If you are leasing I think it is ok but never own it.. Had no problems on a Ford for 20 years with a moon roof with a manual sunshade. I live in Queensland so the heat is the only one thing that might be a drawback, however it does have a hard lined sliding internal cover which I think makes all the difference. Now wish I hadn’t. And since the new car has a more efficient AC, it actually cools down more quickly. I recently bought a 2007 Mercedes A200 Elegance from a reputable non Mercedes used car dealer and paid top dollar. We were referred to the Lincoln Customer care division to take up the matter. Aside from the cost of the motor, the labour charge to fit it might also be more than you imagine – as the entire roof lining will need to be dropped in order to access the motor location. It has an electric sunblind which keeps the cabin from getting too hot, & stops any glare if the sun is at a bad angle. This helps in deflecting the sun’s heat as well. Well it depends on personal preferences, for me I can’t imagine the beauty of my Mercedes without the panoramic roof, it gives the car a looks and sexiness. DON’T BUY A CAR WITH A PANORAMIC SUN ROOF IF YOU ARE IN A HOT CLIMATE . That’s because glass is heavier and thicker than aluminum or steel roof panels. Some automakers have already taken steps to make sunroofs safer by using laminated safety glass, while gadgets now in the works could help limit sunroof ejections during rollovers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website lists 41 complaints about panoramic sunroofs since August 2016. I have never had a problem with it – so that’s over 22 years of solid performance – no cracks, no leaks, no motor failure. I AM PLANNIG TO BUY A NEW SANTA FE SPORT LIMITED WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES. Plus, the glass, motors and reinforcing bars add a considerable amount of weight to the top of your car. So far I have not experience any trouble with the roof construction. The garage never asked if we were on a hill and assumed it was a minor blockage in the drains. My wife loves it and my kids too. > You can’t have the sunroof open unless the internal sunshades are completely retracted, I may have thought twice. Just too noisy and usually too hot or too cold. What is the difference between a sunroof and a panoramic sunroof? 6 August 2012 at 7:13AM. But it is important to note that the issues described here are an extremely small percentage of the millions of glass roofed cars on the world’s roads. Having a panoramic sunroof fitted to your vehicle could be the equivalent of having an additional passenger in your car – permanently. I have a panoramic and an all-black interior…should be a recipe for a hot mess, right? Sunroof Searched online and found out that it’s several owners of this model are going thru the same problem.. Panoramic sunroofs are made of either one solid panel of glass or multiple panels. I live in Victoria and use it almost year round on city driving as well as country touring. Extremely disappointed and will never buy a car with a glass roof again! This was unacceptable to us even though we appreciated the try. I’ve never liked sunroofs as they all tend to be troublesome eventually, leak, are noisy when open and serve no purpose other than watching an aircraft or bird fly over. It has a panoramic roof (no sun roof opening) and in the cabin area you have the choice to ‘unfold’ the a fabricated area which has its own plastic cover (meaning that it could be closed whenever- rain, sun etc.. of course it adds to the cars wight,but it puts to question some cars) Pano I love my panoramic sunroof. In fact may I recommend a Bicycle instead….. Car dealers will almost always quote you an arm and a leg for sunroof repairs, and multiple parts can break – with ‘most parts’ requiring removal of the roof lining and the sunroof itself in order to replace. > meaning the entire vehicle is open to the sun. I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this weblog on regular basis to take updated from most recent news update.|. I used to own a 2005 BMW E61 525D. What causes them to explode? You see, the additional space required for the panoramic sunroof’s motor mechanism and sunshade rollers means that your car will most likely have less headroom compared to if you went without it. It’s that bad. The use of the roof… it’s about 2 months a year. Wont respond to switches, keys or remotes. A sunroof brings sunshine into a vehicle, but some ongoing safety incidents have cast clouds over the popular feature. Really didn’t want a used part; but this option was looking much better, since we had to fit the bill, and our vehicle was older. Any help would be appreciated. realized the car seems lighter inside….and I love the air. Yes to the panoramic sunroof, living life to the full and enjoying all the beauty of nature while out on the open road! During sunny or cloudy weekends with cold or warm temperature opening it even in winter, 7-10 Celsius temp, sunny day and doors windows closed what´s the problem, open up your panoramic sunroof and enjoy its freedom sensation. It was scary. Luckily it was still under warranty…barely. Function. The expense of replacing one can easily run north of $2,000, depending on the make and model. I would not be surprised if it left plenty of chip marks though. We own a 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with a fixed Panoramic Roof and a Pwer Sunshade. Due to my height and the close proximity of my head to the roof, it also felt as though it stayed hotter and radiated heat for longer after the air-conditioner started. Thanks. However, if your problem is commonly recognised then there may be something you can do as far as legal action against BMW? Mine has an electric blind so I can cover it as I wish. The tilt function fixes the extra heat. Oh yes, I do remember a car I had with a sunroof problem. If so, what are your thoughts? And an acquaintance has had the same model car with a panoramic roof for four years and she’s not yet had a single problem. It boils really down to the brand and car-characteristics in my mind. aound 35-40 degrees then you have more challenges with the heat. Don’t know what they were trying to pull, but I called the warranty company directly and got all the correct answers. I love it although not much use to me personally when I’m driving