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      03-26-2020, 02:10 PM   #1
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UV Sunshade

I'm moving to TX in my new x3 M40i and of course I want a sunshade, but don't seem to be able to locate one. What have you guys used if not the bmw Sunshade??
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      03-26-2020, 03:11 PM   #2
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I've got one of these. Fits great. Cheap too. Had these on a bunch of prior cars.

https://www.heatshieldstore.com/
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      03-26-2020, 03:46 PM   #3
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Thanks VTX

I'm going to order one right now.
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I have the Weathertech.
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I got a Covercraft one. The fit is excellent and it works well.

https://www.autoanything.com/driving...ield-sun-shade
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I recently moved from Boston to Florida and immediately tinted all my windows. The shop convinced me to do a windshield tint as well. I was skeptical but I did it. And I'm happy I did.

My X4 sits outside all day and bakes, but when I get in, it needs only 30-60 seconds on Max A/C and then I'm comfortable to go to normal A/C. I didn't understand how much the tints helped until I got a loaner without tints while my car was in the shop. It was almost unbearable getting into the loaner after it sat out in the sun for a while.

So I'd recommend trying the all-around tinting. Hopefully, like me, you won't have to bother with one of the fold-out windshield shades.
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I recently moved from Boston to Florida and immediately tinted all my windows. The shop convinced me to do a windshield tint as well. I was skeptical but I did it. And I'm happy I did.

My X4 sits outside all day and bakes, but when I get in, it needs only 30-60 seconds on Max A/C and then I'm comfortable to go to normal A/C. I didn't understand how much the tints helped until I got a loaner without tints while my car was in the shop. It was almost unbearable getting into the loaner after it sat out in the sun for a while.

So I'd recommend trying the all-around tinting. Hopefully, like me, you won't have to bother with one of the fold-out windshield shades.
Did it interfere with your HUD on the windshield?
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Did it interfere with your HUD on the windshield?
Not at all.

I didn't go crazy. It's a light tint but with maximum UV filtering. It leaves the windshield with a slightly smoky color, almost as if it's dirty. Honestly, I had to get over the initial impulse to clean it all the time. But I pushed myself through that (at times it was tough!!), and it was really, really worth it. I've really been blown away by its effectiveness.

fwiw, I had the front side and rear windows tinted to match the tint from the factory on the rear side windows.
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Not at all.

I didn't go crazy. It's a light tint but with maximum UV filtering. It leaves the windshield with a slightly smoky color, almost as if it's dirty. Honestly, I had to get over the initial impulse to clean it all the time. But I pushed myself through that (at times it was tough!!), and it was really, really worth it. I've really been blown away by its effectiveness.

fwiw, I had the front side and rear windows tinted to match the tint from the factory on the rear side windows.
Alright well I may eventually do that once I'm there. Thanks for sharing
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Alright well I may eventually do that once I'm there. Thanks for sharing
Best of luck to another transplant to a tax-free state!!

btw, I'm sure Texas is like Florida . . . There's a tint shop on almost every street corner here. Make sure you find someone reputable.
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I recently moved from Boston to Florida and immediately tinted all my windows. The shop convinced me to do a windshield tint as well. I was skeptical but I did it. And I'm happy I did.

My X4 sits outside all day and bakes, but when I get in, it needs only 30-60 seconds on Max A/C and then I'm comfortable to go to normal A/C. I didn't understand how much the tints helped until I got a loaner without tints while my car was in the shop. It was almost unbearable getting into the loaner after it sat out in the sun for a while.

So I'd recommend trying the all-around tinting. Hopefully, like me, you won't have to bother with one of the fold-out windshield shades.
I did the same on both my X6s (both with HUD). Those things were like the surface of the sun before getting the tint+windshield film put on. I drove those cars for a total of 8y in Austin and never felt the need to put on a sunshade.

I haven't done my new X4 yet; I haven't felt like parting with the $$$ yet. I was getting annoyingly hot on my last drive to San Antonio though, so I think its time.

I think I'm going to have to tint the sunroof this time since its cover is like a micron thick.

Interesting fact: if your windshield has to be replaced by the insurance company, they will pay to replace the film too. They've done it for me at least 2x.
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