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Old Thu, Aug-30-2012, 07:13:34 PM   #11
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San Fernando Mission Road. $200 installed for OEM. No tax if you pay cash.
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If you want to go aftermarket, we've had good experiences with PPG.

Although for resale, some people are picky about having all OE glass.
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If you want to go aftermarket, we've had good experiences with PPG.

Although for resale, some people are picky about having all OE glass.
PPG is now known as PGW (Pittsburgh Glass Works). Either name you call them, they are actually OEM, which is better than aftermarket.
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The windshield cracked when my cayman was shipped to me (I will never use open transport again) and had them use oem. I would only go oem I think it is worth it just like I wouldn't skimp on tires.
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Just went through Safelite for a replacement on my E46 M3. It came out to $334 done at my townhome. Installation was done very well and the overall business model with Safelite was done pretty well. Setting up appointment was easy, all the correct questions were asked. I had 3 options with windshield ranging from $175-$650. Day prior confirmation call was made, morning of they called 20mins prior to arriving, installation was quick and all was documented well with lifetime warranty on glass for defects.

Would've OEM glass been better quality? Yes, probably. Does paying for the additional cost make sense for a car that is maybe worth $17k? Not to me but to each their own
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my windshield was pitted from just being 10 years old.. replaced with PGW installed for 300.00 or so... it's a windshield and works fine with rain sensor. Don't over think this one.
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I used to work for safelight. Like someone said in this thread, the installer is more important than the glass itself. The quality of the actual glass is not that different. The curvature of some aftermarket windshields and even door glasses can be off a little bit sometimes, but not all the time. But I've see OEM windshield replacements come out like crap. I've seen aftermarket glass replacement come out like OEM, like the car was never touched. It's really all about the tech.

Oh and FYI, most if not all dealers do not replace the glass themselves. They may supply the windshield themselves, but more than likely a company like Safelight is coming to do the replacement. I used to go to different dealers to replace windshields for them on a daily basis.
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My sisters 2009 4Runner windshield cracked from a rock that fell from a bridge overpass. Needless to say, it was replaced by a local company named Henderson Glass for 192.00. Not sure of the type of glass they used to be honest, but like some have already mentioned, it's key to have a quality install. We have used this company many times in the past for small crack repair and replacement and they have always done a stellar job. Good luck op
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I used to work for safelight. Like someone said in this thread, the installer is more important than the glass itself. The quality of the actual glass is not that different. The curvature of some aftermarket windshields and even door glasses can be off a little bit sometimes, but not all the time. But I've see OEM windshield replacements come out like crap. I've seen aftermarket glass replacement come out like OEM, like the car was never touched. It's really all about the tech.

Oh and FYI, most if not all dealers do not replace the glass themselves. They may supply the windshield themselves, but more than likely a company like Safelight is coming to do the replacement. I used to go to different dealers to replace windshields for them on a daily basis.
You'd think that after working there you'd know how to spell the name of the company... Safelite
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You'd think that after working there you'd know how to spell the name of the company... Safelite
haha.. woops. smh. i was there for 2 years too lol
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