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      07-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Windshield replacement recommendation

Need to replace my cracked windshield. Looking for recommendations for windshield installers ideally closer to Renton than eastside? Has anybody used Pilkington glass and are you happy with the quality?
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Had a Pilkington on a different car and it was very wavy. No more Pilkington for me.
Friend had a windshield replaced last week with FYG glass (Chinese brand), says it's very high quality.
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Like usual , Oem. is the best quality .
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FYG = Fuyao glass

Seems to be a popular replacement nowadays for decent glass at a good price. FY also manufactures glass for PGW (aka PPG) and other major brands. Fuyao is the original equipment manufacturer to General Motors and Bentley.

My friend got one for his R32 GT-R and says its the best alternative to OEM Nissan which is no longer manufactured and impossible to get in the USA.

Kinda a mixed bag these days, you never know what you're getting as manufacturers go to the lowest cost suppliers and slap their label on it.
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Had a Pilkington on a different car and it was very wavy. No more Pilkington for me.
Friend had a windshield replaced last week with FYG glass (Chinese brand), says it's very high quality.
HAHAHAHAHAHAA

this is exact opposite of what i experience in the industry. i wouldnt put any of those Chinese glass in my car. I have seen clamping marks in the glass, wavy glass, heavy distortion, you name it. Pilkington is OE glass for many manufacturers, you must have gotten a bad batch, or you are invested in FYG.
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Need to replace my cracked windshield. Looking for recommendations for windshield installers ideally closer to Renton than eastside? Has anybody used Pilkington glass and are you happy with the quality?
I used Speedy Auto Glass in Bothell to have a new Pilkington windshield installed. No issues at all, very happy with it. They also installed a Pilkington on my old E46, happy with that install/windshield as well.

I think they have locations all over?
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Just had mine replaced last week at a Safelite location in Seattle. Went with oem and haven't noticed any issues. Installer was very helpful, seemed like he knew what he was doing, and gave a sh!t about his work as well lol. I believe they also back their work/glass defects for the lifetime of the vehicle. (Don't quote me)
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Safelite did mine and they only had OEM non-solar and solar. I chose solar hoping I would get the blue/purple tint on the windshield that you see on some Mercedes and Teslas - apparently they were standard on European M3s...and it looks great!
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HAHAHAHAHAHAA

this is exact opposite of what i experience in the industry. i wouldnt put any of those Chinese glass in my car. I have seen clamping marks in the glass, wavy glass, heavy distortion, you name it. Pilkington is OE glass for many manufacturers, you must have gotten a bad batch, or you are invested in FYG.
I myself will go with OEM when the time comes.
Just relaying my experience, had a bad one with Pilkington and FYG seems to be ok.
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Safelite did mine and they only had OEM non-solar and solar. I chose solar hoping I would get the blue/purple tint on the windshield that you see on some Mercedes and Teslas - apparently they were standard on European M3s...and it looks great!
How much was the cost?
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Safelite did mine and they only had OEM non-solar and solar. I chose solar hoping I would get the blue/purple tint on the windshield that you see on some Mercedes and Teslas - apparently they were standard on European M3s...and it looks great!
How much was the cost?
My deductible is $50, otherwise I think $600+ without insurance? Not sure!
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My deductible is $50, otherwise I think $600+ without insurance? Not sure!
Which safelite did you go to and do you remember the tech's name? Also, did they use genuine BMW weatherstrip?

Safelite quoted me less than $400 (in shop installation).
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Euroglass in Redmond

If you don't mind driving to Redmond, I would highly recommend Euroglass. They do a lot of the high-end vehicles on the eastside.

Euroglass
Address: 14515 NE 91st St Ste 3, Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 883-2989

They replaced the last windshield I needed a few years ago, and did a top-notch job. I wouldn't expect them to be the cheapest, so it depends on your priorities.

BTW - When I took my E46 there a few years ago, for its second windshield replacement, they showed me how the previous low-end glass company had scratched all the paint off behind the windshield. They repainted all the bare metal before installing the new windshield.
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My deductible is $50, otherwise I think $600+ without insurance? Not sure!
Which safelite did you go to and do you remember the tech's name? Also, did they use genuine BMW weatherstrip?

Safelite quoted me less than $400 (in shop installation).
Not sure about OEM weatherstrip but I couldn't tell a difference. Don't know the tech's name. I brought it to their shop on Bel-Red Rd in Bellevue. The installation of the weatherstrip was a bit shoddy...was lifting in some places but it seems to have fixed itself.
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