I'm looking for instructions to replace the front windshield with hope
of purchasing the replacement from the junk yard. The crack is minor
but will not pass certification for re-sale and I expect my insurance
company will not cover the cost since the car is up for sale. How
difficult can it be? The hardest part I figure will be suspending the
thing over the car as I try to lower it into place. I haven't much to
loose since the window replacement cost at a autoshop will probably be
about 1/2 the value of the car!
The problem is that the windshield is an important safety part. In the event
of an crash which cause the car to turn over, the windshield is an important
part of structure of the car and helps keep the roof from collapsing. If it
is not properly installed, it can pop out resulting in death or serious
injury. For it to be properly installed, it has to be installed just so.
If you look around you can get a 93-96 Taurus windshield for ~$150 installed.
glass companies will install your used windshield for ~$75 with no warranty or
guarantee against breakage upon installation.Add that to the $25-50 you spend
used glass. That 150-200 tops for new looks good from a hassle avoidance
BTW, I drive used cars, I can't afford new. I've found one of the best
in a used car is a new windshield, even if not cracked. After ~50,000+miles they
"sandblasted" from road grit. If you look really close you can see the minute
scratches and pits. This causes the wipers to smear and haze in light rain in
being "new". Most people don't know this. The thinking is "it's not cracked,,,,"
also a good selling(or buying) point when properly put forth. I recently
94 Tempo V-6 with 70K miles. I test drove it in light rain and the "new" wipers
smeared terribly. The dealer had a new glass installed and after negotiations, I
the car for $1450. I nearly sold it a week later for $2500 but declined. Look
"sandblasted" windshield when buying, it is dead proof of purported "highway
a car. Cars driven around town don't get it as bad.
For ~$200, every used car I buy gets a new windshield just for safety. Used
an expensive waste of time. This is, of course unless, you are dealing with
obscure like a Ford Insta Clear or similar. ($1500 new, $800 used if you can
Just my experience, Tom
YOu dont say anything about the condition of the rest of the car.. nor the
If the engine is a 3.0 and trans an AX4N, plus the rest of the car in good
condition, you have one of the best bargains in a ten year old car.
With new glass as stated above, you can turn this into a selling point.
- Yes, I'm a crusty old geezer curmudgeon.. deal with it! -
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