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Sun Roof - - - Moon Roof . . .. Not a hot tiem anymore?

I have been looking at new vehicles lately and options for ordering out vehicles, as well as looking at some on lots. I noticed that the once ubiquitous "sun roof" or "moon roof" is not present or even listed on many vehicle types as it used to be. Even trucks often had it as an option. Many times you HAD to get one as part of some package to get one or two items you did want.

I see the glass tops are available on many luxury models, but not across the board like they had been for the last 30 years or so.

Is this a new millennia thing?

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If true, that's shocking. Had to have been plenty of profit in those nearly $1000 sunroofs !

Personally, I've never wanted one. I guess it's kind of a neat ambiance-type thing, but as my Pan Am Pilot uncle used to say, "I don't need the aggravation".

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Oh. . . I never wanted a moon or sun roof either and do not now. I bought two vehicles off the lot a 2005 Mailbu and 2009 Saturn Aura that had sun roofs and I bought the cars anyway because one was $8,000 off MSRP and the other was $6,000 off. There were no deals like that on lesser models with a lower out the door price at the time.

I just noticed that they aren't foisting them on a customer now in some package in order to get things you really want.

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I had one ...used it a few times. The light and air coming in from above was more of an irritant than enjoyable. It was a waste of money for me.
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Agreed... Moonroofs, at least as we know them, do seem to be going the way of the Dodo. Quite a few manufacturers are offering these massive glass roofs. Some are fixed. Some slide. Some even slide and tilt.

I don't really care for these roofs because they let in too much light for me. I'm very happy with my smaller, standard moonroof. They are easy to open and close and have a very easy to use shade if things get too bright.

I've had one in my last 4 cars including both my Equinoxes. I do a lot of driving under 40 mph and at those speeds, I can get fresh air in the car without opening the side windows that can create drafts on passengers. Over 50 mph, I typically just use the tilt function. This is especially helpful when it is colder outside.

There is also an intangible feeling I get when I have it open. Hard to discribe. Just makes me feel good. Might be a less confined feeling. Might be the sensation of fresh air. Might be a combination of things.

As for reliability and leaking, most issues can be avoided with proper maintenance. This includes cleaning the gutters before dirt can clog the drains and lubricating the tracks. I had a small moisture issue in my '93 Civic EX. I just had to clear a drain to fix it. No other issues with that one. The one in the '02 Escape broke twice in a way that it couldn't tilt or slide properly. I believe this was caused by a bad switch design or an electrical short that would create a jerky opening motion. First time it was replaced under warranty. The second time it was 8 or 9 years old and I didn't want to pay $1500 to get it fixed so I lived with it until I traded it in. No problems in the 3 years I had my first Equinox.

I will continue to actively seek out a moonroof in my future vehicles. I just hope I can find them.



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Re: Sun Roof - - - Moon Roof . . .. Not a hot tiem anymore?

I've had one for about 10 years now on (now 3) cars. I don't consider it a deal breaker for me, but I really do appreciate it. In the winter, you can let in extra sunlight that makes the car a little more pleasant to get in. In the summer, I can park with it "vented" and the car is noticeably less stuffy. It's also really nice in the hot summer, to open the roof fully when you get in the car and crank the vent/AC to really drive that hot air out. In my old Grand Prix, the sun shade was "vented" too so you didn't have to open that at all, but in both my Equinox's they are solid. So you have to open them a couple of inches and maybe let some sunshine in.

I'd like to combine some technologies. There was a car that had some sort of solar cells on the roof. In the hot summer sun, it would run the blower on a low speed to keep some fresh air in the car. That would be really nice with the sun roof cracked open.

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To me, they seem like a waste of money. Unless you are planing on sleeping alot in your car and you want to see the sky/moon while you lay down whats the point?

The problems(Leaking)outweigh the benefit of them, IMO

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To me, they seem like a waste of money. Unless you are planing on sleeping alot in your car and you want to see the sky/moon while you lay down whats the point?

The problems(Leaking)outweigh the benefit of them, IMO
My thought exactly----
Ill get plenty of sun when im out running, biking, gardening...
and yes--- sunroof-- is another point of failure (water intrusion)

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My thought exactly----
Ill get plenty of sun when im out running, biking, gardening...
and yes--- sunroof-- is another point of failure (water intrusion)
I can list alot of things that I believe are a waste of money that are on cars

IE-heated seats/heated steering wheel. Even if you are in a cold climate, it takes a car 2 minutes to warm up, you cant wait?

I believe cars now even have cold seats, like really

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Re: Sun Roof - - - Moon Roof . . .. Not a hot tiem anymore?

Creature Comforts. . .. some people gotta have them.

Don;t really care for the "glass roofs". Had a double (front/rear) on our 2005 Malibu Maxx only because it cam with it and we got $8,000 off brand new in December of 2004. I didn't like that when I wore my sunglasses, the sun through the roof glass would often glare down between my glasses and eyes. So we mostly kept the shade slid over the sun roof.

Heated seats. . . wife kinda likes them. Me too now. . . since they come in a package.

One thing happens. . . as you get older, comfort becomes more paramount. Aching joints, old injuries, etc make having good seat comfort most important ( including heat ) or you won't be driving very far or long in a vehicle.

I now know why old people often bought Buicks or a Chevy Caprice with huge seats.

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