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#1 of 256 Scion xB Windshield cracks
Aug 15, 2006 (6:11 am)
Has anyone had their windshield crack yet? The tiniest pebble hit my windshield just under the windshield wipers and I could literally watch the crack get longer and longer as I was driving the car. I know everyone in Texas drives around with cracked windshields, but I just bought this car and I am so upset.
#2 of 256 Re: Scion xB Windshield cracks [justgina]
Aug 18, 2006 (8:21 am)
An unusually high percentage of xB owners experience cracked windshields. Usually a pebble impact is known to be the cause. Sometimes a pebble causes a chip, from which a crack later spreads. Sometimes people report cracks with no apparent cause, but it is likely there was an unnoticed chip to start the crack.
The xB is probably prone to windshsield damage and cracking partly because of the relatively vertical angle of the glass, and possibly because of a relative weakness of the OEM glass itself, and possibly because of some stressing of the glass by flexing of the boxy body.
To avoid windshield cracks, it is important to avoid vehicles and roads that can cause rock damage. Stay far away from gravel trucks and equipment haulers where every bump can dislodge more stones. Don't follow anything if there is gravel on the road.
When replacing the windshield, many people report that Pilkington does not fit well and has wavy places, PPG is OK, while Fuyao is the best with a perfect fit, a better gasket, better optical quality and resists impacts better.
Aug 25, 2006 (8:40 pm)
I had to replace my rear window about 3 months after I got it. A rock hit it from the other side of the highway.
#5 of 256 Re: windshield [tundradude]
Aug 27, 2006 (12:58 pm)
I also have recently noticed a small pit in my windshield that is beginning to grow larger. Can I ask what anyone might have paid to replace or repair their windshield's on the XB?
#6 of 256 Re: windshield [miamax]
Aug 27, 2006 (3:50 pm)
I have heard costs from the low 200's to the high 300's. In my state windshield replacement is automatically covered by insurance.
My 1991 Mazda truck has had two windshields replaced due to rock strikes. They were hard hits with cracks radiating from the impact point. The xB evidently can have a tiny pit that later develops a single crack that grows long. And the xB can also have cracks with no apparent cause, which leads to speculation that they are stress cracks caused by the body flexing.
#7 of 256 Re: Scion xB Windshield cracks [justgina]
Sep 01, 2006 (2:45 am)
Mine cracked the 2nd day! On top of that I wasn't even driving. I was showing my friend the car when the crack started coming from the side, right against the frame and traveled horizontally across the windshield about 2 inches then turned and went straight down about another 8 inches. Looks like there may be an issue with their windshields.
#8 of 256 Re: Scion xB Windshield cracks [scionskeptic]
Sep 01, 2006 (5:11 am)
I've only had my xB a month and haven't made my first payment. From the complaints I've read, I think there may be a defect in the design. Toyota needs to step up to the plate and tell us what the problem is. Maybe the windshields are just really cheap.
#9 of 256 Re: Scion xB Windshield cracks [justgina]
Sep 09, 2006 (5:10 pm)
When a crack starts spontaneously and spreads as you watch in the driveway, there must be a stress being imposed on the glass by the body. The glass may be thin (cheap), but there also seems to be a design flaw. Perhaps the light, flimsy box flexes and puts too much stress on the large thin piece of glass spanning the front end.
#10 of 256 Re: Scion xB Windshield cracks [aatherton]
Sep 18, 2006 (7:16 am)
I was at work all day, then came out to observe that my 2006 Scion XB had a crack from the top of the glass up by the rear-view mirror, leading down about 10 inches, then turning toward the passenger side. I do not recall any trauma to the glass which may have caused the crack to happen. My Scion is about a month old and has about 2200 miles on it.
I've called the Scion Customer Experience number to open a ticket with them.