[BiturboS4] S4 windshield same as A4?

John M. Harrison JohnMH at uwyo.edu
Tue Feb 25 16:23:48 EST 2003

Echo Ti's comments.  You should have it done by an authorized Audi
dealer.  Many installers don't use the correct adhesives and do not
achieve a good structural bond which is important.  I will never again
have a windshield replaced by people who try to do it in the field out
of doors or even a general purpose glass shop.  We had one replaced
outside on our 89 Acura and the thing creaks as the car moves indicating
to me that a good bond was not achieved.  In the future I will go to the
factory authorized car dealer for windshields on any of my newer
vehicles.  I'll have to pay an authorized Acura dealer to fix that one
and it will probably require a whole new windshield to get it right.  Be
careful out there.

John M. Harrison  2001 S4 Avant  johnmh at uwyo.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: Ti Kan [mailto:ti at amb.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 2:21 PM
To: aagha at bigfoot.com
Cc: Bi-Turbo Audi S4 Audi Fan Group
Subject: Re: [BiturboS4] S4 windshield same as A4?

Aurangzeb M. Agha writes:
> I've got a growing crack in my windshield due to a rock while on a
> mountain-road trip.
> I'm about to bring my S4 back to the US from Europe, and was wondering
> I should have the glass replaced here or back in the US.
> I found out I can do the replacement here, but they'll take the glass
> an Audi A4.  My questions is: Is that alright?  The cost is around 300
> Euro.
> I had my father call around in Boston, and he got quotes ranging from
> to $750.  The high-end guy said:
> "make sure they take the COWL off - and use hi modulus urethane - they
> probably don't do either, which makes the car unsafe!"
> What is he talking about, and is that just sales talk to get me to pay
> more?

The glass is the same as an A4 (part # 8D0 845 099 AC).  It is bonded to
the body and becomes a part of the structure of the roof, so it is
important that the replacement is installed properly.  I haven't priced
replacement so I don't know what it should cost, but insurance should
windshields, many at reduced deductibles.

2003 A4 1.8T multitronic
2001 S4 biturbo 6-sp
1984 5000S turbo
1980 4000 2.0 5-sp
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