I joined the cracked windshield club today with my 22 telluride S. I got the car in April, started on my first roadtrip last Tuesday(only 3500 miles on the car so far), and today, also Tuesday(and now 6400 miles on the car), I turned onto a road with nearly no traffic, a pickup truck driving towards me on the other side of this little Montana highway kicked up a small pebble or something, and I heard the hit, didn't even sound that loud, I was only going maybe 45 at the time, and there was about a 6 inch crack in my lower left section of the windshield. I was going between Cody wyoming and bozeman Montana and still had about 100 miles to go.
Obviously there were no places to stop to get it fixed, there are almost no towns on these stretches of highway, so by the time I got to the hotel in bozeman, the crack expanded another 4-5 inches.( I marked the end of the crack with tape soon after it occurred to see how much it grew while driving).
The closest kia dealership is back in Billings, a few hours away, and I have hotels already booked In the other direction so can't do anything about it. I found a Walmart in bozeman that has a rain x windshield repair kit I am going to try to use to at least stop the crack from expanding more, but I wouldn't be surprised with the temperature drop tonight if I wake up tomorrow and the crack is even larger.
I am hoping it will hold together till I get back to Florida, but that is 7 days and about 3k more miles of driving until I head home. Even once I do get home, I have no idea what I'm going to do to fix it. I don't want a safelite windshield, I paid a high premium for the car due to "pandemic pricing" and my new car did not come with an aftermarket safelite window, I want it replaced with a kia factory windshield, however with all the problems people have with them, I almost don't even want the kia windshield.!
It's too bad it seems like that corning gorilla glass is not available for the telluride, at least I havent seen it available. I dont know what other options there are for a windshield replacement. Seems like you can either go with safelite or kia... Any other suggestions.? I also paid an extra premium at the dealership for an extended 10 year bumper to bumper but doubt it covers cracked windshields.
I will have to check once home. I would be concerned getting an aftermarket windshield might affect cabin sound levels. Anyone experience anything like that if they got a safelite or similar replacement.? Did your cabin get any louder.?