Date: 28 Apr 2006 19:50:58 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: Non-OEM windshields?

On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 19:39:28 GMT, Johannes <> wrote: > > ShazWozza wrote: >> I know that Saab have used IR (infra red) reflecting windscreen glass on >> cars since at least the NG900. It is unlikely that the non-OEM glass will >> have this feature so you should ask the supplier about this feature. This >> kind of glass makes a significant difference to the AC load and in-cabin >> temperatures. > I just wonder if there is such a thing as non-OEM glass? Surely Saab don't > make the windscreen glass themselves, they probably source it from a common > supplier, e.g. Pilkington. Right, but to Saab's spec. The PPG or more generic replacement you'll get on the cheap, however, is made to fit the opening, not to meet Saab's specs. > I wouldn't worry about it provided the windscreen > is the exact specification for the model, which it has to be in any case. > I once had a windscreen fitted from AutoGlass on my 9000 and there was > absolutely no difference. (shrug) some people can't hear the difference between amplifiers, or see the difference between normal and HD TV. > No, it wasn't just a Type 4 car windscreen, there are differences in colouring > and the sun stripe. An additional factor is that in a unibody car, the windscreen is a significant percentage of the strength of the body. I'm not sure I want to go with the lowest bidder when it comes to a structural element. And the glare is definately worse with the aftermarket windscreen in my 900 as compared to the stock ones.

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