Originally Posted by raptor1956
That's interesting, the person I spoke with at Safelite indicated only one windshield was available and that's the OEM one. I talked to them before I called my insurance company.
There is some comment that the factory windshield is not very durable and even some comment that it can be scratched with plastic scrapers as you would use to scrape ice/snow in the winter -- does that make sense to you?
You should never use an ice scraper on windshields or tempered glass.
Now as for durability it's kind of luck-of-the-draw as to how long your windshield lasts. Modern unibody car windshields are thinner to reduce weight.
Since Unibody car bodies flex more they are prone to crack out quicker when hit with a rock.
My 2007 Focus with 70,000 miles had the original glass up untill the day I Traded it for the 2012.
Most Carlite is Manufactured in their Nashville plant. But they also subcontract out to other manufacturers to keep up with demand. Sekurit-Saint Gobain and Crinamex are just to name a couple. Both are quality brands.
Ford Owns Carlite. Most other car manufacturers don't make their own glass including Mopar(Fiat) and Mercedes.
PPG, Now called PGW was one of my top 5 choices for glass but recently their quality for windshields and tempered glass have serverely dropped mainly because their plants in China SUCK. PGW is also subbing their work to XYG Glass(XYG, an unpronounceable chinese name)
Next to Safelite Glass(Safelite makes their own glass) XYG is the worst.
If you don't go with Carlite my next choice would be FY glass(FUYAO Glass)5 years ago I hated it but it is has improved 100% since then! It's made in China but it's quality is far superior to PPG. It's OE now for many Asian and European cars such as Hyundai, Bentley, Audi, PACCAR, and has been recognised by Ford. Guardian is another excellent brand but I don't see much of that.