Worst windshields in history?!?

Have you ever had a vehicle with a weaker/more prone to cracking chipping windshield?


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OrangeRuby

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My 2020 is my second JL rubicon. Both have had chips cracks within the first weeks/months of ownership. My daily drive is 18 miles of highway. My 2020 has multiple tiny chips all over the windshield. I noticed a similar issue on my 18. Today I hear the faintest tick (roads were sanded due to ice recently) and now I have a chip the size of ballpoint pen head. I have only had my license plates for a week.

For how “rugged and capable” these things are supposed to be seems like they might have forgotten some basic aspects of quality.



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I have a 18 JL with over 31k on it now. Still on original windshield and have never had a problem. Do a mix of city and highway driving. Maybe your guy’s windshields were manufactured on a Monday or Friday:CWL:
 

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Both my f150s chipped bad, none of the new jeep
 

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Do you sniff the asshole of the driver in front of you while driving? Cuz I don't tailgate and have never had an issue. I have a small chip on mine but its not cracked across the windshield.
 

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Had a rock hit my windshield last week, made a pretty good ping, upon cringing.... I hated to even look....no chip!
 

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My 19 JLUR is my first and only jeep product ever. It rained a few days after I took delivery, and the way the rain was hitting the steeper windshield warned me that it would absorb more than it would deflect. I've never been the type to ride asses, but I now trail even further behind those in front of me. 8 months and 16k and so far not even a chip, knock on wood.

I don't think our windshields are any different in quality or thickness than other vehicles. It's the high angle that takes the full hit instead of glancing it off. Add to that, we sit higher off the ground. It's safe to assume that a stone would require more energy behind it in order for it to get more elevation, which would result in us taking harder hits that would fly over other vehicles roofs.
 
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Do you sniff the asshole of the driver in front of you while driving? Cuz I don't tailgate and have never had an issue. I have a small chip on mine but its not cracked across the windshield.
You strike me as the type of person that has multiple shirts with curse words printed on them....
 
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I’m sure the angle and curvature of the window have more to do with it than anything. Tires with big grooves designed to shed rocks and mud and time off-road doesn’t help. Just think it’s a weakness that could pretty easily be addressed. It would be a lot more useful than some of the other “features” they’ve tacked on to the JL.
 

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You strike me as the type of person that has multiple shirts with curse words printed on them....
No. my wife would not want to go out with me in public with those shirts so I have to lash out online. J/k. Seriously though you are right. its the flatness and curvature. Instead of rocks or whatever hitting a windshield at like a 45 or less degree angle and sliding off it hits more DIRECT on the wrangler causing a harder impact.
 

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My Rubicon chipped it's own windshield. I watched as the BFG ATs threw a perfect pea sized piece of gravel forward and watched it bounce off the road just high enough to clear the hood and let me drive into it.
 

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Add my 18 JLU to the list. Was driving home on I275 around Cincinnati this past Sunday, no trucks in any lane for miles so some car must have thrown a tiny stone to almost the exact center of the windshield, ended up with a nickel sized chip.

Took it to Safelite yesterday to resin the chip. The tech didn't charge for the service as he didn't feel like the resin worked as well as it should have. I can still see a small place on the windshield but not nearly as bad as the original chip. Now that it's so cold here I am going to wait to see if a crack propagates outward. If not I'll leave it as is but if it starts cracking a new windshield is in my future.

Do I go third party or OEM?
 

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I have a 18 JL with over 31k on it now. Still on original windshield and have never had a problem. Do a mix of city and highway driving. Maybe your guy’s windshields were manufactured on a Monday or Friday:CWL:
Maybe you just haven’t looked closely enough, I thought the same then I went back and washed my Jeep and looked closely I found ball-point chips and hair cracks on my shield as well. Not impressed.
 
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I was told all those ballpoint chips are just wear and tear and normal “pitting” in the first layer of glass. People like safe lite won’t do anything with them. They say they won’t ever propagate. I had a ‘15 Tacoma before my 18 and 20 JLUR, and it didn’t have any of that stuff.
 

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I get the dumbass award - bumped the wiper arm while changing blades, spring tension popped the arm down and....well shit! Now that little star has run across half the windshield. :surprised::swear::angry:
 

                           
























































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