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      01-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Conv Owners" Does the windscreen work?

I noticed the BMW windscreen if $544.
Is it worth it? Does it ensure less wind in the cabin?
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      01-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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I have a friend who has one and he says it really does reduce the turbulence coming back forward as the wind curls over the windshield. I have seen those screens priced lower in some of the catalogs and from Tischer, so you might check one of those sources. I plan on etting one for my wife's 128i sometime before the top-down season begins.
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      01-27-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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Thanks. But you live in TX, isn't it always top-down season?...
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      01-27-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Is it worth it?
I have a 135 vert on order as well. Do a search for "wind deflector" and you'll see that
most everyone who bought one loves it. I ended up getting mine from an ebay seller in
Germany that was recommended in the threads by the name of yusteen. He sells very
lightly-used screens for around half-off retail. Now, if I only had a car to put in!

Good luck!
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      01-27-2012, 10:52 AM   #5
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I'll probably end up getting one because the wife doesn't want to mess up her hair!
Just seemed like $544 was a lot of $$$'s for it!
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      01-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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It works as advertised...
The only reason I have one is for my wife's hair! LOL

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      01-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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I have one for my 135i and also had one for my E46 330 vert. They definitely make a diff. BUT don't buy from the dealer. I got both of mine from Ebay for under $400 each NEW.
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      01-27-2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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Thanks. But you live in TX, isn't it always top-down season?...
Obviously you didn't watch news from last years Superbowl.
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      01-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #9
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It works as advertised...
The only reason I have one is for my wife's hair! LOL

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My wife & I wear caps when the top is down - total cost about $20.

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      01-27-2012, 12:19 PM   #10
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Cap will ruin women's hair worse than the wind!
However I must wear a cap to prevent sunburn on my head!

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      01-27-2012, 01:12 PM   #11
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The wind deflector is pretty overpriced. I knew when I bought a convertible that I wasn't going to arrive at my destination with perfect hair. I keep baseball caps or pony tail holders in the car at all times as well as a bottle of sunscreen.
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      01-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
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I got my windscreen from a BMW dealer selling on ebay for about $400. That's a lot of money for plastic. But I think it is worth it. Everything for bimmers is expensive. It is well made but one of my latches failed in gusty wind - something to look out for. But it still works. If it's gusty, I have a piece I add to it to brace it. I hardly ever have to use it. One latch holds most of the time.

I use it when it is just me but the longer the hair of a front seat passenger the more difference it makes. In my experience, women who have ridden in a convertible before are not going to be anxious to ride with the top down when they are dressed up even a little. I've had more than one bring something to put their hair up because they knew I would want to put the top down. In the summer, it goes down after dinner (when it's cooler). I convince them to try it based upon the wind defector and they are happy.

You spent about $5000 to have your convertible over the coupe. If $400 lets you use it more often, maybe it is not so overpriced.

Windscreen makes more difference than putting the windows up. Windscreen + windows up means you can listen to the radio or talk at normal levels on the highway (until a big truck goes past). Without the windscreen no talking or radio when on the highway.

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      01-27-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
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I had a loaner 128i once when my Z4 was in the shop, and did not like the turbulence. I have since traded my Z4 for a 128i Convertible and I got the windscreen, and it works very well. I recommend it. Yes, it costs, but it also works.
I have driven in mid-30's temperatures, and it is comfortable in the cabin, with the seat heaters and cabin heat. The tops of my ears do get a little cold, but everything else is fine.
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      01-27-2012, 02:34 PM   #14
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I keep baseball caps or pony tail holders in the car at all times as well as a bottle of sunscreen.
Those are all absolutely essential when owning a vert. A deflector offers the luxury of
conversation, crisper music and less buffeting when traveling at highway speeds for
extended periods.
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      01-27-2012, 03:02 PM   #15
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Two things:

1) Absolutely the best accessory that I have ever bought for a car hands down. Before the windscreen the temp had to be 70 or so for comfortable top down driving. Now I can put the top down with the temp in the 50's no problem (with the heat on of course). I'd say it cuts down 80% of the wind buffeting inside the cabin. The first time I used it, we were cruising at 60mph and my wifes hair wasn't even moving. A must have.

2) DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BUY THIS FROM THE DEALER. They can be had for much much less. I paid $329.99 two months ago on Ebay for the exact same thing brand new with the carrying case and all. Shop around.
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      04-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #16
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Having had our 128 vert for a week, I picked up the wind deflector and took an inaugural drive with it yesterday. It is definately worth it. I can see how some, not having experienced the wind deflector, might question this because the 128 cockpit is impressively calm with the top down without the deflector. Still, the deflector is effective and for anything more than an impromptu short top down drive I'll take the couple of minutes required to fit the defector (though you can keep in place unless you need to use the rear seat sent it doesn't interfere with top operation).

As positive as my first impressions were, when I then also raised the two front windows I was, frankly, amazed. It is as calm as a coupe/sedan with its moonroof open - in fact calmer than some moonroofs I've experienced.
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I tried out a friends because I was skeptical. But it seriously works.

That being said refuse to spend $400 on a piece of plastic
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That being said refuse to spend $400 on a piece of plastic
Hey, c'mon...there's the nylon mesh too!
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      04-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #19
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I sucked it up and bought one and it's kind of a necessity, though way overpriced.
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You guys don't get it included with the car? In Oz ours come with it, luckily, because there is no way I would fork out $400-500 for some plastic and mesh.

In saying that, it works phenomenally well. With the roof off, windows up and wind deflector up, it's like having a MASSIVE sunroof with almost zero buffeting unless you're tall and your head pokes out over the top.
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      04-08-2013, 07:24 AM   #21
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No its not included.

I think if you're smart (which apparently I am not) you would negotiate it as part of the deal when purchasing the car.

Last year when I bought mine they were switching to a new one with the BMW logo in the mesh that was like US$500. If you could find one of the older models (no BMW logo) it was like $369. My dealer had some older ones so that's what I bought.

Yes it works quite well.
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Does part BMW #54700442024 fit the 2013 135is. Can't find a listing past 2012 135i
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