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Although my windshield is still in pretty good shape it does have a few nicks and in the wrong places.... I opt for a glass that is a little better quality and slightly softer giving it a little better chip resistant then the MAZDA factory glass.
How does one even ascertain that information? OE parts are usually better quality than aftermarket replacements especially when it comes to stuff like body and glass. A friend got their windshield replaced with a Pilkington one which is supposed to be one of the better brands and even that had visible distortion in part of the glass.

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How does one even ascertain that information? OE parts are usually better quality than aftermarket replacements especially when it comes to stuff like body and glass. A friend got their windshield replaced with a Pilkington one which is supposed to be one of the better brands and even that had visible distortion in part of the glass.
I would say that is an excellent choice and the one I will be replacing mine with.



I once had a conversation with a "GLASS" guy (owner and operator of hi company for over 20 years) about the different quality of glass. He told me it was all about the cost and that most all glass was the same.
Yet when I compared glass quality for consistent thickness ,wave , hardness, clarity there seemed to be big differences in the glass? I made it a mission to research it. The information is out there and it is "crystal clear" as glass about the different brands.
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Be sure to let us know what you install for the windshield. I'm considering replacing the windshield in my MZ3 as it's littered with tiny divots and has a few chips.

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Be sure to let us know what you install for the windshield. I'm considering replacing the windshield in my MZ3 as it's littered with tiny divots and has a few chips.
I had the shop bring out 4 different aftremarket brands they carried and a MAZDA oem.

Pilkington by far was the best. That will be the one I use. I might add that my M3 has all the windshield sensors and what not and out of all the ones even the seal and other parts just looked better over all which included positioning even over the oem MAZDA. Pilkington uses OEM seals and other components on their windshields?


This is not my first experience uses Pilkington windshields. It was my replacement choice for my MINIs as well for other reason having to do with sizing and naturally chip resistance. The MINI windshield just stick out and says chip me!

For me windshields are cheap and I dont like looking through impaired vision caused by tiny chips and having rain and snow wipe challenges with the wipers. So changing a windshield every other years or less on some of my cars is normal for me.

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How does one even ascertain that information? OE parts are usually better quality than aftermarket replacements especially when it comes to stuff like body and glass. A friend got their windshield replaced with a Pilkington one which is supposed to be one of the better brands and even that had visible distortion in part of the glass.
So... No comment on this part?
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So... No comment on this part?
Please forgive the response but,
No..I don't want to comment. It will only serve to open a "Pandora's box" of responses I do not really want on my none techie thread. Besides been there done that on several forums over the last 2o years and I know how a thread about the quality of glass will go. I may suggest if you really want to learn about windshields look up what it takes to make them. Your answer will be there.
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No..I don't want to comment. It will only serve to open a "Pandora's box" of responses I do not really want on my none techie thread. Besides been there done that on several forums over the last 2o years and I know how a thread about the quality of glass will go. I may suggest if you really want to learn about windshields look up what it takes to make them. Your answer will be there.
Doesn't change the fact that letting a defect like that out the door means their quality control isn't the best, its the only time I've EVER seen a visible defect in auto glass. It didn't bother my friend seeing as it was on the passenger side but if it happened to me I would want it replaced again free of charge. On that subject, do glass makers have warranties against defects in their product that would reimburse the installer for replacement of the windshield if something like this happened?

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Windshields ALL about the glass

I thought this would be a good place to start a thread about the conversation of mostly windshield. Although we can talk about the other glass as well.
What do you all use?
What in your experience has been the best brand?

And so on......

This thread has come up on countless forums. As we all know sooner or later we need to consider replacing the windshield.
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Just one data point; I had a new Pilkington windshield put in my TL last year and the optics are flawless.

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This thread has come up on countless forums. As we all know sooner or later we need to consider replacing the windshield.
Um, I've never needed to replace a windshield after owning cars manufactured across multiple decades (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 10s) except for the aughts ('00 - '09). Been driving for 35 years.

Maybe I'm an anomaly? BTW, in Colorado I get free windshield chip repair from Geico. They do it for free because they know it's cheaper than replacing my windshield after it cracks.

I didn't know that people ever replace their windshields unless they completely crack. Where have I been all these years...
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