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Hello all,

My Fiesta is due in at the dealership this week or next. Early this year I went online and "built & priced" a Fiesta ST. After that I clicked the "search local inventory" button. It turns out my local dealer had already ordered one with everything I had speced out, except for the sunroof.

I went and test drove one, with a sunroof, and loved the car, but the front of the sunroof opening was behind my head.

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My last three cars have had sunroofs, and I've really loved them. I open the one in my Audi almost every drive. I like to open the sunshade and look up at the sky/stars. Unfortunately, unless I'm in the back seat that won't be possible. That's why I'm OK with the car coming in not having one. I still have time to change my mind, however.

I just wondered how the community feels about the Fiesta sunroof, whether your car has one or not.

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I'm not a fan of the placement of the sunroof either but for me, I feel boxed in without a sunroof. My last car didn't have one and i hated it. But thats just my opinion. Hope this helps
 

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Any light is better than no light, especially in the winter, I don't mind its positioning. What I love about the sunroof in this car is that it's far quieter than other cars I've had with them (VW GTIs mostly), whether in vent or slide mode. No buffeting, easy to carry on a conversation. I also like the dedicated switches for tilt or slide. Glad I have it.
 

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Maybe I'll test drive another Fiesta with a sunroof. (On a recent business trip I rented a Fiesta SE w/o sunroof, and I didn't mind. Of course, that was only for a day and a half...)

...and it also makes racing in a helmet hard for me (i am 6'1'').
I'm 6'0", so I hear 'ya. (And, I've been known to get on a track, too.)
 

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The sunroof behind might be an advantage as whenever I had it opened during the day, in my previous car, the sun always seemed to be in my face and eyes.
 

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I didn't get one - never had one - but the placement was awkward as I'd never get to appreciate it unless I was a passenger.

If it was a Focus or a Fusion, it'd be a no-brainer.

I do, however, regret not getting the Nav option. I have my phone, but for that 1% the time I'm in a deadzone, I'll be kicking myself.

The only other option - the painted wheels - are nice, and definitely add some sportiness to the car, but for $400 I'd rather paint the wheels and get a BBK.

The options I really want - lighted door sills, projector housings, autodimming mirror, backup camera, etc. - aren't even available in the US market.
 

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I really like my sunroof, my wife talked me into getting it saying every sports cars need a sunroof. Plus it lets alot more light in which is nice, doesn't make the inside as dark.
 

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I wish i had not gotten the sunroof. It puts about 30lb of weight on the worse part of the car (the top) and it also makes racing in a helmet hard for me (i am 6'1'').
I did get the sunroof. Initially, I wanted to pass for the same reasons you stated, but a car came available and I took it.

With that said, I recall reading the weight difference was 18 pounds (though, I'll admit not remembering where I read that and I haven't seen it elsewhere. We can, however, agree, it is heavier with a sunroof).

I have had the car on track and fit just fine with my helmet. I'm 6 foot 2 and sitting on more fat than I should be. Headroom wasn't an issue at all.

The rearward placement is necessitated by the bubble shape of the roof and, yes, it does suck a bit, but overall, I am very pleased I got the roof. I found zero downsides and if the additionally above-the-beltline weight causes anyone to catch me on track, I'll just have to use my skill to pass them back.

The additional ventilation, and light does make the cabin a better place to be. If I was going road racing with it and installing a cage then I would have passed on the roof. This car will spend 98% of its life on road and maybe 2% on a race track. The sunroof is appropriate and will work for nearly everyone.
 

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I know in my 2012 focus I got it with the sunroof, and the headliner rattled like crazy around where the sun roof was. Ive had the roofliner replaced 3 times and still rattles and buzzes. I can't say this is the same with the FiST, but for that reason i opted out of one for my fiesta
 

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I didn't order mine, but if I had I would have gotten the sunroof having had one in all of my cars. However, I don't even notice not having one anymore. Knowing now where the location is it would annoy me having it behind my head, plus I like having the added head room with space for a helmet. Plus you get 30lbs lower center of gravity.
 

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I don't care either way at this point. Mine has a sunroof because that's the model they had on the lot and I was not willing to order one and wait. If I had to go back and order one, though, I'd probably go without.
 

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I could take it or leave it. I have one simply because I bought my car off the lot. I would not have ordered it.
+ 1 for me. I would not have ordered the car with it. But it was on the car that i wanted, so now i have a sunroof. That said, i have owned the car almost two months and have not opened the roof yet.
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Same boat as everyone else - I've also got a Miata in the garage, so if it's nice enough to have the roof open, I'm probably out in that - but the dealer had one on the lot with a sunroof and was willing to deal, so I've got a sunroof. I'm 6'2" and I still have headroom, so I'm OK with it. My daughter loves to be able to see the stars at night.
 

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I don't like the idea of having a heavy sunroof on a tall narrow car. Some Fiat Abarth owners go as far as to say it ruins them.
I would consider it if it were a cool larger variant like on the veloster or even on the Mini but the one on the fiesta is about the size of 3 A4 pieces of paper and as OP said it's mounted oddly behind the driver due to the slope of the A-pillar
It's a $1200 option in Canada and I have better ways to spend my money.
 

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I initially ordered my car with no sunroof as I particularly didnt Want a sunroof. Buying my second s2000 so thats where I'll be having my top down fun, dont need a sunroof. And at 1200 here in Canada, now way. But the dealership threw it in for free as they were eager to sell the one they had just built and hadn't Sold yet. They three it in for free as they had delayed my build 3 times and I was getting fed up.
If it wasn't for that I would never have bought it. Just hate the rattling and possible leaks in the future.
 

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Well, my decision has been made. I'm taking the car without the sunroof. I stopped by the dealer today...

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...and they happened to have two Fiestas sitting next to each other; an SE with a sunroof and an ST without.

I took the SE for a test drive. I took my time to adjust the seat as I would likely have it if it was my DD. I drove half the loop with the roof open, half closed. (None in the tilt position, but I opened the sunshade with the glass closed.)
I enjoyed the airflow, but didn't feel "closed in" with it shut. As we've discussed, due to the design of the car, and my preferred seating position, I couldn't "gaze at the stars", as I like to do,

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Above is the SE.

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My head doesn't have much clearance (and it doesn't even have HAIR!)

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When I returned to the dealership I asked for the keys to the ST. I didn't drive it; I just sat in it. The first thing I noticed was the extra headroom. I didn't think it would make that big of a difference, but in a car this small, fractions matter. I also sat in the rear seat of each car, and noticed the extra headroom there, too. Interestingly, even though the headliner of the SE was light tan, and the ST black, I felt less "closed in" in the ST.

The salesman told me the car is in port at Baltimore, so I can hardly wait!

Coincidentally, I drove the Flex today...

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...and it has a sunroof more to my liking!
 
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