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Pano Roof Wind Noise at Higher Speeds

joer00

Member
Jan 26, 2013
335
64
Tampa
Pano roof extremely noisy >80 mph

I went to my first longer trip last weekend and was disappointed by the sudden extreme noise of the pano roof on speeds greater than 80 mph.

I went to the Tampa store and they did some adjustment which made it much better. But it seems not to hold ! I met another owner at the shop reporting the same problem.

I think what is happening is that at high speeds there is some vacuum effect pushing the roof up. The roof line is than slightly ABOVE the body causing the wind to be disturbed at that area and not flowing smooth anymore.

Anybody else with the same problem ? Any real fix ?
 

Frankrb

Member
Jan 19, 2013
163
0
Henderson, NV
Mine gets pretty BAD at 75-80.

Another reason to have a substantial cloth sunscreen like every other luxury car. NOT ONLY ATTENUATES NOISE BUT ALSO BLOCKS AMBIENT LIGHT.

Was promised we would get a manually operated sunscreen for both front and back pano glass, but haven't heard much about it. Time to start bugging service and my prod specialist again.
 

William13

Active Member
Mar 19, 2011
1,003
87
South Bend
No issue hear;) Occasionally I need to reopen and then shut it again to get optimal seating. No excess noise above 80mph. Certainly the noise is greater at faster speeds.
 

sfgiants22

Member
Oct 28, 2012
6
0
North California
When driving at speeds around 60+ mph, there is a fair amount of wind noise coming from my pano roof. It sounds like I am driving down the highway with a window cracked. I have not opened/closed the roof at those speeds, and I have made sure it's fully closed before driving. It's too the point where driving at those speeds and talking on the phone via bluetooth is a challenge.

Is anyone else experiencing a higher-than-expected level of wind noise coming from their pano roof when traveling at highway speeds? I haven't seen any posts on this, so I'm wondering if a seal or something on my roof is not set or if the car needs service.

Appreciate any input from other owners with the pano roof! Love the car and that's currently my biggest complaint with it!

Cheers,
Michael
 

wstuff

Junior Member
Supporting Member
Jul 26, 2012
175
3
florida
I often use my pano roof, and love it, the wind noise would not be normal. I used the roof yesterday at speed, approx 60mph, and cracked the both rear windows about an inch and actually garaged the car with the roof open because it was so quiet I forgot it was open. I would definitely think you need an adjustment based on my experience with the roof.
 

sfgiants22

Member
Oct 28, 2012
6
0
North California
Thanks wstuff! And I realized my first post was not clear ... I'm specifically referring to driving with the pano roof CLOSED. When driving at higher speeds with the roof closed fully (or supposedly closed fully) I'm hearing enough wind noise where it tough to carry on a phone conversation. I compare it to driving down the highway with a side window cracked a little.

With the roof open, of course I expect a higher level of wind noise. :)
 

inottawa

Member
Oct 2, 2012
260
19
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Yup, I have the exact same issue as you at about 120 km/h (or lower if it's a windy day) I get a lot of wind noise to the point I think the pano is open a crack as well (even though it's not)

there's another post over here

I haven't had a chance to make it to a service centre to have it checked out yet (about 250kms away).
 
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wstuff

Junior Member
Supporting Member
Jul 26, 2012
175
3
florida
Nope, your post was perfectly clear, i did realize you meant wind noise when closed, I made the error of extrapolating for others that complain of buffeting noise and my solution is to lower the rear windows an inch. I was being lazy and not writing two replays, i know once you get your roof adjusted you will enjoy it, as a matter of fact it is the only sun roof I have ever used, I have owned several and all were a PITA, but I couldn't resist the interior look of the Pano and figures if it was noisy I just wouldn't open it, but it is a delight, best of luck with it.
 

sfgiants22

Member
Oct 28, 2012
6
0
North California
Thanks inottawa for the pointer to the other post. Sounds like I'm not the only one running into this, but that it's not normal. I'll have to make a visit to the service center (especially given that I keep meaning to have them fix the random TPMS warning).

And no problem at all wstuff! Glad to hear you've been impressed with the roof. I'll have to try driving more with the roof open and the back windows cracked a bit ... especially given the nice weather lately.
 

SuperCoug

Model S Res #7734
Mar 16, 2012
225
0
Bothell, WA
Yep, I've got that for sure. I had the service center fix the creaking noise I had in the plano roof and told them I also had the wind noise (especially on windy days!). They had a fix for the creak but they could not replicate the wind noise and I was bummed it was not able to be fixed. They wanted to know where the sound was coming from to help troubleshoot. I feel like the noise originates from the passenger side near the front (but it's hard to tell from the drivers seat).
 

Frankrb

Member
Jan 19, 2013
163
0
Henderson, NV
Mine gets pretty BAD at 75-80. Actually, when it is windy also (crosswinds perhaps) it is darn UGLY and makes it almost impossible to carry on a conversation either directly or on the phone. I have a Ranger visit next Tues and will report back how the "fix" goes.

Another reason to have a substantial cloth sunscreen like every other luxury car. NOT ONLY ATTENUATES NOISE BUT ALSO BLOCKS AMBIENT LIGHT.

Was promised we would get a manually operated sunscreen for both front and back pano glass, but haven't heard much about it. Time to start bugging service and my prod specialist again.
 

mrbry

Member
Dec 13, 2012
75
2
Los Angeles, CA
Mine gets pretty BAD at 75-80. Actually, when it is windy also (crosswinds perhaps) it is darn UGLY and makes it almost impossible to carry on a conversation either directly or on the phone. I have a Ranger visit next Tues and will report back how the "fix" goes.

Another reason to have a substantial cloth sunscreen like every other luxury car. NOT ONLY ATTENUATES NOISE BUT ALSO BLOCKS AMBIENT LIGHT.

Was promised we would get a manually operated sunscreen for both front and back pano glass, but haven't heard much about it. Time to start bugging service and my prod specialist again.

If you guys get this fixed at the service center, could you let me know how they fixed it? I brought it in a few months ago complaining about the wind noise at higher speed sounding like it was coming from the pano roof and took them on a drive and they said it was normal.
 

gtimbers

Member
Jan 9, 2013
137
7
Van Nuys, Ca.
I went for a long drive on back roads today. Everything was fine until I hit about 80 mph and then it sounded like I had opened the sunroof. Slowing down helped a little, but i had to drop below 60 to reset the roof. Above 80, it sounds like the roof is open. In fact it is! I pushed up on the inside at the front of the roof and made the noise worse. The glass is actually lifting at speed. I slowed down, opened the roof and reclosed it and the noise got much better for a while. No question there is a problem. Whether it can be addressed by an adjustment remains to be seen. I have never had another car whose sunroof could be sucked open at speed.
 

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