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#64 of 73 Re: As predicted... [garotabrasil]
Apr 22, 2013 (9:11 am)
I know; it's terribly frustrating, especially given the number of creaks and pops I hear (not just on the Forester) during bouts of extreme temperature changes. Given how easily these Forester windshields crack, it wouldn't surprise me if it spontaneously cracked due to stress, especially if the car was very new.
But, even in the cases of exploding windows that I've read about, manufacturers will not cover them under warranty. The whole plausible deniability thing. Insurance will likely cover, but then you have to decide whether you want to put yourself on their watch list over something like that.
#65 of 73 Re: Subaru Windshields seem to be soft. [ateixeira]
Aug 20, 2013 (10:54 am)
my windshield cracked just a month after i bought it. (forester 2014). it started from the passenger side. Subaru service said it might be due to the heat..
besides windshield, the forester runs very well.
#66 of 73 Re: Subaru Windshields seem to be soft. [yww]
Aug 20, 2013 (12:19 pm)
That happen to me after 3 weeks with my 2014 Forester. I have a 100 deductible with the insurance company but the crazy part was; the glass guy couldn't get a replacement because it was a brand new car and no one had the glass. He had to get special permission from the insurance company to order a windshield from Subaru. Over 3 weeks later and it was fixed..
#67 of 73 This subject is disconcerting
Sep 12, 2013 (5:36 am)
It seems this subject is all over the internet and is not limited to just one model.
I'm retiring my old high-mileage OB and am ready to buy another Subie, maybe a Crosstrek which has very efficient use of space and fits nicely into my space-compromised 2/c garage. Not sure I can do this with all these stories of owners replacing windshields, some multiple times, with no satisfaction from Subaru. It's not a new subject either.
I like these cars but the company seems to put people through the mill with issues they are slow to correct. I just might get the new Mazda 3 hatchback with 2.5 engine and dedicated winter tires. They added some ground clearance, nothing like the Crosstrek, but higher nonetheless.
#68 of 73 Re: This subject is disconcerting [designman]
Sep 30, 2013 (3:43 pm)
Well, I cannot defend the maker's windshields in their current offerings after having the stock screen on my 2010 Forester practically fall apart by significantly cracking with even the slightest provocation. But, after replacing it this past June with a unit purchased from Safelite, this new unit is proving to be much more durable so far.
I think we've put about 17,000 miles on the car since then, and after countless rocks and hail stones (we were driving at the time and some of them actually dented the car's sheet metal) hit the screen, we finally picked up our first chip less than a week ago. But, it was just that: a small chip. My wife plans to have it "fixed," but, with the old screen, that chip would have turned into a crack all the way across the glass by now.
I think someone mentioned that the glass was "soft." It's actually the opposite: The the stock glass hard and thin, which means it is brittle.
#69 of 73 Re: As predicted... [garotabrasil]
Oct 17, 2013 (11:32 am)
hi - sorry to hear about your experience, I have a 2013 Outback and the same thing happened, a large 7-8 inch (and growing) crack after I heard a loud pop, but no evidence of rock chip or exterior damage. I even had two different windshield repair shops confirm. I was lucky though as my local dealership replaced the windshield for me under warranty.
Oct 18, 2013 (11:19 am)
Did they give you an explanation as 2 why the old one cracked?
#71 of 73 Re: Windshield [eastbayj]
Oct 18, 2013 (12:23 pm)
No they did not. I was expecting a fight or some gimmick of finding the tiniest crack or chip but they looked it over and agreed with me that the crack came from the inside. It started from the bottom of the windshield, and was working its way up. The service person did have to get a manager's approval for the replacement under warranty. I couldn't find any information from other 2013 Outback owners so maybe I just got lucky this time around.
#72 of 73 another windshield crack in a 2014 Forester
Nov 26, 2013 (6:54 am)
Hi, I'm new here. We took our new Forester on our first road trip of about 1500 miles round trip (all highway driving) and a chip from something resulted in a crack from the bottom of the windshield on the passenger side that rapidly spread across toward the middle for about 2 feet. We have owned the car less than 2 months. I'm just adding my experience to this forum because there seems to be a concern that Forester windshields do not withstand what they should. I have never had a chipped or cracked windshield on any other vehicle in 40 years of car ownership. Of course this could be utter bad luck, but from what I'm reading on this forum I am worried that this may be the first of multiple windshield replacements on this car. There is no separate windshield coverage in my state and the repair will be subject to our $500 deductible, so I hope not!
#73 of 73 Re: another windshield crack in a 2014 Forester [pka2]
Nov 26, 2013 (9:10 am)
pka2 mine was about $230 from Safelight. I did not shop around tho. Goodluck.