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Old 12-22-2020, 07:12 PM
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I have the power sunroof in my 83 240D. It's been closed and weather tight since I bought the car a few years ago. I will not tempt fate and try to open it. At least, not until every single other "issue" with the car has been addressed (which will probably be never).
IMHO, the sunroof was the most idiotic option ever designed for any car.
"Hey guys, I have a great idea, let's put giant hole in the roof (directly above the driver and passenger) and seal it with a sliding panel of metal or glass. What could possibly go wrong?" SMH
Agreed.

I live in Australia and well, it's for those who want to be roasted by the sun...

It's just one of those things that needs to be sorted for " completeness " of the car to say everything works...

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Old 12-23-2020, 11:46 AM
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My 1980 W116 300SD had a power sunroof, and I converted it to a manual one with parts from a W123 300TD.
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Old 12-23-2020, 08:12 PM
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My 1980 W116 300SD had a power sunroof, and I converted it to a manual one with parts from a W123 300TD.
Any chance you could show us what parts you needed/used and any modifications you done to get it all working ?
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Old 12-23-2020, 10:02 PM
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Any chance you could show us what parts you needed/used and any modifications you done to get it all working ?
Here you go. It was pretty easy (except for actually getting the whole thing in and out of the car). My Custom 1980 W116 300SD Project
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Old 12-25-2020, 08:44 PM
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Plenty of US-spec 240's had manual sunroof, as well as all wagons.
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:08 PM
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Post Manual Sunroof

Yes, most European cars had this fine sunroof, it almost never sticks .

I was thinking bout changing the dead electric sunroof in my '84 coupe over but the damned junkyard wanted well over $100 for the roof section and I had to cut if off the car...

Either way to have it working well you need to spend some serious time first cleaning it of old rock hard grease then lubing then re assembling it and the cables on the powered roofs have to be 'timed' ~ ever one tooth off and they'll never work right .

The manual roof locks with an easy twist of the handle in any position .

When I was a young man I loved sun roofs and had them and used them often .

Now I don't really care, I'd like to have it work just because but there's more important jobs to do .

If you're planning this, don't buy a removed manual sun roof ! cut the top off a junker, this way you'll have every part, screw, bushing and slider etc...

I've rebuilt / overhauled / serviced more Golde sunroofs than I can recall, none were difficult, all were fiddly ad time consuming and *very* rewarding when finished .

My phsycho-***** ex G.F. was very fond of auto sex with the sunroof open or convertible top down....

The vicissitudes of youth .
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Old 12-26-2020, 03:58 PM
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I absolutely loved using my manual sunroof in Washington anytime it wasn't raining. When I moved to Arizona, I stopped using it entirely unless to vent the interior when parked in the shade.

But, one day something snapped, and now the wind deflector that pops out in front won't go down unless I push it down while closing the lid. The grease also got gummed up, so now it's permanently stuck shut until I can replace whatever it is that broke.
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:27 PM
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I like the idea of the simplicity of a manual sun roof. But there are best suited to temperate climates. I tried opening one in a wagon here in Phoenix a few years ago in summer and scalded my hand most unpleasantly. There is no use for one in a AZ except in winter. If I lived up north I'd probably have more use for one.

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