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i have some concerns about the roof / all of that glass.
1. I'm worried about the heat that might build up through the day.
2. I'm worried about the interior fading etc over time.

was there anything said on drives that addressed this?
Or is there someone here with an X that can give some info based on your experiences?
 

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I read this some other place too, but can't find the source. But from this article, in the comments section, someone mentioned that "One of the engineers said you’ll be able to choose between a fixed glass roof, sunroof option, or a steel roof."

EDIT: Okay, found it. Below video, at 0:24 point, the engineer says "roof available as fixed glass, metal roof, or a panoramic sun roof".

 
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I have the same question as well. I would be open to either the Glass Roof (I think that's actually a cool concept) or the sunroof option, but my concern is the heat as well. Some of the photos on the Tesla site seem to show it as being tinted in some pictures (along with back windows) and not in others. With how our summers can get in Texas, I would hope that some thought has been put into that.
 

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In some of those same ride-along videos, the engineers say that the glass panels have various layers to reflect and/or absorb radiation (UV, infrared, I forget the details). They say it doesn't really let in heat. Apparently the same technology is used in the S and X glass roof panels, and various owners have reported that it works pretty well.
 

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That would be awesome. Because here in Texas, cars almost need tint. If you are driving a car with no tint in our summers, not only is your car having issues maintaining the interior, but it will be extremely hot on the inside.
 

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The Model S has a panoramic sunroof which is glass over most of the car (plus hatch). At least in the New England area temperature and glare have never been an issue. They do have inserts to cover the area if sun is an issue so I assume they'll do the same on the 3.
 

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That would be awesome. Because here in Texas, cars almost need tint. If you are driving a car with no tint in our summers, not only is your car having issues maintaining the interior, but it will be extremely hot on the inside.
Shouldn't be an issue, the Model X has a UV coating that reflects most of the heat. I got the panoramic roof on our Lincoln but I never open the sunroof, I just love the extra light that it affords the interior. I'll be ordering the all-glass option on the Model 3.
 

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Shouldn't be an issue, the Model X has a UV coating that reflects most of the heat. I got the panoramic roof on our Lincoln but I never open the sunroof, I just love the extra light that it affords the interior. I'll be ordering the all-glass option on the Model 3.
Awesome. I am planning to either do the all-glass or sunroof as well. Just want to make sure before hand.
 

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The Model S has a panoramic sunroof which is glass over most of the car (plus hatch). At least in the New England area temperature and glare have never been an issue. They do have inserts to cover the area if sun is an issue so I assume they'll do the same on the 3.

TeslaLiving,

Glad to hear this. Hopefully they include these same type of 'Inserts'......Didn't consider the 'heat issue' initially, VERY good point. I DID however have a concern about the Panoramic which I AM getting Optioned. What does one do when they are 'tired of the sun'? (If that's possible!) and/or sunburned and you just "want a break" or "some relief". Has to be some way to pull a shade or insert panel. Or similar to the small OEM sunroofs on most vehicles today with a 'slider' to close.
Someone Tweet this to Elon and ask him if he's considered this/these options. I hear that's the best way to contact him and he's all over it'

Thanks in Advance!
Ski
 

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The inserts on the panoramic aren't free and are quite pricy. I assume aftermarket options will be available. They're basically pop in shades. Ive found that the tinting on the Model S is very good though so i've never bought one of the inserts.
 

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The inserts on the panoramic aren't free and are quite pricy. I assume aftermarket options will be available. They're basically pop in shades. Ive found that the tinting on the Model S is very good though so i've never bought one of the inserts.

teslaliving,

Good to hear. Have you seen or tried the pop in shades? I'm assuming they are the lightweight 'twist-fold' type due to compactability and space saving. Store small, open large to core the large area AND provide needed shade/protection.

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Haven't tried them. They are the twist fold type (always stumps me!) and they have good reviews.
 
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Good info on how the glass handles the heat and UV rays. I'll be ordering the panoramic sunroof, as I'd like as much air flowing as possible. Just wonder how that glass will handle possible hail issues. Also wonder how much it will cost to replace after. One of the few things about the car that makes me cringe!
 

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The Model X is in a similar boat with custom glass for that panoramic windshield. I've personally been through hailstorms on my S and neither the body or glass were affected. I was actually more concerned about the body than the glass as body work is super expensive on the S. Im hoping the body work will be less expensive and more accessible on the 3.
 

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I know I am probably in the minority here but having never ridden in or driven a car with a similar panoramic roof like that, it seems to me that it would be like driving around in a fish bowl. Heat issues aside, I am not sure I like the idea. I would probably opt for the solid roof. However, they did mention that the headliner on a solid roof would decrease the headroom especially in the back and that would definitely be a bad thing for me since myself and both my sons are over 6 feet.

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The tinting and protection on the panoramic sunroof is such that you really don't notice its not a solid roof. My wife hates sunroofs and always covers them in other cars that have slide over covers but in the Model S it hasn't bothered her. Tesla did a great job of picking the tint/protection on it.
 
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Like many others, I'm very concerned about the all glass roof. I'm just worried that I won't like, but on the other hand I'm also worried I would be missing out if I decide to go with the solid roof. I've also wondered if picking a solid roof would possibly delay my order for a few months since I assume they will get the glass roof model (fully loaded) out first.

I'm really hoping we get to sit in one before making final decisions.
 

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Like many others, I'm very concerned about the all glass roof. I'm just worried that I won't like, but on the other hand I'm also worried I would be missing out if I decide to go with the solid roof. I've also wondered if picking a solid roof would possibly delay my order for a few months since I assume they will get the glass roof model (fully loaded) out first.

I'm really hoping we get to sit in one before making final decisions.
I love the panoramic sunroof on my Model S. Wouldn't have had it any other way and its pretty close to the Model 3 all glass one. I'll be getting the Panoramic option on the 3 too if they offer it.

The X though, I'm not sure i'd like that windshield. I didnt during my test drive.
 

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I love the panoramic sunroof on my Model S. Wouldn't have had it any other way and its pretty close to the Model 3 all glass one. I'll be getting the Panoramic option on the 3 too if they offer it.

The X though, I'm not sure i'd like that windshield. I didnt during my test drive.
What is different about the X windshield?

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The 3 and S windshields are normal. The X one goes up and over the drivers head and there are specially designed sun visors to go across the gap and magnetically attach. Its a nice driving experience except for 2 things:

1) Sun really gets you despite the progressive tint
2) The sun visors fall apart