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

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My very first car that I've owned was a 1995 Honda Civic Si with Sunroof (automatic). Over the years of owning it, I've opened my sunroof tons of times! It feels great driving with it open, but after a few years I did have leakage from the roof. Next thing you know my back seat was soaked in water!
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Next car I own will have a panoramic roof!
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always had sunroof and my new car has panoramic roof. love it no problems at all.
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9394 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 8:56 am
Next car I own will have a panoramic roof!
Same here. Next one should got to have a panoramic roof.

If some always worry the new thing make the car not reliable or have future issue, just buy a plain base model compact car.
No keyless entry, No start button, No auto trunk release, etc... :P
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Sunroof has always been a 'if it's there it's a bonus' kind of deal with me. 2013 TDI wagon had a great pano roof that we opened a lot and never had any issues with, apart from a screeching noise. Could have put grease but all the issues I read online seemed to be people that messed around like that with their roof.

2018 R has no sunroof and I could care less. Not a piece of equipment that matters in my buying process, given the howls about the no sunroof in the R I am in the minority.
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I never used my sunroof. I rather don't have it and it would give me more headroom.
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kabyLake wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 8:53 am
My very first car that I've owned was a 1995 Honda Civic Si with Sunroof (automatic). Over the years of owning it, I've opened my sunroof tons of times! It feels great driving with it open, but after a few years I did have leakage from the roof. Next thing you know my back seat was soaked in water!
9394 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 8:56 am
Next car I own will have a panoramic roof!
MP3_SKY wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:53 am
Same here. Next one should got to have a panoramic roof.

If some always worry the new thing make the car not reliable or have future issue, just buy a plain base model compact car.
No keyless entry, No start button, No auto trunk release, etc... :P
jeffyjaixx wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 10:57 am
Never needed one, windows do just fine so I’m content without one.
admiralackbar wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 11:09 am
Sunroof has always been a 'if it's there it's a bonus' kind of deal with me. 2013 TDI wagon had a great pano roof that we opened a lot and never had any issues with, apart from a screeching noise. Could have put grease but all the issues I read online seemed to be people that messed around like that with their roof.

2018 R has no sunroof and I could care less. Not a piece of equipment that matters in my buying process, given the howls about the no sunroof in the R I am in the minority.
lordnikon wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 11:15 am
I never used my sunroof. I rather don't have it and it would give me more headroom.
marktang wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 9:12 am
always had sunroof and my new car has panoramic roof. love it no problems at all.
assuming i get the car with the pano, it will be sitting outside parked for most of its life. would that increase chances of leaking since the sun will be beating down on it alot?
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thatsnazzyiphoneguy wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:12 pm
assuming i get the car with the pano, it will be sitting outside parked for most of its life. would that increase chances of leaking since the sun will be beating down on it alot?
Just think of the millions of cars parked outside most of their lives, they are fine. Millions of cars down south have them and they survive just fine too..
Is it solipsistic here? Or is it just me?
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Never had any issues with my sunroofs on any of my cars. No leaks, no rattles, nothing ... and I open/close the sunroof all the time.
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I personally would say no to moonroof/glass roofs.

Pros
- looks nice
- adds heat in the winter
- can be fun to open it when not on the highway

Cons
- expensive
- reliability issues (they're mechanical so they can break down after the warranty expires)
- they can leak (some models had issues where they open randomly and get rained in, either due to programming issue or remote button being held in pocket)
- they're noisier than a steel roof, even when closed
- they let a lot of heat inside in the summer (they are usually UV blocked, but not IR in any car I've been in)
- you can't fully shade many of them. A lot of them have mesh shades so they still let a lot of light in. I tinted our old MINI Clubman's glass roof, and in our Q5 I just stuffed a windshield sunshade over the shade. I removed it recently now that it's cold.
- they can shatter. In some cases this was due to improper heat tempering or due to excessive flex in the body structure. In others it's due to rocks impacting the glass roof.
- when it's noon, the sun can shine right down on you and can't be prevented if you have a crappy shad.
- when I first got my car with a moonroof I sunburned my forehead... lol
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If it's there I won't avoid it, but I won't pay any extra for it.

Actually I would probably avoid the type with semi transparent shades.
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Oh man, "sunroofs" .. never understood people's love of these. It in no way an alternative to a proper convertible, and you get better air flow cracking open a side-window.

One of the most unneeded options on my shopping list.

My 2 cents.
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Mine has sat outside for its entire life without a problem. I did check with my insurer (BCAA) to be sure the roof would be covered under my glass coverage. They said it would be covered in the event it was ever cracked/shattered, the same as my windshield and the rest of the glass in the car. It wouldn't be covered for mechanical issues, of course.

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