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Pano or No-Pano

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tslaaustin, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. tslaaustin

    tslaaustin Member

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    Tomorrow is last day to confirm my order and i am seeking feedback on Pano roof.
    My only concern is glare, too much light and heat (texas heat). Anybody have any feedback to help me make decision?
     
  2. siucity

    siucity Button Pusher

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    I've driven in the middle of a summer day in Vegas, and light/heat was not an issue through the Pano roof.
     
  3. trils0n

    trils0n 2013 P85

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    #3 trils0n, Jul 12, 2016
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    Never had any problems with glare, too much light, or heat with the pano. Including CA summer, NV summer, and trips to TX in the summer. (Squeaks and rattles are a different story, but the roof has since been significantly redesigned, so might not be an issue anymore).
     
  4. Sir Guacamolaf

    Sir Guacamolaf The good kind of fat

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    The light is a good thing. Heat is not. Put transparent ceramic tint on pano. It'll cost a 100-150 bucks and blocks heat almost entirely.
     
  5. davie_100

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    Could not imagine not having a pano sunroof!
     
  6. cab

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    This is hardly definitive, but we test drove a car here in the Ft. Worth area on July 1st. it was a bit of a scorcher that day. I noted a couple of items about the pano roof:

    1. Dark - So we drove two cars and both had the black headliner. Honestly, I was a bit surprised at how that impacted some of the "open feel" of the car. I sort of assumed the big pano roof would let in enough light that the dark headliner would be a non-issue. The takeaway for you here is that the glare/light seemed to be a non-issue. Indeed, my overall impression was "dark". I still prefer the look of the darker headliner overall (especially with the black or gray interior).

    2. Hot to the touch, but does it matter? - Now despite what others say, the pano roof just HAS TO let more heat in than a solid roof with headliner. It is actually the latter that is the key element here. When we reached up and touched the glass it was hot (like you expect a windshield to be here in Texas). The headliner, was only warm in comparison. The pano is heavily tinted so the UV rays coming through don't bake everything they hit (unlike the windshield). It will, however, RADIATE some small amount of heat. Neither my wife or I found it objectionable, however. Indeed, pre-cooling the car for even a minute or so likely negates any heat concerns overall.

    This was just two back to back test drives so take it all with a grain of salt.
     
  7. DCGOO

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    I am not a big fan of sun roofs, but I bought it because of the large increase in headroom it provides. I had no problems with excess heat or light.
     
  8. chillaban

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    Ditto what others said: I usually hate sunroofs and keep them covered up on my other cars… but I would recommend the moonroof on the Model S. The biggest advantage is the increased headroom — the MS is a low-slung coupe and you'll find that folks over 6 ft might have some overhead claustrophobia without the moonroof.


    I drove to Vegas in 110-degree weather and had no complaints about sun or heat. The factory tint already works extremely well (much better than any other sunroof I've owned), and I personally don't see a need for aftermarket tinting.
     
  9. Dan1

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    I too thought it would be an issue with the heat and light. To my surprise, I don't have any issues with Pano here in the Florida heat with a bald head.
     
  10. STbreaker

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    I've never had a sunroof on a car until now, and I considered not getting it, but I'm really glad I did. The extra light and head room really open up the feel of the cabin. The factory tint is actually excellent at heat rejection. Even with the sun directly over me, I've never noticed enough heat to wish it wasn't there

    I would say you should get a matte screen protector for the main display though. Not only does it hide fingerprints really well, but it also will really cut down on glare
     
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    I was going to skip it to save a few bucks but the extra headroom was worth it to me.
     
  13. Vrrooom

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    I do not like sunroofs at all, and I absolutely love the pano roof. I never actually open it, but having the glass really gives the car a really nice open feel on the inside. Headroom is a big plus as well. I don't feel the heat from the sunroof while driving nor does the sun's light coming in bother me- and this is saying a lot as I normally tint my cars to 15%. I highly recommend it!
     
  14. playoutside

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    I ordered a CPO without Pano (having never been in an S without one). Once it arrived and I sat it in, I felt cramped. I immediately cancelled and switched to another car with Pano (paying for shipping twice).
     
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    I ordered a CPO without Pano (having never been in an S without one). Once it arrived and I sat it in, I felt cramped. I immediately cancelled and switched to another car with Pano (paying for shipping twice).
     
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    Do you ever anticipate putting a rack on your car?
    Do you ever expect to want to use satellite radio?

    If you answered yes to one or both, you have to get pano. That might help guide your decision.
     
  18. hsglia

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    definitively the plano. feels so much more spatious and modern!
     
  19. TVision

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    At first it was a must for me. Then I ended up getting a great deal on inventory car without it. It certainly has a different feel. I have black interior and headliner. It's dark and I like it that way. My kids sleep great on road trips! Boils down to your personal preference and I say go for it.
     
  20. JPUConn

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    Wouldn't buy one without it.

    My prior car had no sunroof and my young kids and I love the pano. It's very different than a normal sunroof and there is no noticeable heat or sun glare.
     

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