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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:58 PM
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Experience with the Conv Windscreen on 1 series

I know that on the 3 series convertible if you don't use the windscreen while driving on the highway/freeway you can really get blown around. Based on real-world experiance in a 1 series convertable, does the windscreen really help at high speeds?
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:24 PM
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I just purchased the wind screen about a month ago. Getting blown around was never a big deal for me but I have short hair and usually I am wearing a ball cap. My wife with shoulder length brown hair never wanted to ride with the top down because the hair would always blow back in her face. Since adding the wind screen problem solved. Now the only thing I am waiting for is the cooler fall evenings.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:35 PM
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I've had the wind screen around 9 months. It makes more difference in reducing turbulence than rolling the windows up. Doing both makes the air relatively still. On the highway, you need both to be able to hear the radio very well. Even with both the big trucks make it noisy, otherwise it is nice. I've driven up to 90mph or a bit more and the benefit is probably bigger as you go up in speed.

With the windscreen, I drove topless on sunny days with air temperature in the upper 30s. It was pleasant. The car blows warm air out the vents to heat your hands on the wheel and your face.

This time of year, the air is too still given the high temperatures. But it flips down easily - you can do it while driving.

The price is high but it works well. Just don't lean back REALLY far or you can damage it. I think it's a must have for the vert. It lets you put the top down more and that was the reason to get a vert, right?

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Old 08-07-2010, 06:02 PM
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It lets you put the top down more and that was the reason to get a vert, right?

Jim
Absolutely! Thanks for the comments. In another forum I saw a few posts where that felt no need for the windscreen in a 1 series. I'm off to get one.

LS

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Old 08-12-2010, 08:54 AM
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Reading this post makes me realize that I didn't see it as an option when I ordered the car... is it a dealer-installed type of deal? Would love to have it when I do ED, which will be late October. Any thoughts on how to get one in Munich?
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:19 AM
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Reading this post makes me realize that I didn't see it as an option when I ordered the car... is it a dealer-installed type of deal? Would love to have it when I do ED, which will be late October. Any thoughts on how to get one in Munich?
Your dealer's parts department should have them in stock. If not they can order one for you.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:05 PM
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The trick may be in getting it to Munich. The screen is not heavy but it is a little bulky. It comes with a nice nylon case. I'd need to measure to give you good measurements but it is nearly as long and wide as a small suitcase but only about 4 inches thick. Carrying it yourself to Munich could be done but it would take up a lot of room in a bag.

If you could have it delivered to Munich, then do you carry it home? Leaving a ~$400 accessory in the car doesn't seem like a robust answer.

If you can make space to carry it both directions yourself then you might want to search for a good price and get it. I got the lowest price on eBay motors. I bought from a BMW dealership in another part of the country.

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Old 08-14-2010, 06:51 AM
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There are aftermarket companies that make a much better and cheaper wind screen:

http://www.dynamicautoconcepts.com/
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:13 PM
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There are aftermarket companies that make a much better and cheaper wind screen:

http://www.dynamicautoconcepts.com/
Good ad however it does not look like they make one for BMW or the 1 series, or it is not referenced on their website.

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:57 AM
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Talk to them. I understand they'll make them for any car if they feel there is a market.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:49 PM
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I know that on the 3 series convertible if you don't use the windscreen while driving on the highway/freeway you can really get blown around. Based on real-world experiance in a 1 series convertable, does the windscreen really help at high speeds?
Yes, so worth it. I personally would go for a Windblox windscreen. They make a windscreen that fits and I am pretty sure mine came with a lifetime warranty. I own a 125i and it fits/was a great deal. Good luck!
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:09 AM
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Reading this post makes me realize that I didn't see it as an option when I ordered the car... is it a dealer-installed type of deal? Would love to have it when I do ED, which will be late October. Any thoughts on how to get one in Munich?
You really DON'T want to take that with you for ED. I just got back from ED. A lot of the cars being delivered by BMW at BMW Welt had the wind blocker installed already, but those must have been orders from other countries where it's a factory option. It's not offered as a factory option in the US - you have to buy it as an accessory.

For the few days you'll be driving in Germany, it's just not worth carrying there, and carrying back. It's big and bulky. And you can NOT leave it in the car to be shipped back. BMW stresses that anything left in the car (other than what's ordered with the car), or any mods made to the car, will be removed and disposed of. In fact, the emergency triangle and emergency medical kit in the trunk (required by German law) both have to be removed before the car ships, or they'll be tossed, cause they're not authorized for import to the US.

