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My STS has a cracked windshield. It has the heated windshield, and I want to keep that.

Do aftermarket companies keep that function, or do I need to use OEM?

What have your experiences been with doing this?

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IF you can find a heated windshield it will be VERY expensive, if I recall its over $2500, its doubtful that your insurance will cover that

I would just get a standard windshield, for about $225

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IF you can find a heated windshield it will be VERY expensive, if I recall its over $2500, its doubtful that your insurance will cover that

I would just get a standard windshield, for about $225

They told me they would cover the price up to a "fair and reasonable" amount which they said is $2,356 for my heated windshield in my local area. Anything over that I have to pay for myself, unless I went with their glass company partner, then they would cover it even if it went over that amount.

I really would like to retain the heated glass, I use it all the time in the winter.

Is aftermarket glass going to be as good?

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WOW that is amazing, here I am nervous to ask my insurance to replace my windshield at $225 for fear they will drop me and they are willing to pay $2400 for you :lol:

I recently heard that SOME aftermarket windshields are inferior, but I would ask the window shop

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WOW that is amazing, here I am nervous to ask my insurance to replace my windshield at $225 for fear they will drop me and they are willing to pay $2400 for you :lol:

I recently heard that SOME aftermarket windshields are inferior, but I would ask the window shop

I've never heard of an insurance company dropping someone over a glass claim.

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I have, I was dropped because I had to have the windshield replaced on my 96 Mustang total of about 386 or around there and the next my insurance woman called me up and said they are canceling the policy because of that one claim. Now this has been my one and only claim in the the 12 years or so of driving and they dropped me like a hot potato! I guess it just depends on the insurance company too...

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I was dropped also, for replacing windshields on two cars in the same year, that is why I dont put in glass claims anymore

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Weird, over a glass claim? I actually work with insurance and I've never heard of that happening.

Well I called around to a few glass companies, and most can't replace the heated windshield. They offered a regular windshield, and told me the heated ones aren't made anymore. I found one company that will call around and find an OEM heated one for me.

I think I'm going to have the glass repaired. Does anyone know of any reason not to repair a heated windshield? The crack is about 3 inches long, down near the center bottom of the windshield.

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Weird, over a glass claim? I actually work with insurance and I've never heard of that happening.

Well I called around to a few glass companies, and most can't replace the heated windshield. They offered a regular windshield, and told me the heated ones aren't made anymore. I found one company that will call around and find an OEM heated one for me.

I think I'm going to have the glass repaired. Does anyone know of any reason not to repair a heated windshield? The crack is about 3 inches long, down near the center bottom of the windshield.

If the insurance co is gonna pick up the tab...and you have a place that will find you the "RIGHT" windshield... why would you want to just "REPAIR" it?

I would just have it replaced and be done with it.

Just my opinion...

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If the insurance co is gonna pick up the tab...and you have a place that will find you the "RIGHT" windshield... why would you want to just "REPAIR" it?

I would just have it replaced and be done with it.

Just my opinion...

I'd rather have a 75 dollar glass repair claim on my insurance claims record than a $2,300 comp claim.

Plus the place stated that if I'm unhappy with the repair for any reason they will replace the windshield. I don't even know if they can find one for sure, I'll find that out tomorrow.

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I doubt they will be able to repair a crack. Usually, the small stone chips can be repaired but with a crack, I'd be worried the repair wouldn't last and the crack would propagate over time.

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I doubt they will be able to repair a crack. Usually, the small stone chips can be repaired but with a crack, I'd be worried the repair wouldn't last and the crack would propagate over time.

the crack has already spread too far to repair.

There's no heated windshield available.

I have been told that the replacement glass would be regular glass, and I would need to have some electrical work done to disconnect the heated windshield wires. Does anyone know what's involved with that? I was told that it's simply plugging the connector and taping it up, does that sound right? Is that something I can do myself?

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I would think all you have to do is unplug it and leave the plug hanging. Tape it if you wish, but not necessary.

What about when I use the heated mirrors? The guy at the glass shop seems to think the wire needs to be taken off, because it can heat up and cause a fire and/or other electrical damage?

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I would think all you have to do is unplug it and leave the plug hanging. Tape it if you wish, but not necessary.

What about when I use the heated mirrors? The guy at the glass shop seems to think the wire needs to be taken off, because it can heat up and cause a fire and/or other electrical damage?

I believe there is a connector at the windshield, it just needs to be disconnected and secured.

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I would think all you have to do is unplug it and leave the plug hanging. Tape it if you wish, but not necessary.

What about when I use the heated mirrors? The guy at the glass shop seems to think the wire needs to be taken off, because it can heat up and cause a fire and/or other electrical damage?

I believe there is a connector at the windshield, it just needs to be disconnected and secured.

sounds good, thanks for the reassurance. I have an appointment Friday at 3pm to get the windshield replaced with a standard non-heated glass.

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Check out the weather stripping around the window now, & see how tight it is against the glass. my original windwhield was replaced a few years ago, and the weather stripping around it had a 1/8" gap. The wind noise was horrible on the highway. I was blessed that the windshield cracked again. This time I insisted on GM glass, and the job be done by a dealer. I explained why to my insurance, and the dealer. It was done correctly, and the car was much quieter again with that replacement.

I would suggest that you talk to them and make sure they know you will look for the same seal. hopefully thit will convince them to put a little more effort into the job for you.

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Check out the weather stripping around the window now, & see how tight it is against the glass. my original windwhield was replaced a few years ago, and the weather stripping around it had a 1/8" gap. The wind noise was horrible on the highway. I was blessed that the windshield cracked again. This time I insisted on GM glass, and the job be done by a dealer. I explained why to my insurance, and the dealer. It was done correctly, and the car was much quieter again with that replacement.

I would suggest that you talk to them and make sure they know you will look for the same seal. hopefully thit will convince them to put a little more effort into the job for you.

Good tip, I will do that. Have my appointment on Friday afternoon.

Thanks Winterset!

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