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Should I Use A Toyota Windshield Replacement For My Prius?

If you need to replace your front windshield on your Toyota Prius you may want to consider getting one from Toyota.

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I have not ever heard of a Prius owner who likes to have more noise in their vehicle. I am one of those people. I recently bought my 9th Prius from auction to give to someone that needed a car.

As I always do, I check everything over before the car leaves my care and enters into someone else's hands. This car had a banged-up fender and hood, which were replaced during the time it was in my hands.

There was something else though that was bothering me. This Prius was louder than my others, and for the life of me, I could not figure out why. That was until I noticed something that many of us probably would not. This Prius was different.

How My New Prius Was Different
Buying any used car can be a gamble. Luckily for me, I understand these cars well enough to be able to troubleshoot their problems.

When I drove this one home, it was louder. I could hear more of the engine. I figured that it was due to the hood not fitting correctly and did not think much of it further.

2007 Toyota Prius Touring Edition

I was wrong, though. After replacing the hood and fender, the noise persisted, and it was driving me crazy. Thank goodness that I like fixing things. I began to figure out the issue.

What The Issue Was
The issue was something that I did not expect. It was the windshield. I noticed that it had been replaced, and it was not a Toyota grade.

I knew this was the issue due to my time spent at Toyota HQ learning the quality built into its products. Windshields were one of the things that I was able to learn about.

How Toyota Makes Sound Resistant Windhields
Consumers have demanded safer and quieter cars over the years. One of the ways this is achieved is layering the glass with sound-absorbing material.

The multi-layered windows reduce sound and help with other things like UV penetration as well. This is a fundamental idea of how they are made.

The idea here is that the process in which they are made costs more than what an aftermarket glass manufacturer does. So to cut down on costs, the cheaper alternatives do not focus on Toyota's level quality.

If you have and aftermarket windshield in your Prius, you may have a louder ride than expected. If you are looking to get yours replaced, make sure you know what you are buying before choosing the cheapest option.

I hope this helps all you Prius owners out there! Have a great day, and see you in the next story.

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Glass Guy (not verified)    September 9, 2020 - 4:19PM

Your point is valid, however a dealer windshield is not the only correct answer. In some cases, with very new body styles, or limited production, the aftermarket parts are not acceptable. In the vast majority of cases, they are perfect for the application and a fraction of the price - often for a part made in the same factory, with a different logo because of the channel the parts are distributed through. Not sure about the year of your Prius, or what options, but there are at least 7 different aftermarket options depending on equipment. When shopping for a replacement, the best thing you can do is to be aware of your equipment and choose a reputable company that will offer you the exact replacement features. With an acoustic interlayer, the glass will general have a brand that indicates that feature - ask the repair facility to explain - or even check the VIN to ensure you replacing like for like. A dealer part is always an option, but in most cases, is 2-3x the price with a more limited warranty. Some homework and selecting a reputable glass company can save you quite a bit and give you much more value.

Chris (not verified)    May 6, 2021 - 11:01AM

Toyota doesn't make windshields. They may specify certain acoustical properties/laminates and/or that it should have certain solar properties but that's it.

PGW made many of the windshields found in Toyota's. These windshields are designed to not only meet DOT requirements but also those specifications dictated by Toyota.

PGW glass can be purchased for replacement, as can Pilkington glass made in Germany. As to your point, the consumer should ensure that the aftermarket glass meets or exceeds those of the OEM installed glass which may include aforementioned laminates.