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    My neighbor, when I lived in Abilene, Tx., owned a glass repair company. He never once spoke of any problems with Asian glass when we discussed autos and glass repair. I believe it is a well over-rated problem, myself. Here is a sampling of some changes in the auto industry that really don't indicate any particular problems with Asian glass. Although not specific to any problems with cracks and such, it sort of shows the USA companies are willing to use the stuff much, much more these days.

    GM Considers Asian Windshield Sourcing | News & Analysis content from WardsAuto

    I lived in an area, Abilene, TX., that had lots of gravel roads and a large, large amount of gravel trucks on the roads there all the time. My Honda had a couple of cracks or nicks from me driving behind a gravel truck and my PT Cruiser did the same thing. Hardly an upright windshield on the Cruiser, but the Hona was pretty close to the Soul design as to height of the windshield. In all the years of driving, I never once had a windshield chip on any of my daily driver Model A Fords. If you can find a flatter windshield that what comes stock on a Model A Ford, good luck to you. They are like driving a brick in the wind. Still, I never had a problem with their flat windshield. Again, I believe the Asian glass stuff is very over-rated and probably something that makes some folk feel good to gripe about if they ever do have a chip or crack happen to them.

    We were driving to Garland for a dental appointment yesterday. We passed through an underpass that was litered with a bunch of boxes and debris. Lots of it kicked up and went all over the front of the car. As noisy as it was, I actually thought we would have had some damage to our paint or a possible broken windshield. Lucky for us we got clear with no problems. If something had chipped the windshield, I'd probably have been looking to blame the Asian glass instead of simply understanding that sometimes poopie happens in life and it has little to do with the quality of glass from Asia. Just pop it just right and with the right amount of debris and force, and you probably will get damage.

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    The kind of damage you get on a windshield is really dependent on where you live and how much you drive your car. Since I moved from England to Toronto in 2001 I have noticed that our roads here are particularly unkind to windshields and the front of cars. First car I drove here was my ex-wife's 1994 Subaru Loyale station wagon. The windshield had a fine patina of tiny frosting marks all over it. One day it got hit by a rock and cracked. I got Speedy Glass to replace it at very reasonable cost and was completely amazed at the clarity of the new screen. I never realised how bad the other one was.

    My 1991 Cadillac Brougham had 165,000 kms on it and was similarly dotted with micro chips. It had one tiny more serious one too. It's not unusual to hear a rifle-crack type sound on your windshield when driving here......especially on highways. All sorts of junk out there.

    The Soul has received several, but we have no chips as such to report at 20,000 kms +. It does however have a dusting of micro chips visible when you drive into the sun. And the front end has some paint chips, but that's another story.

    They salt our roads around Toronto and on the highway, after the snow has gone you will often drive through a haze of salt being thrown up by tires. All this stuff is abrasive. North of the city, they use sand instead of salt......same result. All the cars at the Daytona 24 hours sports car race end up sand-blasted by the end of the race because so much sand blows around there if the wind is up. Obviously, the striking speed is greater than on regular roads, so the damage tends to be greater.

    I don't believe that Japanese or indeed Korean glass is any better or worse than any other country's manufactured glass.

    When it comes to cars and marks on the windshield it's a case of "Use it and they will come".
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    .....and don't draft gravel trucks -

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    For us windshield chipping in an ongoing nightmare. One month after we purchased our 2012 Kia Soul (January 2012) we had a chip that caused us to have to replace the windshield. Two months ago we got 2 more chips in the windshield that we had filled. My partner just called from the highway and said there is another LARGE chip in the windshield. We've had the Soul for 4 months!!!!! A new windshield runs over $500! We love the car but this is a HUGE problem. It's getting to be that we are nervous every time we take the car out on the road. I am going to contact the dealer but have no idea what can be done about this. I am very very sad.

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    I've had a chip repaired also.....nothing to do with the car design. We've had 2 chips repaired in my wife's Ford pick-up.....every time it comes out from under a truck without mudflaps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sukifrance View Post
    For us windshield chipping in an ongoing nightmare. One month after we purchased our 2012 Kia Soul (January 2012) we had a chip that caused us to have to replace the windshield. Two months ago we got 2 more chips in the windshield that we had filled. My partner just called from the highway and said there is another LARGE chip in the windshield. We've had the Soul for 4 months!!!!! A new windshield runs over $500! We love the car but this is a HUGE problem. It's getting to be that we are nervous every time we take the car out on the road. I am going to contact the dealer but have no idea what can be done about this. I am very very sad.
    I'm almost certain there's more to what's being told here. The particular section of highway may be used by construction traffic and the poster has a habit of tailgating construction trucks. Who knows, but that's far from the norm.

    I've been driving on average of 35k miles a year for 12 or 13 years - something like that - and I've only ever gotten one chip in the windshield. The windshield in my Wrangler, which is nearly vertical, has many rock hits and never had a chip in it.

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    I also live in the SF Bay area and a lot of people around here seem to have rock chips or windshield replacements. I almost got into the Guinness Book of Records for driving my Jeep for 15 years with the same windshield My Ford with 46K has several chips in the glass. It has gotten worse as the years go by, with the poor financial management at the state and local level the roads are deteriorating badly, which I suspect is the cause of the rock chipping. I buy touch up paint regularly - it gets used every wax job and sometimes in between. Hardly a work commute goes by without seeing at least one car with the blue painters tape that the windshield installers use after they do an 'on-site' glass replacement. Many different firms offer on-site glass replacement - it is a big business.

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    It all depends on where and how you are driving... city, highway, gravel roads, construction, tailgating, etc.

    I found with by 2011 Soul after 6 months of driving (mostly highway, winter) that there was a distinct amount of micro-chips on the window, and this is the first car that I have see this much on (didn't stop me from getting another!). I had a Jeep Wrangler before, and I had to replace the window multiple times due to stones causing big chips/cracks.

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