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Woe is me. I have had my 2005 for only a month or so, and one day last week, a stone (or something) hit my windshield as I was traveling at about 75 mph. A few days later, I discovered a large chip with two cracks extending in opposite directions.

I asked my dealer to give me a quote on replacement. I was not ready for the answer. I was told that replacement would cost me $1576. Can you believe that? I got a little upset and asked them how they came up with that number. They told me that the windshield lists for $3000 and that they had figured my price by giving me the windshield at their cost.

I will be checking on replacement with an independent installer, but I expect that I will still get a very high number due to the cost of the windshield itself. I was horrified, when I called my insurance company, to find that the $1000 deductible I have on the comprehensive portion of my policy, applies to glass breakage too.

Woe is me. Any suggestions or comments?
 

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I suspect it is becasue of all the high tech stuff in and on the windshield.

AM/FM antenna, GPS antenna, Rain sensor, etc.

The chip is too big for one of those "epoxy" repair jobs?
 

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I suspect it is becasue of all the high tech stuff in and on the windshield.

AM/FM antenna, GPS antenna, Rain sensor, etc.

The chip is too big for one of those "epoxy" repair jobs?

Unfortunately it doesn't surprise me either. I think most of those items listed above are on the inside of the windshield. However, does the glass for the HUD area have to be polarized? Also is the shape unique compared to other vehicles.

You might try a glass shop and remind them about the HUD. Also many insurance policies include glass replacement.

Andy
 

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Eyedoc -

My son just completed a two year contract job as a packaging engineer in the Corvette/XLR plant in Bowling Green, KY. He tells me that the windshield "high tech gadgets" mount to metal supports that come attached to the windshield. This is similar to the support that the rear view mirror attaches to. In other words, the "high tech gadgets" get detached and are re-attached to the new windshield.

Yes, there is a special "metalized" coating in or on the windshield for the HUD. However, many vehicles, such as Grand Prix and Corvette have head up displays without the price reaching the stratosphere. I think that I am being "had".

I will check on the epoxy thing, but I thought that it was not effective with the traveling type of cracks. GMAC Insurance tells me that my comprehensive deductible also applies to glass breakage.
 
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