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#36 of 77 Re: 2010 Suburu Forester windshield is faulty [margie12]
Apr 12, 2011 (9:11 am)
I imagine their response would be something akin to "ma'am we have no control over the size and frequency of rocks contacting your windshield." In other words, no, it would do no good (to you), but I still think it is worth bringing it to their attention.
I don't think this windshield is any more prone to chipping or pitting, but it is certainly more prone to cracking as a result of those chips/pits.
It is possible that a replacement windshield would be more durable, but it all depends on the manufacturing source and the quality of the workmanship that goes into it. If you get a Subaru "OEM" unit, no, it's going to be just as flimsy.
#37 of 77 Re: 2010 Suburu Forester windshield is faulty [margie12]
May 14, 2011 (5:15 pm)
I had a chip that led to a crack, I had the windshield replaced and the tech that came and replaced it told me the windshields they put in at the factory are very thin and chip easy. He replaced it with a much thicker windshield and it even has a heater in it( i live in a cold climate). I have done a lot of open highway driving since having it replaced and haven't had a chip since. I hope I'm not jinxing myself! So if you can have the windshield replaced, I was able to claim it on my insurance.
#38 of 77 2011 Subaru Forester Windshield Crack
Jun 26, 2011 (3:46 pm)
Today I noticed a crack in my front windshield. No chip, just a crack. Hairline up the middle of the windshield about 5" starting at the bottom by the wipers, and then it veers off to look like a CRACK. The hairline ALMOST looks like it's a line in the glass, like a defroster or something. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a defect?
#39 of 77 2011 Forester Cracked Windshield
Oct 23, 2011 (4:08 pm)
Add me to the list. Just came out the other morning to find the windshield cracked. Ran my hand over the entire windshield in and out and couldn't find anything remotely resembling a chip that would have caused the crack. Do not recall anything recently hitting the windshield either, although I am sure like most cars some road debris has been kicked up into my windshield. The crack looks like it starts at the extreme bottom of the windshield. Have had this Subaru for 1 year. Have owned 4 other Subaru's, but this is my first Forester. I expect to get nowhere with the dealership but will certainly try there before hitting the glass replacement store - insurance will cover but would rather have Subaru replace as it certainly seems like a defect that should be covered under warranty. Subarukathy's comment about thicker replacement glass sounds promising if I have to have replacement done on my own.
#40 of 77 Chip within first month....
Nov 04, 2011 (12:49 pm)
I owned my 2011 Forester for about a month when my first chip appeared. There's also a 1/4 inch crack that hasn't grown. I'm about 10 months in and there's another small crack now. Both were from small debris on the highway. But the windshield definitely seems very, very prone to chipping and cracking.
#41 of 77 Re: Chip within first month.... [tomasdelsol]
Dec 02, 2011 (2:26 pm)
I don't normally join in forums like this but I have owned for 2011 Forester for exactly 2 months when I was driving home from Thanksgiving holiday. I heard a loud pop but saw nothing. Two days later the weather dropped 20 degrees and I notice a long crack along the bottom of my windshield. I have owned several other cars but didn't expect to have to replace the windshield after 2 months. I will have to rethink Subaru when I purchase my next vehicle.
#42 of 77 Re: Chip within first month.... [jrgodsprop]
Dec 06, 2011 (10:21 am)
The loud pop means you hit something pretty solid, sounds like it would have damaged any windshield, not just Subaru's...
Dec 06, 2011 (10:54 am)
I notice that rain sounds much louder on the subaru windshield than any of my previous cars. Rain makes a tinkling sound much like hail. in fact the first time I heard it I thought it was hail but then realized that it was too warm out to be hail. I think that the windshield is thin. Who knows why.
#44 of 77 Re: windshield [robert142]
Dec 06, 2011 (11:50 am)
Do yours have a moonroof? It's probably just more glass causing that.
#45 of 77 Re: 2011 Subaru Forester Windshield Crack [paulahs]
Feb 15, 2012 (10:25 am)
Same car same problem. No chips no rocks. Bought a new 2011 Forester in October. Just yesterday after using defroster on hi noted a long horizontal crack by the windshield wipers. From what has been posted, Subaru may be using substandard windshield glass. I have had many different cars for many years and this is the first time I experience a crack in a brand new car without having a rock hit the glass. Even after having a chip on the windshield seldom has it expanded.