I had a look into this, had ordered tinted glass on my mcs, you just get the rear windows tinted with the factory option. I was going to get the front side windows done to match with film, but due to new laws regarding window tinting i have cancelled the bmw tinted glass and am going to get the whole car done with film... that way if i get asked to remove it i will not just have the rear windows tinted.
Just to add to what I said earlier, my dad has his mcs tinted with film, and the results are very good. The only thing that lets it down is the bobbles on the back side windows tend to cause the film to bubble ever so slightly.
I don't think this is an option in the USA, if it was I would have gotten it. I would much prefer the factory tint even if the front windows weren't tinted at all. As it is, I had all 5 windows tinted at 35%.
I ordered my MCS with the factory tinted rear window option at £100, if I remember correctly, and have had Pentagon tint the front 2 side windows with Light Smoke film. The Pentagon bill was £94, making the total cost only £194. With the Light Smoke on the front windows I should avoid any problems with the police and the rear windows look superb.
P.S. The photo below shows the factory dark rear glass but was taken before I had the front windows done.
Quite Right due to the way the law on tinted windows varies from state they do not offer it as an option here.... aftermarket or nothing for us.
I have been considering these folks as their product does by far the best heat control so far... Any MINI2 users of it yet? http://huperoptikusa.com/products_ceramic.cfm
They are a German company... and while the web page shows use in buildings the ceramic film was developed for cars
S BRG/W Randolph 3 PAC NAV Mid Coast Maine, U.S.A.
I have the Huper Optik Ceramic 40 installed on five windows. Total cost was $420 installed.
The amount of heat reduction is noticable yet the 40% gives just the right look IMHO. There is a slight halo effect around the rear window defroster wires if you look closely and the natural sunroof tint is a little more purplish than the Huper but nothing objectional.
I'm aware that front window tint is illegal in California but I'm willing to risk it. I've actually gotten pulled over three times in my previous car with tinted front windows and the officers never bothered me about it.
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