I know it at least needs a coating or a film on the windshield.
This is not true.. You can use a standard windshield with the HUD, just the reflection will not be as bright as if there was the holographic coating. I have a few friends that put HUD systems in their car and it looked fine.. About the only time I noticed the reflection to be dimmer was in direct sunlight.
you would need to change out the windshield to a hud designed one.
Good price though.
You don't need a HUD windshield. I replaced mine with a regular windshield and it works fine.
Are you speaking of
1) your current SSEi HUD that you replaced
2) a previous car
3) your ssei never had an HUD and you installed one
If its your currnt car, I thought that all SSEi'* had HUD
My 02 SSEI with HUD had a crack in the windshield and needed to be replaced. I checked the GP forums and the corvette forums and found the concensus was that the HUD will work fine on a regular windshield. I decided to save $400 and go with the regular windshield and I can tell you that it works as well as it did with the HUD windshield.