Submitted by wb808 on May 10, 2019
Just wanted to post this for those that are not sure what to do as far as tinting their 3 - I kept going back and forth on whether to tint the whole rear window or not and had a hard time finding pics of cars with just the sides tinted. On one hand I initially wanted the rear window tinted (because why not?) but because of the size of it the cost was pretty significant (was quoted nearly $300 more). Plus I realized I didn’t really care for darkening the already tinted top portion of the window (and resulting visual difference between that and the panel above the driver). I briefly considered doing just the lower portion of the window but quickly decided against that since my ocd would kick in every time I’d see the tint line from inside the car!
Ultimately I decided to leave the rear window as is and am very happy with the results!
Not only did I save a bunch of money but have the added advantage of the roof panels matching as factory and the rear bottom glass being clear helps with seeing out the rear especially at night. I’m pleasantly surprised that not tinting the rear doesn’t really look at all out of place, partly because I suppose it’s a relatively small area and the factory tint on top transitions nicely. Also I have white interior and only went with the legal 35% on all the sides (Llumar FormulaOne Pinnacle ceramic) so the tint is more subtle with less of a difference than say if I went really dark.
To each his own, I suppose if I had black interior and wanted to go for a more blacked out look then this probably wouldn’t work but if you have a light interior and want a subtle tint to preserve the openness of the cabin I’d say you definitely do not need to tint the back. Hope that helps some of you with your decision!