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#47 of 77 Cracked front window
Jun 11, 2012 (6:13 am)
Hi, I just purchased a new Forester 2012 2 months ago, less then 800miles on the car. This is my first Subaru car. Two days ago I noticed a stress crack in my front window. There was no trauma to the window. It is an interesting crack. It originates at the top midline of the window and travels in a waveform fashion down to the driver's side. It does not interfere with me driving. It ends at the level of my inside adjustable rear view mirror. I called the dealership where I purchased the car and the mechanic's replied, "we do not do glass". The mechanic never asked me if there was trauma to the car's window. I called Subaru's national 1-800 number, and they were very helpful. Chris, the representative stated to take it back to Subaru and find out if it is a defective window or not. I am in the process to go to another dealership,different from the place I purchased my car
#48 of 77 running crack on windshield
Jul 08, 2012 (1:29 pm)
I have a 2011 forester I got last Nov. I took a road trip up to Wa from Ca and on the way back we got hit by a rock on the driver side of the windshield near the wiper. The crack was only 3 inches long, we stopped for the night and it grew to 3 times the size!!! and kept going on the way back home... I didnt think I'd get anywhere with the dealership so I came here to tell my story.
#49 of 77 Re: running crack on windshield [eastbayj]
Aug 25, 2012 (2:03 pm)
Did you not think the dealer would replace a windshield cracked by a rock, except on an insurance claim?
#50 of 77 Re: running crack on windshield [eastbayj]
Aug 25, 2012 (2:06 pm)
You probably guessed that the dealer would not replace a windshield cracked by a rock under warranty, but would under an insurance claim.
#51 of 77 Windshield chip to crack in 2011 Forester
Sep 17, 2012 (5:11 am)
I've never posted to a message board, but this one helped me immensely this morning, so I feel the need to pass on the advice. I've had my 2011 Subaru Forester for a little over a year. I heard a loud pop on my window last Friday and scanned my windshield for visible evidence of a chip because of how loud the sound was. Then on Saturday I noticed a huge chip up behind my rear-view mirror and a crack that had now spidered with the main crack spreading about a third of the way down the middle of my windshield. Thankfully, my auto insurance policy covers glass so I'm having a local glass vendor replace my windshield with an after-market version (windshield will be heated/tinted the same way). I would have had to wait a few days to get the manufacturer's version, which I'm now realizing would probably have me back in the same situation in another year. I'll report back good or bad about the after-market windshield. Stay tuned.
#52 of 77 Re: Windshield chip to crack in 2011 Forester [editorlady]
Sep 17, 2012 (9:09 am)
Thanks! I'd certainly like to know. OEM is junk, I think, on these. I haven't replaced mine yet, but the whole bottom is cracked up on it, along with a full vertical on the passenger side. Every chip results in a crack.
#53 of 77 Subaru Windshields seem to be soft.
Feb 18, 2013 (5:31 pm)
I replaced the windshield on my 2004 Forester 2x in 177K for pitting.
I just noticed that the windshield in my 2013 Forester is showing pitting at just 7500 miles.
It seems these windshields are prone to pitting. Are they soft of just cheap?
#54 of 77 Re: Subaru Windshields seem to be soft. [keg_o_rasta]
Feb 18, 2013 (5:37 pm)
I guess the only way I can describe it is... brittle glass. Your pitting will likely be cracking before you finish your next 7500.
I put 220,000 on my 1996 Outback, and it had nary a crack in it, even with 23 (if I recall correctly) noticeable chips.
#55 of 77 Re: Subaru Windshields seem to be soft. [xwesx]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:03 am)
The upright angle doesn't help.
Our Subies have been OK. The 626 we owned broke twice.
#56 of 77 Re: Subaru Windshields seem to be soft. [ateixeira]
Feb 19, 2013 (9:45 am)
Probably not, but that still doesn't forgive the poor quality. My '69 C20 has a far more upright windshield than my Forester, its glass is 44 years old, and it still doesn't have a crack. It has two, yes only TWO chips in it, and those were from some big stones. Heck, if a rock that big hit the Forester, it'd probably come straight on through.
With nearly twice as many miles, I just don't see how what's happening to the Forester windshield can be pinpointed to anything other than poor quality.