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    Thread: How prevalent are panoramic sunroof problems in the 2010 Tiguan?

    1. 04-04-2010 11:50 PM #1
      Am considering the purchase of a new Tiguan with the panoramic sunroof but am concerned about leakage/breakage problems with a sunroof this size.
      Are these a significant concern or are such problems infrequent and not a reason to avoid this roof?
      Also, can anyone make a comment as to whether a sunroof this size compromises the safety element of the car? Would the roof be more likely to crumple were the car to be involved in a rollover accident?
      Thanks very much.

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      04-05-2010 02:50 AM #2
      Quote, originally posted by priggly »
      Am considering the purchase of a new Tiguan with the panoramic sunroof but am concerned about leakage/breakage problems with a sunroof this size.
      Are these a significant concern or are such problems infrequent and not a reason to avoid this roof?
      Also, can anyone make a comment as to whether a sunroof this size compromises the safety element of the car? Would the roof be more likely to crumple were the car to be involved in a rollover accident?
      Thanks very much.

      While I can't comment on sunroof problems, you should take a look at these posts and the IIHS video if you're at all concerned about the structural integrity of the Tiguan with the Panaromic Roof ...
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4775715
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=4789884
      http://www.vwoforchardpark.com/MiscPage_4
      and yes these are 2 different Tiguan crashes, both with drivers, and I think passenger(s) that for the most part "walked away" <-- paraphrased by me. You can read about their experiences in the posts.
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    3. 04-05-2010 12:44 PM #3
      Hi CtTigWolf!
      Thanks for your comments on the safety of the Tiguan roof. It would appear that its size does not compromise safety.
      Now if I can just resolve my concerns regarding whether or not it is prone to leaks . . .

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      04-05-2010 01:27 PM #4
      Not sure you're going to get your answer about prevalence of leaks - almost all the posts on forums will be about problems, without the numbers of roofs that are fine to compare to. Also the car hasn't been out very long to tell you what happens in 3-5 years.
      As I understand, the roof is designed not to be 100% waterproof as that's too difficult in the long term, so there are some felt like seals that last better over time, and drains so that none of the water that gets through the seal gets into the car.
      There have been some threads of blocked drains and some leak because of that. Proper silicone rubber seal maintenance is also discussed on other threads.
      I've had no issues so far, 10k miles.
      This style of roof is on a bunch of other audis and vws that may have been in the market longer, so it may be worth looking for broader panoramic roof experience as most Tig owners are less than 2 years in here?


      Modified by Bevmo at 10:29 AM 4-5-2010

    5. 04-05-2010 01:31 PM #5
      Hi Bevmo!
      Thanks for your helpful comments re. the panoramic roof.
      I see you have the Nav system. How do you like it? How does it compare to other factory Nav systems?

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      04-05-2010 01:39 PM #6
      I like the Nav system, can't really compare it to others, but seems up to date with nice 3d view and decent size screen. I like the integration with the rest of the car, like the multi function display on the dash, ipod access, and backup camera. Mine was older so does not have the bluetooth integrated like the new ones, but I can add that if I really wanted.
      However I'm not sure I would have liked it full price worth if I was ordering, as I got mine bundled in a used/demo car deal (only 300 miles on the clock).
      I wanted it from the perspective of being a safety feature, as my better half had a minor accident whilst looking for directions and printed maps.


      Modified by Bevmo at 10:45 AM 4-5-2010

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      04-05-2010 09:29 PM #7
      I haven't heard of any real issues with the panoramic roof. I wouldn't be concerned about structural integrity because the Tig is pretty impressive in that regard.
      We really liked the pano roof, but when we saw that the shade was mesh-like material, we were a little concerned about the sun beating in the car in the summer. Here in Tennessee, it gets a little toasty in July and August. That was our only reason to opt for a Tig without the pano roof.

    8. 04-05-2010 10:20 PM #8
      No problem with mine. 1 yr old now.

    9. 04-06-2010 07:03 AM #9
      Our pano roof exploded on my wife when driving on the motorway about a month ago for no reason - (VW said it was a manufacturing fault with the Spanish supplier). Fortunately no one was hurt but we would never order another Glass roof again. Now we leave the blinds shut at all time (almost defeats the object of having the roof).

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      04-06-2010 09:08 AM #10
      ^^^
      yet another reason (besides heat) to get that thing tinted.
      20% added here. It's perfect.

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      04-06-2010 01:42 PM #11
      My wife and I have had our SE 4Mo since November of 08 and haven't had any problems with the roof. Actually, that's not entirely true, it rattled a little when the wind chill was like 30 below zero but I'm willing to contend with that just to be able to open it up all the way in the spring/summer!!!

    12. 04-08-2010 10:44 PM #12
      First time on here, but for what it is worth I have a 2010 Tiguan and the roof has been fine. No leaks or noise so far. But isn't that what warranties are for?

    13. 09-26-2010 05:04 PM #13
      My Tiguan is living up to rumors about VW quality being suspect. I have a reoccurring smell coming from the AC, a reoccurring window washer nozzle with low pressure, and now I see water stains on the roof from water leakage. I keep this car well even getting oil changes at 5k instead of 10K with only 15k on the odometer. I am really frustrated because I a have an 02 RAV4 that I drive the piss out of that gives me no issues at all but this car is like a primadonna for no reason. I mean my wife drives it really easy. It almost make me want to stay away from VWs and Audis all together.

