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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Sunroof pros and cons

I'm not interested in getting a Stelvio with a sunroof. Most of the Stelvios at the closest dealer to me have sunroofs, so that greatly limits my choices.

What do other people think about the advantages and/or disadvantages of a sunroof? Perhaps there are advantages that I'm not aware of.

My prejudice against them is the chance of leaks (it rains in Oregon), and more complexity in the sunroof mechanism that could cause troubles. Also, from the outside the roof is dark glass instead of body color.

Oh, and the closest dealer is an hour away. Three more are 4 to 6 hours away and after that is is several days drive away. The salesman is going to see if he can find something at another dealer, but I'm not holding out hope on that.

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I have had sunroofs in maybe 6 vehicles, never had a leak or a malfunction. Anything can happen, but sunroofs are caveman tech at this point, and as reliable as anything on a new car... which is to say a certain percentage have problems but most dont. Maybe ask the dealer to run it through a car wash while you are inside to check for leaks, but given the stiffness of the Stelvio's structure of it isn't leaking when new it probably won't start later. Stuff breaking
....well...stuff does break sometimes but most of the time it is after many years..

Con..adds weight up high, messing up the center of gravity. Something to leave open. Then it rains in the middle of the night and you jump out of bed and run outside in your underwear to close...wife laughing...(never happened to me..totally talking about someone else....a guy some friend told me about at a party....yeah, thats it...)

Pros, lots of light, lets out hot air when parked, can be really nice to open along with all the windows driving around on a nice spring day.

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Pro: light with the curtain back.
Con: weight and more weight... for performance.. is bad choice. (weight and upper the centre of gravity)

I have... but was really really under pressure with wife and 3 kids when factory order.

I wanted to have a black roof on white car... wrapping would did the trick.. but too much pressure.
If I could go back, I would not choose it for performance issue. I never open it. Hate leaking problems and dust and dirt on sunroof rails and that patch the drains... It is not a optional that I really like. I never use it.. so that I never know how it work and buttons, Always a mess.
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I have had sunroofs on my last 5 cars, never had a leak (in the sunroof...). Main disadvantage to me was the reduced head room (Iīm 6”5’).

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I have had a sunroof in every car Ive owned for the past 20 years. Mostly GM cars, now the Stelvio. I have never had a leak, or any other problems related to a sunroof. For me it allows light in to an otherwise dark interior. Do whatever you need to do, but blaming a sunroof for issues is a non starter.

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I would have been fine with fixed glass with a shade as I rarely open them for long. I do like glass all winter long.
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Sounds like leaking isn't really an issue. I hadn't thought of the extra weight affecting handling, but I doubt that I would notice the difference.

The black sunroof on a black car would look OK. Or as Flunx desired, a black roof on a white car. But I want a red car. Not a red car with a black roof. That's probably the biggest con for me.


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I used to have one in my 1990 Saab 9000s. Great car but lousy sunroof, constant malfunction issues and it was more basic than the Stelvio sunroof. I've got a MY2018 Stelvio build date Oct17 but haven't had any issues with the sunroof after 13 months of ownership.
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I have had it in every vehicle the last 15 years. Even in the winter when its -15 I love having it open and the fresh air

The Stelvio has the entire glass roof so lets is a very nice amount of daylight all the time. The shade will help keep it cooler on hot summer days but those are few where I am.

So far after one year almost, no leaks or issues at all with the roof.
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I would have been fine with fixed glass with a shade as I rarely open them for long. I do like glass all winter long.
A fixed glass would be fine to me too. (no sunroof)
When you live near the sea... with salted air and sand and dust... it turn to "clay"... ehehehehehhe
I respect who like and use it like it should be. (not me.. the most is the shade back too have sun light or night view.)
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