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I've had good luck on this site with feedback and info when my beloved Element has needed care so I thought I'd try this again. {even my mechanic is reading it now} I've had her for 10 years now and lately I've been investing on a few things underneath the hood to keep her in good running order with 210,000 miles. So now it's time to fix the outside and give her a new windshield. After trying to repair the rock chip with a mobile local glass guy a few months back {who only made it worse} I'm now shopping for a glass shop. After reading some threads on this Forum I'm realizing there are good and not so good windshield repair shops and it's not something I want to gamble on. My questions are: should I find a shop that uses Honda replacement windshield glass or does that make a difference and also if anyone lives in the Portland/Salem Oregon area that may have a referral I would really appreciate it! I'm not planning on putting it through my insurance, with the estimated cost I've seen online it wouldn't be worth the trouble with my $500 deductible. Thank you in advance!
 

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Honda has never made any glass. They contract it out each year. There is a great chance that more than one other company made the windows in your E. Find a shop that does nice installs and let them use their glass. The install is the important part. Pilkington makes nice aftermarket glass, but the install is the important part


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I also need my windshield replaced. The third party shops I've spoken with all say they use OEM-equivalent quality, although I've read some reviews from people who say that non-Honda glass can have a bit of distortion. As mcfarton wrote, the distortion may be from poor installation...
 

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I also need my windshield replaced. The third party shops I've spoken with all say they use OEM-equivalent quality, although I've read some reviews from people who say that non-Honda glass can have a bit of distortion. As mcfarton wrote, the distortion may be from poor installation...
Yeah, installation is key. I would ask for advise from a reputable body shop in your area. I have replaced window glass (not windshield) in my Element three times. Last time the guy replaced the window because it shattered and I had to intervene because he wanted to leave all the broken glass still left inside the passenger door.
 

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The cost difference between oem and aftermarket is going to be a lot. It’s probably 3 or 4 times more expensive for the Honda labeled glass. I would make sure that they have all the replacement clips and side moldings if needed. Also make sure they replace and not reuse the upper molding.


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