me, I figured it would be better to stick with OEM. Mistake?
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Old Tue, Oct-13-2009, 03:10:30 PM   #37
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I ended up getting an OEM windshield with attached rain sensor, all additional parts, and install to run around $570. Probably could have saved some money going with OEM manufacturer with no BMW stamp, but I don't have any cracks to look around now.
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I ended up getting an OEM windshield with attached rain sensor, all additional parts, and install to run around $570. Probably could have saved some money going with OEM manufacturer with no BMW stamp, but I don't have any cracks to look around now.
What did your insurance company do? My baby is at the dealer right now getting an OEM windshield installed. $500ish for windshield, plus ~5 hours of labor, so I'm expecting $1100 to pay OUT OF POCKET for this. I have Allstate with a $500 deductible and they want me to go to a third-party shop non-OEM. I am prepared to pay the difference, but want to argue OEM when I file a claim.
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You should not be getting charged 5 hours for an install. I was outside bsing with the installer and he was finished in about and hour and a half...two hours tops.
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OEM all the way. Just repaced mine. Clarity. I couldn't stand all the pitting when the sun hits, it's unbareble.

My shop price was only around $250.00
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