One week after I bought my new '05 Escape, I was sitting in car letting it warm up. It was -2F outside early AM in NE Nevada. Windows were iced up, had defrosters on. After 5 min. I heard a cracking sound and noticed a crack at the lower part of the windshield. It ran from the middle of the L/side wiperblade across the wiper line to the middle of the R/side wiper. I took it back to the Ford dealer in town. They said it was caused by a rock chip. I took it down to 2 glass shops in town (you know they want money), but they could not find any rock chips anywhere in the glass. They informed me that it might be a stress problem being down so low on the wiper line. I got two letters from both glass shops went back to Ford. All I got was a big run around. I told them car still under warrenty for 3 years. I got the brush off still being told it was a rock chip caused problem. Three years later I still have Escape (great little and comfortable car), and still have crack. No other cracks anywhere just some small chips from the salt trucks. I want to know if anybody living in cold country had similar crack in windshield. I even contacted Ford Consumer line but they stood by dealer. I've had defroster on many times after that over the years and cold weather and no further problems. Is it a stress crack or cheap windshield?