I think there should be a law requiring pickup trucks to have some kind of rock / mud flaps. Every time I have had rocks shot my way it's from a dang pickup truck. I was probably at least 8 car lengths behind the pickup too. Multiple times over this past year I have had pitting caused by this and then last night a nice 5 inch crack. Does not make it any better that I already replaced the windshield when I purchased the car a little over a year ago. Such a pain.
Insurance company is sending someone to see if that can prevent further cracking but I know seeing those cracks are going to bother the hell of me. I think windshield number 2 will be coming before too long.
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Be very cautious selecting the glass shop that replaces the windshield. Much has been written here already about the manufacturers of replacement windshields - but the actual installation can be done wrong. If not done correctly, it could lead to premature rust around the perimeter of the windshield > pillars and roof. If your comprehensive insurance covers replacement for a flat $50 (many do), ask Lexus of South Atlanta what shop replaces windshields for them, and take it to that shop directly.
2006 LS430 (CL) Mercury Metallic / Black
- SmartAccess, 18" chrome wheels, sport sway bar, LED turn signal
mirrors, console storage accessory box, VaisTech MML
2001 LS430 (ML) Millenium Silver Metallic / Gray
- 17" hyper silver wheels, upgraded Nav to Gen 4, VaisTech MML
Thanks for the advice. I think it might be beyond saving too. USAA, a great insurance company, does not offer any glass coverage. Not too happy about this part but overall their prices are much better then the competition. For some reason the windshield polices seem to vary between state to state. I had an independent shop install Pilkington glass when I purchased the car a little over a year ago.
It is a good deal. It's the same company that did mine a year ago and I have had no issues. Safelite wanted $385. Shopping around really does pay off.
Nice job on shopping around that's a great price!
Having lived in ATL for many years, I agree it is bad with lots of pickup trucks flinging rocks on the highway. Having moved here a few years ago, I can attest that the DFW area is even worse with what seems like wall to wall jacked up pickup trucks.
2006 LS 430 Black Cherry w/cashmere interior. Premium Package. Lexus OEM power-point storage kit to replace console ashtray, Rear Sports option sway bar, Soundgate TOYPD2 Ipod adapter.
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited