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Old 09-06-2016, 07:27 PM
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

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My VW CC will do that and close all the windows too. It uses the Rain Sensing Wiper sensor to trigger it. I can Open and Close all the Windows from the Key FOB too. I really like that feature.

I had to enable it through OBDII though as it was not enabled in USA by default.
I had an aftermarket sunroof in my 97 Jeep Cherokee. It had the option of closing the sunroof when the ignition was turned off or I could set it to stay open. Can't believe that option is not available on my Grand Cherokee. I had a Commander before the Grand and it wouldn't close automatically either.
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My VW CC will do that and close all the windows too. It uses the Rain Sensing Wiper sensor to trigger it. I can Open and Close all the Windows from the Key FOB too. I really like that feature.

I had to enable it through OBDII though as it was not enabled in USA by default.
I guess the Germans by default are smart enough not to get their heads caught in the sunroof when it closes automatically. Americans have trouble making sure it's in park...
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

For the past couple of decades or more, moonroofs have become pretty much standard equipment. Initially I did not like them because they were notorious for eventually leaking water. In addition, the gear mechanisms were prone to eventual failure.

I rarely use them in the fully open position, but rather use them in the "cracked open" or tilted mode. At any rate, if you are driving at faster speeds, be sure to crack the front and rear windows in order to relieve the buffeting wind pressure that otherwise enters the cabin.

Currently, the greatest risk is forgetting to fully close them before you park the vehicle because of rain.

Overall, I too feel that they are basically a pain in the ass, but for now they are here to stay and getting even bigger, as exemplified by the grand Cherokee
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

I've never had a car without one. If I'm in a rental and it doesn't have a sunroof I feel claustrophobic!

Sunroof and premium sound packages are a must in any vehicle I'm going to purchase.


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Old 09-06-2016, 09:33 PM
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

A cool morning or evening, a country road with the roof open is wonderful. This is as close to riding with the top down in our WK2's as it gets. Cool fresh air coming into the cabin and the ability to pull over and look up at the sunrise, sunset or stars is pretty damned nice. Venting the roof is an ideal way to enjoy a cigar on a long drive.

When it's too hot I keep it closed, but it's nice, from my perspective, to have the option.
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

I've been 130mph in mine, windows down and sunroof open...Pretty exhilarating!
It was loud, but really wasn't blowing in too hard

https://youtu.be/V9zkfkp-jgA

I do love sun roofs, and have had a few, however given the option I would not have one. I bought the SRT on a whim, and this was one of only two our dealership had, this one was less expensive than the newer MY2015 on the lot.

I don't want the hassle of maintenance, leaks. It adds weight and that's kind of a big deal for someone who likes speed as much as I do. Plus it's not as safe in a wreck, and no one can tell me otherwise lol
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

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getting even bigger, as exemplified by the grand Cherokee
You should see the one in the Kia Sorento..... they barely even left any roof at all.... I would not trust that vehicle in a rollover
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

My kid's Subaru Forester has so much glass it's like riding in one of those panoramic tour buses. I really like it.

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I guess the Germans by default are smart enough not to get their heads caught in the sunroof when it closes automatically. Americans have trouble making sure it's in park...
My wife's old Mercedes wagon would roll up all the windows and close the roof if you put the key next to the door handle and held the lock button down. I really miss that feature when I go out to lock up the cars for the night.
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

I've never been fond of sunroofs. I had one on my VW years ago and hardly used it.

So, when I had the option to either get a vehicle sooner from a closer dealer with one or wait an extra day or two to have one brought in from up in Mass without one, I chose without. I didn't want to pay for something I wasn't going to use and didn't want the potential reliability issues that come from having a window in the roof.

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I guess the Germans by default are smart enough not to get their heads caught in the sunroof when it closes automatically. Americans have trouble making sure it's in park...
We also aren't allowed to have rear windows that go all the way down.

I'm surprised they let us have one touch window up controls.

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My wife's old Mercedes wagon would roll up all the windows and close the roof if you put the key next to the door handle and held the lock button down. I really miss that feature when I go out to lock up the cars for the night.
Back in '99, I had a custom alarm system installed in my F150 that would close all the windows upon arming, which the option to vent them open if I wanted. Since pickup trucks are legally supposed to be driven with the windows rolled down (so the dog can poke his head out and you can rest your elbow on the sill and get a great trucker's tan), it was nice to just close them all up at once as I leave the vehicle.

People always did a double-take when I'd arm the system and the windows would all close.
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

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My wife's old Mercedes wagon would roll up all the windows and close the roof if you put the key next to the door handle and held the lock button down. I really miss that feature when I go out to lock up the cars for the night.
My Mercedes also opens the windows and sunroof if I hold down the unlock button on the remote.
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Re: Sunroof Usefullness?

Almost every dry day, 65F - 85F, my sunroof is open while driving.
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