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As we were driving home with our brand new 2002 MB-RES, a rock hit our windshield causing small cresent moon shaped crack about 1/4-inch in size. What a bummer! Do you know of any windshield repair for this type of damage? Does it really work? I've heard of epoxy being injected to seal the crack, but it doesn't make the crack invisible. Maybe I'll have to live with it until the next rock ding and then replace the whole thing.

Bummed about the windshield, but loving the rest of the van.



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I just had the windshield (not on my Ody) replaced. Like yours, it started with a tiny crack. The guy replacing my windshield said that I should have brought it to him when it was still a small crack. That would have saved me $600. I bet that the Ody windshield is more expensive.

I would bring it in to one of those auto glass place. I don't think it is that costly to fill the crack.
 

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If it crack big enough, some insurance pay for a replacement without deductable. I replaced my Cadi side window. The auto glass dealer pay $100 of my deductable and I end up pay $150 for my deductable, which bring a total of $250 deductable on my contract. It shouldn't affect your insurance premium either. Good luck.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Coleman_lot:
If it crack big enough, some insurance pay for a replacement without deductable. I replaced my Cadi side window. The auto glass dealer pay $100 of my deductable and I end up pay $150 for my deductable, which bring a total of $250 deductable on my contract. It shouldn't affect your insurance premium either. Good luck.</font>
BTW, the repair is free. If you have comprehensive insurance (which I assume you do for your brand new van) then the glass repair is free. Now windshield replacement is a whole different animal. But then I have a ZERO deductible for the Comp for both my vehicles so it would be free for me.



[This message has been edited by piyush (edited 02-26-2002).]
 

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In other vehicles I have had several small cracks or chips. Generally, if they are smaller than a quarter, they can be fixed so that they don't turn into a larger problem. You will likely still see part of the damage, but it is better than paying for a new windshield. Also, I believe some of the insurance companies will pay for the repair even if it is less than your deductible. I know that State Farm will. Also, most of the places are mobile, so the convenience factor is great.

I know how you feel. I had our 1994 Isuzu windshield replaced because of a major crack. It had already been repaired several years earlier for a chip. I had a chip-free windshield for about 4 months before getting another chip!

I hope that helps some,

Jeff

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Let me tell you my windshield chip story.

Three weeks ago, I got a rock damage (on the left edge, about the quarter coin size) on my 2002 odyssey (only two-month old). Next day, I called my insurance company (Farmers, TX), and the insurance company scheduled a glass repair from SafeLite (a national glass repair company). The windshield repair is covered by most insurance companies, and you do not need to pay anything. But, if you want replacing the windshield, you need to pay the deduction (for me, $500), but the Honda dealer charges about $515 to replace it. A technician of SafeLite came to my office parking lot to get the damage repaired. It took about 15-minutes, and the guy promised that after repair, the damaged spot should be as strong as original, and therefore, should not have the potential to grow. The repaired spot was reduced from the quarter size to about a corn grain. I was happy seeing the result.

But, after a week, I found a crack from the damaged spot for about 6-inch. I called SafeLite, and the same guy was here at my office parking lot. He said that 95% repairs will fix the problem, and my windshield damage belongs to the remaining 5%. He got it repaired again, and so far so good (for two-week) with only a tiny hair line, almost invisible in most light conditions. According to the policy of SafeLite, if the customer is not satisfied with the repair, and decides to replace the windshield from SafeLite, they will credit $50 (they charge the insurance company to do the repair). They quoted me $260 for the replacement (it may be not a PPG windshield, which is the original glass manufacturer for Odyssey). But I will wait and see.

In the last few years, all my three vehicles got the windshield damages. I live in a big city, and drive a lot of highway. It is life.
 
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