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    Has anyone else noticed how bad the windscreens are the these cars, first car I've had where after having to scrape the windscreen due to ice that you end up with some light scratches mainly seen when sunlight is on the screen if you see what I mean, been using a scraper for years and never had this occur before.
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    It makes you wonder if the glass is "softer" so it will not chip as easily. A bit like heat treating metal the harder is is the more brittle it is (unless it is tempered back). Just an idea. But I think you will not be able to remove the scratch,s very easily.

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    Mine has three chips, the maximum number of repairs permitted, so far
    Equally there are hundreds of smaller ones
    I've never had so many, I usually get one or two repairs every car

    I suspect this is more to do with the angle of the glass relative to the debris
    I have noticed that debris on the sides is well deflected, but debris in central quarter is more perpendicular than on my previous cars

    Equally, I have a lovely scratch patch on the passenger where I slipped when using an ice scraper last year

    Hopefully my windscreen will get another chip, then it will be a replacement for £60, plus I'll ask for the alternative with the sun strip

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    i would never use an ice scraper for the reason you will get scratches due to dirt that you cant see, you end up pushing the dirt into the screen, i always use cold water and use your windscreen wipers, also using the demister, when you start driving usually the friction will clear the rest.

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    You can have a replacement either way , as long as you pay the excess , it's your choice.
    Repair free or pay the excess for a replacement.

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    If you have a screen replacement due ask for the UV heat reflective top tinted screen as an upgrade. One of the two major replacement companies in the uk will do this free of charge. Its a better option but be warned it has a metallic film in the interlayer between the two sheets of glass and will not allow GPS signals through. It ok if you have factory fit sat nav but tomtom users will have to use an external gps on the rear screen. Wise advice from a windscreen specialist.....ME haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by andsaw View Post
    i would never use an ice scraper for the reason you will get scratches due to dirt that you cant see, you end up pushing the dirt into the screen, i always use cold water and use your windscreen wipers, also using the demister, when you start driving usually the friction will clear the rest.
    Haha. Never been in Norway have you
    Without a garage, you will guaranteed need an ice scraper here, during wintertime (as this morning, minus 4 degrees celsius and some moisture). And with a normally dirty screen, its no problem to use a ice scraper, if used correct: Appprox in 45 degrees, and _only_ push, do not pull. And the scraperblade must be of a strong material, like brass or some fibermaterial. Ordinary plastic is not strong enough, and will squeese dirt particles between the blade and screen = no good.

    On our car the screen is very scratced from the wipers. Last owner has probably use too little washer. And the screen was replaced at 70.000 KM, our car is now 120.000, so 50.000KM or 31.000 Miles... Ive never had a car with this bad quality screen.
    Bent, my name is Bent
    Mods: I polished it in september...

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    You can machine polish them out with the proper compound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    You can machine polish them out with the proper compound.
    Not in my case. Its too deep
    Bent, my name is Bent
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