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    Dash glare

    Since black leather is the worst for a convertible, I ordered the Luxor Beige interior and am getting extreme glare in the windshield due to the angle of the glass. I get totally blinded when pulling into my car port. They should have made the dash top black in all leather color choices. So I am in the process of finding someone to make me a dark brown dash mat. I caution anyone when placing an order to keep this in mind.

    Otherwise, I am loving the way this car handles and the PDK is brilliant. My latest comparison is my previous BMW 335i convert.

    If anyone figures out how to hack in the electronics to lower the top outside the car, please forward the info. Keyless entry should have been standard, as it now comes on $20K cars. I had it on my 2 previous cars and am spoiled.
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    Re: Dash glare

    I have black interior and no glare for me. I wish I can say the same about the other drivers when they look at my car
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    Re: Dash glare

    do you wear sunglasses with polarized lenses? If not, get some it will reduce the glare.

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    Re: Dash glare

    Try using Zymol vinyl on your dash. It will protect it nicely and has a fairly matte finish. BMW also makes a similar product that is even more matte. Both are much better than Armor-all.
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    Re: Dash glare

    I have Red leather and car is in Florida (lots of sun) no glare at all in front or side windows. Factory finish is matte and I will not use armorall on it as the finish would change and be more reflective (IMO).

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    Re: Dash glare

    I have seen some car makers do just that, the topside of the dash is black/dark with the rest of the interior being the color selected.

    I have had two 2012 Cayennes, one with black, one with Luxor and while there was more reflection with the Luxor, it wasnt distracting enough for me to not get it on my Panamera and 981 that is being built this Saturday.

    I have read other threads and other forums with the same reflection comment for many car makers and vehicle models, I dont find Porsches any different from other manufacturers. For one person, the Luxor was enough to trade their car in!

    I took the advice from a poster some time ago and while the theory was simple, it actually worked, instead of looking at the glass, look through it. When I focused on doing that, the glare seemed to go away.

    I have a Jeep Wrangler as a DD and the reflection from everything inside (vin plate, belt latch, shift knob, you name it...) with the top down catches my eye, I have learned to just ignore it now.

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    Re: Dash glare

    The two-tone interiors are perfect for this - lighter seats, darker dash.

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    Re: Dash glare

    That's why I'm happy my car has the deviating dash in black ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtkyl View Post
    that's why i'm happy my car has the deviating dash in black ...
    Niceeeeee!!!!!
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    Re: Dash glare

    Yep, carpet and dash in black on the red is nice. If I may ask, how much if any did you pay for this? Wondering if it would be possible to go deviating Luxor Beige/Natural Brown two-tone...

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    Re: Dash glare

    The MSRP was $121480 but I got it for just under $86K ... (NOS - left over 2011) ...3+mo of negotiating ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Widman View Post
    Since black leather is the worst for a convertible, I ordered the Luxor Beige interior and am getting extreme glare in the windshield due to the angle of the glass. I get totally blinded when pulling into my car port. They should have made the dash top black in all leather color choices. So I am in the process of finding someone to make me a dark brown dash mat. I caution anyone when placing an order to keep this in mind.
    I have no windshield glare problem from my Sand Beige Cayman dash.

    Are you getting the glare when the top is up or down (I am assuming you have a Boxster?), or just when down?

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    Re: Dash glare

    Not wishing to hijack the thread but in a similar vein can members comment on the visibility when the top is up. I am seriously considering a 981 after a Cayman S. Looking at pictures with the top up it does look as though blind spots could be a severe problem. Foolishly, as it was lovely day, my test drive was with the top down!

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    Re: Dash glare

    Quote Originally Posted by qhb View Post
    Niceeeeee!!!!!
    thats how i picture the interior of my white gen 2 car maybe next year

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    Re: Dash glare

    Quote Originally Posted by FullTwist2 View Post
    Not wishing to hijack the thread but in a similar vein can members comment on the visibility when the top is up. I am seriously considering a 981 after a Cayman S. Looking at pictures with the top up it does look as though blind spots could be a severe problem. Foolishly, as it was lovely day, my test drive was with the top down!
    There are blind spots but they are pushed further back because the cockpit is bigger/longer; with the side mirrors mounted on the doors closer to you it is quite effective in compensate for the blind spots.

    I think the 981 rear visibility is better than the Mazda Miata I used to have as in the Mazda when you turn your head the big piece of black canvas is right at your face.

    I adjusted to the 981 rear visibility within a day. I am driving on our famous gridlocked freeway of Southern California everyday, with the top up in the morning and top down on the way home, and loving it.
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    Re: Dash glare

    Quote Originally Posted by Widman View Post
    Since black leather is the worst for a convertible, I ordered the Luxor Beige interior and am getting extreme glare in the windshield due to the angle of the glass. I get totally blinded when pulling into my car port. They should have made the dash top black in all leather color choices. So I am in the process of finding someone to make me a dark brown dash mat. I caution anyone when placing an order to keep this in mind.

    Otherwise, I am loving the way this car handles and the PDK is brilliant. My latest comparison is my previous BMW 335i convert.

    If anyone figures out how to hack in the electronics to lower the top outside the car, please forward the info. Keyless entry should have been standard, as it now comes on $20K cars. I had it on my 2 previous cars and am spoiled.
    You should call Durametric and see if the Durametric Pro cable/software will allow you to program the top to raise/lower from the key fob. Porsche claimed they couldn't program my 11 Cayman to raise/lower the windows from the key fob but it took an indie mechanic with the Durametric Pro software all of 10 minutes to do it.
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    Re: Dash glare

    Quote Originally Posted by qhb View Post
    I have black interior and no glare for me. I wish I can say the same about the other drivers when they look at my car
    Yep! Who said black is bad for convertible? ALL black for me!

    I did hear another complaints about glare with beige interior. Don't see how you can fix it cheap though...
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    Re: Dash glare

    My 2012 Boxster S has the beige interior, and, like you are experiencing, sunny weather brings a challenge in seeing through the heads up display of the dash vents. There is an easy factory solution that is reversible when selling the car. Order the plastic dash vent panels that snap in between the windshield and the dashboard in the black color from Porsche (not that expensive since they are just plastic...got them from Suncoasticon). Pull out the original beige and replace with the black. Looks attractive as if factory spec. Actually it should be, IMHO. When you sell the car, put the original beige panels back in. You can pull out the vent panels by putting your fingers into the vents. That part is easy. However, these panels are attached to the A pillar trim plates with a tab underneath, so be careful in twisting them apart. This is a little harder but you can do it (I did). If you cannot figure out how to detach the panels from the A pillar, go to a dealer who will know just what to do. Loving my beige interior now.
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    Re: Dash glare

    Sounds like you need one of these:
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    Re: Dash glare

    Did you have your dash mat custom made or did you find a company that has a pre made pattern? That is just what I need. Thanks for the pic.

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