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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 01:33 AM
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Well I will say some members are trying but still have not taken the time to really research and look into auto glass manufacturing.

If you you did you would find that most of your lats response is both accurate and inaccurate depending on the year month and country.

There is a great article published in a current model car magazine that has a lot of good information about windshield. Maybe if you look and research as I suggested you may find it?


The best information in general terms about windshields is from people who have experience having several replaced and not just one or 2. You learn as you go with these unless your in the business.

That"s why this thread as always on forums brings out the most interesting responses from members.


I just this day had an hour conversation with an owner of a glass shop exactly about this thread topic quality of glass for windshields. Even he said you have to keep up to date on what when and where about auto glass. And OEM Factory is constantly changing where and who makes it for them. That my friends was a hint for ya.....
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I moved to Central Florida nearly five years ago, and I had the same problem with EVERY used car I have bought down here. They were all "pocked" from sand, and at night, the view was like someone had poured milk on the windshield, and further, every light refracted on the windshield. I have had varying experiences with replacement windshields, as follows.

1) 99 Honda Civic...windshield replaced by insurance company. One distorted spot on passenger side, major overall improvement.
2) 89 Honda Accord...Safelite windshield from insurance. Was ok, but never looked quite right. Still an improvement.
3) 05 Kia Optima...Windshield replaced by insurance company...major distortion on passenger side_windshield origin unknown.
4) 08 Mazda 3... Out of pocket Glass USA...flawless windshield. I now use teflon wipers, and vision is flawless in regular rain. Serious rain leaves fast glimpses of clarity, but no smearing. The invoice doesn't name the brand of glass, but my memory tells me it is safelite. If it was daylight, I would go look.
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Ok sooooooo here what I did. There are three chain windshield sales/installation companies with in about 15 minutes from my house. I called all of them and ask the brands they had for my 2018 Mazda 3. I was surprised that they had all the glass in stock and that there was 5 different windshield manufacturing companies witch also included 2 that supply to MAZDA.

After looking at all of them and comparing clarity,density of glass (measuring it at different point) and the basic mostly generic information that can be found, the best choice was a company FAYAO. The glass was near perfect and I could not find any flaws,waves,inconsistent glass depths etc. I also got to choose from 4 they had in stock to pick the best of the best. But I could not find any difference between the 4.
Advanced American Auto Glass | Fuyao Glass America


This is NOT an endorsement for the glass only that my anal retentive,a little OCD and a practicing perfectionist found FAYAO glass this time to be my choice for the replacement of my still pretty new windshield.


I should mention that this was not a straight forward R&R. It seems that my MAZDA being a 2018 and with some of the factory sensors and camera's on the glass a full replacement with all needed items was not available for my VIN yet from even MAZDA. So some of the hardware had to be carefully removed from my windshield and installed on the new one. The good point for me aside from my wholesale price and no labor charge or TAX the shop wanted my future business and did not charge extra for the work. It was still the most expensive CAR glass I have ever paid for with owning close to about 200 vehicle in my life at 450 installed. Now I need to get to work and cut some 2% tint for my eyebrow
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Being ignorant to the fact that people are actually supposed to get their windshields replaced for minor stuff - PRICELESS
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Windshield replacements:

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Being ignorant to the fact that people are actually supposed to get their windshields replaced for minor stuff - PRICELESS
I truly do not consider health and safety issues to be minor or trivial. ALL the windshields *I* had replaced were dangerous at night, and especially when it was night and raining.
My wife doesn't ride in my truck, so I haven't changed that one, but I really should. There is a top to bottom crack on the driver's side. I am sure I will get around to it, but not just yet.
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