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Windshield Rock Chips

Just curious, is it just me or is the Jeep Commander susceptible to more windshield damage?
I've had three rock chips in about 1-1/2 year time frame. Same driving routes as I have taken with previous vehicles, and not a chip in any of those.

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I have 2 very minor ones in mine too. Don't know how it would be more likely to get damaged like this over any other vehicle. There is a cool looking low profile bug/rock guard that you can put on the edge of your hood to help deflect air up over a bit more...but take it off before you drive thru an automatic car wash (I learned that the hard way).
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Just curious, is it just me or is the Jeep Commander susceptible to more windshield damage?
I've had three rock chips in about 1-1/2 year time frame. Same driving routes as I have taken with previous vehicles, and not a chip in any of those.
It should be obvious that it is more susceptible to chips -- it is almost perpendicular. Almost no slant at all.

Here's a thread from back in "06: https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7209&highlight=windshield&page=19

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I have had my Commander for 1 year and am on my 3rd windshield.
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sometimes people see things as trends when really they are just coincidence...I'd need to see real scientific data to prove to me that a Commander is any more (or less) likely to be damaged by a rock going down the road...just saying it doesn't make something true. also...Jeep5352 the link you provide doesn't say anything but spammer! over and over???
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So, so, so many different variables that go into a rock hitting a windshield...I think its silly to think that one particular vehicle is more prone than any other due to glass angle. My Cherokee and my Commander have virtually the same angle, my Cherokee has 97K mi. on it with no chips from rocks, my Commander has 2 very small ones with 23K both from the guy who owned it on lease before I bought it...for all I know he had a bad habit of tailgating trucks....ha ha! here's a link I found: hope it posts right.

Strategy To Avoid Rock Chips [Archive] - Calguns.net
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I replaced my windshield after 1 WEEK (passing a truck, caught a rock). Was NOT happy to have to take my new to me Jeep in for a windshield replacement.

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I replaced my windshield after 1 WEEK (passing a truck, caught a rock). Was NOT happy to have to take my new to me Jeep in for a windshield replacement.
Yeah, that would have been disappointing...I think I don't catch many rocks, although I live in a rural area because I hang back from people on the road quite a way. I also may be kinda lucky because I've never had a punctured tire or a flat from the road either (knock on wood).
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I drive about 60,000 miles per year in my Altima, and I spend a lot of time on 255 in Illinois. Lots of Quary trucks, and have not replaced a windshield. Had the Jeep for 3 months, and it needs a new one. Vertical windshields are a rock magnet, instead of deflecting the glass takes the full force of the impact. At least that is my opinion.
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I drive about 60,000 miles per year in my Altima, and I spend a lot of time on 255 in Illinois. Lots of Quary trucks, and have not replaced a windshield. Had the Jeep for 3 months, and it needs a new one. Vertical windshields are a rock magnet, instead of deflecting the glass takes the full force of the impact. At least that is my opinion.
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