The Audi windscreen debacle

So the Audi is now on it’s 3rd windscreen in 6 months. It’s a 2000 model A3 with the 1.8T 150BHP engine and sport pack. I love it and want to keep it running as long as I can. When my Wife and I got back from our honeymoon on the 17th August 2011 we noticed the windscreen had a nice 6-7 inch crack running through it from the drivers A pillar about halfway up. This has been caused while we were away and obviously I was fuming.

I called the insurance company who referred me to their glass repair company. A few days, £70 and one visit later, the screen is repaired and I’m back on the road. However, when the screen was fitted, the plastic trim that meets the bottom of the windscreen was not fixed in correctly and would make an almighty noise when the car would get above 20MPH. At 70 on the motorway the noise was unbearable. The week before last I finally had the glass company back on the phone as the noise wasn’t going away. This despite my efforts to fix it by using window sealant to create a seal, and my garage doing a full service an MOT on the car (including an hour or so just trying to get that panel back into place properly). They agreed that the window had not been fitted properly and agreed to refit it.

So my Wife took the car 5 minutes down the road to the glass place. They had the car for 5 hours and managed to reseat the screen and the panel so they fit snugly. On the way back home, no noise! The next morning what had happened? A massive 9-10 inch stress crack had appeared from the middle-bottom of the screen right into the driver’s view again. Not happy I got the glass place back on the phone. After agreeing a FOC replacement I booked the car in for last Saturday. The screen was duly replaced, the car was not moved for 48 hours and I’m happy to report that the screen is crack free, and the panel has been nicely sealed to the bottom of the windscreen. No wind noise! Yay!

I’ll see how it gets on, but I think it should be fine from now on. Provided I don’t plan on going on another honeymoon any time soon!

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