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    Broken Sun Roof, Glass Repair?

    So I was merging onto a highway and suddenly I hear a loud bang! and all the glass from my sunroof comes showering into the interior of my car. The glass was fully closed, the interior liner was pulled open though. Anyhow I turned around and drove home. Pulled into my garage and cleaned my car thoroughly. Then I started making calls, long story short I only found replacement glass from Subaru $666.35 for it. An auto glass repair shop quoted me $150, 2hrs labour, the dealership wanted $270, 2 hrs labour for install. Neither would guarantee mechanical warranty for me, ie glass getting into the track or other moving part problems. I have the replacement from subaru at home now, and its the whole metal surround, 4 brackets for bolts on it. Im pretty mechanically inclined, Im comfortable doing bolt ons and oil changes lol. Does anyone know the difficulty in installing this? It looks simple but is there any tips i should know? Thx for any help Oh i have a 2011 wrx hb lol

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    I'm more curious how the glass broke in the first place. I've never heard of that happening before.
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    They're not too difficult to replace. Basically you just remove the head liner and pull a few parts out to install it. As for tips, you need to really grease the track very well, but other than that it's pretty straightforward.

    As for why it broke, I'd expect you had something drop on it and put a ding in it similar to a windshield ding. Since the sunroof is like the rear windshield in that it doesn't have any plastic on it for structural strength, all it took was a change in temp or a flex of the body of the car to pop the whole thing.
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    Im pretty sure it was a just a rock hitting it. When I was calling around to auto glass shops and ordering the part I discovered it was more common than i thought.

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    Idk, Hyundai just had a major recall on all sunroof equipped cars from 2012 onward. Something about a manufacturing defect that causes them to randomly shatter. I would definitely try and get that under warranty, a stone shouldn't just blow it out like that, especially when closed.

    Edit: if the glass place said it common, that could be it. Still sucks, and I doubt it would be that difficult.
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    My 2011 WRX's moonroof just exploded yesterday while sitting in my driveway... no rocks/etc... Just rather rapid warm/cold weather transition in the DC area yesterday.

    Took some pics today with my real camera:
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    You can see the glass came upward and outward and is currently bowed up about 1" from the normal curve of the roof



    There is nothing around the car in any direction that could fall on it... it just sits here in my driveway, parked in by my other subie:



    I found the panel for $481 on subaruparts.com, also thinking of installing myself.

    Did you have any success?

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    Looks like it's just 2 bolts on each side and the whole panel lifts out... cake.


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    Yup, it was cake... cleaned up the glass and removed the panel... new one will be here in a few days.

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    Your "other subie" looks sweeeeet.
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    Thanks!

    It's going under the knife for 4 new fenders + paint soon...

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    New panel arrived today:


    Dropped it in:


    Lined it up:


    All better.

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    I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. Are Subbies really made with such cheap glass? I can understand maybe the cheap and thin paint but glass? Really? My windshield cracked out of the blue after my 2nd month owning the car and I had to replace it. Not covered by warranty either. Now you're telling me that in a year or so MY moon-roof is going to crack out of the blue?

    Bad enough that the car (12k miles) rattles worse than my 1998 328i did (200k+ miles) haha.

    Sorry for the vent, just concerned to me. Glad you got this fixed. Sorry that it happened though.
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    This same thing happened to me. When I replaced the sunroof tho it's gets stuck about third of the way open. Does it need to be greased? Or any other ideas as to why it isn't opening? Thanks

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    I guess it depends on how clean the track is... My car only has 23k miles on it, sunroof is rarely opened, and it was garaged kept for the first 13k miles of its life... The track looked brand new when I took the panel out.

    You could have some glass in the track that you have to clean out...

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