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Hello all! I'm at my wits' end with this issue. About two months ago someone broke into my car. Whoever this thief was decided to make it as difficult and expensive as possible for me to replace the glass that was broken to get into my car by choosing the rear windshield. So far I've been doing okay by simply putting clear tape on the windshield area and praying to anything and everything that I can find someone to fix this problem. The rear windshield of my 98 SLK 230 has been smashed and I've been doing a lot of calling and googling and I haven't been able to find someone that is able to replace the rear windshield of my car. Whenever I call a company they ask the usual questions:

"What is the year/make/model of your car?"
"Which piece of glass was broken?"

It goes smooth until they ask, or I tell them, this:

"My car, the 98 SLK 230, is a hard-top convertible. The top comes down and folds into the trunk, but it has not affect on the glass of itself. To clarify, I do not need the entire top replaced. I only need the rear windshield GLASS replaced."

From there regardless of what it says on their website they hit me with, "Sorry, we don't do work on convertibles."

This has me extremely annoyed and tired of all this back and forth. I've actually gotten quotes from places for replacing the rear windshield of my car, like real quotes sent to my email, but after doing some shopping and calling them back they backpedal and say they don't do work like this. The reason why I'm making this post now is because it recently dawned on me that winter is approaching and I need to get this issue solved before winter is here!

My question for those that are here reading this post is this: Does anyone know of a glass replacement shop in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania that can do this work on my car?
I'm fairly certain I've called all if not the majority of shops within two hours of me, but due to this recent epiphany I'll have to restart from the beginning and see this through to the end.

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98 SLK 230 rear windshield is broken, do you know of any glass replacement shop in NJ, NY, or PA that can replace it before the winter hits?
 

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the answer is simple

get part number of rear glass

go here with your vin

https://slk-links.neocities.org

then contact your insurance company or go to safelite or other glass replacement companies
 

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It makes no difference at all that it's a convertible or not. The roof remains up for removal and replacement of the rear window much the same as the front screen. The hardest part of the job by a long way is to remove the existing glass without breaking it - something that doesn't apply here.

If you have cleaned the frame up already, all they have to do is supply the new glass and bond it into place, will take no longer than 30mins tops.

Failing that, I'd be looking to source on ebay and doing it myself, you'd just need a couple of those glass sucker things, bonding stuff, and an assistant :tu:
 

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Maybe if you drive your car and go and show them. Drive with the roof up and don't tell them it's a convertible :grin:
That'd be the easiest thing to do :tu:

I had AutoGlass come out to me to take mine out prepping for respraying. The guy had a devil of a job taking it out because there's just no room to work, clambering on the seats, trying to get his cheese wire pulley system in decent positions to operate - think trying to clean the rear screen without opening the roof. Tricky :)
He came back about a month later to put it back in, only fiddly bit that time was hooking the screen heater wires back up which I let him get on with. I helped him with the placement of the actual glass, it really is very easy with one person either side: Run a bead of glue around the glass, flip and move into position, you've then got maybe a minute for final adjustment, hold in place for another minute or two - Job Done.


If I had to do it myself, my shopping list would look something like:

Second-user Screen / Rear Window Assembly

Screen Removal Tool Kit
- because second-user glass always seems to be still in the frame

Glue

Suction Cups


Either that or replace the whole rear window assembly ..
 

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That'd be the easiest thing to do :tu:

I had AutoGlass come out to me to take mine out prepping for respraying. The guy had a devil of a job taking it out because there's just no room to work, clambering on the seats, trying to get his cheese wire pulley system in decent positions to operate - think trying to clean the rear screen without opening the roof. Tricky :)
He came back about a month later to put it back in, only fiddly bit that time was hooking the screen heater wires back up which I let him get on with. I helped him with the placement of the actual glass, it really is very easy with one person either side: Run a bead of glue around the glass, flip and move into position, you've then got maybe a minute for final adjustment, hold in place for another minute or two - Job Done.


If I had to do it myself, my shopping list would look something like:

Second-user Screen / Rear Window Assembly

Screen Removal Tool Kit
- because second-user glass always seems to be still in the frame

Glue

Suction Cups


Either that or replace the whole rear window assembly ..
/\ /\ /\ Absolutely 110% this !!
 

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It makes no difference at all that it's a convertible or not. The roof remains up for removal and replacement of the rear window much the same as the front screen. The hardest part of the job by a long way is to remove the existing glass without breaking it - something that doesn't apply here.

If you have cleaned the frame up already, all they have to do is supply the new glass and bond it into place, will take no longer than 30mins tops.

Failing that, I'd be looking to source on ebay and doing it myself, you'd just need a couple of those glass sucker things, bonding stuff, and an assistant :tu:
I have looked into doing it myself. However, ebay won't ship the glass due to it being a large fragile piece of... glass. From what I've seen the glass was for pickup only. But any place that has the glass is way out of my coverage area, i.e. California. I do not have the time nor the funds to drive or fly myself out there for merely a piece of glass. Who knew that expensive things were expensive! Around the same time I figured that instead of replacing solely the glass, because no one would do that for some reason, I should replace the part of the top that has the glass on it. Not the whole convertible top, but simply the rear piece that holds the windshield. I got to thinking about that, but couldn't find much information on actually removing that piece. I'm not ruling that out entirely! I have begun searching again, so who knows? Maybe I'll figure that out and give that a go.
 

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Maybe if you drive your car and go and show them. Drive with the roof up and don't tell them it's a convertible :grin:
I wish it was that simple haha. Whenever I call a place or drive to them they either say no or say that they'll do it for way over $1,000. I've had quotes for $1,000 - $3,000! That's way more than I paid for this car! I wish the thief broke any other piece of glass in the car for all the shops tell me they can replace any other glass, but not the rear windshield. For some odd reason. I thought glass was glass was glass was glass and all they needed was simply the size. This is why I don't work in the glass making industry! My simple mind cannot grasp the complex concepts that they must consider haha
 

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That'd be the easiest thing to do :tu:

I had AutoGlass come out to me to take mine out prepping for respraying. The guy had a devil of a job taking it out because there's just no room to work, clambering on the seats, trying to get his cheese wire pulley system in decent positions to operate - think trying to clean the rear screen without opening the roof. Tricky :)
He came back about a month later to put it back in, only fiddly bit that time was hooking the screen heater wires back up which I let him get on with. I helped him with the placement of the actual glass, it really is very easy with one person either side: Run a bead of glue around the glass, flip and move into position, you've then got maybe a minute for final adjustment, hold in place for another minute or two - Job Done.


If I had to do it myself, my shopping list would look something like:

Second-user Screen / Rear Window Assembly

Screen Removal Tool Kit
- because second-user glass always seems to be still in the frame

Glue

Suction Cups


Either that or replace the whole rear window assembly ..
I am running out of ideas and shops to go to, so I will once again seriously consider replacing it myself. Thank you for sending me that little list of yours! It really does help me quite a bit!
 

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Maybe start visiting wrecking yards? Would probably need a helper but....
 

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@Bobert
There are 3 complete rear window assemblies on ebay within 150 miles of me, ranging from £30 to £70. All collect only so I feel for there, sucks that there's none within your area :(

$1000 - $3000 is ridiculous, optimistic at best on their part! Before AutoGlass removed mine I had to sign a disclaimer, basically saying that if they cracked it upon removal it was my responsibility as removal of good glass is not what they usually do lol would cost me £350 for new glass if it broke .. signed the disclaimer and told them to get on with it and all was good thankfully :tu:

I had a rust issue that couldn't be fixed with the glass in situ if you're wondering .

Good luck with your search, no way would I be paying what you've been quoted :(
 
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