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Have you had moon roof issues? #4681741
03/01/18 07:12 PM
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New York
NoNameJoe Offline OP
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I'm in the market for a new car and considering EX trims for Honda Civics instead of just LX.

I've always liked the EX trim better but one thing I never liked is the moon roof. I think the concept is nice but I was worried that in practice it would actually be more of a headache (someone could shatter the glass for example).

My number one fear is it's going to leak, even when closed and I'm going to be tracking down the cause of a soaked headliner.

Has anyone had issues with leaking moon roofs even when closed? Are the drains just for when the moon roof is open or starts to open? I suspect moon roofs always let some water in and the water drains are for that. So am I going to have issues spraying water when washing the car and stuff?

Any experience with Honda Civic moon roofs in particular (I'm eyeing 2015) would be even more welcome.


2015 Civic LX Coupe
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681749
03/01/18 07:18 PM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
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Let me put it this way, if the car had everything I wanted and was on the lot with a fire sale price but had a sun/moon roof its staying there.
The only good one I ever had and I've had plenty was a manual crank all metal job in a old MB.


ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681752
03/01/18 07:23 PM
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NY
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2000 Lexus es300 with sunroof. Never leaked in 18 years


1978 Chevrolet k20
Engine: Delo 10w30xle
Transmission: Castrol transmax dex/merc

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300 turbo diesel
Engine: Delo 400 15w40le
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681753
03/01/18 07:23 PM
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I've had a small collection of cars that all had moonroofs/sunroofs. Some had glass, some like the BMW below is just a metal panel.

None of my cars have ever had problems with leaks. From the research and reviews I've read, it's mostly due to plugged drains.
Since I park my cars indoors and never under trees for long periods, I don't thing this is an issue I'll ever face.


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
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Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681756
03/01/18 07:27 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
My Focus is my only sun roof so far and its worked fine, seals up, and that car isn't particularly put together well. If you never use it I doubt it would ever leak.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 218km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 15km 0W20
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681758
03/01/18 07:28 PM
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Phoenix
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Phoenix
Never.


2018 Challenger SRT 392 PUP 0w-40 Wix 57899XP
2018 GTI
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681763
03/01/18 07:35 PM
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New England
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New England
With about 200k miles on the ODO, BOTH drain lines in my '97 Legacy (port and starboard side) disconnected and started dumping water into the cabin via the a pillars. It was easy to pull the trim pieces and reconnect them, but it was still a pain in the butt!


'14 Forester XT FA20DIT (Cobb Stage 1)
Edge 0W-40 + FU filter (64,774 miles)
'15 Legacy FB25 (OEM Stage, uh, neg. 7?)
Edge 0W-20 + FU filter (40,803 miles)
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681766
03/01/18 07:37 PM
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midwest
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midwest
04 and 05 civic and accord have them but I only ever open them to treat the rubber.

Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681769
03/01/18 07:41 PM
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California
nthach Online content
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California
Never had a problem with leaks or mechanical issues on a 1991 Lexus LS400 I had. When I got rid of the car, the seals were falling apart - expected for a 20+ year old car.

The older Mercedes roofs had problems with the slide/tilt brackets and cables breaking. Those are a moderately easy DIY job.

The biggest thing that almost everyone forgets is keeping the roof drains clear and the hoses from the sunroof/moonroof module clean and connected to their quarter panel vents.

Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681774
03/01/18 07:47 PM
03/01/18 07:47 PM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
Some kind've removable/opening top is a requirement for me. My 300ZX t-tops never leak,my Accord sunroof never leaks,and my 3000GT's sunroof never leaked.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Pennzoil Platinum 5W20

Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681782
03/01/18 08:00 PM
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KY
MCompact Online content
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KY
Never had a problem but I avoid getting them whenever possible; I never use them(haven't opened the one in my 2 Series since I bought it over two years ago) and they add weight to the highest point of the car. My salesperson and I had to fight with Munich to keep them from cutting a hole in the roof of the Club Sport- even though it was listed as an option. Thank heavens the M240i has a sunroof delete option and the M2 only lists a hole in the roof as an extra-cost option.


Mine:
2014 M235i
2009 Cooper Clubman
1999 Wrangler Sahara
1995 318ti Club Sport

Wife's:
2015 X1 xDrive28i


Son's
2009 328i

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Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681783
03/01/18 08:01 PM
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Texas
Bud Offline
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Texas
I have had many cars with a sunroof over the years. None ever leaked.


2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with NAVI.....Mobil 1 0w20 AFE and Honda OEM Filter
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681784
03/01/18 08:01 PM
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Santa Barbara, CA
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I sell sunroof rails a lot on F150s and Edges.


2014 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack
1995 Ford Mustang GT

Ford/Mazda Parts Counter
NRA Benefactor Member
Opinions expressed are my own.
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681787
03/01/18 08:05 PM
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Santa Barbara, CA
bdcardinal Online content
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Santa Barbara, CA
O and anything with a "panoramic moonroof" or a "glass roof" stay away.


2014 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack
1995 Ford Mustang GT

Ford/Mazda Parts Counter
NRA Benefactor Member
Opinions expressed are my own.
Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe] #4681790
03/01/18 08:08 PM
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Texas
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Texas
96 E300 never a leak, nephew now has 335k mi!es still NP complaint ( Texas Sun)


06 E320 CDI 98k miles
14 Sienna 33k miles
96 E300 297k miles Donated
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