Windshield Replacement

1of40

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I need to file an insurance claim for a cracked windshield on an LR4. Can I safely assume a dealership is my vendor of choice? Or, should I not be too bothered and assume the Safelite’s of today are as good or better than whomever a dealership might be farming these repairs out to.
 

Blue

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I always ask the vendor (Safelite or equivalent) that my insurance company refers me to to use only OEM glass and they comply. A problem I recently had was that I did NOT want the heated windshield replaced - I wanted a regular OEM Land Rover LR4 windshield. This took a little extra work to get insurance and the vendor in agreement.
 

1of40

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Oct 23, 2017
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Va
I always ask the vendor (Safelite or equivalent) that my insurance company refers me to to use only OEM glass and they comply. A problem I recently had was that I did NOT want the heated windshield replaced - I wanted a regular OEM Land Rover LR4 windshield. This took a little extra work to get insurance and the vendor in agreement.
Makes sense. Why'd you go non-heated? I've had the same thought just given the damn cost and that alone being a drag on my rate
 

Blue

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The little squiggly heating element lines fucked with my head. I live in AZ so no need for it.
 

discostew

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In the south why would you need a heated screen? I’m with you on the lines bugging me. People way up nort keep turning those back on to melt a sheet of ice off the car. That melts the fuse box at those 2 fuses. The fuse box under hood is part of a massive harness that takes days to install.
No heated screen is fine by me
 
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Tugela

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In the Pacific northwest the heated windscreen is a great option. I use it frequently, but not to excess. It clears condensation faster than the air of the defrost and is helpful for reducing snow/ice buildup on the glass and wipers when driving in the mountains in the winter. It's rare that I run it more than two consecutive cycles, it works that well. A downside for me is when individual elements stop working you get strips of condensation along them that don't clear. A new windshield solved that issue, but it took a direct hit from a wayward pebble from gravel truck to justify it. And now the replacement windshield leaks, so one problem replaces another.
 
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Blue

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It never fails….new replacement windshield results in a rock strike or two. I have 3 in my new windshield already.
 
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discostew

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That sucks. I hate that shit. The windshield on my shitbox Cruze has several cracks running thru it from various stones. I’m getting close to putting one in the thing and I got another rock last week.
 

1of40

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Oct 23, 2017
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It never fails….new replacement windshield results in a rock strike or two. I have 3 in my new windshield already.
Ha! We've had a crack in ours for almost a year. I'm intentionally waiting until I have to replace it for safety inspection bc im sure it'll get hit again eventually.
 

Blue

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I have full glass coverage like most people do nowadays, but getting the windshield replaced is a pain in the ass. The slow children that design and build Land Rovers have never managed to make an A-pillar cover that doesn't break when removed. So the A-pillar covers are always held on with globs of glue. Just 2 days ago I globbed on more gorilla glue to keep my damn passenger side A-pillar cover in place. I have it duct-taped down at the top. Classy. I can't tell you how much money I wasted on my D2's old A-pillar covers. Trying to fit those annoying little metal replacement clips, then saying fuck it and buying another whole new one, just to have it all break in no time.