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OT: car question
Posted by: samintx
Date: November 10, 2011 04:38PM
I hear ads "moon roof" and "sun roof" in car ads on the radio. Is there a diff? I always called them "sun roof".
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: weapon
Date: November 10, 2011 04:39PM
sunroof opens, moon roof does not???
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2011 04:45PM
A sun roof is made of metal (or fabric in the olden days). A moon roof is made of glass (so that you can see the moon through it!).



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/10/2011 04:46PM by davester.
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: olnacl
Date: November 10, 2011 04:51PM
The answer?

"Sunroof" is the generic term used to describe an operable panel in a vehicle roof which can let in light and/or air. "Moonroof" is a term created by Ford in the 70s, yet is now used generically to describe glass panel inbuilt electric sunroofs.
Hmmm, so all moonroofs are sunroofs, yet not all sunroofs are moonroofs? We found further clarification -- "sunroof" is the term originally used to describe a metal panel that would only allow light or air in when opened. A "moonroof," on the other hand, is a glass panel that can allow light in even when it is closed (provided, of course, you slide back that nifty fabric-covered panel to expose the glass).

True sunroofs, those made just of metal, appear to have gone the way of 8-tracks in automobiles, and these days, most "sunroofs" are really "moonroofs" -- panels of tempered glass, usually tinted, that tilt up to allow a flow of air, or slide back into the roof entirely, giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

[ask.yahoo.com] But what do they know?
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2011 05:28PM
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olnacl
...giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

Not even close!



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 10, 2011 05:39PM
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davester
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...giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

Not even close!
Agreed! At high speeds, with a sunroof you don't get the wind trying to blow the hair on the back of your head onto your ears!
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2011 05:43PM
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lost in space
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olnacl
...giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

Not even close!
Agreed! At high speeds, with a sunroof you don't get the wind trying to blow the hair on the back of your head onto your ears!

You've obviously never been in a convertible with a wind deflector...a requirement for high speed driving.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 10, 2011 05:54PM
Nope. 55 T-Bird, Austin-Healey 3000.
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: davester
Date: November 10, 2011 06:00PM
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lost in space
Nope. 55 T-Bird, Austin-Healey 3000.

Wind deflectors are available for those cars, as they are for pretty much all convertibles.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 10, 2011 06:46PM
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...giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

Not even close!

but more likely to survive when some other driver crashes into your car and you roll over, even though it's not your fault.
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: microchip
Date: November 10, 2011 08:06PM
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davester
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lost in space
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davester
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olnacl
...giving the car occupants a brief but tantalizing glimpse of life in a convertible.

Not even close!
Agreed! At high speeds, with a sunroof you don't get the wind trying to blow the hair on the back of your head onto your ears!

You've obviously never been in a convertible with a wind deflector...a requirement for high speed driving.

I'm thankful the S2000 was designed with aerodynamics in mind. 80 miles an hour with the top down on a nice morning is fantastic.
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Re: OT: car question
Posted by: samintx
Date: November 10, 2011 08:31PM
Well, I guess all I've ever seen is a sun roof. Thanks for the clarification.
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