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#4681741 - 03/01/18 07:12 PM Have you had moon roof issues?
NoNameJoe Offline


Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 414
Loc: New York
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.

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#4681749 - 03/01/18 07:18 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18895
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
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.
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#4681752 - 03/01/18 07:23 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
joegreen Offline


Registered: 03/10/13
Posts: 760
Loc: NY
2000 Lexus es300 with sunroof. Never leaked in 18 years
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#4681753 - 03/01/18 07:23 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2344
Loc: Canada
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.
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#4681756 - 03/01/18 07:27 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: 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.
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#4681758 - 03/01/18 07:28 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8754
Loc: Phoenix
Never.
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#4681763 - 03/01/18 07:35 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
gathermewool Offline


Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 5998
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!

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#4681766 - 03/01/18 07:37 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
JamesBond Offline


Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 843
Loc: midwest
04 and 05 civic and accord have them but I only ever open them to treat the rubber.

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#4681769 - 03/01/18 07:41 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 3908
Loc: 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.

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#4681774 - 03/01/18 07:47 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
aquariuscsm Offline


Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18176
Loc: 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.
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#4681782 - 03/01/18 08:00 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
MCompact Offline


Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4114
Loc: 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.
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#4681783 - 03/01/18 08:01 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
Bud Offline


Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 1721
Loc: Texas
I have had many cars with a sunroof over the years. None ever leaked.
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#4681784 - 03/01/18 08:01 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 10997
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
I sell sunroof rails a lot on F150s and Edges.
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#4681787 - 03/01/18 08:05 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 10997
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
O and anything with a "panoramic moonroof" or a "glass roof" stay away.
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#4681790 - 03/01/18 08:08 PM Re: Have you had moon roof issues? [Re: NoNameJoe]
DallasTexas Offline


Registered: 08/22/14
Posts: 68
Loc: Texas
96 E300 never a leak, nephew now has 335k mi!es still NP complaint ( Texas Sun)
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