As the saying goes, sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug.; On one trip I made to Pennsylvania in our Four Seasons Toyota FJ, the bugs definitely lost.
I remember making some snide comment in the log book that its three wipers look like a millipede, which is appropriate because of how many bugs the FJ kills.
I’m quoted in our December issue (on newsstands now) saying a few things about the FJ after that trip – namely that it wouldn’t attract more attention if you set it on fire.; That could, of course, have something to do with its Smurf Blue color.; Or its cartoon looks.
Either way, the FJ gets lots of attention.; From people as well as flying objects.
Our FJ’s windshield just cracked for the second time in 17,000 miles.; That sounds familiar – we went through lots of windshields in our Four Seasons Scion xB, too.; A conspiracy by Toyota to make millions in profits on expensive replacement windshields, perhaps?; Uh, no.;
The reality is that flat, vertical windshields get smacked with lots of stuff.; And then they break.; I should know, in 62,000 miles, I’ve replaced the windshield four times on my ’87 Volkswagen Scirocco.; I replaced no windshields in just as many miles of driving E39 5-series BMWs, Toyota Corollas, and other curved- and raked-windshield vehicles.
At a time when cars almost universally have slanted, aerodynamic windshields, this is one more lovely piece of ammunition I can use to dissuade my friends from buying SUVs.; They use too much fuel, they don’t brake or turn as well as cars, and they break lots of windshields.