    14. 09-26-2010 11:31 PM #14
      I am sad to hear that some people have had problems with their Tiguans.

      Over here, our Tiguan has been absolutely flawless. The only leak we had was a minor drip on one side of the hatchback, which turned out to be a dead wasp wedged into the rubber seal.

      Our panoramic sunroof has been a complete champ, and has not leaked a single drop, despite being out every day in a harsh Canadian winter and a very wet Canadian summer.
      Last edited by reservoircat; 09-26-2010 at 11:34 PM.

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      09-29-2010 01:46 PM #15
      2010 Wolf model, almost 8,000 miles, no issues at all with the sunroof.

      Only issue we had was with the backup camera, but dealer did an update to the software, no more issue.

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      10-01-2010 12:01 PM #16
      In the MKVI forum JSW owners have started discussing this as wagons have been surfacing which have required the replacement of the pano-roof frame. I believe that their issue has been leaks and not rattles and noise.

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      10-08-2010 12:34 AM #17
      Safety is an aspect that I was personally very concerned about before buying my Tig with the pano roof. I was put at ease by the strong crash testing results for the car. (The roof crush tests had not yet been conducted.)

      When I saw how well the Tigs that have crashed protected their occupants (in the threads linked above), I became very proud of the work VW did on this car. And it gives me high confidence in the car that I bought.

      The roof is really good as far as reliability and sealing against leaks. There have been few reports (that I've seen) of leaks or problems. I recall maybe two reports of folks saying that the roof wouldn't close or open for them at one time or another. I think they were freak incidents, considering that these reports are statistically so close to non-existent.

      No sunroof is immune to the possibility of a leak. The most common cause is blockage of the drainage pipes. It's good to test the drains on a regular basis (at least once a year). I do this with lubricant spray like wd-40. Not only is it thin so it runs out, but it also lubes the tube, so debris will flow through freely.

      A friend of mine with a Subaru wagon recently had a leak in his roof, because the tube(s) clogged. He parks outside 365 days a year. If you do that, it's extremely important to test the tubes regularly.

      IMO, the smartest/safest path is to forgo the sunroof, if you don't feel strongly about wanting it. I got it because I was buying pre-owned and didn't have many/any options. If I was buying new, I would have probably bought a solid roof Tig.

    18. 01-08-2012 01:25 PM #18
      I purchased a Certified Pre Owned 2009 VW Tiguan SE 4Motion on December 30th 2011 so just over 1 week old now. I have the issue where the roof will not close.

      Opens fine, closes sometimes but most of the time when you turn the dial to close it, the roof slides forward 1" and then back.

      you have to use the override to get it to close when it does this.

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      01-13-2012 01:41 PM #19
      I was at a local dealer last night picking up my jetta from service. My wife and I were browsing the used Tiguans and noticed one of the two with pano roofs had crazy condensation on the inside of the windshield. The other had none. It was raining earlier this week and the weather last night was in the low 40's. I am kind of worried about the sunroof problems, my self because we're looking to buy a used Tiguan in the near future and would like that option.
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      01-13-2012 01:44 PM #20
      I now have a leak in my Tig and I fear it may be the roof. I am starting to see small amounts of water enter the cabin around the front passenger door sill. It could be coming in through the door, however. I'm not dying to pull panels and search for the cause myself, so I'll have to have the dealer investigate.

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      05-14-2012 11:55 AM #21
      I REALLY wanted a Pan roof! This has me a bit nervous.

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      07-25-2012 07:03 PM #22
      I was happy that for over 3 years i did not have an issues with leaks... now... 39,000 miles on the clock Monday morning driving to O'Hare I noticed water running into the drivers side footwell area... then I noticed the upper right corner next to the make up mirror being wet



      great.... now i have to deal with this... have not had time yet to check where it;s from but suspect the pano-roof...
      Last edited by Dietmar; 07-30-2012 at 01:02 AM.

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      07-25-2012 09:20 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Dietmar View Post
      I was happy that for over 3 years i did not have an issues with leaks... now... 39,000 miles on the clock Monday morning driving to O'Hare I noticed water running into the drivers side footwell area... then I noticed the upper right corner next to the make up mirror being wet



      great.... now i have to deal with this... have not had time yet to check where it;s from but suspect the pano-roof...
      I bet the drain channels are clogged with leaves.

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      07-26-2012 09:20 PM #24
      maybe... I'd though need to know where they are... I have found the hole near the front of the sunnroof where water would go into the drain but do not know how to clean it....

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      07-27-2012 07:14 AM #25
      Sunroof problems are unfortunately prevalent enough that it spawned a class action lawsuit and judgement in the US affecting models as new as 2009 (and the design hasn't fundamentally changed for later models as a result)...there has been no such suit in Canada,but our 2010 Tiguan has a host of problems including water leaks and malfunctions.

      http://s1129.photobucket.com/albums/...unroof%20leak/

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