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    #1 Brokedoc, Aug 2, 2017
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    IMG_1177.PNGIMG_1176.PNG I'm kind of surprised that this hasn't really been mentioned before but it's obvious there is no sunroof option like in the MS. The glass roof is too big and has no side rails like the MS for opening. This is kind of unique in a sedan as almost every sedan that I can think of has a sunroof option.

    Before people start screaming and cancelling your reservation, ask yourselves how much you really use your sunroof in your past cars. Most people are like me and open it maybe a few times a year. They are known to be sources of leaks and wind noise and mechanical problems. Plus, I must point out that the MX also doesn't have a sunroof option because of the Falcon Wing Doors. It's just not possible to have the panoramic windshield and the FWD and put in a sunroof.

    For those worried about having constant glass overhead, the special zinc coating on the glass reflects harsh light and UV and most of the heat so it hasn't been a problem in the MS or MX so should not be a problem for the M3.
     
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      Thinking about it -- the only thing my panoramic sunroof is good for is squeaks. I won't miss not having a sunroof at all!
       
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        I have paid extra for sunroofs on my last four cars! But I use them less and less and less. It was great in my original mini when the sunroof was nearly the entire roof, but regular small sunroofs are pretty useless. Especially here in the Northeast where outdoor weather is ideal about ten days a year.
        The panoramic glass roof, however, does have me very excited. I wish I could get it separately from the premium package. Still undecided if I will spring for it.
         
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          Right! I only ever get a sunroof because I want to see out, not because I want to open it.
           
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            As promised, fewer options! But as you have all said, it seems to be for the best.
             
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              During the initial reveal night test rides, one of the Tesla engineers mentioned that there would be three roof choices: metal, glass, and sunroof. They may have cancelled the sunroof option, or they may be planning to introduce it at a later date.
               
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                I guess anything in the future is really possible. They are mostly concerned with too many options early. Later on, the sky's the limit.
                 
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                  Great! {sarcastic}

                  Another option to push up the fully loaded price....
                   
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                  Sunroofs have several complex parts and I can tell you from experience are prone to failure, leaking, or at least rattles.
                  A solid rectangle of metal or glass has none of this.
                  In the interest in simplicity and speed of manufacturing, it makes total sense that Tesla is not offering a sunroof right away.
                  I wouldn't be surprised if it is eventually added in 2018 or 2019.
                  Don't forget Tesla likes to add and change features at will.
                   
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                    I always use mine. Especially when you tilt the roof up and open the rear passenger window about 3" it creates a wonderful air swirl in the cabin with minimal drag.
                    It kind of works if you open front passenger and rear driver side window with no sunroof, so I can make do.

                    I am a bit concerned with how cold the interior will get with the all glass roof though. If I don't slide the sun shade closed at night on my current vehicles in the winter, the top of my head gets quite cold.
                     
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                    I wish we had this problem in Florida ;)

                    Answer though, you can preheat the cabin before you get in!
                     
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                      Haha, I was referring to after I'm already driving with the heat on. The cabin is comfortable, but my scalp feels like it's radiating heat into space until I slide the shade closed, and I'm not even bald yet!
                       
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                        Perhaps you didn't know, you aren't required to buy the fully-loaded car?

                        Thank you kindly.
                         
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                          Every sunroof that I have had induced extreme buffeting when open. I never use the one on our present car.
                           
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                            The most common reason to have sunroof was in the past, when people
                            a) smoked in the vehicle and
                            b) there was not AC available.
                            Opening a side window at high speed was loud and uncomfortable.
                            For smokers there is a awful looking wind deflectors solution:
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                            Now smoking in vehicle is less and less common (prohibited in some instances)
                            and we do have AC-s. Opening up will result in more heat getting in.
                            And dust, pollution, street noise, bird droppings etc.
                            Sunroofs make less and less sense. Those who really want it would rather have
                            a retractable roof. This would be nice. But a hole in the roof?
                            PS: mechanism adds around 1% to vehicle weight.
                             
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