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Old 02-04-2014, 12:39 AM   #1
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Disappointed in glass quality.

This is our first Jeep, and so far I really like it. All our other cars and trucks are Ford except for one corvette.
I have always heard that Ford made their own glass and was the best out there. I have not had many other vehicles to compare them to until we purchased our JKUR. The glass is not very impressive. In fact I have scheduled a front window replacement due to the glass delaminating. We only have 1,500 miles on our Jeep.
What are your opinions of the glass quality?

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Old 02-04-2014, 12:48 AM   #2
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Bad batch? I've never had any problems with my windshield

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Old 02-04-2014, 12:49 AM   #3
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I never had any problems with the glass on my old Jeep that wasn't directly related to a rock hitting it or the expansive property of freezing water in the resulting ding. Where I live, you can pretty much count on any ding not taken care of before sunset to turn into a crack by dawn. But I never had any problems with delamination.

Of course, given the number of chunks of gravel flung at my windows by other 4x4s, I don't think my Jeep had factory glass in 11 out of the 12 years I drove it, and it probably didn't have factory glass when I bought it used.
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Its definitely not what it used to be... I have the original glass in my '91, never had problems with glass before. My guess modern automotive glass is thinner now to save weight.

Every time I clean the windsheild on my JKU it appears fragile.

I've decided most new vehicles are designed to be recycled... made to be a consummable - not to last 20 years. This ensures they get replaced sooner to meet new government emission and mileage standards.

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Are you talking about chip resistance or optical quality?

If you are complaining about chipping, that is due to near vertical angle of the windshield not the glass.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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Only issues I've ever had were that they can readily get chips and cracks from being relatively flat (rocks and pebbles tend to hit perpendicular rather than glancing off)
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Are you talking about chip resistance or optical quality?

If you are complaining about chipping, that is due to near vertical angle of the windshield not the glass.
No,,, on ours it delaminated. It is coming apart from the inside out.
Glass quality is hard to explain.
Next time you park your Jeep next to a new Ford, look at the Ford's windshield, then look at yours. Less thickness and not as clear as the Ford glass. Those of you who have Fords, know what I am talking about.

It would be nice to have the off road ability of our Jeeps, with the better glass.
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So you are a fan of "Carlite" glass. That is who makes Ford O.E. glass, they also make it for a lot of other vehicles. You could stick with Ford, but you can't take the top off of an Explorer! Have fun with your Jeep!
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:42 AM   #9
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So you are a fan of "Carlite" glass. That is who makes Ford O.E. glass, they also make it for a lot of other vehicles. You could stick with Ford, but you can't take the top off of an Explorer! Have fun with your Jeep!

Sure you can! Sawzall fixes that problem.
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My ORIGIAL glass cracked very early on but my aftermarket replacement glass without little Jeep stuff on it has taken pebbles to it with no issues at all still good
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:44 PM   #11
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glass smass blass frass

I just look through it, nothing more. If it breaks, insurance fixes or replaces it.

Done and done.
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My ORIGIAL glass cracked very early on but my aftermarket replacement glass without little Jeep stuff on it has taken pebbles to it with no issues at all still good
My first glass broke within the first week, pebble meets glass. While at the Safelite repair shop I asked the guy if they use any better glass than the original equipment. His reply was "their glass is exactly to original equipment specs and strength" he went on to say that Safelite is not willing to become liable for changing the factory specs on their glass.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:14 PM   #13
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The glass on JKs chips easily....poor quality IMHO.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:17 PM   #14
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I really don't think its poor quality. It can't be coincidence that the wrangler windshields chip easily and also have a near 90 degree angle to them.
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The glass on JKs chips easily....poor quality IMHO.
My five year old, original, pristine condition windshield disagrees.
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I would think that sounds like a warranty issue.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:22 PM   #17
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Really?


The shifter rattles
It rides like a log wagon
Handles like a beached whale
No real towing power
Underpowered
Poor fuel economy
"Dated" technology
Overpriced

..And you're bitching about glass?


I love mine.

You should buy a Ford and see the rest of us enjoying the hell out of our Jeeps..... clearly
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:02 PM   #18
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Many manufacturers use thicker glass to make the car quieter. This is not a concern on a Wrangler.

Thicker glass designed for "quietness" relies on thicker plastic laminate layers - it will still chip as easily as glass with a thinner, less quiet plastic layer.

Of course the quieter glass is more expensive. Since thicker, quieter glass would serve no purpose in a Wrangler, why would Chrysler go to the expense of installing it?
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Chrysler and Ford do not make their own glass. It's basically all the same crap.

There's nothing about the glass itself that makes it break. It's literally the angle of the glass and the location of the defrost vents.

I've never cracked a windshield, had my jeep for a year and its 5 years old and it honestly looks like it might still have the original glass.
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Really?


The shifter rattles
It rides like a log wagon
Handles like a beached whale
No real towing power
Underpowered
Poor fuel economy
"Dated" technology
Overpriced

..And you're bitching about glass?


I love mine.

You should buy a Ford and see the rest of us enjoying the hell out of our Jeeps..... clearly
I guess I got really lucky.

Shifter doesn't rattle (auto).
It rides great (stock Rubi suspension & tires)
Handles decently. I turn off the stability control so I can take curves a bit faster when I'm really in a hurry.
It towed a Mini Cooper easily with no issues.
It has enough power to break the rear tires loose sometimes and can easily pass other cars.
First vehicle I've owned with Bluetooth and navigation... high tech for me.
It WAS definitely overpriced.

AND, my original windshield has taken some huge hits and is still not cracked after 46000 miles.

Yeah, I wouldn't trade it for any Ford despite glass clarity.
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Haha this is what I've been missing in the JK forum?
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Really?


The shifter rattles
It rides like a log wagon
Handles like a beached whale
No real towing power
Underpowered
Poor fuel economy
"Dated" technology
Overpriced

..And you're bitching about glass?


I love mine.

You should buy a Ford and see the rest of us enjoying the hell out of our Jeeps..... clearly

*High five*

It's laughable how these trucks sell at the price that is offered. I will add to your list.

Interior quality that would be right at home in 90s entry level Kia
Gauge cluster design stuck in 1993
Slowest 285hp engine ever, 3.73 in my JK
At the price I paid, why is BT still optional honestly. F U Chrysler.

But I also love my Jeep. This winter needs to go away.
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Some of you guys don't have a clue. My point was at spending 40K on a new Jeep, you would think Chrysler would spend a little extra and put in better glass. For you kids who want to bash this thread, I will type s l o w e r
so you can understand it.

Sheesh...
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Some of you guys don't have a clue. My point was at spending 40K on a new Jeep...
Anyone who is spending $40k on a stock Jeep should think long and hard before implying that other people are clueless.
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I agree with glass not being the same as it used to be. I had a 68k Lexus IS-F before my Wrangler and after 4 years the windshield was pitted pretty bad.
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Going on my third windshield in my 2014 JKU. It seems if I get hit with a grain of sand the wrong way this windshield cracks.
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Still meets Govt Standards. I didnt buy my jeep because the glass was high quality. The vehicle has a different purpose.

You just got delt a bad windshield. Fords can also have bad windshields too.
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Why do you people drive jeeps?

I sure didn't buy a jeep to have a fancy interior. infact, i specifically liked the simple, jeep-ish interior.

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