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I've just completed my first road trip with my 09 E. The whole trip amounted to about 1600 miles round trip and covered a fairly wide variety of highways and back roads. I checked the mileage on one full tank on the trip down, and one on the way home and each time got just over 25 mpg. Considering its lack of aerodynamics, and the load I was carrying, I was quite pleased with that number. Both of those tanks covered very average geography....that is to say not being driven thru the mountains. I'm sure my fuel economy was less during those miles, however, even in hilly areas; the E performed very well and had all the power I asked for. All things considered, I couldn't have been more pleased! :-D
The only bad experience I have to report was taking a rock in the middle of the windshield about a half inch from the bottom. It didn't appear to be more than a small chip, but it soon began to "run" and ended up about 14 inches long.....anyone have experience with replacing a windshield? Not that I'm going to DIY, just a recommendation on a good place to have it done...dealer, or other windshield specialist?
 

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I had a similar event happen with the windshield in 07 SC. I had it replaced by a company my insurer recommended. They did a clean job with no leaks, but now the windshield rattles (!) at 40 mph and under. Very,very weird,and if I press on the glass, it stops. it doesn't leak under any circumstances either. If I have to do it again-or if I lose patience with the rattle-I'll have the dealer do the replacement. :-(
 

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A rock hit near the base of the windshield is almost guaranteed to run, if not right away, then later with there is a thermal shock (e.g. running the defrost, or washing a hot windshield). Near the edge the glass is under stress.

A rock hit in the middle of glass is less likely to produce a chip, or the chip will be stable one (moon shape rather than star). I've had both the running kind and the stable kind.

As for repairs - check with your insurance, and use a shop that specializes in windshield replacement. In fact the shop might even work directly with insurance.
 

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Follow up to the windshield issue. Safelite Auto Glass quoted a replacement price of $225.00 plus tax. I actually expected worse. I haven't gotten a price from my dealership, but I wonder if there's any benefit to having them replace the windshield? I'm not a huge fan of Honda glass....based on my experience with two different Honda vehicles, it seems to chip rather easily. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
 

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Mine has a crack in it but its not in the way while driving so I am putting it off until I get a crack in my view. Elements go thru windshields , I highly doubt that there is a single Element that made it to 100 thousand miles without at least one windshield replacement.
 
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