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Should you Avoid vehicles with "panoramic roofs" as a future problem?

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Should you Avoid vehicles with "panoramic roofs" as a future problem?

Many vehicles are starting to get these giant sunroofs that covers more roof then metal.

Would they pose more of a risk for leaking?

and would they be more dangerous in an accident such as a roll over? like compromising structually integrity or just straight up the glass breaking and shattering over you?

I like sunroofs, but these panoramic roofs seem a bit much, and sometimes when u want something in a certain trim level, they automactically come with it whether you like it or not.
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I’m not a fan. Every car I’ve own has a moon roof as standard equipment and I can honestly say it gets opened twice a year, if that.

If it’s hot out, I want air conditioning. If you let the sun shine into the cabin of the car, it will just get hot and may discolour the interior.

It is not as structurally sound. I would assume it is using shatter proof glass like the windshield. The leaking is not really a problem as long as you change the rubber seals every 5 to 7 years.
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I love Moonroofs and love Panoramic even more, I wished my CivicX got it because the UK version did.

I can honestly say Fuel Economy, Safety isn't on my list when purchasing so this answers OP's question. God forbid but when shopping I don't ask myself what if I rolled over.
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My car with panoramic shade open brightens up my day and looks normal unlike my other car with regular sunroof which the shade is closed most of the time. I tried to open the sunroof shade but it just isnt same and looks weird so I just leave it closed.
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Have heard about these spontaneously shattering as well. I agree that they are not that useful on already hot/sunny days - just makes things worse, especially if it's a moonroof. I tend to open the moonroof more when it is overcast or in the winter, when I actually want more of the sun to help warm up the interior.
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No complaints I actually like it. The only annoyance I had was with my C350, it would squeak and dealer could never solve the issue.
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Yeah, I can do without also.
Preferred a regular sunroof, but my vehicle gets dual panels and it reduces roof cargo carrying capacity.
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I'm on my third consecutive vehicle with a pano roof (and third brand) and all thus far have had zero issues. My kids really like it as it opens up the back of the car. If it's sunny/hot, just close the shade.
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I have a panoramic roof and although I do like it, I can't say that I don't keep in the back of my mind the spontaneous shattering issue and what would happen in case of a rollover.
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I'm in year 7 with my Venza with a pano roof. Although we rarely open the glass, the shades (front & back) are always open. It really brightens things up and the tinting is dark enough that we don't get bothered by the sun on a hot day. We've had zero problems with ours and would definitely buy one again.
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I am on my second car with a panoramic roof. Love it. It is nice to be able to let light into the interior of the car.
As for the safety aspect of it in the case of a roll over, well, the fact that glas, front and rear are now structural on most cars, I do not see the panoramic roof any more detrimental than the front.
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Over the last 22 years, there were 859 incidents filed in the US. The probability of it happening are ridiculously low: 6-20 million+ new cars/year are sold in the US.

Top 5 manufacturers with issues (1995-2017):
  • Hyundai: 119
  • Ford: 85
  • Nissan: 82
  • Kia: 78
  • Scion: 72

That said, for those that have had to get their shattered roofs replaced, Consumer Reports notes that manufacturers haven't always been willing to resolve the issue under warranty so it can be a huge cost/hassle.
Gee wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 3:15 am
If it’s hot out, I want air conditioning. If you let the sun shine into the cabin of the car, it will just get hot and may discolour the interior.

It is not as structurally sound. I would assume it is using shatter proof glass like the windshield. The leaking is not really a problem as long as you change the rubber seals every 5 to 7 years.
Anything made this decade has a both IR and UV blocking elements in the glass making this a non-issue.
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Nov 14th, 2017 1:01 am
and would they be more dangerous in an accident such as a roll over? like compromising structually integrity or just straight up the glass breaking and shattering over you?
A sun/moon/panoramic roof has no bearing on the structural rigidity of a vehicle even in a rollover. The vertical pillars and crossbeams are what absorb the impact. While a metal roof prevents elements from getting into the vehicle, all cars have rollover strengths many times the weight of the car. The minimum acceptable requirement is 3.5x the weight.
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Potential water leak problem and broken glass are your major concerns
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Had the pano roof for our Venza for 6 years and had no problems with it at all

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