2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Windshield Replaced
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 23, 2016
Here it is: the thrilling conclusion of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's windshield replacement saga. It began when Mark drove through a sandstorm, which caused deep scratches in the windshield. There was a considerable amount of glare coming from the windshield whenever the scratched area was hit with sunlight or light from headlamps of opposing traffic. It quickly became apparent that a replacement was necessary. I contacted several parties for glass quotes, negotiated a price and finally got a new windshield installed. Like the quote process, this final leg wasn't seamless.
As mentioned previously, I made an appointment with Kevin Gaines of Gaines Glass to replace the windshield on a Thursday. I called him on Wednesday to get clarification about a minor detail. He was at Browning Mazda at the time, where the windshield had been delivered. He had seen it and noticed a crack in the glass. A replacement was ordered and was already being shipped overnight from Florida at the time I called. The expected delivery time stood between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. the next day.
I called Kevin a couple times on Thursday, but I got the same answer every time. The glass was on the delivery truck but a hard drop off time was impossible to predict. At the end of the day, we agreed to meet up for an 11:30 a.m. installation on Friday. Assuming the glass arrived intact, of course.
We convened at the dealership the following morning and Kevin gave the new windshield a clean bill of health. He had the Miata's old windshield removed and replaced in under an hour. To give time for the glass to sit properly, Kevin told me I could wait an hour at the dealer or baby the car home and not go above a reasonable speed for 4-5 hours. I chose the latter, and was careful not to travel above the speed limit on surface streets.
A few hours later, I removed the masking tape that helped hold the glass in place. As far as I can tell, there are no squeaks, rattles or additional exterior noises. With that, the Miata was restored to its former glory.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 9,500 miles