I finally broke down and called SafeLite Autoglass to replace the windshield on my 2004 Honda Element. It's a low mileage vehicle, with only about 18,000 miles on it. What burns me is that this is the second windshield I've replaced. They seem to crack very easily from the far edges. The first time it happened I went to the Honda dealer to see about a free replacement since I couldn't see any reason why it would crack. The technician was able to point out this tiny nick on the edge that was cause.
Now on my having to replace a second windshield, I was able to spot another one of these little dings that end up costing me ~$200. Luckily I previously had SafeLite out to repair a small bulls-eye another time so I'm able to apply the cost of that repair to the replacement saving me ~$60.
Doing a little research on the Internet I was able to find a site setup just for this issue, HondaElementsCrack.com.
While replacing the windshield is bothersome, what really gets me is random vandalism. This past Thursday night someone proceeded to walk down my block and key every car along the way. Both of our cars and about six others of our neighbors were hit. Since I live in Baltimore I still haven't called the police to report the incident, my last police experience was regarding my colleague Jason's car being stolen. This occurred outside of my house, when they finally caught the thief our court system let him free while waiting for trial.
Apparently while he was out he killed someone. That must make the family of the deceased really happy, yes your son could still be alive if we kept this menace to society locked up awaiting trial for stealing a car. Since I'm on vacation this week I'll give the cops a call to report the vandalism, maybe they'll catch the person, LOL.