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      06-24-2022, 01:22 PM   #1
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Windshield replacement

So the windshield on my '11 E91 has seen better days and I would love to replace it with a brand new, crystal clear one. Any recommendations? Just use safelight? I'd love to spend as little as possible, it doesn't need to be a full Pilkington replacement (I honestly don't know what safelight uses, maybe they do). I got a quote back at $376 without insurance for the economy install. Was actually lower than I anticipated it being.
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I have read some terrible reviews for Safelite, I had a local vendor install an aftermarket windshield for $350 and I’ve been happy with it. They came to my house and installed it within an hour. I’d look up vendors online and read the reviews.
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So the windshield on my '11 E91 has seen better days and I would love to replace it with a brand new, crystal clear one. Any recommendations? Just use safelight? I'd love to spend as little as possible, it doesn't need to be a full Pilkington replacement (I honestly don't know what safelight uses, maybe they do). I got a quote back at $376 without insurance for the economy install. Was actually lower than I anticipated it being.

Go with Pilkington or Saint-Gobain!

I went with Safelitet a while back with my E92. Asked them what type of glass they were going to use, and they played dumb. Told them I wanted Pilkington or Saint-Gobain, and they had me wait so they could "special order it"... Because they likely would have just given me the Chinese glass (which is likely how they make most of their profit); I think it's called 'Fuayo'. Needless to say, I wouldn't trust that on my car. Plus I remember reading of some people complaining of issues with their windshield sensor.


Anyway, my 2 cents
  1. Get the good glass (don't trust cheap Chinese glass).
  2. Have the work done somewhere warrantied, like BMW or Safelite. That way if there's an issue, you can have it repaired.


Side note: My buddy just bought a 2022 M340xi, and got a windshield crack in the first 3 months. BMW told him not to go to Safelite because the sensors by the rear view mirror need to be calibrated or something like that. So he goes through BMW, they "replace it", he gets the car back, and it's not sealed properly, so it whistles on the highway. He takes it back to BMW the next day, and they say they have to wait for the technician who installed it to come back the following week. So wherever you go, make sure it's reputable and warrantied!
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I have read some terrible reviews for Safelite, I had a local vendor install an aftermarket windshield for $350 and Ive been happy with it. They came to my house and installed it within an hour. Id look up vendors online and read the reviews.
+1 to tcphoto recommendation ^: check local shop reviews and visually inspect glass before installation.

I personally prefer Pilkington, but this year got TriVal for $270 installed on E90 (should be a Pilkington brand) - very happy with both glass quality and installer's attention to details.
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