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Moon Roof Problems? Any Experience

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  • kavoomkavoom Posts: 181
    Yes, the deflector does make a difference. I find that when the roof is open, I have to find just the right mix of openings (windows roof) in the Forester to minimize noise, air flow etc. All you got to do is test drive one and reach up and pull the deflector down (it's just spring loaded) to see the difference.
  • I have one on my vehicle and I find it does help with wind noise.
  • Don't all the Forester moonroofs come with the spring-loaded deflector? They provide marginal relief from noise and buffeting. The question is probably about the plastic bubble deflector accessory. Those eliminate all the noise and buffeting.
  • mrsomesmrsomes Posts: 2
    Have a 2006 Forester. The moon roof started leaking in July 2007. Had it "fixed". Started leaking again 2 months later. Had it "fixed". Started leaking again 4 months later, this time on top of a new, wood coffee table that I had just bought. Needless to say the coffee table is ruined. Now it's not under warranty and it's back to the dealer tomorrow. I love the car but will not buy again until they fix this problem.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    What was their fix?

    -mike
    Motorsports and Modifications Host
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    No doubt the dealer reconnected a loose drain tube. Moonroofs and sunroofs are designed to leak in that they cannot be perfectly sealed and still move. However,a perimeter gutter takes any water into drain tubes that go down the pillars and discharge under the car. If a tube should become loose or disconnected at the gutter, water will get onto and through the headliner.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,400
    Seems like the concept of a hose clamp escaped them.... :sick:
  • p0926p0926 Posts: 4,423
    Drain tube could have become plugged up also.
  • nicole4213nicole4213 Posts: 1
    I have an 06 Forester. 3rd car I've owned with a moonroof - first Subaru with one (2nd Forester I've owned) Have loved my first Forester and initially loved the 06. Then the sunroof started leaking - took it to the dealer twice - both times they said they'd fixed it - hadn't. By the time I took it the third time - moonroof also no longer closed correctly - they thought it might be a bad motor due to the leak. Short version - after 3 tries - fixed the leak. Have had it there about 7 additional times due to it no longer closing correctly. Where we are now - they aren't sure how to fix it - and have no solutions for me. Beyond frustrated
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sorry to hear that, nicole.

    Have you called 800-SUBARU3?

    Have then open up a case number. Ask if your dealer can get help from a regional specialist, perhaps.

    Good luck.
  • packrfanpackrfan Posts: 50
    Not sure how previous year's Forester's moonroofs were set up, but i noticed 09's have a the flip-up wind deflector that forces airflow up and away, in theory. The Forester opening might be so enormous that wind gets pulled in further back. I was impressed with this feature as an older Mazda i owned had this but my current Acura doesn't - and it's very noisy & breezy with roof open.

    FWIW, I've never had a leak or problem with any roof going back >20 years but none on a Subie, tho. Harmonic (buffetting?) has occured with all and only alleviated with opening a window, usually rear, a crack.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    The earlier Foresters also have the pop-up deflector. It does not begin to adequately reduce the noise and buffeting even at partial openings. Subaru's big plastic bubble deflector does a much better job.
    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/vintagefortytwo/Forester/SubaruDeflector.- jpg
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, that's huge!

    I think I would just crack open the rear windows.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    Cracking open the rear windows does not help much. That is why to really use the moonroof while driving, you must install the bubble deflector.
  • packrfanpackrfan Posts: 50
    What's involved in the install? Is it clamped in place or are tap holes drilled into roof?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I had a bubble deflector on my 1998 (I installed an aftermarket pop-up moonroof) and it just used two-side tape. Stayed on nicely for 8 whole years.
  • irollitirollit Posts: 20
    I just purchased a 2009 Forester 2.5X Limited with a moon roof. It will be here by the end of June. I ordered the air deflector, thinking it would make less noise with it. Now I wonder if the mileage will be affected.

    I have read of people getting more than the 20-26 mph listed on the sticker. I do not want to jeopardize the great mileage that the Forester is capable of giving us.

    Does anyone have experience with the air deflector and decreased mileage?
  • packrfanpackrfan Posts: 50
    I'll also be interested in actual experience but if they work as designed, it should increase mileage as overall aerodynamics should improve with less turbulence as air is deflected over vs. in the moonroof.
  • klusmireklusmire Posts: 2
    I think mine just died today. I have an '03 and the motor just seemed to go slower and slower and now I just hear a click when I push the button to open it. Did you get yours fixed? I guess I would have to have the dealer look at it first before I do the SOA contact thing. Please let me know since your post was almost a year ago.

    Thanks,

    Steve Klusmire svklusmire@gmail.com
  • bigfrank3bigfrank3 Posts: 426
    My wife had a problem with her 05 Bean last month. The dealer first replaced the motor but that didn't help. When I opened the inside shade and watched what was happening I noticed that the passenger side of the glass was dropping as it was supposed to, but the driver side wasn't.

    Interesting enough, about half way back there is a jiggly thing that appears to be what grabs the shade to close it with the moonroof. When I help that up the roof worked fine, and continued to do so for a few uses.

    So on a return trip to the dealer I demonstrated my finding. They ordered a new track assembly and that seems to have fixed it. She was in the last month of her warranty so it cost her nothing... good timing.

    Her previous 01 Premium is still in the family and has never had a problem, and neither has my 06 Premium. Someone told me Subaru changed the track design for 06 but I don't know that for sure.

    Your track may be binding, and started by making the motor drag.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    " What's involved in the install? Is it clamped in place or are tap holes drilled into roof? "
    No deflector drills the roof. The cheapest ones use 3M adhesive tape to stick on the roof, and can't be removed and replaced. The good aftermarket deflectors, like the Benevento that I installed on my Scion xB, use clips. The OEM deflector that I installed on my 08 Forester also used clips. The clips are thin metal strips that reach down in the seal crack and hook under the lip of the roof in there. The exposed part of the clips have holes that take bolts that pull the deflector down tight onto the roof.
  • aathertonaatherton Posts: 617
    "... I ordered the air deflector, thinking it would make less noise with it. Now I wonder if the mileage will be affected. I have read of people getting more than the 20-26 mph listed on the sticker. I do not want to jeopardize the great mileage that the Forester is capable of giving us. Does anyone have experience with the air deflector and decreased mileage?"

    My Forester OEM deflector is 3" x 36" or 3/4 of a square foot:
    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f280/vintagefortytwo/Forester/SubaruDeflector.- jpg

    The drag from that is bound to reduce mileage at high speeds over long distances. However, I have found it makes no difference in my suburban and rural driving, as my last tank was 28.5 mpg:
    http://aatherton06.home.insightbb.com/Forester/For_MPG.htm

    Whatever the mileage penalty at high speed, it cannot be much, and it makes the moonroof usable day in and day out at moderate speeds, so the price is well worth it. If you are going to take a fast long distance trip, and are concerned about a little loss in mileage, you can remove the deflector in a few minutes.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It is pretty massive, wow!
  • clerk055clerk055 Posts: 1
    edited July 2011
    i owned a 2001 montero sport es model with 150,000 miles. now the sun/moon roof will not close all the way and it will not slide open. it will not close all the way. the driver's side has a one inch gap when the button is pressed to close. does anyone have any suggestions besides going to the dealer???
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