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Do you think Honda Factory Windshield is not as strong as other manufacturer's?

  • Yes, definitely get a lot of cracks and stone chips

    Votes: 146 48.8%
  • No, just about the same as other cars

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I have owned a lot of Honda/Acura cars and knows a lot of people who own Honda/Acura.... it seems that the windshield that that they put on their cars aren't as good as other cars. Actually, I was talking about that same issue with my friend just last Friday and long and behold today I have my first stone chip on my windshield... I wasn't going that quickly... maybe around 70km/h when it happened. Didn't noticed it until when I was going home from work.

Any one here thinks Honda factory windshield is not as good as other brands?
 

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I've heard they use softer glass for some reason (this is just a rumour.. I really don't know/care if it's even true).

I've got a crack going right along my windshield about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom... it started from a chip in the dot matrix stuff and worked it's way across once it got cold outside.

Kinda pissed me off.. but nothing you can do.

hopefully when I sell my Civic in the next two months I won't have to put a new windshield in. The buyer can worry about that... isn't even in the line of sight.
 

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This is what I've heard, if it's true, that's up to you.

I've heard that in order to save weight, Honda uses thinner glass. If this were to be true, the glass would have to be stronger. So, the glass is "super-stressed". Therefore (you can tell I'm really talking out of my ass now), with the glass needing a higher strength, it would be more susceptible to damage.

Something like that. I'm half awake, and I haven't touched my engineering notes in a few years. Haven't had a need to. I've been dummified by work.:rolleyes:
 

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I am gonna have that stone chipped fix soon... hopefully that chip won't turn into a long crack... I only bought this car in December for crying out loud!!!!
 

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you're in calgary right? isn't it normal to have a cracked windshield there anyways? :)
i used to live in calgary too like back in 92......everybody has a crack in the windshield.....that's what i have observed.....:)
 

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I have to agree with you. I got my RSX as soon as it was released and lo and behold, within a week and a half, I got my first chip when I was driving in Edmonton. I got it fixed right away as the cost of the front windshield ( if it is not insured) will run more than $600 when I inquired about it at the glass shop. :D :D
 
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All Honda glass is made by PPG. In fact, there is a guy employed at PPG that takes a little Dremel tool and takes the Honda name off of the PPG replacement glass.
 

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Perhaps PPG should just stick to paint then?
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J/k, I haven't had any problem with any Honda windshield. Although the window in our '87 Accord did shatter as my mom closed the door. Passenger side shattered while she was sitting on the Driver side. Go figure.
 

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I have to agree with you. I got my RSX as soon as it was released and lo and behold, within a week and a half, I got my first chip when I was driving in Edmonton. I got it fixed right away as the cost of the front windshield ( if it is not insured) will run more than $600 when I inquired about it at the glass shop. :D :D
how much is it to fix that little stone chip? around $20??
 
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When i am driving my car i hear a lot more rocks hit the windshield than in some of the other cars i've driven but luckily no chips yet.......my sister's car on the other hand had a stone chip and sure enough a week later the crack spread across the whole windshield. She was pissed, called acura and they are going to replace the windshield.
 

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I have to disagree. I was driving from Jasper AB back home to Edmonton when at about 130km/h. I was about to pass a large truck when a rock came towards me at face level. It's weird that even at that speed it seems like slow mo. Anyways, i checked it when i got home and there was barely a hole. Slight chip but not even close to enough to form a crack. Maybe it was the angle of contact, but i think the windsheild stood up quite well.
 

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When i am driving my car i hear a lot more rocks hit the windshield than in some of the other cars i've driven but luckily no chips yet.......my sister's car on the other hand had a stone chip and sure enough a week later the crack spread across the whole windshield. She was pissed, called acura and they are going to replace the windshield.
Wow, Acura is going to replace the whole windshield for her? That's good but I don't think they are required to... if I remembered correctly, windshield isn't included in the warranty. I'm going to read the warranty booklet to confirm.

Anyways, I called Speedy Auto Glass today and they said it'll take around $35 to fix that small chip.
 
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Wow, Acura is going to replace the whole windshield for her? That's good but I don't think they are required to... if I remembered correctly, windshield isn't included in the warranty. I'm going to read the warranty booklet to confirm.

Anyways, I called Speedy Auto Glass today and they said it'll take around $35 to fix that small chip.
no, you're right they are not required to fix it, but they are going to, some time next week. my dad convinced them to do it, since we bought 2 rsx's off them and they didn't give us any deals, and the windshield cracked off such a small stone chip so soon after it happened. it's more of a p/r thing, but if it happens again they will not fix it.
 

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Any small chips will cost you $35 for the first and if you have anymore that you want fixed at the same time, it costs $5 to $10 extra. :D
 

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I've got a Speedy Auto Glass right next to me at work... those guy's are fucking pricks.

But they fixed my rock chip for free.
 

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Had a stone chip fixed on my CRX windshield and no the fix wasn't perfect but it hasn't spread in 12+ years. I have heard that replacement windshields are hard to fit (they can leak) so it is better to repair the chip if you can.
 

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Had a stone chip fixed on my CRX windshield and no the fix wasn't perfect but it hasn't spread in 12+ years.
Good to hear! I hope mine would last as long!
My friend's 94 Integra GS-R had his windshield replaced twice already...
 

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We owned a '98 Civic and we had the front windshied glass replaced once.

Now own my RSX, in the back hatch glass, I see little pin/needle sized holes colored metallic silverish greyish multi-colored kinda. I don't know what the heck those are. Does anyone else have those?
 
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