Last post on Jul 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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Subaru Forester, Wagon
#51 of 57 Re: moon roof air deflector and mileage [irollit]
Jun 12, 2008 (4:38 pm)
I'll also be interested in actual experience but if they work as designed, it should increase mileage as overall aerodynamics should improve with less turbulence as air is deflected over vs. in the moonroof.
#52 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [therealann]
Jun 14, 2008 (8:11 pm)
I think mine just died today. I have an '03 and the motor just seemed to go slower and slower and now I just hear a click when I push the button to open it. Did you get yours fixed? I guess I would have to have the dealer look at it first before I do the SOA contact thing. Please let me know since your post was almost a year ago.
Steve Klusmire svklusmiregmail.com
#53 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [klusmire]
Jun 16, 2008 (10:14 am)
My wife had a problem with her 05 Bean last month. The dealer first replaced the motor but that didn't help. When I opened the inside shade and watched what was happening I noticed that the passenger side of the glass was dropping as it was supposed to, but the driver side wasn't.
Interesting enough, about half way back there is a jiggly thing that appears to be what grabs the shade to close it with the moonroof. When I help that up the roof worked fine, and continued to do so for a few uses.
So on a return trip to the dealer I demonstrated my finding. They ordered a new track assembly and that seems to have fixed it. She was in the last month of her warranty so it cost her nothing... good timing.
Her previous 01 Premium is still in the family and has never had a problem, and neither has my 06 Premium. Someone told me Subaru changed the track design for 06 but I don't know that for sure.
Your track may be binding, and started by making the motor drag.
#54 of 57 Re: Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience [packrfan]
Jun 18, 2008 (2:55 pm)
" What's involved in the install? Is it clamped in place or are tap holes drilled into roof? "
No deflector drills the roof. The cheapest ones use 3M adhesive tape to stick on the roof, and can't be removed and replaced. The good aftermarket deflectors, like the Benevento that I installed on my Scion xB, use clips. The OEM deflector that I installed on my 08 Forester also used clips. The clips are thin metal strips that reach down in the seal crack and hook under the lip of the roof in there. The exposed part of the clips have holes that take bolts that pull the deflector down tight onto the roof.
#55 of 57 Re: moon roof air deflector and mileage [irollit]
Jun 18, 2008 (3:04 pm)
"... I ordered the air deflector, thinking it would make less noise with it. Now I wonder if the mileage will be affected. I have read of people getting more than the 20-26 mph listed on the sticker. I do not want to jeopardize the great mileage that the Forester is capable of giving us. Does anyone have experience with the air deflector and decreased mileage?"
My Forester OEM deflector is 3" x 36" or 3/4 of a square foot:
The drag from that is bound to reduce mileage at high speeds over long distances. However, I have found it makes no difference in my suburban and rural driving, as my last tank was 28.5 mpg:
Whatever the mileage penalty at high speed, it cannot be much, and it makes the moonroof usable day in and day out at moderate speeds, so the price is well worth it. If you are going to take a fast long distance trip, and are concerned about a little loss in mileage, you can remove the deflector in a few minutes.
#56 of 57 Re: moon roof air deflector and mileage [aatherton]
Jun 24, 2008 (1:43 pm)
It is pretty massive, wow!
#57 of 57 2001 montero sport es model sun/moon roof will not close all the way
Jul 11, 2011 (10:44 pm)
i owned a 2001 montero sport es model with 150,000 miles. now the sun/moon roof will not close all the way and it will not slide open. it will not close all the way. the driver's side has a one inch gap when the button is pressed to close. does anyone have any suggestions besides going to the dealer???