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The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 07-30-2017, 07:33 PM
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Terrible glare from the shadow around Head Up Display (HUD) cutout

My 2012 535i has a cutout for the HUD, but I do not have this option. This cutout creates a shadow around the edge of the cutout and so it reflects directly onto the windshield, which creates a terrible glare in my line of vision. Does anyone else have this problem? I ended up putting a black piece of paper over it to cover up the glare, but there has to be a better solution than this, right?

I looked up anti-glare covers and dashboard covers, but none of them seem ideal to me. They're either too thick or too ugly to put on a BMW, so is there a factory cover for the HUD cutout that I'm not aware of?

Seems like a simple problem to solve, but I haven't come across one yet.
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Cant say as I have ever noticed this. How low is your drivers seat?


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My 2012 535i has a cutout for the HUD, but I do not have this option. This cutout creates a shadow around the edge of the cutout and so it reflects directly onto the windshield, which creates a terrible glare in my line of vision. Does anyone else have this problem? I ended up putting a black piece of paper over it to cover up the glare, but there has to be a better solution than this, right?

I looked up anti-glare covers and dashboard covers, but none of them seem ideal to me. They're either too thick or too ugly to put on a BMW, so is there a factory cover for the HUD cutout that I'm not aware of?

Seems like a simple problem to solve, but I haven't come across one yet.

Two words.... Polarized sunglasses.
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Two words.... Polarized sunglasses.
That a solid recommendation. Now that BMW doesn't seem to put the Climate Comfort windshield in anymore, I keep a pair of polarized sunglasses in the car. Just a small note, it will eliminate glare but not the reflection.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:23 AM
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I do have a pair of polarized sunglasses, but it's the dash reflection more than the glare. BTW, my seat is medium height. Perhaps this doesn't bother people as much as it bothers me. I know my previous E60 didn't have this issue that's why I noticed it right away with the F10.
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I do have a pair of polarized sunglasses, but it's the dash reflection more than the glare. BTW, my seat is medium height. Perhaps this doesn't bother people as much as it bothers me. I know my previous E60 didn't have this issue that's why I noticed it right away with the F10.
In this instance be glad you don't have HUD. I have to wear non-polarized glasses so I can see the HUD and the glare is horrible! I did read about a solution using some kind of film but I didn't really see how to affix the film.
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In this instance be glad you don't have HUD. I have to wear non-polarized glasses so I can see the HUD and the glare is horrible! I did read about a solution using some kind of film but I didn't really see how to affix the film.

Me too .... thought my hud was broken one day ... realized it was glasses
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:21 PM
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Last time the wife and I took a trip she asked me why I never wear my "good" sunglasses anymore . . . When I told her why, she said "Good. Maybe you'll stop buying sun glasses."
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To the OP, I too agree with you that the glare is horrible and was something I never noticed with my E60 with HUD. It has to be something to do with the angle that the windshield sits in relation to the dash surface. I have the Bang & Olufsen system and I also have a bad reflection off the pop-up Acoustic Lens assembly. Not sure if there is anything that can be done about it.
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Both of you could look at tinting the front windshield. I usually tint my anyways, haven't gotten it done yet on the F10 - so I can't confirm if it would cut the reflection. Don't have to tint anything dark, a 50% is still extremely clear.
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:30 AM
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Doesn't the HUD option include a special type of windshield with coathing? If so, won't it be more reflective?
Im not sure.....Maybe somone can verify who knows this?
If not, won't all dashboards have some return glare?

I too thought the HUD was broken when I changed my prescription sunglasses and got new polarized glasses. I don't wear them unless I am on a long trip, otherwise I shut it off.
I often forget to turn it back on for weeks.
Its a nice cool option, but I would not order it special. I took get glare depending on the sun's angle. I have noticed it.
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My wife drives a 335i with HUD and she complains about the glare at times. We had Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles in the past with HUD and no glare, the one was a 2002. I don't get how German engineering is supposed to be so superior but they seem to have problems with some of the simplest things.
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In Illinois you cannot legally tint the windshield on a car, you can tint a 6" band at the top of the windshield, but that would be worthless. I suppose you could do a very light tint and no one would be the wiser. I would definitely want to experiment first to see if it actually helps.
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In Illinois you cannot legally tint the windshield on a car, you can tint a 6" band at the top of the windshield, but that would be worthless. I suppose you could do a very light tint and no one would be the wiser. I would definitely want to experiment first to see if it actually helps.
Its not legal here either. But 50% isn't noticeable. I plan to do 40% on my current F10 when I get around to redoing the tint job.
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Both of you could look at tinting the front windshield. I usually tint my anyways, haven't gotten it done yet on the F10 - so I can't confirm if it would cut the reflection. Don't have to tint anything dark, a 50% is still extremely clear.
I have 50% on the windshield and an 8" limo tint strip at the top. The tint didn't affect the glare one way or the other. Windshield tint is also not legal here in the PRK.

I paid a little more attention to the glare and noticed a "benefit" with the HUD; the HUD cut-out creates a "hole" in the glare.
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