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Rediculous Priced Windshields

Where can one find a reasonably priced windshield for an '86 Targa. I've priced the ones offered at the local shops and they all come in at $900-$1000+. This is bull*****!!! I've asked to find a windshield without antenna or heat but am told that's all thats available. Is there such a thing as a tinted replacement windshield without antenna or heat thats under $500? As soon as you mention Porsche they smile and triple the price. I've replaced several windshields on other makes and none has been over $300 installed. This kinda gouging pisses me off.

The people I've checked with are the PPG and Safelite dealers. There's got to be some reasonable, quality competition out there.

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Old 08-21-2006, 11:39 AM
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Pilkington ...try these guys...or like you said....say it's for an 84 w/o embedded antenna...that's where the $ problem is.

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My last one was $120, installed for me in my driveway.

To my mind, paying $1,000 for a windshield would be like paying $10,000 for a set of tires.

For starters, I'd call the shop that works on your 911 and see who they use for windshields.
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Great. On a drive back to Houston from the Hill country I took a small rock 25 miles from home. Last time the windshield was replaced was after getting hit while on the way to the Porsche Parade in Steamboat Springs but that one was covered by insurance. I figured it was time for a replacement but not at that price.
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If it was damage my driving the car turn it in to your insurance company under your comp insurance and most glass places will waive the deductible or you may have to pay half your ded. Last time I got a windshield it cost me $50.

Claiming under comp won't change your rates. This is why you pay for insurance so use it when you need it.
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I experienced the same thing as you... everyone wanted 800 to 1000 for a replacement. But, I kept shopping and finally found one vendor in my area that would come to my office and replace it onsite for $350 bucks. This was a green tinted windshield with internal antennae. I think Glass Doctor was the company, not sure if they're a chain or not. Just keep shopping around you'll find something. The installers told me that they add double and triple markup on these because they are so prone to breakage during the installation. So, they cover they're butts. The guy that did mine had alot of Porsche experience so they didn't need all the extra markup.

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Here in Houston I called around, the dealer wanted 900, and another place wanted $623. Since I only paid the 500 deductable I let the dealer do it. Funny thing is they probably had the other company do it.
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While shopping you may want to ask if they have experience with 911s. Some are not familiar or have little experience with the window seal/gasket setup. A new (OE) seal is recommended by many and use of an adhesive or sealer is debatable.
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Even better than that, one of my coworkers decided to drop/stack other parts on my spare windshield cracking it in several places. Problem is no one wants to own up to the mistake......
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Check here Prosource glass.
911 Windshields New Great $$/ SomeBack Windows
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$250 for a PPG installed.
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The price I obtained for a windshield for my 1986 Targa was $2100 Canadian bucks. This was from one of those franchised windshield shops. Needless to say, I am now content driving with my sand blasted one.
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Check here Prosource glass.
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I ordered one from them and its still sitting at my glass shop. Tinted, w/antenna for $530 shipped I think. For some reason, the antenna exits in the center of the glass though, not the passenger side corner.

They were very nice to deal with.
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That's strange, the one I got definitely exited on the passenger side. It was PPG glass as well.
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Like Jack said, my shop sent me to their glass place...200 bucks while I waited. .Rika
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I got a fully tinted Sigla for two hundred, plus a few, dollars. I still have to pay to install it, or do it myself.
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I paid $250 for tinted PPG windshield, labour extra.
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Is a Targa windshield different than that of a coupe?

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I have a 79 930 with a delaminated cracked windshield that no one wants anything to do with . I took it into the local Porsche dealer only to have them tell me that their tech was not comfortable doing that kind of job on that year of Porsche. They gave me the number of a guy that does it for their body shop. $1100 dollars so I called him to ask him about the procedure then he got cold feet told me hes never replaced a windshield on that style of Porsche before and I probably had better find someone more qualified.
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Thanks for the info gents. I've got a new OEM seal so all I need is to find the glass for a decent price. If I bust one I paid 200 bucks for during I'll be pissed, if I bust one I paid big bucks for I'd have to be sedated before I really start tearing things up.

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