BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > M3 (E90 / E92 / E93) > General M3 Forum (E90 + E92 + E93)
 
Steve Thomas BMW
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-23-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
MojorisinM3
Major
MojorisinM3's Avatar
109
Rep
1,178
Posts

Drives: 2015 M3
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nashville, TN

iTrader: (0)

Windshield replacement - solar?

Calling around, local windshield place is asking if I have solar "film" or something like that? One is $240 the other is $440. Any idea what they are talking about? Thanks.
__________________
2011 E92 M3 Comp / MPE / DCT
Appreciate 0
      10-24-2014, 12:04 AM   #2
jphughan
Brigadier General
jphughan's Avatar
United_States
349
Rep
4,483
Posts

Drives: '16 Cayman GT4
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Austin, TX

iTrader: (0)

Check out LLumar Air Blue 80. I have it and really like it. Just think about leaving one or both of the lower corners exposed for temporary or permanent stickers. Texas for example requires registration and safety inspection stickers on the windshield, and on the other side I have a BMW CCA sticker and used to have a parking permit sticker for my old place.

The shop I used only charged $100 for it though.

EDIT: You're probably asking about the OEM windshield. BMW makes a windshield that has light tint built in. If the strip across the top is green, you have it. If it's any other color, you don't. I don't think it was ever available on US cars, though. But it was listed on the UK configurator when I checked a while ago. Here: http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/t...indscreen.html
__________________
'16 Cayman GT4 (delivery pics, comparison to E92 M3 write-up)

Gone but not forgotten:
'11.75 M3 E92 Le Mans | Black Nov w/ Alum | 6MT (owned 5/2011 - 11/2015)
Appreciate 0
      10-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #3
besiktas
Ultimate Driver for the Ultimate Driving Machine
United_States
54
Rep
1,094
Posts

Drives: BMW M3 E92
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (0)

They asked me the same question, I put them in touch with my service advisor to get me the same OEM glass for 167$ extra. geco
__________________

BMW M3 E92 - Silverstone II
BPM Sport Stage II Tune + Test Pipes, GTS DCT Tune
Appreciate 0
      10-25-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
iansanderson
Enlisted Member
0
Rep
36
Posts

Drives: 2008 E90 M3 6MT
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Canton, Ohio

iTrader: (0)

They are referring to the "Climate Comfort" windshield option offered by BMW. It was never technically "offered" as an option on a 3 series here in the US, but you can still have one installed if you like. They are optional on models like the 5, 6, 7 and X5, X6.

Basically, the climate comfort windshield has a UV reflecting film that has some benefits to the vehicle such as lowering interior temperatures by reducing the amount of UV entering the cabin. If you've ever seen a nice Mercedes S class with purple windows, this is essentially what the "solar film" will look like if you chose to go with that windshield. See the picture below.

I ordered one for my E46 convertible and I loved it. I plan on ordering one for my E90 too when the time comes for a replacement. There are two cutouts in the film for a radar detector or toll pass since the UV film can attenuate radio signals.

Notice the purple hue of the windshield in this picture of a European-spec E92 with the optional climate comfort windshield:
Appreciate 0
      10-25-2014, 11:41 PM   #5
tinman831
Captain
10
Rep
815
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: DFW

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by iansanderson View Post
They are referring to the "Climate Comfort" windshield option offered by BMW. It was never technically "offered" as an option on a 3 series here in the US, but you can still have one installed if you like. They are optional on models like the 5, 6, 7 and X5, X6.

Basically, the climate comfort windshield has a UV reflecting film that has some benefits to the vehicle such as lowering interior temperatures by reducing the amount of UV entering the cabin. If you've ever seen a nice Mercedes S class with purple windows, this is essentially what the "solar film" will look like if you chose to go with that windshield. See the picture below.

I ordered one for my E46 convertible and I loved it. I plan on ordering one for my E90 too when the time comes for a replacement. There are two cutouts in the film for a radar detector or toll pass since the UV film can attenuate radio signals.

