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I have had my new RAV4 for less than 6 months and already the windshield has cracked twice. I have a feeling these windshields are just made cheap or faulty. I had several cars in my life and never had to replace one due to a chip from something hitting it. Perhaps I’m just unlucky or these windshields are made like ?. Has anyone else experienced this as well?
 

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My windsheild chipped while driving on the highway during the first three months. Safelite said the chip did not need to be repaired because the damage did not go all the way through the glass. I guess I'm lucky. My previous RAV4 which I drove for 12 years never had a chip despite lots of miles on gravel roads.
 

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I feel like the new windshields are just not made like they used to be ?!! I called Safelight and they turned the tiny little mark which looked like a little scratch into a huge spiderweb, now I have to replace the whole thing yet again.
 

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I did ask the Safelite guy if newer windshields were more prone to damage. He said no it was just my bad luck. Who knows?
 

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My first windshield cracked all the way through just going over a seam in the highway bridge the first week I owned the car. I've had 2 more windshields and am going to need another pretty soon. They must be soft glass or something. Idk. I'm tempted to not use OEM glass this time and see if its any stronger?
 

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I had bad luck with two new cars. I needed my windshield replaced on both my ‘13 CX-5 and ‘14 Corolla within the first 90 days of ownership. Haven't had a problem again in the last 5 or 6 years.
 

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My first windshield cracked all the way through just going over a seam in the highway bridge the first week I owned the car. I've had 2 more windshields and am going to need another pretty soon. They must be soft glass or something. Idk. I'm tempted to not use OEM glass this time and see if its any stronger?
I had bad luck with two new cars. I needed my windshield replaced on both my ‘13 CX-5 and ‘14 Corolla within the first 90 days of ownership. Haven't had a problem again in the last 5 or 6 years.

I want to do some research and perhaps get an after market and not the Toyota windshield and see if they makes any difference. I’m so over this issue
 

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My replacements were OEM if that helps. I honestly think your driving conditions/environment play a bigger role than the glass manufacturer.

I’ve had my RAV4 since October and the front of it is spotless. No rock chips in the paint yet. Less traffic on these slightly cleaner north Alabama roads. Don’t need to tailgate people and speeds are generally 55 mph or less My other cars after only 6 months of ownership were chipped up pretty good from FL toll roads at 70+mph.
 

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RAV4 XSE 2020; cracked twice already and it's been less than 6 months! First one I got lucky, bc the crack happened like a week after I picked up the vehicle and the dealership was able to run it through warranty. This time though, I might go through insurance. Unacceptable for the windshields on these vehicles to be so fragile... Anyone think adding on the front hood bug (and stone, perhaps) deflector would help in any way? If it changes the aerodynamics in the front maybe, and pushes stones over at highway speeds (my chips and cracks happened from the highway both times)??
 

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I have had deflectors on my other vehicles personally I don't think when it comes to stone chips they change the course of projectory of the stone. It may save your hood from damage, if possible I try not to follow trucks on the highway, like change lanes or slow down let someone jump in front of me, or overtake the truck just keep a good distance from them.

Question is it worth it to have windshield insurance which you pay a yearly priemum for or take your chance that you only have to replace your windshield once during the vehicles life.
 

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I had the tiniest of stones come off the vehicle ahead at about 30mph and bam - big chip which cracked within minutes. I am guessing the windshield is super thin to save weight.

I have a safelite quote for $840.00 for aftermarket. I am tempted to go aftermarket but I have heard they can have aberations. Anyone have aftermarket glass there happy with.
 

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I’ve had my 2021 hybrid rav4 since the end of November and had to have a chip fixed in the first 2 weeks. Last night I got another chip and had to have it fixed today. I’m very fortunate that I’ve been able to do chip repair and not full windshield replacement.

The windshield repair guy said that the hybrid Windsheild is lighter to aid in the overall mpg. I was reading that there may be a film you could have put on to make it a little harder for a rock to chip or crack the windshield. Anyone ever heard of that?

At this rate I’m concerned I’ll have to shell out for chip repair or replacement every couple months. :(
 
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