Upset about lack of
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I think the removal of the sky view was cost saving rather than a weight thing. It became an option. But either way I agree it's madness.
The roof lining is a thin thing that is pretty easily replaced. Although you have to do a scary fold that looks like it could damage it to get it in! Having seen it come out I wish I'd kept the old one as technically it might have been worth trying to cut a hole in it to save money. But I'm guessing I'd have messed it up.
Cost with labour was £400 at my Indie, but most of that was the cost of the lining (about £300 + VAT).
Technically you could get all the parts and retro fit a blind, but I imagine the cost would be crazy and it's not completely straight forward as the brackets that hold the current lining in place are in a different position to the ones that would hold the new lining and the rails to fit the blind. I do believe the wiring loom is all there though.
The lining with a hole is so light that you don't actually need to use the existing brackets. I was going to do something to pull it up slightly so you couldn't see those brackets, but although you notice they are slightly visible as you fit it, you don't notice them after about 5 minutes of real world use of the car.
I never closed the blind when I had one in my old Brera, so I don't care and we've just gone through a crazy summer where I haven't felt like I needed to close it either as it's very dark glass.
I am also VERY please I made the change despite the crazy cost for a hole!
"Think of it as Angelina Jolie. You’ve heard she’s mad and eats nothing but wallpaper paste. But you would, wouldn’t you?” Jeremy Clarkson on the Brera