Cracked Windshield – Replacement Options?
dn010Participant2016-08-16 at 14:03Post count: 104
I put this in the common issue area since I’m sure there are a good amount of people with this issue however if it is the wrong section please feel free to move my message.
My windshield is cracked. Here in Florida, I can get away with it but in places like New York or other states, it is illegal to drive around with a cracked windshield. Not only that, while I can do it for the time being – I’d rather have it replaced, there is nothing like new glass after dealing with cracks for a long time.
Anyway, the million dollar question – where does one find a replacement windshield for the Bertone? Am I forced to look for a parts car to cut a used one? I haven’t seen anything online in terms of replacements that are readily available.
Thoughts?DaviesParticipant2016-08-16 at 16:40Post count: 146
Have you tried calling a local windshield replacement place? I would think they are still in the national inventories as they made aftermarket ones for the 780s. It will be interesting to hear what you are told. You may have to call more than one place but I would be surprised if they are no longer available.dn010Participant2016-08-17 at 07:04Post count: 104
You know, for some reason, I haven’t even thought about that to be honest. I will place some calls today and see what I can come up with. I just hope they don’t charge more than the car is worth for a windshield…DaviesParticipant2016-08-17 at 07:40Post count: 146
It may be that they haven’t had a call for a 780 windshield in some time and are eager to sell them off. Let us know what you hear.LagerParticipant2016-09-04 at 10:16Post count: 114
There are 3 auctions on ebay but I think that they are by the same seller.VolvosteelParticipant2016-09-05 at 14:37Post count: 3
I hate to post this but its a car guy thing and being a 780 owner gotta let others know, and being i need one and dont have the $400.00 bucks to get it ill put it out there. Rockauto as had them for a few years click on below ling and it will take you right to them.dn010Participant2016-09-06 at 08:03Post count: 104
Wow, thank you for your posts! I’ll be honest, I still have yet to call a local dealer but if that fails (I’d rather get one locally to avoid shipping costs) I’ll go with RockAuto. Unfortunately the eBay links to a seller that does not ship to the US.DaviesParticipant2016-09-11 at 08:11Post count: 146
Keep us posted Dan. I still have to think there are some floating out there that are not in big demand. I know there are several 780s out there at anytime, unfortunately, in pull-a-part yards. If you can find one, they are cheap to pull. I would also call a local auto glass shop, even before the dealer.Carl StevenParticipant2016-10-03 at 18:01Post count: 27
I happen to notice the other day that the windshield on my 780 was made by St. Goblin Sekurit. The heated rear back glass was apparently made by Volvo according to the corner inscription. Anyway, st. Gobain Autover has a web site called windscreen classics.com in which they more or less imply that they have all kinds of windshields for classic cars including the 780. I filled out their on-site inquiry but so far have not received an answer. One would think that with the North American Classic car market being as big as it is they would have some distribution network here and could supply 780 windshield. Of course the cost? Well I don’t know about that.
CarlchristopherParticipant2016-12-12 at 12:44Post count: 21
I had mine replaced at safelite. Took them a few days to get it and it was not cheap. But they had it.Macc780Participant2017-02-06 at 08:09Post count: 2
I enquired last August at my local Volvo dealer about general 780 parts availability. It is surprising just how much is still available from Volvo themselves via the Volvo Classic section.
I have since sold my 780 which was one of the 416 or so officially sold in Japan.
The windshield is apparently still available at a cost here in the UK of £ 226.50 + vat for supply only. It would have to come from Sweden but would arrive within 1 week.
I’ve since sold my 780 but I was impressed at how good main dealer parts availability is in the UK especially considering the 780 was not officially sold here!
Other parts that I was informed were still available for my car included (VAT must be added to these prices):
Front Wings £ 284.50
Headlights £ 320.00 (set for driving on the left as in Japan)
Rear Lights £ 236.50
Bonnet £ 550.00
The biggest surprise to me and the parts manager were just how cheap the doors are; £187 + vat!!
The parts manager at my local dealer is very clued up having been a Volvo man for over 20 years. If you want their contact info just pm me.DaviesParticipant2017-02-16 at 13:37Post count: 146
Thanks for the follow up. That is amazing that you were able to locate those parts at those prices. I’ll do some check to see if the USA dealership prices are comparable. Is the price for the entire door or any of the interior parts or panels?
Sorry to hear you sold your 780. Please encourage the new owner to sign in on the registry. Hopefully you will be picking up another one at some point given you opportunities as a dealer. I wasn’t aware of any other 780s in the UK but there must be a few.Macc780Participant2017-02-16 at 15:40Post count: 2
I understand that price was for a complete bare door, no interior panels. I don’t think Volvo UK holds a stock of 780 parts so everything has to come from Sweden so the prices should’nt be much different for you in the USA. I’m looking for 780’s but as we know they are scarce. They were never officially imported into the UK by Volvo but some have been privately imported. I remember in the late 90’s there was someone who lived about 10 miles from here who had a black 780 and a 262c but I hav’nt seen either of them for years. There is allegedly someone in Leicestershire who currently owns 2 780’s. There are no definate figures for the number of 780’s here in the UK though.
On another note the Japanese 780 that I owned appeared to be some sort of limited edition that was done in conjunction with Diners Club. It had a bootlid badge that read ‘Diners Club Limited Version’ and DC decals on the front wings. I have not manged to find out anymore about this on the web, anyone on here know anything?? I can imagine that the 780 could well have looked dated in 1990 Japan and was possibly hard to sell at the time so maybe Volvo sold a few cheaply to Diners Club who ran some sort of competition for some of their lucky members to win a 780??
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