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Old 07-14-2009, 05:26 PM
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Not an answer to the color question but I remember UB posting up about the 80 series windshields....

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/foru...1&postcount=39

Per UB, "Elite uses PPG......They fit good in the 80!"
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Yes. They have merged with Safelite. Not sure what the implications are of that.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:04 PM
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My experiences:

- Dealership can look up the "correct" tint based on your VIN. IIRC, they're either Green-ish or Gold-ish. Holding a white piece of paper behind the glass may help you see the "-ish-ness".

- Cheaper installers (in my experience, the ones that offer to save you a buck) will use non-PPG/OEM glass and likely scrimp on the new gasket/seal/glue. I've actually had them quote more than twice the dealer retail price for OEM/PPG glass -- I'm guessing because there's little to no margin in it for them.

- If insurance is paying for it, I would take it to the dealer -- they'll be certain its done correctly (come-backs affect their customer-service rating).

- The last time I had it done, it was around $600 at the local Lexus dealer. They did it right, but this is Colorado and it's cracking again a year and half later.

- I *always* watch the installation off and on, and chat up the installer. I ask innocent (nice) questions if something looks a little off, and they always do a "better" job with it. I try not to hover or be a pest, just show up for a few minutes at a time and chat a bit.

- Look closely after they take the glass out. The tools they use will commonly cut the paint & primer, and you can get rust in there. They're *supposed* to grind out any rust and prime anywhere where the paint is damaged. They have special glue-friendly primer.
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:09 PM
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two years ago, the guy Oleg had come by cost about $200 and it was done right. It is cracked along the bottom from a flying rock.

Who teaches those little rocks to fly anyways?
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:12 PM
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$600 at the dealer? dang.. and I've got a $1000 deductible too, guess I won't be going to dealer route.

so Ken was that $200 including glass? Or just the install?
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Old 07-14-2009, 09:15 PM
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I think that was about everything, but it was 3 or 4 years ago now that I think about it. Could have been $220. I did buy the gasket seperate.
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We have windshield replacement on our insurance. Karie tells me we don't pay anything extra for it, and it's $0 deductible. I had my glass replaced 3 years ago, and there are no leaks and it still looks great.
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Hulk...do you remember who came out to do your window?

Nakman...at the time mine was done, I didn't have any coverage (liability only) so I paid cash. The company lowered the price since I was not billing insurance and I believe it was around $250. But, like I said, they attempted to do it without changing the gasket. You should buy a new OEM gasket at least and then show them what the FSM says they are supposed to do.
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That was at the Lexus dealer... :princess:

I've been told that the big-name insurers won't cover glass crack issues (I know State Farm doesn't).

Many of the 2nd tier insurers do. Stop by any of the chip repair places and they'll let you know which do and don't.

If the crack is "short", they can probably fill it for a lot less than replacing it.
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Huh. So yup I'm with State Farm, I just called them to verify- they will cover the $600 windshield it if I want to pay my $1000 deductible My other option is I can buy windshield coverage for $15/6months/vehicle and it will be free replacements, but it wouldn't be able to be used until I replace my current windshields, since that's a pre-existing condition- yes they'd have to inspect them before I get the coverage.

I will think about that one... I guess it would be cheaper particularly if I wanted a new windshield every 2-3 years. I think my current one is 5 years old, honestly can't remember though. Doesn't really change my predicament today though, I guess I could switch to a lower deductible, pay the difference for the change in insurance coverage, get the windshield, then switch back? Seems shady though, borderline fraudulent even..
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