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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 Wed, Feb-08-2017, 04:39:44 PM   #1
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Default OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

So Im in the process of replacing my windshield. Bought the car with multiple cracks. It has about 3 dings, that spread to cracks, but were drilled so that the cracks stopped spreading. They dont leak or anything, but they are a bit unsightly. And when I found out that my Nationwide plan has deductible free glass coverage, I was like why not.

Heres the catch, they want $377 extra for OEM glass. Or the aftermarket for free. Seals by the way, according to Safelite, are OEM original for cars this old. So the seals all around will look stock regardless. Cant seem to decide on what to do. Honestly, I really dont want to spend the money if I dont have too. Anyone has an opinion?
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

I've had both. Only real difference is that the marking for OEM glass is there (which i like because I'm trying to keep my car OEM/OE as possible).

If this is your daily, maybe worth having the Safelite glass; it could always crack or ding again.
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

Yeah thats what I was thinking, plus if it leaks or anything goes wrong, they will just replace it again. Plus the second time around, I could make a better argument with the insurance company to provide OEM glass.
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

Go some place better than Safelite. But aftermarket glass is fine.
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Yeah thats what I was thinking, plus if it leaks or anything goes wrong, they will just replace it again. Plus the second time around, I could make a better argument with the insurance company to provide OEM glass.
Yep exactly. Hows your windshield cowl looking?

Might be worth replacing while you're there.

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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

I would stick to OEM. Mine has an off-brand windshield and my auto headlights and wiper sensor no longer work properly.
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I would stick to OEM. Mine has an off-brand windshield and my auto headlights and wiper sensor no longer work properly.
Same here. I wound up installing Oem glass. Shop around for pricing before using aftermarket.
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

I've found a bit of a loop hole in glass coverage (assuming you have it).

File the claim.

Immediately have it replaced with OE glass as the shop of your choosing. Pay out of pocket.

When they call to set you up with POS safelite, tell them you've already had it done and would like to have it reimbursed. Submit receipt. Receive monies.

I've done this 3 times now, $0 out of pocket, OE glass, done at my indy of choice with BMW glue and new OE windshield trim
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

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I've found a bit of a loop hole in glass coverage (assuming you have it).

File the claim.

Immediately have it replaced with OE glass as the shop of your choosing. Pay out of pocket.

When they call to set you up with POS safelite, tell them you've already had it done and would like to have it reimbursed. Submit receipt. Receive monies.

I've done this 3 times now, $0 out of pocket, OE glass, done at my indy of choice with BMW glue and new OE windshield trim
For real? Hmmm, what did it run initially?
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Default Re: OEM Glass vs Aftermarket

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I've found a bit of a loop hole in glass coverage (assuming you have it).

File the claim.

Immediately have it replaced with OE glass as the shop of your choosing. Pay out of pocket.

When they call to set you up with POS safelite, tell them you've already had it done and would like to have it reimbursed. Submit receipt. Receive monies.

I've done this 3 times now, $0 out of pocket, OE glass, done at my indy of choice with BMW glue and new OE windshield trim
What insurance do you have?? Anyone know if this works with USAA?
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