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Subaru Forester Windshield Cracks



  • I notice that rain sounds much louder on the subaru windshield than any of my previous cars. Rain makes a tinkling sound much like hail. in fact the first time I heard it I thought it was hail but then realized that it was too warm out to be hail. I think that the windshield is thin. Who knows why.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Do yours have a moonroof? It's probably just more glass causing that.
  • Same car same problem. No chips no rocks. Bought a new 2011 Forester in October. Just yesterday after using defroster on hi noted a long horizontal crack by the windshield wipers. From what has been posted, Subaru may be using substandard windshield glass. I have had many different cars for many years and this is the first time I experience a crack in a brand new car without having a rock hit the glass. Even after having a chip on the windshield seldom has it expanded.
  • jrh6jrh6 Posts: 1
    This is ridiculous - same old thing - small crack starts out from edge of drivers-side glass - no chips and there never have been - just cheap, thin glass. This is my last Forester. Great car otherwise, but a bit small. I am done with cheap, thin glass.
  • laromeolaromeo Posts: 1
    Hi, I just purchased a new Forester 2012 2 months ago, less then 800miles on the car. This is my first Subaru car. Two days ago I noticed a stress crack in my front window. There was no trauma to the window. It is an interesting crack. It originates at the top midline of the window and travels in a waveform fashion down to the driver's side. It does not interfere with me driving. It ends at the level of my inside adjustable rear view mirror. I called the dealership where I purchased the car and the mechanic's replied, "we do not do glass". The mechanic never asked me if there was trauma to the car's window. I called Subaru's national 1-800 number, and they were very helpful. Chris, the representative stated to take it back to Subaru and find out if it is a defective window or not. I am in the process to go to another dealership,different from the place I purchased my car
  • eastbayjeastbayj Posts: 4
    I have a 2011 forester I got last Nov. I took a road trip up to Wa from Ca and on the way back we got hit by a rock on the driver side of the windshield near the wiper. The crack was only 3 inches long, we stopped for the night and it grew to 3 times the size!!! and kept going on the way back home... I didnt think I'd get anywhere with the dealership so I came here to tell my :( story.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Did you not think the dealer would replace a windshield cracked by a rock, except on an insurance claim?
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    You probably guessed that the dealer would not replace a windshield cracked by a rock under warranty, but would under an insurance claim.
  • I've never posted to a message board, but this one helped me immensely this morning, so I feel the need to pass on the advice. I've had my 2011 Subaru Forester for a little over a year. I heard a loud pop on my window last Friday and scanned my windshield for visible evidence of a chip because of how loud the sound was. Then on Saturday I noticed a huge chip up behind my rear-view mirror and a crack that had now spidered with the main crack spreading about a third of the way down the middle of my windshield. Thankfully, my auto insurance policy covers glass so I'm having a local glass vendor replace my windshield with an after-market version (windshield will be heated/tinted the same way). I would have had to wait a few days to get the manufacturer's version, which I'm now realizing would probably have me back in the same situation in another year. I'll report back good or bad about the after-market windshield. Stay tuned.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Thanks! I'd certainly like to know. OEM is junk, I think, on these. I haven't replaced mine yet, but the whole bottom is cracked up on it, along with a full vertical on the passenger side. Every chip results in a crack. :sick:
  • I replaced the windshield on my 2004 Forester 2x in 177K for pitting.
    I just noticed that the windshield in my 2013 Forester is showing pitting at just 7500 miles.

    It seems these windshields are prone to pitting. Are they soft of just cheap?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I guess the only way I can describe it is... brittle glass. Your pitting will likely be cracking before you finish your next 7500. :(

    I put 220,000 on my 1996 Outback, and it had nary a crack in it, even with 23 (if I recall correctly) noticeable chips.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The upright angle doesn't help.

    Our Subies have been OK. The 626 we owned broke twice.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited February 2013
    Probably not, but that still doesn't forgive the poor quality. My '69 C20 has a far more upright windshield than my Forester, its glass is 44 years old, and it still doesn't have a crack. It has two, yes only TWO chips in it, and those were from some big stones. Heck, if a rock that big hit the Forester, it'd probably come straight on through. :P

    With nearly twice as many miles, I just don't see how what's happening to the Forester windshield can be pinpointed to anything other than poor quality.
  • We have two new outbacks that had the same problem with our windshields The windshield cracked in a cresent shape across the lower length of the whole windshield. We bought three Subarus in Jan of 2012 and two of them cracked exactly the same way. We were just sitting in the car not even moving when there was a loud pop and there was the crack. There was no rock damage, they just cracked. We have seen this same crack on other outbacks on the road and the sales manager who sold us the cars admitted to me that this is a problem that they are aware of but yet we cant get them to cover the replacement under warranty.
  • I just purchased a 2014 Forester. After 3 weeks, guess what, a 7 inch crack wit no indication of a nick. Driving to the dealer today to see what they are going to do about it.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Don't get your hopes up! :sick:
  • I just got my subaru forester on December. I didn t notice any rock hitting my winshield but this morning i was heating up my car and i heard this pop on my winshield and when i look at it was actually a crack getting further and further. To get a new genuine one is 780.00 and after a complain about many people about that after market is better than the factory i was really desappointed with Subaru. Too bad because Subaru used have a really good name in the market but with so many complains it is not good thing. :mad:
  • xwesx is right. I did go to the dealer and they told me that warranty doesn t cover that. It s our lost. :cry:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Check your insurance policy. Ours covers windshields.
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