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I need to sort the headliner out, and i've been thinking about the sunroof... I dont like sunroofs, they leak, they're noisey, and my one wont set so i have a permanent error saying "Sunroof not set" on the dashboard.

Seen as i need to rip it all out anyway to do the headliner, i'm wondering if i should just remove it permanently?

Weld something over the hole perhaps? Anyone tried anything similar (on a P38 or anything else)?

Anyone fancy cutting out a section of roof skin from a breaker?

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If you've got a Nanocom or access to one, you can tell the BeCM it doesn't have a sunroof, then it won't work but won't give the sunroof not set message either.

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yeah i do have a nanocom, but it'll still howl with the wind and potentially leak water into the cabin etc etc.

The shutter/blind thing will also need retrimmed as thats all peeling off and falling to bits, which requires digging into the guts of the sunroof mechanism...

Not sure which is the lesser of two evils, dismantling, retrimming and reassembling the sunroof assembly or welding up the hole in the roof... 🤣

This is why jobs never get done... i always over-think everything, but i really dont like sunroofs, and given it all needs to come out suddenly it seems like a good idea to pick up a non-sunroof headliner, retrim it and then "simply swap it over"

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I don't have a view one way or another on sunroofs although I don't see the point of them in a car with climate control anyway. My Ascot has a sunroof and we retrimmed the headlining, including the blind, and it's actually no more difficult than when we trimmed mine without a sunroof. With the sunroof open and the headlining dropped out, the blind can just be popped out of its runners by bowing it. Mine doesn't howl in the wind and neither has any of the others with a sunroof I've owned or driven so I suspect yours isn't properly closed. Adjust it so it is flush with the roof and it shouldn't make a noise and, if you really don't want it and can't be bothered to fix it (and I wouldn't blame you for that), take the motor out and set Sunroof in the BeCM to Disabled.

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I deleted mine (after trying to repair the ridiculous plastic tracks) by disconnecting the motor and sealing the sunroof surround. I’d kind of like to have it working but I think it’s more money and work than it’s worth.

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I like the fact that the sunroof gives me a window in the roof but I I don't recall ever having the sunroof open in the eleven years I have owned it. As Richard says what is the point when you have climate control. I don't want the sunroof open for the same reason that I don't have any windows open causing noise & draughts.

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Mine makes generic wind noise. If you open it or tilt it a tiny amount the noise changes and you can sometimes "improve" it, but then the dash reports "Sunroof open". If you push/pull on the glass again you can make it quieter. Its clearly not sitting correctly against the seals. It probably would be improved noise-wise if the blind was closable, but closing the blind results in fabric and bits of foam falling into your hair and all over the cabin so gets left retracted.

Having tried to seal up a leaking sunroof on a previous car with silicone and polyurethane type sealants, the idea of trying to seal up this one in the same way doesnt appeal in the slightest. Removing it entirely and welding up the hole feels like a better solution but i suspect i'm somewhat under estimating the amount of work involved there. 🤣

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Gilbertd wrote:

If you've got a Nanocom or access to one, you can tell the BeCM it doesn't have a sunroof, then it won't work but won't give the sunroof not set message either.

Hi Richard, I thought I had played with all the options on my Nano....where can I do a sunroof delete for my 1996? TY!

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BeCM - Settings - Lights-Windows - Sunroof change from Enabled to Disabled and it won't know it is there so won't expect you to set it.