I got a great deal on the official BMW wind blocker from a guy in Germany after I returned (thru ebay). It was the wind blocker without the design on it. (I've never seen the one with the design in person, but from pics, it doesn't look to be something I'd want.) Even with shipping, it was substantially cheaper than you can get it anywhere in the US. It was new, and he shipped very quickly. The guy seems to stock them for several BMW models. If you pm me, I'll send you his info.

You will LOVE ED. It's an amazing experience. I picked up my car Aug. 1, drove it around Germany for 10 days, and dropped it at the port in Bremerhaven ("Bimmer Heaven"). It just arrived in NY yesterday, and I'm hoping to have it in the next few weeks.

BTW (boy, am I rambling here) - did you know you can track the car thru every step of production by phone? Very cool.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:40 PM
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I have not done ED but I can believe carrying an extra bag to Europe and back would be a hassle. It is light but it is not small. I had an experience last weekend that may help explain the value of the windscreen.

I took a lady to dinner. She had been in my 128i vert before but it was lunch time on a hot day so even though I put the top down for a bit she was thinking of how hot she was so it did not make much of an impression - at least in any positive sense. Last weekend I waited until after dinner when it was in the mid 70s and she commented something like "this is nice". Then she asked me about the windscreen. She brought a rubber band for her hair thinking it would be blown all over and it wasn't so she was trying to figure out why. I put the windscreen down for a couple minutes and as soon as I got up around 35-40 mph, her hair was moving and she was complaining. Windscreen went back up (easy to do even while you are driving) and she was fine again.

I said all this to say that if you will have a female passenger with anything but really short hair, you may not be able to put the top down without the windscreen. Maybe it would be OK if she put it in a ponytail or used a ballcap or something. I'd rather try and figure out how I could get the windscreen over there than go without putting the top down while on ED. On the other hand, if everybody has really short hair, you may be fine without it. If it is hot, I prefer the extra airflow with the windscreen down. My hair gets blown around but when that is much of a deal it is time for a haircut anyway.

Jim
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:39 PM
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I second that. That's also one of the reasons I like the windblox windscreen I got. It comes on and off so easy. As a woman, I pretty much prefer the windscreen all the time. Even if it's hot, I would rather my hair be tidy when I step out of the car. We do appreciate the courtesy of a wind-free ride.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:55 AM
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Yes, so worth it. I personally would go for a Windblox windscreen. They make a windscreen that fits and I am pretty sure mine came with a lifetime warranty. I own a 125i and it fits/was a great deal. Good luck!
You own a what??

I just went on the website and they don't even make one for the 1 series so what are you in fact talking about.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:45 PM
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Good information. I was surprised that the 128 is a lot "windy-er" than my previous ride, a '08 Miata. The factory screen is pretty pricey though- glad I'm follicle impaired.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:25 AM
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You own a what??

I just went on the website and they don't even make one for the 1 series so what are you in fact talking about.
Try a Euro website as the 125i is available there. But ssarah probably just hit the "5" instead of the "8" on her numeric keypad - pretty easy to do, IMHO.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:37 PM
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Try a Euro website as the 125i is available there. But ssarah probably just hit the "5" instead of the "8" on her numeric keypad - pretty easy to do, IMHO.

Tom
...or maybe her keyboard's messed up hence the double "s."
I kid, i kid.
But regardless of whether she has a 125 or 8, I still have no idea what she's talking about as windblox doesn't make a screen for the any 1 (25 or 28).

And anyway, she's from Indianapolis and drives a Z4...something ain't right.
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:28 PM
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sea...rchid=13250368

And check this out, out of 24 posts, 20 are promoting this ugly plexiglass "windblox" thing. I call fraud, Tom, IMHO.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:06 PM
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That is one butt-ugly windscreen. I'd be embarrassed to be seen riding around with that. And it can't be good for aerodynamics to have a big block of plastic sitting up like that. The OEM screen is mesh.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:00 PM
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The price is high but it works well. Just don't lean back REALLY far or you can damage it. I think it's a must have for the vert. It lets you put the top down more and that was the reason to get a vert, right?

Jim
Very good advice. Link to pictures of a broken windscreen.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...ghlight=norm37
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