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Dashboard Glare Blinding You? Porsche Can't See the Problem

Porsche has a glaring problem according to a lawsuit filed by two California residents. The duo claims Porsche’s beige-colored dashboards produce a dangerous amount of glare on the windshields. Should’ve went with the black interior, I guess.

What Causes Dashboard Glare?

Glare is pretty simple – the sun shines into your car, reflects off the dashboard, and projects a shiny (sometimes opaque) reflection on the windshield. And while “my dashboard is too shiny” sounds like the pinnacle of 1st world problems, it really can be quite dangerous.

All dashboards will have some glare, but some might have more than others.

Lighter dashboards will always have more glare than darker ones since black absorbs more light (hence why baseball players wear eye-black).

The angle of the dash relative to the windshield could come into play. Depending on the angle of your windshield, it could produce a larger glare.

The materials used by the manufacturer may contribute to glare, especially if they have a glossier finish.

Speaking of gloss, the number one cause of glare? Protectants (also called “dressings” or “shields”) – both the stuff automakers put on during manufacturing and the after-market stuff you can spray or wipe on. Cleaning your dash is a good idea, but cleaning it with something that adds a glossy finish? Not so much.

Shiny dashboards are nice to look at. Which is good, I suppose, since it might be the last thing you ever see.

Back to the Lawsuit

The plaintiffs, who are represented by Capstone Law APC, want Porsche to pay damages and to recall all vehicles with the Luxor Beige and Sand Beige dashboards.

Porsche things there’s a glaring weakness in their argument – common sense.

In a motion to dismiss, Porsche says all windshields can reflect glare because sun + glass = reflections. They’re calling it a case of buyer’s remorse and resent the idea that they “hid anything” from buyers.

Luxor and Sand Beige Interiors

Some tips from various owners:

  1. Polarized sunglasses can be your best friend on super sunny days where the glare is strong
  2. Newer, pricier interiors like the ‘Saddle Brown / Luxor Beige’ are darker and produce less glare.
  3. Another option is black with Luxor Beige, which is essentially the beige interior with a black dash cover.
  4. Speaking of covers, a simple black matte dashboard cover will do the trick. Even a piece of black felt (with holes cut out for the vents) would help.

If all else fails, get a black cat?

Cat image from sweetieandjoy.ca

What Owners Are Saying

“A (Customer Commitment Associate) said we could put a mat on the dashboard, and get a pair of sunglasses. He then said that Porsche will NOT do anything.”

2014 Cayenne Owner in Morganville, NJ

“I have the beige interior and the reflection is ridiculous and annoying. For the life of me I can't figure out how Porsche messed that up. Having said that, polarized sunglasses will do the trick.”

Porsche Owner on 6SpeedOnline

“We had the same experience where we were not given the ability to drive a Cayenne with the beige dashboard. We would never have bought the car if we had experienced the problem before we bought. Nobody at the dealership pointed this problem to us.”

2014 Cayenne Owner in Ontario, Canada

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