2013 Dodge Dart: Finally, a New Windshield
July 1, 2013
Our 2013 Dodge Dart finally has a new windshield. And we didn't have to pay a cent because the break was deemed a stress crack that was covered by warranty.
We'll never know if the original glass had a manufacturing defect, was nicked ever so slightly during handling at the factory or was installed slightly askew. Nothing ever looked wrong or improper from where we sat. All we know is it spontaneously fractured on the inside.
Two strips of the obligatory blue painters tape was still in place when we picked it up some hours after it was replaced, accompanied by the usual suggestion that we wait a full 24 hours before peeling it off.
They always say that. But, c'mon, these measly strips can't be doing much. I think we'll risk it.
The warranty value of the new glass was $680. Pricey. But this was a factory piece, not the usual third-party replacement part that regular folk and insurance companies buy when they're paying. Add another $136 for the new molding and installation.
This added up to exactly zero for us, though. And in the end our Dart was only out of service a few hours. We could have waited, but we decided to drop it off and swing by later to pick it up.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,868 miles