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Old 08-04-2016, 09:35 AM
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We need to get the windshield replaced for our cooper s. The price of the windshield isn't bad ($160), but the guy says the A pillar molding will often crack and need replacement. He states the cost is $150 per side.

I've found them here for a more reasonable price, and perhaps they are more reasonable elsewhere.

So, the question is:
If I were to remove these myself and either one were broken, would the windshield leak, or would I have time to wait for a new one to arrive, then have it ready for the windshield company to replace?

Any other advice as to how best to handle this situation?

Thanks!
 
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Old 08-06-2016, 02:28 PM
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No, the windscreen should not leak if the seal is not broken around the edge. The A-pillar plastic is for cosmetic and serves no purpose in keeping water/air out. Also, they are cheaper here https://www.ecstuning.com/Mini-2004-..._Trim/ES78173/


for the same part
 
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Old 08-06-2016, 04:08 PM
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Thanks very much for the info and the link. The guy at the glass shop made it sound essential. Should I also be concerned about the molding being damaged, as seen
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I suppose that has to be replaced at the time of the windshield replacement if it is?

Again, thanks.
 
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Damaged moulding should always be replaced. I live in Virginia and the glazier I use replaces the moulding with OEM pieces at no extra charge
 
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by BUG ETER View Post
Damaged moulding should always be replaced. I live in Virginia and the glazier I use replaces the moulding with OEM pieces at no extra charge
I'm concerned about being gouged, since he marked the A-pillar pricing up by over 300%. If I were to allow him to replace both A-Pillars, the windshield replacement would set me back close to $500. Judging by his mark up, I guess molding replacement would add another $300-$400.

This guy was recommended by my time proven and trusted copper mechanic, but I may have to check around.

Thanks for the info. Forewarned is forearmed.
 
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Yeah, that sounds way to high. I had a windscreen replaced with new moulding for $155 out the door. I would check around if I were you.
 
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:49 PM
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I found my pillars on Ebay. Around 30-40 bucks a piece. Good luck!
 
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Old 09-30-2016, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by BUG ETER View Post
Yeah, that sounds way to high. I had a windscreen replaced with new moulding for $155 out the door. I would check around if I were you.
Damn you got your windshield replaced for $155???

Safelite wants 500 bucks to do mine
 
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I got screwed by Safelite in the past. Never again. Which is why I shopped around when I had to replace another windscreen
 
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