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Sunroof Vs. Moonroof  
User currently offlineJderden777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1763 posts, RR: 25
Posted (15 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 1015 times:

well...what's the difference? is there one?

jonathan d.  Confused

"my soul is in the sky" - shakespeare
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User currently offlinePawBob From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 996 times:

Moonroof - a glass car-roof window that is either fixed or can be partially opened. i.e. you can't stick your head out.

Sunroof - a car-roof opening that can be of glass or other materials and can be completely opened. i.e. you CAN stick your head out.

Just my own definition. What da ya think?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 979 times:


A moonroof is a glass top that can retract.
A sunroof is a panel that retracts.

With a moonroof, you can look up without opening the window.
My Lincoln Town Car car has a tinted glass moonroof.

A sunroof is not made of glass. It is metal like the rest of the car. It must be open in order to see out of. This feature is common with Volkswagens.

You can stick your head out of both.

I know some Japanese and other small car makers do have moonroofs but, they do not open all the way. Larger luvury car moonroofs do open all the way. Just like on a limosine.

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User currently offlineStratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 958 times:

I'd always thought the Japanese makers use the two terms interchangeably - they have used "sunroof" for glass roofs.

I have seen the "cleaner air" argument: panels are more common with European cars because their local air quality is more "acceptable". The Japanese ideology on this goes along the lines of "if it's not glass, why put it in".

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 952 times:

I wonder. I think that PawBob is correct. The term moonroof tends to imply a glass fitting which cannot be moved while a sunroof may be made of glass or metal and can be moved. My car actually has a glass sunroof with an interior panel. The panel could be moved independently from the window to allow light in or the entire assembly can be retracted by activating the motor. It is also possible to raise the roof without retracting it. That is on a European car.

To some extent, the terms are used interchangeably though.


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineCoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 935 times:

Superfly's definition is the correct one.

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 932 times:

For once, I agree with Superfly.

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 926 times:

Most japanese cars (the Civic I used to have and my b/f's integra) have "moonroof" and it states that on the paper that comes in the window (when the car is new) and in the owners manual. Well anyways its glass, it pops up and slides backwards to have an open air enviroment, and there is also a seperate panel type thing that you can close (when the moonroof is closed) to block light from coming in. The mercedes that I nearly inherited had something the germans called a sunroof, its just metal and it slides backwards all the way or you can just pop it up.

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