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    New Windshield

    I need to replace the cracked, glue-in windshield on my 84 Rabbit with a new one. I've never had any glass work done before. Are all replacement windshields the same? Are some better than others? Should I even bother getting a price from VW? I got a quote from a company called Safelite for $219 + tax which seems reasonable.

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    That is a good a price as I have seen. There are a couple of questions that you might ask, as the 84 Windshield wasn't glued in normally.... if yours has the Chrome trim around the gasket, will theirs too?
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    Also make damn sure they prime the pinchweld and take out ALL the old urethane. You don't want a rusty frame (or more rusty lol) and if you get in an accident the windshield seal has to be there to help hold the roof up. Most people don't realize how strong the glass is and thus how much the engineers depend on a good glass seal to make the roof hold up.

    Safelite is the biggest aftermarket glass company in the world, they don't use OEM glass, so it might not fit. Better to get OEM glass so it is more likely to not have a seal. I'd say cancel your safelite appointment and find an independent local installer that uses OEM glass. Better to pay an extra hundred bucks to not have to replace it again in a year, know what I mean?

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    I called around and all the glass shops I talked to say they cannot get OEM glass for a 1984 Rabbit. They said it's not so much the kind of glass, it more about quality of the installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sruchris View Post
    I called around and all the glass shops I talked to say they cannot get OEM glass for a 1984 Rabbit. They said it's not so much the kind of glass, it more about quality of the installation.
    As one would think. Call Safelite and ask them about their procedure they are your best bet.

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    Re: New Windshield

    Good and bad news.....

    Good news is that I got the windshield replaced on the Rabbit today. I paid a $100 deductible and my insurance company paid the remaining $150. I took it to a local 2-man glass shop. The new glass is much clearer than my original glass. Couldn't find OEM glass, so I went with whatever the shop could find. Everything looks good from the outside.

    The bad news is that the plastic strip that fits between the dash and the windshield was destroyed. Also, the right A pillar was damaged.

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    Re: New Windshield

    Quote Originally Posted by Silver08Rabbit View Post
    As one would think. Call Safelite and ask them about their procedure they are your best bet.
    I'll tell you about their procedure: Safelite does the quickest crappiest replacement they can. But, they're huge and funded by a giant foreign company, so everyone knows their name and thinks they are the best purely by name recognition. It sucks, they are the worst in the industry BECAUSE they are so huge and don't give a crap about doing a good job. Trust me everyone in the industry knows Safelite is horrible. It's true.

    Sorry, nothing personal, I'm just sick of seeing their name thrown around as if they are a good choice or something. It's not your fault, they've spent millions this year pounding their name into everyone's heads.

    Good luck with your replacement... sorry to hear they mangled your car.

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    Re: New Windshield

    I get mine at the Pick and Pull salvage yards, $30-60 Not a big deal to remove or install.

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    Re: New Windshield

    While we're on the same subject, I have an '83 rabbit with the same window seal design as the '84. The earlier rabbits had a window gasket, but mine still appears to have some kind of smaller rubber mounting gasket. Do you know if this needs to be replaced when you replace the windshield?

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    Re: New Windshield

    There are 2 types of windshield gaskets, those that are solid, and ones with the chrome trim. The chrome trim needs to be installed prior to the windshield gasket assembly being installed into the car.
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    Re: New Windshield

    Are you talking about the Chrome trim on more deluxe Rabbits like on the Caddy LX?

    I looked at my '83 again and it looks like the windshield is glued down and then there looks like a black piece of trim around the edge of the windshield. It doesn't look like I have any gasket at all.

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