Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 19:39:28 GMT
From: Johannes <>
Subject: Re: Non-OEM windshields?

ShazWozza wrote: > > Gary Fritz wrote: > > > I need a new windshield for my '02 9-5 Aero. I've gotten a couple of > > quotes: OEM (Saab) glass runs around $380. Safelite says they can > > replace > > it with non-OEM Safelight glass for $258. I'd certainly like to save $120 > > but I want to make sure this Safelite glass will do the job properly, > > including things like the rain sensors, etc. > > > > Anybody have experience with Safelite or other non-Saab windshields? Is > > it OK to go with non-OEM glass or should I cough up for the genuine > > article? Any particular recommendations? > > > > Gary > > 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. 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. No, it wasn't just a Type 4 car windscreen, there are differences in colouring and the sun stripe.

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