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Old 06-22-2005, 12:14 AM   #1
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1995 Impreza L

Default Grrrr!

I have only had my baja for about 3 months now. 4,600 miles and ive managed to keep it almost perfect. Today on the highway going through a construction zone out of nowhere the windshield took a stone to the face and I got a nice ugly chip. I purposely left a ton of room between other cars for this very reason.

I either have to get it filled which will still leave a tiny mark or get the windshield replaced (it will never be quite the same I worry as Ive seen too many hack jobs that scratch paint or worse yet, scratch through the paint on the A-pillar while removeing the old sealant causing the pillar to rust from teh inside out several years down the road) I hope it gets repaired ok.

sometimes i swear that the people that care most about their cars and take the best care of them are the ones who have the most random crap happen against their cars while the people who dont care at all never have any problems...

Thats the end of my rant,
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Old 06-22-2005, 12:36 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about the windshield Hawk. But thats what happens, when you really care about the thing, it gets blasted. When I bought mine used, it was perfect. In 3 days one of the guys at work blasted the door cladding with his door and put a big nick in the paint which I touched up. Really pissed me off. Now that I have had my Baja over a year, and don't care so much, nothing new has happened to it. Just the usual stone chips which you can never get away from. I haven't even washed the thing in 3 months!! Mike
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:03 AM   #3
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Location: Salem, MA 78 86 BRAT 05 Baja

When I got mine, (it was used) it had a chip in the windshield. I asked the dealer to have it filled rather than replaced for all the reasons you stated above, and one more:

Wavy glass. It made me carsick while driving! I felt like Alice... things would shrink and grow... I was spending more on Tylenol than gas... and the glare at night was ungodly...

My brand new Hyundai came with a wavy windshield. They had to replace the glass three times to get an acceptable piece... finally Hyundai corporate approved my suggestion to try an aftermarket windshield (under warranty)... it worked out fine. The Hyundai glass was weird.

I had the glass in my Mazda and Brat replaced... a ripples right in the line of sight. I don't wear glasses while driving, but if you do, then you have some degree of distortion so you won't notice if the glass had a warp in it as much as someone who doesn't.

If you choose replacement, scratches will happen while removing the old glass, they can't help it and they get hidden under the new glass. BUT>>> Watch them and be sure they clean the opening and then use a clear metal sealant on the bare metal all around the opening. The sealant comes in a small can and looks like clear fingernail polish, there's a name for it, but it escapes me. <of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most>

Anway, the man who did the third glass in the Hyundai discovered that the first 2 hadn't used the metal sealer, and he showed me that rust was already forming under the glass which would have resulted in a leak within a year!

My suggestion... choose to fill it... Safe-Lite does a great job... you may see a slight shadow in bright sunlight if you really look for it... besides, your windshield will never be spotless enough for it to bother you. Good luck!
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Old 06-23-2005, 02:42 PM   #4
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Try doing 110+ and getting hit with a pebble while you have high SPL (from a sub). It all comes down to one HUGE crack and 179 bucks.

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Old 06-26-2005, 03:58 PM   #5
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Your lucky all you got was a cracked windshield. Slow it down before you cause someones funeral!!!!!! One half of a second miscue can change and will change lives, yours or others. The highway is not a place to be finding top speed. Go to a track!

My two cents worth.... and WORTH EVERY PENNY OF IT!!!!!
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