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Hello all,

I have a 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited, which seems to have a target on it, first a chip in the windshield, car wash clipped my bumper, I get it all fixed and on my way to the mountains a rock hits the windshield again cracking it on the very edge causing an immediate split, which will have to be replaced. :cry:

Here is my real question;

a local glass shop wants $200-$300 for a decent aftermarket winshield ie..PPG

the dealership says a new oem windshield is over $1,000.00 yeah thats right 1k$?

So is there something super special about the oem glass I need to know about, someone told me special water repellent glass?

Whats the deal here?

thanks,
rckymtn
 

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I'm really not sure what the difference is, but the 06+ glass is just a little over $1k compared to $368 for 03-05. They're the same body style so there is obviously some kind of difference in the glass that is used. With that said, I'd go with an aftermarket glass if it were mine.
 

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Yeah, the stock glass is water repellent. You can tell how effective it is by throwing water on a 4Runner window and a regular window. The water just slides off like it has rain-x on it. I'm not sure if that's worth the extra $700 to you, but the water repellent windows do work.
 

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I feel your pain...

I hate these newer windshields that crack so easily. Yeah, I know that they're made thinner and therefore lighter to reduce weight and improve gas mileage, but SHEESH, it sure costs us consumers a boatload in new glass every year. Rant over. :mad:

Hard to believe that there's such a difference in prices. Could it be that the dealer has so little experience in installing winshields that they overcharge to compensate? Who knows?

Agree with p nut that $700 would buy cases and cases of Rain-X, which if applied according to the instructions, does a great job of repelling water. I have been using it for years and like how it works.

It's your money...
 

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I believe it really is $1000+ from the dealership. If you look at the FJ Cruiser forums, people are having to shell out as much as $1400 for a new windshield, because nobody but Toyota makes them. All OEM glasses are $$$$.
 

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MSRP is $1020.97 for a Toyota windshield.
 

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The 06 up glass is thicker than the 03-05 glass. My understanding is thicker to the point that the 06 glass cannot be installed in 03-05 trucks. They made it thicker to cut down on wind noise and added the water repelent.
 

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The 06 up glass is thicker than the 03-05 glass. My understanding is thicker to the point that the 06 glass cannot be installed in 03-05 trucks. They made it thicker to cut down on wind noise and added the water repelent.
Wind noise could be the case, but 01+ 4Runners all came with water repellent glasses (windshield & windows.)
 

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Any update on what glass you ended up going with? If you replaced it, were you pleased with the install? Who did it? Sorry for all the questions, but fellow front range resident looking for some relevant advice.
 

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Hello all,

I have a 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited, which seems to have a target on it, first a chip in the windshield, car wash clipped my bumper, I get it all fixed and on my way to the mountains a rock hits the windshield again cracking it on the very edge causing an immediate split, which will have to be replaced. :cry:

Here is my real question;

a local glass shop wants $200-$300 for a decent aftermarket winshield ie..PPG

the dealership says a new oem windshield is over $1,000.00 yeah thats right 1k$?

So is there something super special about the oem glass I need to know about, someone told me special water repellent glass?

Whats the deal here?

thanks,
rckymtn

Hey Man,
My advise would be to call your insurance agent and get glass coverage.. I live in Arizona, my state is called a safety state. Since rock is the predominate ground covering out here the insurance company's can only charge you a few bucks more a month more for full glass coverage. I snowboard a lot. so this winter on my trip to telluride i got a rock hit and it ran, that was my 3rd window, the thing is 6 months old!!!!!!! By the way as long as your limited does not have any integrated antennas in the windshield you should be able to use a 06.. Call a good glass company and ask them the difference..
 

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I have yet to get it replaced because of the cost. I am going to look into glass coverage and then see if they will put in the oem glass. Just a quick note about the technical side of the glass. Hydrophylic glass on my '06 seems only to be on the front windows. When I go to the car wash and hose it down in the high pressure booth, the back windows, side, and rear are facorty tinted and shed water but when you spray the driver/passenger windows it rolls off like a ducks back. I can't believe Toyota would put that expensive hydrophylic glass in the windshield since it is an offraod vehicle and living in Colorado we catch ALLOT of rocks, the dealership here in Denver said they use aftermarket glass instead of oem because it is too epsensive for them! Go figure!!! So I still have not got a real answer as to why the glass is so much, maybe the shape it is curved, molded, UV filtered.......someone????????
 

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I dont have an answer on your technical question, I would tend to believe that they wouldn't go with a special coated windshield either. I have seen OEM shields with astronomical prices it is oe and generic is always cheaper. Remember that Toyota has that part made, places a markup, sells it to the dealer that places there markup on it. The price will be much higher that a generic that is sold to your auto glass company... Good luck
 

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I also had the same dilemma on an 06. Dealer wanted over $1000 for replacement but they would contract the installation to a glass shop. I ended up getting a PPG replacement which is as good as an oem. It does not shed water quite as effectively, but rain-x applications make up the difference easily. There appears to be no increase in noise if the PPG glass is thinner. Insurance also said I would have to pay the difference if I went with OEM. That made up my mind for me! I also bought some Michelin wipers. I have been very happy with them.
 

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Ours cracked backing out of the driveway.:td: No big deal since KY(like AZ) requires by law that insurance companies replace any damaged windshield at no charge.
 
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