Notice the purple hue of the windshield in this picture of a European-spec E92 with the optional climate comfort windshield:
So this is a film that is applied and not actually tinted glass? I may have to look into this.
Appreciate 0
      11-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #6
iansanderson
Enlisted Member
0
Rep
36
Posts

Drives: 2008 E90 M3 6MT
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Canton, Ohio

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinman831 View Post
So this is a film that is applied and not actually tinted glass? I may have to look into this.
It is technically a film, but it is internal and applied during manufacturing. It's not something that can be added on later AFAIK.
Appreciate 0
      11-04-2014, 12:27 PM   #7
Lunker325
Second Lieutenant
United_States
19
Rep
228
Posts

Drives: E90 M3 Jerez Black/Fox Red
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Columbus OH

iTrader: (3)

I had the "climate comfort" windscreen on my old e39 M5, and really could not tell a difference between that and the one that did not have the comfort option. My drive required that I drive into the sun on the way to work, and into it on the way home, so I thought it would really help, but it did not much, if at all. I had to push for that windscreen when it was getting it replaced, would not do it again.
__________________
'11 E90 Jerez Black / Fox Red - Dinan Intake - Dinan Exhaust - Dinan DCT Tune - TTP - BPM Stage II Tune - MS Pullies - Passport 9500ci - Eibach Springs - 19x10≤ AG M359 - Extended Fox Red Retrofit - BimmerTech Rear View Camera
Appreciate 0
      11-04-2014, 02:59 PM   #8
WalterHaslett
Registered
0
Rep
1
Posts

Drives: BMW
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by MojorisinM3 View Post
Calling around, local windshield place is asking if I have solar power system or something like that? One is $240 the other is $440. Any idea what they are talking about? Thanks.
Really not sure about this..Have you taken the decision? Hope you have some useful information to share..

Last edited by WalterHaslett; 11-05-2014 at 03:10 AM.
Appreciate 0
      11-04-2014, 03:09 PM   #9
TVMA Doc
Captain
TVMA Doc's Avatar
29
Rep
826
Posts

Drives: 2011 E90 M3, Jerez Black
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: SF Bay

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by iansanderson View Post
It is technically a film, but it is internal and applied during manufacturing. It's not something that can be added on later AFAIK.
There are films that can be applied after market that do similar things, however.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...ts/Automotive/
Appreciate 0
      11-04-2014, 05:50 PM   #10
grantmax
Lieutenant Colonel
77
Rep
1,631
Posts

Drives: 2011 M3 ZCP
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: LA

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by iansanderson View Post
They are referring to the "Climate Comfort" windshield option offered by BMW. It was never technically "offered" as an option on a 3 series here in the US, but you can still have one installed if you like. They are optional on models like the 5, 6, 7 and X5, X6.

Basically, the climate comfort windshield has a UV reflecting film that has some benefits to the vehicle such as lowering interior temperatures by reducing the amount of UV entering the cabin. If you've ever seen a nice Mercedes S class with purple windows, this is essentially what the "solar film" will look like if you chose to go with that windshield. See the picture below.

I ordered one for my E46 convertible and I loved it. I plan on ordering one for my E90 too when the time comes for a replacement. There are two cutouts in the film for a radar detector or toll pass since the UV film can attenuate radio signals.

Notice the purple hue of the windshield in this picture of a European-spec E92 with the optional climate comfort windshield:
This is great info. I've always wondered if this was an option. My windshield will be replaced shortly.

