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Old 08-23-2019, 05:48 AM
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I'm looking for a good recommendation for a fitted windshield sun shade. I've been reading about how many of the ones sold do not actually fit a Z3 roadster's windshield, either a little too big or too little. I'm very interested in hearing form roadster users that have found one that actuall fits and works to reduce the heat in the car that has to be parked outside.

My 1999 Z3 roadster has black interior in a black car and it's like a frying pan inside on a hot sunny day. The dash is starting to turn brown. I don't have a garage to park it in so I need to get some heat/sun protection but reading the reviews has me worried that there's no real fitted windshield sun shades available, even the official BMW ones that I've located online.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:18 PM
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... looking for a good recommendation for a fitted windshield sun shade.... worried that there's no real fitted windshield sun shades available, even the official BMW ones that I've located online.
I wonder how well the WeatherTech is actually fitted. It might be the best one out there.
https://www.weathertech.com/bmw/1997...ster/sunshade/

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Old 08-23-2019, 12:44 PM
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Thanks, from what I've read the Weathertech is not fitted. Some rated it well but others complained about the fit. Did some more research and decided to the the Covercraft UVS100 Premier. Supposedly each is hand made when ordered and fitted to the car, and triple layered. Not cheap but well rated at 5 stars. I'll report back on it after I get it and try it out. Two weeks to get made and delivered Thanks for the reply.
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... from what I've read the Weathertech is not fitted... decided to the the Covercraft UVS100 Premier. Supposedly each is hand made when ordered and fitted to the car...
Recently a Bimmerforum member from Albuquerque visited me and showed me his fitted cover. It was in two sections that retracted in fine accordion folds into storage on the A pillars. When stored, you would not notice them unless you looked. I will PM you his email.
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Old 08-23-2019, 04:25 PM
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I'm kind of doubtful that it would be very effective as a heat shield from the sun as it would have to be extremely thin. Blocking the sun's heat would be the primary need for a sun shield. This sounds like it would be more of a curtain.
Thanks for the info.
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I'm kind of doubtful that it would be very effective as a heat shield from the sun as it would have to be extremely thin. Blocking the sun's heat would be the primary need for a sun shield. This sounds like it would be more of a curtain.
Thanks for the info.
It is the best that money can buy for Z3 dash protection in the New Mexico sun. And always ready to be pulled across from each side in an instant.
As you say, it is a thin silvery reflective curtain like a folding fan. But is that not what it takes to block the sun?
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Still, the silver side would block the sun but would collect heat as well. Being extremely thin it would have to conduit some of that heat through to the cars interior. The expensive (and even the really cheap) shades have a layer of foam board insulation to reduce the heat transference. Being thin and coming from two sides would mean that it would have to be somewhat flimsy and not stay close to the windshield. I can understand that it would most likely be expensive but, to me, not a good solution.

Check the specs on the Covercraft UVS100
http://https://www.covercraft.com/us...SAAEgJuGPD_BwE
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S... the silver side would block the sun but would collect heat as well... The expensive (and even the really cheap) shades have a layer of foam board insulation to reduce the heat transference...
All shades block or shadow the dash from absorbing sunlight and becoming a hot surface to heat the interior.
Foil reflects without absorbing any heat. It introduces no heat to insulate against.
Heated air formed by hot glass in the space between the windshield and the shade is already in the cabin and circulates into the rest of the cabin. Insulation would only function if the shade could seal around the window.
The foam board core of shades is necessary for the rigidity to support them across the window.

The CoverCraft is the best of its kind. The only advantage of the retractible kind is the self-storing feature:
https://www.amazon.com/Remio-Retract...a-804702908360
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Wow! that is definitely not something that I would want in my car. The windshield is already small and that would be extremely distracting to me and take away from the overall sporty look of the car. I would disagree with the "only use for foam board to support the shade." If that was true they wouldn't go the extra distance to make multiple layers in the more expensive units and kind of defeats the purpose of insulating your home with insulation against the heat and cold. Personally I would prefer the self-standing shades that, hopefully, fit the window.

But I do thank you for sharing the link and your ideas.
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Would something like this work for you? Thinking about one for me in case a quick shower develops and to keep the seats cooler. https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...ver&ajaxhist=0
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I thought about those but was worried about maybe the wind taking it away.

I've already ordered one of the Covercraft UVS100 shades from Amazon.

Now I'm thinking on maybe upgrading my exhaust system. Then maybe the Suspension, then maybe the brakes. There's no end to what you can spend your money on with these old cars.
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... black interior in a black car and it's like a frying pan inside on a hot sunny day. The dash is starting to turn brown. I don't have a garage to park it in...
As leiniedude said, you might need more than a dash shade to protect your top. I would also look at the strap-on Roof Cover here:
http://www.roadstersolutions.com/page3.html
Not much more time and effort to put on than a folding window shade, and much more protective.

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... I would disagree with the "only use for foam board to support the shade." If that was tru ... kind of defeats the purpose of insulating your home with insulation against the heat and cold...
Once the heat is inside the cabin, in the heated air space between the glass and foam board, with no seal between the foam board and the glass, the hot air convects into the cabin.
The foam board in the sun shade is structural, to support it. It is the perfect material for the job.
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I picked up a used California Poptop from another owner at a distant ZFest years ago. It is a Tyvek piece that goes over the entire cockpit area of the car and is anchored by some elastic straps over the sideview mirrors, the trunk seams as well as the wipers. It looks kinda hillbilly but man it WORKS! I am meticulous about sun protection as I have an extended leather interior, which is particularly sensitive to sun damage. I have parked my car out in the blazing sun at summer group drives when we stop for lunch, and when I get in the car it is completely cool inside. It may not be durable enough for long term storage, but for that you should just get a car cover.
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I picked up a used California Poptop... a Tyvek piece that goes over the entire cockpit area of the car and is anchored by some elastic straps over the sideview mirrors... it WORKS! ... when I get in the car it is completely cool inside... .
Is that like this:
http://www.roadstersolutions.com/product7.html
Both probably made by Covercraft for California Poptop and Roadstersolutions.
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Similar in design but the material is different. I have seen the Roadster Solution top and it is well made but a heavier material. The Poptop feels very light and delicate by comparison, but it reflects the sunlight rather than block (and absorb) it so it keeps the car cooler. It has the added benefit of scrunching up into a very small volume so it takes up little room in your trunk when not in use.

http://www.capoptop.com/

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