Upset about lack of
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I wasn't that brave as my Indie did it!
Under the existing headlining is the glass as in an SV all marked out as though the car would be an SV. So, I basically bought a lining designed for a car with a blind, removed the old one and put in the new one.
The lining is a thin thing that is pretty easily replaced, just need to unscrew a few bits of trim. Putting in the one with a hole also seemed pretty easy, although you have to do a scary fold that looks like it could damage it to get it in! (apparently the manual says you need to bend it).
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 and it wuldn't have looked neat.
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.
It basically looks exactly like sitting in an SV car with the blind open. You wouldn't know I'd changed it if you weren't told.
I am also VERY please I made the change despite the crazy cost for a hole!