How do we get such an item?
Appreciate 0
      11-05-2014, 09:28 PM   #11
NashvegasR
First Lieutenant
United_States
34
Rep
363
Posts

Drives: 2013 M3 E92
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Nashville TN + Atlanta GA

iTrader: (2)

Anyone have the part numbers for the solar windshield

For E92, E93, E90?
Appreciate 0
      11-05-2014, 10:49 PM   #12
lve2xlr8
Captain
lve2xlr8's Avatar
United_States
57
Rep
991
Posts

Drives: '11 m3
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Los Angeles

iTrader: (9)

The OEM windshield sucks, the glass is way too soft and pits ridiculously easy. This may be the single item on BMWs where you're better off going with an aftermarket brand. You'll have to research to see which are good, it's been discussed quite a bit.
__________________
'11 M3
'00 M5 - Sold
Appreciate 0
      06-07-2016, 08:41 PM   #13
Cbozz
Lieutenant Colonel
Cbozz's Avatar
United_States
73
Rep
1,630
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

iTrader: (11)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by iansanderson View Post
They are referring to the "Climate Comfort" windshield option offered by BMW. It was never technically "offered" as an option on a 3 series here in the US, but you can still have one installed if you like. They are optional on models like the 5, 6, 7 and X5, X6.

Basically, the climate comfort windshield has a UV reflecting film that has some benefits to the vehicle such as lowering interior temperatures by reducing the amount of UV entering the cabin. If you've ever seen a nice Mercedes S class with purple windows, this is essentially what the "solar film" will look like if you chose to go with that windshield. See the picture below.

I ordered one for my E46 convertible and I loved it. I plan on ordering one for my E90 too when the time comes for a replacement. There are two cutouts in the film for a radar detector or toll pass since the UV film can attenuate radio signals.

Notice the purple hue of the windshield in this picture of a European-spec E92 with the optional climate comfort windshield:
I'm 2 years late with response but I'm about to replace my windshield due to a crack and replacement will be with Solar film so if you want I can post up some pictures..
__________________
AFE, Active Autowerke, Strasse, ‹mnitza, LCI
Appreciate 0
      06-07-2016, 09:01 PM   #14
NashvegasR
First Lieutenant
United_States
34
Rep
363
Posts

Drives: 2013 M3 E92
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Nashville TN + Atlanta GA

iTrader: (2)

So actually I went through this last year. At least to Safelite, SOLAR doesn't mean climate comfort in Safelite's ordering system. I ordered the SOLAR windshield and it was the standard BMW windshield (genuine BMW), not climate comfort. Didn't have the cool purple hue and cutout for the ez pass.

They installed it anyways, I inquired, they said it's another word, solar is the standard windshield.

I'd love the E92 Climate Comfort Windshield PN too !!
Appreciate 0
      06-07-2016, 09:07 PM   #15
Cbozz
Lieutenant Colonel
Cbozz's Avatar
United_States
73
Rep
1,630
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

iTrader: (11)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashvegasR View Post
So actually I went through this last year. At least to Safelite, SOLAR doesn't mean climate comfort in Safelite's ordering system. I ordered the SOLAR windshield and it was the standard BMW windshield (genuine BMW), not climate comfort. Didn't have the cool purple hue and cutout for the ez pass.

They installed it anyways, I inquired, they said it's another word, solar is the standard windshield.

I'd love the E92 Climate Comfort Windshield PN too !!
really? so this pretty much means they just installed a regular windshield. I spoke to them on the phone today and they said that it will have the hue so I figured it must be the solar film. Also I have replaced windshield with safelite about 4 years ago on my e90 - didn't even know they had those solar films and my windshield came just like the one in this picture with purple hue and i could see the inside of it was a cutout for sunpass... later I found out that it also had a led film or something ..
__________________
AFE, Active Autowerke, Strasse, ‹mnitza, LCI
Appreciate 0
      06-10-2016, 09:45 PM   #16
Cbozz
Lieutenant Colonel
Cbozz's Avatar
United_States
73
Rep
1,630
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

iTrader: (11)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by NashvegasR View Post
So actually I went through this last year. At least to Safelite, SOLAR doesn't mean climate comfort in Safelite's ordering system. I ordered the SOLAR windshield and it was the standard BMW windshield (genuine BMW), not climate comfort. Didn't have the cool purple hue and cutout for the ez pass.

