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I have been hearing that many makes have recently experienced exploding sunroofs. Has anyone had their sunroof explode on 5 generation Outback?

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Is that a bonus feature like needing an exploding sunroof to ejection seat the wife? I can see the value in that.
 

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My guess is no due to the OB’s smaller (normal) size. Consumer reports indicates this problem is across all manufacturers and is due to larger panoramic moonroof and thinner glass. I have seen a few complaints over on the Nissan Murano board about this, and they have the big glass.
 

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I have always had sunroof and never had a blowout.

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3rd generation Outback had a much larger sunroof than the current model, and no unusual trouble with glass breaking.

It doesn't sound like the current model is having any trouble either.
 

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I never had a sun roof seal well enough to blow out. ;-)
 

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I would think they would be made of the same material a windshield is made of. I never saw a windshield exploding.
 

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I would think they would be made of the same material a windshield is made of. I never saw a windshield exploding.
Windshields (in the usa) are laminated layers of glass and stretchy plastic. All the other windows are tempered (heat-treated) glass. Tempered windows are designed to "explode" into tiny, low-mass blunt cubes, while the laminated windshield tries to entrap all the sharp bits in the plastic layers and remain in as few pieces as possible.

You can get tempered glass to blow out with just the right conditions of temperature and mechanical stress.

Subaru sunroofs have a very slack fit, so they are very tolerant to the body flexing and the mechanism opening and closing. They are not totally rainproof as a result- they are designed to leak a small amount, and they have an internal gutter & drainspout system to deal with this. The net result is 100% rainproof as long as you keep the drain clean.
 

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I never had a sun roof seal well enough to blow out. ;-)
Ahhh, previous Jeep owner, eh?

Subaru sunroofs have a very slack fit, so they are very tolerant to the body flexing and the mechanism opening and closing. They are not totally rainproof as a result- they are designed to leak a small amount, and they have an internal gutter & drainspout system to deal with this. The net result is 100% rainproof as long as you keep the drain clean.
How do you keep those drains clean?
 

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There is an article in the current issue of Consumer Reports, but Subaru is NOT called out in the article.
 

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I had the sunroof on my 2015 Legacy 3.6R blow outwards last Xmas week when coming home from skiing. Sounded like a bomb went off. They replaced it under warranty.
 

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The big issue I've heard off causing sunroofs to blow is these newer car washes with the high velocity wind dryers toasting sunroofs!
 

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Mine as well, last Thursday. Fortunately the sunshade was closed so no glass in the car. It did sound like a bomb went off as others have said. Called the dealer ans was told no coverage.
 
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