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Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Tue Apr 17, 2001 12:21 am

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

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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Tue Apr 17, 2001 1:26 am

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.

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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Tue Apr 17, 2001 5:56 am


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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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Tue Apr 17, 2001 11:22 am

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".
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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Tue Apr 17, 2001 1:21 pm

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.

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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Wed Apr 18, 2001 2:22 am

Superfly's definition is the correct one.
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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Wed Apr 18, 2001 3:40 am

For once, I agree with Superfly.
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RE: Sunroof Vs. Moonroof

Wed Apr 18, 2001 7:49 am

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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