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      07-19-2009, 08:12 AM   #1
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Pilkington made windshields - any recalls?

Do you guys find them to be very brittle, soft? I mean I've had one replaced already and year later it has a small gauge in it and hairline crack, it was scratched during installation from the inside (something i noticed only half year later) and I got a ton of little insect induced specks on it from summer driving.

Is this a sh.t brand that makes crap windows or I got defective windscreen? First time it was replaced due to big rock chip.
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Do you guys find them to be very brittle, soft? I mean I've had one replaced already and year later it has a small gauge in it and hairline crack, it was scratched during installation from the inside (something i noticed only half year later) and I got a ton of little insect induced specks on it from summer driving.
What's the gauge reading?
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What's the gauge reading?
I think i used wrong word, i meant something like a gash, like just a deep scratch. English is not my first language.... and stay on topic.
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I had a chip repaired and got hit again with those gouges that you mention...maybe it's a case of they don't build them like they used to. My other car has its OEM original and in 12 years it doesn't have the same type of chips/gouges that the 31 mo. old BMW windshield does....
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My windscreen was a rock chip (from a very minor incident) and countless bug specks. I have never had such a "soft" windscreen (for want of a better word). All the others I have had have been tougher and have not had these problems.
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ask BMW who make there windshield replacements. or a glass shop.
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i SEE who made it because there is a stamp on it with Pilkington logo. I heard there was another OEM manufacturer for these (like Bridgestone and Michelins for tyres).
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mine seems pretty soft as well. i was claying it and noticed spots that wouldnt come off....it was pitted. never had that happen on any of our other cars. unless the previous owner liked to tailgate gravel trucks.

i think pilkington might be the only brand. they make glass for mercedes too i believe.
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yes, they make it for mercs and also for Jags.

but there is definately another brand for BMW, just mine came with Pilkington everywhere.
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shits are crappy as hell i had mine replaced 3 times so far, the littlest rock will either crack the window or chip it. on my 02 corolla I've taken some big boulders and its still solid.
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well im not from US.... it chiped and cracked and our roads aren't better.
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My windshield is also pretty soft. Got my first chip with less that 1000 miles on the car. 10 yr old Honda Accord didn't have any chips......
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Do you guys find them to be very brittle, soft? I mean I've had one replaced already and year later it has a small gauge in it and hairline crack, it was scratched during installation from the inside (something i noticed only half year later) and I got a ton of little insect induced specks on it from summer driving.

Is this a sh.t brand that makes crap windows or I got defective windscreen? First time it was replaced due to big rock chip.
my 320's glass are all pilkington made. Ive replaced my windsheild through BMW and got another OEM windsheild from BMW. However, my new windsheild is one from an LCI model, or so i beleive as the dot matrix is different than my old one.

All OEM windsheilds are soft, or at least that is what i have observed through many many many threads on e90post. As far as im concerned, despite how soft they are, they still are the best because they are 100% OEM, and you cant beat that.
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just to let you know tonight i hit a bird with my windshield while passing a car on the interstate doing 90 mph. and my OEM windshield is unscathed
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yes, they make it for mercs and also for Jags.

but there is definately another brand for BMW, just mine came with Pilkington everywhere.
SAINT GOBAIN is another manufacture they do all sorts of glass production like beer bottles for one...

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BMW WINDSHIELD s*ck to be honest. I mean its just not good enough . I got all the stuff you all talk about the whole day except crack and stuff. A chip which is minor and it hasnt gone inside the windscreen(luckily)

NEWAYS nothing we guys can do. factory wanna save money by compromising on the quality, let them do it till they go bank rupt.
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