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#1 of 57 Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience
Feb 13, 2007 (5:31 am)
I am considering purchase of Subaru Forester. I've never had an automobile with a sunroof/moonroof, because it's a feature I won't use. Added features might cause problems in the future. However, moonroof is standard on the model I want.
Do sunroofs/moonroofs have problems? Do they leak? Are there other things I should be aware of?
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- paisan (Feb 13, 2007 5:39 am)
- ateixeira (Feb 13, 2007 8:10 am)
- roadwarrior2 (Feb 13, 2007 8:40 am)
- kdshapiro (Feb 13, 2007 9:31 am)
- growler5 (Feb 14, 2007 8:00 am)
- samrogue (Feb 14, 2007 11:21 am)
- nhnissaninva (Feb 21, 2007 6:30 pm)
- cparrish (Mar 06, 2007 8:23 am)
- therealann (Jul 02, 2007 7:00 am)
- nicole4213 (May 21, 2008 7:10 pm)
#2 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [springday]
Feb 13, 2007 (5:39 am)
Modern moon rooves rarely leak, if anything over the years the drains may become clogged which will lead to them leaking, but if this happens you can clear the drains pretty easily with some compressed air.
#3 of 57 I've never had problems
Feb 13, 2007 (5:41 am)
I've had several vehicles with moonroofs/sunroofs and never had any problems with leaks.
#4 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [springday]
Feb 13, 2007 (8:10 am)
Subaru sells many, many of them, so while we do hear an occasional complaint, they're not common by any means.
Just get it and don't open it - that will keep the drains pretty much clear. Enjoy the bright cabin and warming greenhouse effect in winter, too. Free heat.
In summer, just draw the shade and pretend it's not there.
#5 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [springday]
Feb 13, 2007 (8:40 am)
Answer to your first question: I have had three leaks over the last 5 years. Both occurred when there were quick changes in temperature and usually after days of snowing has occurred. It does not happen every time. The first two times nothing was located by the service person who looked into it (the first two times it happened and I had it looked at, unfortunately, I was using a service shop that I later had other problems with their service). It has just happened again. I will let you know what I find out this time since I have started using another service shop. I am not sure if they are connected, but my CHECK ENGINE light came about the same time.
#6 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [springday]
Feb 13, 2007 (9:31 am)
Most modern moonroofs are bullet-proof. I've had moonroofs in cars for the last 10 years and never a problem. Yet I have heard about leaks in almost every manufacturer, and model. They do happen, but the pros in my opinion outweigh the cons.
#7 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [roadwarrior2]
Feb 13, 2007 (9:43 am)
Thought of something - do you park in a garage or car port? What about at work, is it out in the open or covered?
If you have covered parking and never open it, the odds of a leak are probably smaller than winning the lottery.
#8 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [ateixeira]
Feb 13, 2007 (11:42 am)
I part outside for at home and at work. Which is why when the leaking occurred it struck me odd. Especially since it does not happen al the time. I'm also not sure what you mean by never opening it, do you mean never opening the moonroof. I purchased the car with a moonroof because I wanted to open it.
#9 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [springday]
Feb 14, 2007 (8:00 am)
I've had a Forester with moonroof since 11/2004, and have not had any problems with it. It has yet to leak during severe rainstorms.
I'd exercise the moonroof (open all the way, then close it) once or twice a year, just to make sure it is still functional. You'll never know when you feel the urge to let in fresh air on a nice spring or fall day !
#10 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [roadwarrior2]
Feb 14, 2007 (10:12 am)
springday implied he/she didn't want one. That's why I suggested that.