Many films are 'metallicized' and will interfere with reception. I've
read it may only interfere with weak/moderate strenght AM radio - not
sure. Ceramic films like Huper Optik will have no effect on reception,
but are $$$. Not knowing where you are located, I can't comment on
whether you can get by without it. If your previous car had it, and your
neighbors and coworkers have tint - I'm sure you would prefer it on the
Forester as well.
From my experience (2005 Forester XT purchased new in the desert
Southwest USA) the Subaru side/rear window tint is for all purposes,
pretty much non-existent, and they don't offer a deeper tint glass
option on rear windows like is optional with other manufacturers.
My other car is a Dodge Caravan which has a tint band on the
windshield top, light tint glass on driver & passenger windows, and a
deep tint glass on all other windows (50 states legal). Granted, that
was an extra $$ option. The factory option is built into the glass and
is not an applied film.
I added an aftermarket tint film to my Forester. A while ago, I
questioned Subaru USA as to why they don't offer a Forester deeper
tint option, but got no answer. (Honda, Toyota & other imports offer
it for US models. No idea why Subaru declines it) . The film DOES MAKE
A DIFFERENCE, and I would highly recommend it.
BTW, Subaru has the radio antenna mounted on the window. Some folks
say using metallic window films can adversely affect radio reception.
Formula One film makes a convincing argument for their Pinnacle series
which uses a non-metallic, ceramic material so as not to degrade or
disrupt radio signals. Go to http://www.formulaone.com/ and click on
<Pinnacle> Series for their story.
I had the FormulaOne Pinnacle series installed. I selected a lighter
tint for the driver & passenger windows, with one step darker on the
remaining windows, to include the sunroof. So far, after 2 years in a
hot, sunbaked area, no lifting, bubbling, purpling or scratches. I
could have gone darker on the tint, but personally, don't really like
the "privacy" tints in a vehicle I am driving.
If you are in the area, these folks did an outstanding job on my
Nevada Window Tinting
2015 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
The FormulaOne website has a dealer locator.
Well to be 50 state legal for an automobile the tint has to pass 70% light.
The laws for MPV - "A vehicle such as a recreation vehicle such as a pickup
truck including GMC Suburban's, Nissan Pathfinders, Extra Cab Trucks" exempt
the 70% requirement for windows behind the driver. My Ford Ranger had
privacy tint on the rear and supercab side windows from the factory as it
was an XLT model. I can't find any offers of a factory dark tint for Honda,
Toyota, or other imported cars. I do see the tint on the minivans, SUV, and
truck models. While Subaru does certify the Legacy Outback as a truck now,
the Forester is still a car, or station wagon as it says on my Illinois
title, or as State Farm list it as a sport wagon.
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