9th Gen Civic Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
270 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Just wanted to know what's the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? Everyone I've asked doesn't know.
K24Z7 Crew Member #45
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,251 Posts
Not really a difference, more like just a preference in words.

FB2 squad #17
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
249 Posts
Moonroof can power slide back and forth and also pop up versus a sunroof which typically just pops up or the glass can be removed. I don't see many after market sunroofs these days.


Sent from my Autoguide iPhone app
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,251 Posts
I dunno lol

FB2 squad #17
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,289 Posts
Quote: http://autorepair.about.com/od/glossary/a/sun_vs_moon_roof.htm

I get the question from time to time, and not many seem to know the real answer: "What is the difference between a moonroof and a sunroof?" Many think that a sunroof is clear and a moonroof is tinted. Nope, not the right answer. Others think that a sunroof will open but a moonroof will not. Wrong again. The truth is that a moonroof is actually a type of sunroof! For more info, I'm deferring to an expert, Marc Levinson of Donmar Sunroofs, who also operates the free sunroof information site, www.Sunroofs.org. Here it is:

Just as a sedan is a distinctive type of automobile, a moonroof is a type of sunroof. Sunroof is the generic term used to describe any panel in a vehicle roof which can let in light and/or air. While most sunroof panels are operable, some may be fixed.The term moonroof was used in the 70's to describe a glass panel inbuilt electric sunroof, and is now used generically to describe all glass panel inbuilt sunroofs. An inbuilt sunroof is one where the operable panel slides between the vehicle roof and headliner, and is often powered but may be manually operated.

There are distinct categories of sunroof products, including: Pop-Up, Spoiler, Folding, Topslider, Inbuilt, Removable Panel [T/Targa] and large roof systems. Sunroofs may be OEM or aftermarket installed. Over 70% of all aftermarket sunroofs sold today are installed for new car dealers, prior to the vehicle being offered for sale. Few vehicle owners know the difference, or that the sunroof may be an aftermarket add-on when the vehicle they purchased included it.


Hope that helps inform the uninformed and reform the misinformed!

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
572 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
101 Posts
The real difference: Back in 1978, I owned a VW Dasher with a sunroof. When it was closed, you can't see through it since it was metal. No sliding inside shade. Years later someone came up with idea of making sunroofs out of glass with a sliding panel to block out the sun. At night though it was nice to open the slider and look at the moon and stars without opening the glass panel. It became known as a Moonroof only because you could see through it (glass panel). So, sunroof = metal panel (can't ever see through it unless opened) and moonroof = glass panel (can see through it when closed by sliding the inside shade back). Both types of roofs tilted up in the back if you wanted.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top