Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Subaru Forester Windshield Cracks



  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,152
    edited April 2011
    I agree that the Forester's windshield is far more prone to cracking than anything else I have experienced. I was lucky and went about 16,000 miles with my 2010 without a single chip - longer than with most any other car I have owned. Unfortunately, the first chip resulted in my first crack! It was just a tiny little thing, well away from the edge of the windshield, but within a few hours it had started to run a crack vertically along the passenger side.

    I have received dozens of chips in other vehicles, including about 20 in the windshield of my 1996 Outback (many of which were large dime-size plus), and none have produced a crack save for one in my 98 Escort that was on the very edge of the windshield.

    I seriously doubt the issue has anything to do with dash heat being different from that produced by other cars. It is more likely to be the glass itself. They just don't make it like they used to. ;)

    When the value of currency tanks like the dollar has, something has to give to keep prices down.

    About fifteen years ago, I took a rock in the windshield of my 1969 Ford Econoline during a trip to Alaska. It was the first chip in the (original) windshield, which was sad enough by itself, but the rock that hit was a monster that resulted in a spiderweb chip about the size of a silver dollar. Fifteen years later, that chip still hasn't resulted in the damage expanding from its source. My '69 Chevy pickup has a similar chip (though somewhat smaller), under similar circumstances, in its windshield (which is also original) with the same results.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    For us the irony is that we've had two windshields crack, but both were on our Mazdas. And we're on our 3rd Subaru.
  • margie12margie12 Posts: 1
    I bought my Suburu a year and a half ago and the front windshield is riddled with chips and cracks. I have had Ravs and Hondas before and never experienced anything like this. Once I get even a minor chip, within seconds it morphs intoa huge crack. I now have about 5 different cracks all over the windshield. Luckily the vision is still good but it is not aesthetically pleasing at all. Is this because of cheap glass? I am using the same roads I always used. Is there a glass I can order that will not crack as easily? I will replace the windshield but I am sure it will be full of cracks within a few months. Does Suburu have anything to say about this? Would it be worth contacting them? This is a shame because I love the car otherwise.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,152
    I imagine their response would be something akin to "ma'am we have no control over the size and frequency of rocks contacting your windshield." In other words, no, it would do no good (to you), but I still think it is worth bringing it to their attention. :sick:

    I don't think this windshield is any more prone to chipping or pitting, but it is certainly more prone to cracking as a result of those chips/pits.

    It is possible that a replacement windshield would be more durable, but it all depends on the manufacturing source and the quality of the workmanship that goes into it. If you get a Subaru "OEM" unit, no, it's going to be just as flimsy. :sick:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • I had a chip that led to a crack, I had the windshield replaced and the tech that came and replaced it told me the windshields they put in at the factory are very thin and chip easy. He replaced it with a much thicker windshield and it even has a heater in it( i live in a cold climate). I have done a lot of open highway driving since having it replaced and haven't had a chip since. I hope I'm not jinxing myself! So if you can have the windshield replaced, I was able to claim it on my insurance.
  • paulahspaulahs Posts: 1
    Today I noticed a crack in my front windshield. No chip, just a crack. Hairline up the middle of the windshield about 5" starting at the bottom by the wipers, and then it veers off to look like a CRACK. The hairline ALMOST looks like it's a line in the glass, like a defroster or something. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a defect? :confuse:
  • dmwesqdmwesq Posts: 1
    Add me to the list. Just came out the other morning to find the windshield cracked. Ran my hand over the entire windshield in and out and couldn't find anything remotely resembling a chip that would have caused the crack. Do not recall anything recently hitting the windshield either, although I am sure like most cars some road debris has been kicked up into my windshield. The crack looks like it starts at the extreme bottom of the windshield. Have had this Subaru for 1 year. Have owned 4 other Subaru's, but this is my first Forester. I expect to get nowhere with the dealership but will certainly try there before hitting the glass replacement store - insurance will cover but would rather have Subaru replace as it certainly seems like a defect that should be covered under warranty. Subarukathy's comment about thicker replacement glass sounds promising if I have to have replacement done on my own.
  • I owned my 2011 Forester for about a month when my first chip appeared. There's also a 1/4 inch crack that hasn't grown. I'm about 10 months in and there's another small crack now. Both were from small debris on the highway. But the windshield definitely seems very, very prone to chipping and cracking.
  • I don't normally join in forums like this but I have owned for 2011 Forester for exactly 2 months when I was driving home from Thanksgiving holiday. I heard a loud pop but saw nothing. Two days later the weather dropped 20 degrees and I notice a long crack along the bottom of my windshield. I have owned several other cars but didn't expect to have to replace the windshield after 2 months. I will have to rethink Subaru when I purchase my next vehicle. :lemon:
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The loud pop means you hit something pretty solid, sounds like it would have damaged any windshield, not just Subaru's...
  • 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: 11,152
    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:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • 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: 11,152
    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.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The upright angle doesn't help.

    Our Subies have been OK. The 626 we owned broke twice.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 11,152
    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.
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • 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: 11,152
    Don't get your hopes up! :sick:
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • 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.
Sign In or Register to comment.