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The question of replacing an E39 windscreen. Mine is really scratched and looks rubbish in bright sunlight and I want it changing before tramming into Europe. I'm aware there's a voodoo type idea that a lot of places won't do it properly, what with the spacers and stuff.

So simply, good place in the UK who will do the job properly, and rough cost if you've had it done?
 

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It's down to the fitter. Make sure you print out the instructions (other threads) and give them to them and ask how they are planning on doing the fit and pre-tensioning. If you get a blank look then walk away. If he produced three foam blocks and says I use these and a bit of tape, then pay your money. If he says "don't worry I've done loads of these", then worry.
 

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This is my concern. I'd rather not have the chap stood in front of me ready to go, and then to doubt his abilities. If I sent him packing, I'd be charged no doubt. One of the birds at work had an Audi A3 replacement a few months ago which developed a huge crack from top to bottom within a week of fitting (she left it the requisite amount of time before driving it etc.).

I know it's been a topic of discussion on here recently, and I'm aware it's just a windscreen, but as with anything, I want it doing correctly first time and don't want the hassle of dealing with premature failure of perhaps worse, wind noise from incorrect fitting, leading to months of drawn-out arguments with A N Other Windscreens.

Anyone got a rough price for this too?
 

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Following.

My screen is the original, it even has the running in stickers still on it which is nice, the many many tiny marks and scratches are not.

I have held out on this specifically due to the above.

My concerns, especially lately seem justifed when my mate from work had his screen replaced by Autoglas last week (to the US boys they are probably the biggest windscreen company in the UK) only to find the first time he tried to use his wipers, they sheared at the arm!

A call to autoglass had them suggesting it was a common issue on his Alfa Romeo, only to be told by us that yes it may be, but the fresh still sticky glue on the arm that was screen bonding in an effort to repair his ham fistedness was most likely not.

A guy cam out and effectively bodged the arm with screws and a plate. Fine maybe if you did it yourself, from a company that caused the damage, i would have thought a new part, fitted was in order.

I don't want the same thing happening to me.

Whilst i realise you are dealing with franchises and fitters, which will differ in care and ability, its another reason i don't like others working on my car. I know for a screeen i HAVE to let someone do it, but i'd like to go on recommendations.
 

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:) Jamie, I think we're in the same boat. I will say, to qualify, that mine aren't little scratches (relative to nothing), it's as though someone has tried to clean my windscreen with a cloth dropped on the floor. Some really noticeable marks brought on not by road rash of which there is a lot, but big swirly scratches. Really annoying and very noticeable and crappy when viewed in bright sun, when the car should look it's best.

I'm aware it is possible to polish scratches out of glass and there are kits to do it, but mine for sure is way beyond this.

Depending on cost, for my OCD satisfaction, I'd even take it to a main dealer, but I'm sure I've read on here that they can be no better in terms of knowing the correct method than Bob's AutoScreens down the road.

I'm looking for someone who says take it here, they don't cost the earth, the single bloke doing it knows the E39 and have done a lot of them with no bad results.

Surely it's worth finding someone (in the UK anyway) who learns this properly and punts on here.
 
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I had mine done in late 2012 by Welcome - tonyfowkesautomobiles.com in west London.

I found out about them via the bmw5 forums, eg Took the car to the body shop - ///M Powered - BMW 5 Series Owners Board They had recently seen a few E39 M5's and I knew they knew how to install its windscreen.

Costs all ex VAT:

Genuine windscreen £249.27
Sikaflex 255 £45.00
plus some foam/seals

Labour was £210 but that included fitting the new wiper arms I supplied, which I'd recommend doing too.

Perfect job and zero wind noise :)
 

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Had mine replaced late last year on the insurance - due to high miles it had loads of m-way micro scratches and was a nightmare to see where you were going in low sunlight. £75 excess only iirc - Pilkington OE spec screen with shade etc - guy had it installed in a hour after rejecting first screen due to a flaw i could barely see, he got his office to send another from 50 miles away. Autoglass I think it was who fitted it. No specific way followed and I don't hear any more wind noise than previously - maybe I was lucky. The guy did shim the screen out a tiny bit on installation with some plastic pieces removed later.

Overall I was more glad to be able to see where i'm going if i'm honest! Also had same co do the one on my old 530d and no issue there either. Personally there is no way I would trust this to a Stealer - not that they'd actually do it themselves, far to specialised and complicated for them.
 

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Ben, great post, exactly what I'm looking for. How long did it take them to do it? I'm down that way for work quite regularly, but not sure how it would work.

That link you've posted is an excellent thread too, I might have missed it if it was posted on here, but the detail that went into RichardP's respray is amazing. And the price. Wow. Interestingly, the very first picture Richard posted with the repair on the top/rear of the door just under the glass, mine seems to have had a repair there at some time in the past, and not very well blown in to the existing paint, is this a weak point?

But then perfection is never cheap.
 

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Agreed also, having a marked windscreen is not safe is some low and bright sun angles. It's another of those details that annoyed me when mine was a DD.
 

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They did a small amount of paint work too on my car and had it for Mon-Fri, so I'm not sure how long just for the screen.
 

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All good, I'm hoping to still have another DD while I'm tying these loose ends up. Maybe treat the bird to a spot of London shopping or some other such bilge.

Quite pleasantly surprised at the cost too, good to have a ballpark figure.
 

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I too have a peppered original windscreen that I would like to change? Can I claim a replacement through my insurance? Or does the windscreen have to be damaged? I live near a golf course, honest :3:
 

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You guys might want to think about getting in there with some etch primer to touch any corrosion that gets uncovered - maybe talk with the shop doing it - have it done in stages overnight and the next day.
 

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My insurance co have covered 3 windscreens over the last 7 years for 'wear'. Basically they simply hand you over to a windscreen co - say it's very worn, chipped or whatever and they will sort a replacement. This is via 2 different insurance co's.
 

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I had my screen replaced last year with a genuine BMW item due to pitting and scratches which was fitted by a friend who fits windscreen for a living.
I now have wind noise at high speed. I'm pissed of and not sure if I want to redo it as my has recently had fresh paint send not to mention the risk if breaking it whilst taking out.
Anyone got a link with fitting instructions?

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