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2022 Outback - count me in for a third windshield

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If you breathe on Subaru glass it cracks. Both times little pinpricks that I never even knew happened graduated into massive cracks.

Meanwhile you can take a pebble sized chunk out of my Ford or Jeep and I never had a problem.

Maybe I'll try OEM glass this time because whatever crap Subaru is using doesn't cut it.

They are trending towards making ugly evs anyways, not like I was going to buy another.
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We elected to purchase the Crystal Fusion windshield protection (a treatment that claims to "bond" the windshield to make it stronger, which I don't necessarily believe), which also includes replacement and repair coverage. I called my insurance agent before buying it and she told me that if I could get it for less than $200/year, it would be worth it (vs. filing a comprehensive claim through them). I was able to negotiate the price down to just below that. We went to the dealership to have it applied and on the WAY HOME, a rock hit our windshield and left a dime-sized chip toward the bottom. I filed a claim, and within a week they told me where to take it for a repair. When they were done, they called the Crystal Fusion rep and they paid them over the phone.

I was definitely skeptical, but I had heard so many reports of how fragile these windshields are that I figured it was worth the risk. After my first claim going very smoothly, I'm glad I have the coverage!
 

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I just replaced my windshield and it had a pinprick like yours. Looking at simple fracture mechanics a "pinprick" (pinpoint) load like ours on a windshield will do more harm than a nice round pebble. That is why the emergency glass braking tools have a fine point on them - it allows a very concentrated "pinprick" load on the glass to shatter it.

This is what years of being an engineer analyzing broken stuff has done to me...
 

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Meanwhile, also look into non-OEM windshields like Pilkington (SafeLite installed Pilkington on my Outback), which seem to have better quality than OEM. SafeLite also re-calibrates EyeSight, so that is not an issue.
 
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