but my passengers really love it as the view is amazing and the different experiences that you get from day time to night time, especially clear nights when the stars our out, and then when its raining heavy or even snowing….I love all the elements and the Pano and 360 view for Passengers/family is just so great and when we go offroad, which isnt often, then passenger experience is just intensifies especially when going up and down very steep inclines or in wooded areas. It goes without saying when you are ready to purchase do your research well. A conventional steel/aluminium roof is not only quieter, but most importantly contains nothing behind the roof lining that could rattle or break in the near future. This was 6 weeks ago, am in Lewes, Sussex UK. We love it for the open cabin feeling. I found the headliner on a car with a tinted glass roof to be significantly hotter than vehicles with conventional roofs. Ford Explorer rollovers were prone to faulty and defective sunroof brackets. I have owned many convertibles over the years , but decided to try a panoramic roof. You could write an article like this for like everything in your life: kids, pet, house, flat, swimming pool… etc. Noticeable difference. On the other hand, it will also get colder inside more quickly during winter due to the panel of glass than if it were a metal roof. Although I laugh a bit at my concern since I’ve driven convertibles for years. About the biggest safety concern with a moon roof I have, is if it gets knocked out in a rollover, and an unrestrained driver is ejected through the vehicle. When I park either of mine the front sunscreens go on the windshield and on the Mercedes the rear sunshade goes up. However, the growing trend of massive sun/moonroofs that take up nearly the entire top of a car could be cause for concern. My wife and I were quit disturbed and were left with a $7,200US bill to repair it. Even the radio was drowned out of the noise that made…), The Mercedes is another story: the car is still light and agile. I’ve had the cars below, both sunroofs, panoroofs, Targa and vert’s Am considering the purchase of a new Tiguan with the panoramic sunroof but am concerned about leakage/breakage problems with a sunroof this size. I was recently in Boston and rented an Aud Q3 with a panoramic sunroof, the car would get so hot that I couldn’t stand it. I love it. Including draining the side plugs (again, had to remind VW service to have that done since everything was already torn apart for the new sunshade replacement & motor & rails. Really scary piece of junk. Reports on sunroof glass explosions highlight possible risks. Can you offer sage advice, guidance on pano roofs in VW Alltracks? Panoramic sunroofs can explode, but from what I’ve read it is quite a rare event and difficult to pinpoint the reason why in each case. Granted I live in the USA in a cold climate so 7 months out of the year the solar gain and brightness is a true bonus in my mind. A bit noisy when pano is open over 130 kmh. You’d think tinted glass would help somewhat, but sadly in our experience it makes little difference. And in the winter, the same warming from keeping the shade open can be a benefit. I use it as much as possible here in New England, often times I’ll have it open with hear cranking too. Have the digital dash go out in your BMW…that’s bad, and it happens more than you know…, I purchased a Hyundai Veloster with a panoramic sunroof and I’m mixed about it. Hyundai explains that the panoramic sunroof airbag will deploy if the sensor detects the turning angle of the vehicle is changed because of a rollover. Naturally VW Service was planning to give me a hard time ie: did screen wrap around motor (covered) or did motor eat screen (covered). Best reply on this forum!! Don’t know what they were trying to pull, but be sure to call the warranty folks directly to have questioned answered. (imagine thick wheels on a overweight car. I have no idea if the Murano or Santa Fe have the sunshades. I guess the German manufacturers need to take notes. I agree with the author. When they go wrong, they can go very seriously wrong. But with all the problems Citroen had with the C3 Pluriel roof, perhaps it’s better that it doesn’t! Still, a metal roof will never shatter into millions of razor sharp pieces and rain down on top of you – so it is something to consider. So here is probably an even worse idea. Cars With Moonroof. Good luck, On the test drive I did not notice undue noise but several days after purchasing it I detected a whistling wind noise. Have an M sports 125 (great car to drive) with a sunroof and occasionally I pull it back but not so enamoured that I would overlook all the negatives. Please visit our website, and I would need your expertise to help me in this unique project. I have a Hyundai Elantra GT and I LOVE my sunroof. Adding a panoramic sunroof to your vehicle is just like having another passenger, except this one never gets out. Sorry to hear about your experience Patrick. Has anyone that has this same car or knows anyone with this car had any problems with leaks or explosions? Fuses all fine, so most probable to be a motor fault now as well. They are comprised of one or two glass panels that are usually are heavily tinted. Also sun is a great issue in England we get it about 2 months of the year and then it’s freezing. My 2016 Mercedes C300 sunroof exploded 2 days ago. Here in Australia, we regularly see summer daytime temperatures in excess of 40c (104f), combined with crystal clear blue skies allowing the strength of the sun to reach simply murderous levels. Experts agree that panoramic sunroofs intensify the risk of partial or complete ejections during rollover crashes. Having an opening roof is one of my “must haves” for a car. Without the engine, the car cannot drive/run. Not regarding exactly what we are talking here, but my plan is to make one 12 seater Mercedes pick up van with total glass roof and windows. Very little road noise. I’m in Durban South Africa, is there anyone I could contact who could help me this project? Absolutely love the experience driving with it open. I will never have a tin can again; always a glass view upwards to enjoy the tall buildings in the city and the beautiful grandiose treetops of the forests. Thanks for everyone’s comments. 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