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A rock strike seems to have chipped my windshield & expanded into a several inch long crack.
Fortunately, insurance covers the repair at no cost. However, the new windshield is installed by an autoglass company (not sure which one atm). The glass will be sourced from Porsche.

Would anyone else have concerns about a third-party contractor installing the windshield? They replaced the windshield on my Jeep a year or two back and did a fine job. I'm just a bit hesitate with the Cayman, but I imagine paying the dealer out of pocket to replace it would be quite expensive...


edit- looks like this has been covered previously...
 

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Installing glass is a specialty job that is not usually done by the regular shop techs. If you were to take it to the dealer they would probably sub the work out to an auto glass specialist anyway. One day while my car was in for service I watched the the glass installers replace the windshield on a Cayenne in the parking lot.

As carl44 said, just make sure they use OEM glass.
 

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I put in a claim for a cracked windshield on my wife's Mercedes. USAA sent a glass company out to my house. The installer did a crumby job. I complained and USAA said to take the car to the Mercedes dealership. I did. The same repairman showed up at the Mercedes dealership. Oh well.
 

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I put in a claim for a cracked windshield on my wife's Mercedes. USAA sent a glass company out to my house. The installer did a crumby job. I complained and USAA said to take the car to the Mercedes dealership. I did. The same repairman showed up at the Mercedes dealership. Oh well.
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It will be OEM glass, apparently OEM is still (fortunately) the only option for 981s.
 

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Based on my recent experience (posted here), there was supposedly no inventory in the States as well, took a little over a week for one to arrive. Honestly, I'm not sure how one gets sourced and shipped from the motherland that fast, but I'm not in logistics! Hopefully they shipped dozens and there is some stock now for your sake.
 

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It will be OEM glass, apparently OEM is still (fortunately) the only option for 981s.
Safelite tells me they have their version of the glass for $600. I'm on my 2nd chip and will have the dealership replace when I get the next service. They use a local shop. Last time I paid $950 for OEM glass. I've got a $100 deductible for glass now, I'll let everyone know if Farmers approves the OEM.
 

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I actually purchased for $300 that extra for windshield replacements. Having replaced 3 other windshields in Porsches in past I know eventually it will happen again ( I swear trucks aim for our windshields). Between deductible and cost of windshield replacement coverage the dealer was the cheaper option over the lifetime of expected coverage. So I will be at dealer when it needs to be done and I have found a good dealer so they make sure everything is right before they release the car.
 

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Windshield Cracked

Wow man I am unlucky... I woke up this morning to find that there is a crack from the top center of the windshield going down through the rain sensor and then a semicircle to the right (104 boxster). If you sit in the driver's seat, you can't even see it.

Initially I thought it was due to some defect it being a convertible and I maybe due to stress, so I took it to dealer. Nope, they say its from a rock and pointed out a tiny chip less than 1 inch from the top.

Thing is I HATE getting windshield replaced because they always do a sh#$T%y job and the new glue seal isn't as good as factory...BUT I can't get this repaired since the crack is so big.

I guess it might have happened last night when I was driving home in a rain storm on the interstate. I swear I hate those #)$#*%T drivers tailgating and jumping lanes to gain an inch (only to be behind me in the long-run). Oh the irony of 'keeping extra distance' from cars this whole time...if I was closer, it would have hit in the center and I could repair the chip instead of an un-repairable crack that wont even pass inspection in NC. Think i'm going to stop caring now and accept its a car that's going to get nicked...

OEM glass cost ~$700 if anyone curious, but my insurance should cover it (thanks AllState) without deductible.
 

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I beleive that $700 is cheap for an OEM windshield. Insurance may or may not supply an OEM windshield. In any event it's good that you have full glass coverage. These windshields take a beating and I have had mine repaired and will most likely be due for a replacement this year.
 

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Re: Windshield Cracked

Wow man I am unlucky... I woke up this morning to find that there is a crack from the top center of the windshield going down through the rain Dsensor and then a semicircle to the right (104 boxster). If you sit in the driver's seat, you can't even see it.

Initially I thought it was due to some defect it being a convertible and I maybe due to stress, so I took it to dealer. Nope, they say its from a rock and pointed out a tiny chip less than 1 inch from the top.

Thing is I HATE getting windshield replaced because they always do a sh#$T%y job and the new glue seal isn't as good as factory...BUT I can't get this repaired since the crack is so big.

I guess it might have happened last night when I was driving home in a rain storm on the interstate. I swear I hate those #)$#*%T drivers tailgating and jumping lanes to gain an inch (only to be behind me in the long-run). Oh the irony of 'keeping extra distance' from cars this whole time...if I was closer, it would have hit in the center and I could repair the chip instead of an un-repairable crack that wont even pass inspection in NC. Think i'm going to stop caring now and accept its a car that's going to get nicked...

OEM glass cost ~$700 if anyone curious, but my insurance should cover it (thanks AllState) without deductible.
I'm in Charlotte. Can u pm me your insurance agents contact info, assuming you're satisfied? Thx
 

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Re: Windshield Cracked

I beleive that $700 is cheap for an OEM windshield. Insurance may or may not supply an OEM windshield. In any event it's good that you have full glass coverage. These windshields take a beating and I have had mine repaired and will most likely be due for a replacement this year.
My windshield is being replaced tomorrow (makes me nervous as well), but the glass company informed me that there currently are not aftermarket windshields available. So they sourced it from Porsche.
 
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I just joined this Club of the Unlucky - at mile 669 on the odometer. While I was driving in the slow lane of I-20 (lots of truck traffic has crumbled our pitiful infrastructure), my own right front tire caught a small stone just right so that it arced up and over the hood to hit the bottom middle of the windshield. Talk about weird physics! Now I have a dime-size star in the glass of my essentially brand new Cayman. I'm going to the glass place in the morning to get a chip fix rather than replacing the glass. I would rather live with a small visible defect in the glass than risk the replacement of the entire windshield. In my Cayman, there is visible an imbedded thin wire along the right half perimeter of the glass (the antenna?). Between that and the glass windshield as an engineered structure of the car, I really want to avoid a glass replacement at the corner shop, even if they can source the OEM glass.
 

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Re: Windshield Cracked

Update of my post just above: a chip fix has fixed the problem. I took the Cayman to the local glass shop (I have had good results with them in the past - a couple of years ago they did a stellar install of a new windshield in my XKE, a fiddly task that took them three tries, with some minor sheet metal "adjustment"). They were originally hesitant in just doing a chip fix (they said the result might be "ugly" since it was a complex chip break) and were leaning towards replacing the windshield. I was really hesitant about replacing the windshield on what was an essentially brand new car, and with much hemming and hawing on my part, they finally decided to first do the chip fix, and if the outcome didn't look good, they would get an OEM windshield from the nearest Porsche dealer. They did the chip fix. The result is invisible from outside the car, and can be spotted from inside the car only if you know where to look closely. The simplest solution is always the best solution.
 
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