They installed it anyways, I inquired, they said it's another word, solar is the standard windshield.

I'd love the E92 Climate Comfort Windshield PN too !!
So I just got my windshield installed yesterday and it came with a climate control film on it and has a cutout for surpass on both sides of the mirror as you can see in the pic and also the purple hue, I posted a pic but it was dark and cloudy so it actually looks blue not purple, I guess it all depends on the lighting... I'll post some more pictures later
Attached Images
 
__________________
AFE, Active Autowerke, Strasse, ‹mnitza, LCI
Appreciate 0
      06-10-2016, 10:03 PM   #17
Apex Everything
Yep
Apex Everything's Avatar
United_States
77
Rep
467
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: A place

iTrader: (3)

So not to be rude but most have it wrong, what they mean is the solar strips that are on the back windows which help thaw ice, snow, etc. (the gold lines going across your back window)

Some cars have these on the front where your wipers sit, to help direct heat to thaw the wipers out.
Appreciate 0
      07-03-2016, 10:39 AM   #18
Theodore
Second Lieutenant
Theodore's Avatar
United_States
30
Rep
211
Posts

Drives: 2011.5 E92 M3
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Tampa Bay, FL

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cbozz View Post
So I just got my windshield installed yesterday and it came with a climate control film on it and has a cutout for surpass on both sides of the mirror as you can see in the pic and also the purple hue, I posted a pic but it was dark and cloudy so it actually looks blue not purple, I guess it all depends on the lighting... I'll post some more pictures later
Thanks for posting this picture and if you get a chance to post one in the sunlight that would be great. Just to confirm, the picture above is the "Safelite" brand, BMW E92 "Solar" model aftermarket windshield? And did your receipt have a part number you can share?
Appreciate 0
      07-11-2016, 08:39 PM   #19
Elwolfe
Private
Elwolfe's Avatar
United_States
8
Rep
63
Posts

Drives: 2013 E93 M3 LMB, 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Castle Rock, CO

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2013 E93 M3  [0.00]
I got mine replaced last week at a local glass shop. They had a regular one and a "solar coated" one. The solar coated version is the climate comfort one with the cut outs near the rear view mirror for ez pass etc... It does have the purple look to it in the right light. It's not BMW OEM though, at least it doesn't have a roundel in the bottom driver corner.

Billed it to my insurance, no questions asked.
Appreciate 0
      07-12-2016, 03:00 PM   #20
Cbozz
Lieutenant Colonel
Cbozz's Avatar
United_States
73
Rep
1,630
Posts

Drives: M3
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

iTrader: (11)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by Theodore View Post
Thanks for posting this picture and if you get a chance to post one in the sunlight that would be great. Just to confirm, the picture above is the "Safelite" brand, BMW E92 "Solar" model aftermarket windshield? And did your receipt have a part number you can share?
here it is, it's really hard to capture the color, angles seem to be different between eye and what camera can pic up, this is as best as I could.. seems like the shade is not purple but rather blue



__________________
AFE, Active Autowerke, Strasse, ‹mnitza, LCI
Appreciate 1
      08-09-2016, 03:05 PM   #21
AamirAtl
Private First Class
15
Rep
121
Posts

Drives: E93
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Atl

iTrader: (0)

Just got off the phone with Safelite. Part numbers:

2837GYY with rain sensor and solar
2838GYY with rain sensor, solar and solar-coated
Appreciate 1
      08-09-2016, 06:10 PM   #22
Theodore
Second Lieutenant
Theodore's Avatar
United_States
30
Rep
211
Posts

Drives: 2011.5 E92 M3
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Tampa Bay, FL

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by AamirAtl View Post
Just got off the phone with Safelite. Part numbers:

2837GYY with rain sensor and solar
2838GYY with rain sensor, solar and solar-coated
Thanks for posting this! For clarification, what is the difference between the two?
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:41 AM.




m3post
m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST