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2008. August.

Have a few 08 Prius just arrived. Please call me if interested.

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Merry Christmas, Hello EveryOne ! Wishing you a very Happy & Prosperous New Year for you All !

In Additions to All my Hybrid threads this one is all dedicated to Prius "Sunroofs & Leathers plus other useful accessories for your Prius.

Prius MFD internet access, Back up Camera reflected in your MFD plus back up sensor, GPS sytem right in your Prius MFD screen. ( Being develped right now ) and many, many, more useful Prius periphral gears.

Tomorrow is the D-Day ! I will have my "Sunroof" installed ! Along with the Leathers. I hate that fussy cloth material especially in Tan interior. Pics,Pics, coming up for everyone to see.... If my work schedule permits, I would like to go and see the whole process beguinning with the roof aperture ( Cut the roof ) I'm anxious......and Nervous......but it is done in my friends place that beeing doing this roof and leathers for the last 16 or so years since I met the Operator and owner...and still doing business with him so I got to trust him ? !

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My wife just called me to tell me that the Sunroof and Leather implemented my "New" 04 Prius, has been delivered back to my house from my Friends at: Coach Automotive: The entity which did the Sunroof and Leathers for my Prius. I'll be off this Sunday so I will be taking lots of Pics, and Pics so I can upload to this site, Stay tuned so you can see them !

Oh what a feelings to own a Prius, with Sunroof and leathers !
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Hello to All 04~09 PriusCentis !

Do I have news for you all ! My specialty accessories aftermarket specialist the "Coach Automotive of Northern CA" has come up finally with the Super- Sunroof for the HSD Prius. ! At $1295.00 plus tax !

It has the roof curvature and all, looks fantastic it retracts, lifts up Glass MoonRoof with inner shade. .

Trying to take pics of the Roof and upload so you all can see.

This entity, the Coach Automotive, does all my
sumptuous leather conversion in any color and multi-colored such as two toned center perforation and heated seats.

and as well as the regular Sunroofs for the Toyota line of vehicles.
The Prius Sunroofs took so long in developing the Roof due to the unusual shape of the Prius domed-roof.

They have purchased a Prius to work on test benching the development of the Roof and finally the Sunroof is created. More news later on the price.

The ultra-slippery shape of the roof line is retained and should be no reduction on the CD of the original Prius.

Anyone can bring in their Prius and have it done ! The Coach Automotive is located in CA North !

Also you can convert the inside of your Prius with the "Sumptuous Leathers" Done in any way you prefer.

Order reserve your 06 Prius then if desired add the "Sunroof"
Then there is a way to customize your Prius interior
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let talk upgrades later if needed, but in meantime send in your request
today for the Sunroofs and Leathers!

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Where are you located and how do I get on the list for one.? how much does it cost?????? I am in Oakland CA...so close..can I come by and see it? thanks d

drdarwin $1495.00 For the Sunroof. $1495.00 For the Two Toned Leather.

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Where are you located and how do I get on the list for one.? how much does it cost?????? I am in Oakland CA...so close..can I come by and see it? thanks d


drdarwin, Yes you are very close. I'm in Fremont CA you know the Bay Area. See below:

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Anybody who wants the Prius "Sunroof" installed can be had for $1995.00
plus tax !

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Pictures, yes I do have to upload the Pics ! I have been so busy delivering the 06 Prii for the PriusCentis that I forgot the Pics ! I had my Digi Cam the other day here at work but forgot about it! 06 Prius delivery is the most important thing for me now is to take care of 06 Prii recipients !
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Amazing ! Over 30, 04-05 Prius SunRoof installation done. Less than 2 weeks since the Roof became available ! I'm really convinced that the PriusCentis were longing and waitin' for the Roof........A Reality now ...
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Pictures? Dont have or forgot your digi cam, use a cell phone camera at bare minimum. A pic would be nice to see.


Fred


What is the installed weight gain of your sun/moonroof?

Thanks and happy holidays!

The weught is 30 lbs !


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this thread is worthless without pics!

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Ok, Ok, I will take the pics and will upload promiss, as soon as I get hold of my "Vendors" sample Prii. got to get hold of it so be patient. Also I'm going to get my own Prius as my "New year's resolution. ! I will do mine in Two toned leathers and the SunRoof as well ! So it could be my own Prii or the other but will post !
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To be honest, $1995 for sunroof (even if it is moonroof) is steep.
Therefore, it has to match the curve of Prius roof to match that cost!
Naturally, picture is needed.
Coach Automotive in Fremont?.. I sent them three emails for leather interior installation and quote. Not a single response. I wondered if they had closed. Apparently not. Not a big fan of their business practice.
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$2K for a friggin, moonroof!?!?! You gotta be kidding me.

I have had a moonroof on like my last 4 or 5 cars, plus our other current
car besides the Prius has one, for the amount of time I use them, I wouldn't pay $300 for the moonroof on the Prius. For most of us, I would imagine a moonroof is one of those things that sounds better than it is. We like the idea of it, but we don't actually use it very much. At least not since I was like 20 yrs old.

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Opinion alert!

I suppose I'm in the minority, however I just don't see the logic to moon roofs or sun roofs. I've seen the mechanism for them a number of times and frankly it seems like a Rhub Goldberg to me. The motors, wiring, switches, track, and gearing when viewed in the buff don't give me a great deal of confidence in long term reliability. I'm not assuming that manufacturers aren't making them to be reliable, but I just don't trust them to work properly for the length of time I tend to keep cars. On top of the mechanism itself, there are the seals and drainage track that has to be added to the mechanism in order to deal with various weather conditions. How many stories of leaking sunroofs have I heard and the problem with weather stripping, but clogged drain track. Imagine how difficult it is to clean clogged drain track. That depends on how long the track is and how it is configured, but it could require as little as shoving a long pipe cleaner down it to removing the headliner to to the track to clean it out.

Anyway, if I want air running through my hair and the feeling of uncovered motoring, I'll opt for a convertible any day. There are lots of really nice convertibles being built now (Mustang, Beetle, and so forth) that would fill my fix of open air driving, if I had such a desire. Who knows, maybe in the future.
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To be honest, $1995 for sunroof (even if it is moonroof) is steep.
Therefore, it has to match the curve of Prius roof to match that cost!
Naturally, picture is needed.
Coach Automotive in Fremont?.. I sent them three emails for leather interior installation and quote. Not a single response. I wondered if they had closed. Apparently not. Not a big fan of their business practice.


HI Ceric. You know why they did not respond ? The are wholeseller installer for CA dealers. They do not deal with Non-Dealer referred customers direct. They only do works if for instance: I tell them do this job for a client....or refer a customer to them direct coming from me...
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I didn't intend to vent my anger of them at you.
It is nice to know that they don't deal with "little guy" like me. However, maybe you should tell them someday to respond to emails like mine with a one-liner,
"Sorry, we don't do retail installation".
That would have saved me two emails after the first one.

I have been to Fremont Toyota a couple times and have seen your commercials on Japanese-language TV channel. Maybe I will say hi to you someday when my Prius goes in for service.

On moonroof, I am not a big fan, either.
The one on my Bimmer broke twice within two years (under warranty, $2000 each on paper). Both times, the cable snapped (don't ask me). The tech said I used it too much (guity here. I popped it out 1 inch for venting in hot summer). Now, everytime I use it, I pray because my Bimmer is out of warranty now...
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Opinion alert!

I suppose I'm in the minority, however I just don't see the logic to moon roofs or sun roofs. I've seen the mechanism for them a number of times and frankly it seems like a Rhub Goldberg to me. The motors, wiring, switches, track, and gearing when viewed in the buff don't give me a great deal of confidence in long term reliability. I'm not assuming that manufacturers aren't making them to be reliable, but I just don't trust them to work properly for the length of time I tend to keep cars. On top of the mechanism itself, there are the seals and drainage track that has to be added to the mechanism in order to deal with various weather conditions. How many stories of leaking sunroofs have I heard and the problem with weather stripping, but clogged drain track. Imagine how difficult it is to clean clogged drain track. That depends on how long the track is and how it is configured, but it could require as little as shoving a long pipe cleaner down it to removing the headliner to to the track to clean it out.

Anyway, if I want air running through my hair and the feeling of uncovered motoring, I'll opt for a convertible any day. There are lots of really nice convertibles being built now (Mustang, Beetle, and so forth) that would fill my fix of open air driving, if I had such a desire. Who knows, maybe in the future.


Actually, and I have had only factory installed sunroofs for a long long time. I have never had leakage. I have had friends and family with leakage, but to my recollection (and I could be wrong) they were all aftermarket installed units. On my 238,000 mile at trade in Camry, it had a factory installed sunroof, and it never leaked a drop -- ever. It was never serviced either, never had an issue. And while I rarely drove with it open, see previous post, I used it a lot during the summer. I would pop it up a little bit to keep the interior from building up too much heat.

I hardley ever drove with it open, 'cause I hated the wind noise it created for not much air flow. I would rather use the AC and get a nice reasonable temperature. In someways it is hotter with the moonroof open, because now you have the sun beating down on your head. Forget it if you are follically challenged.

For $2k, I just wouldn't install an aftermarket sunroof. Unless you know you will use it often.

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But Ricky is in the business of selling cars and the sunroof is an off times request on most cars today. There are parts of the country where they are used for comfort continuously. The wind noise can usually be cancelled out by the use of a small air dam type spoiler.
Two grand in the aftermarket for one moulded for the Prius top is probably a fair price for this type of installation which if offered by the factory would be between $395 and five hundred dollars.
Folks requesting this obviously don't consider money spent for what they want in a hybrid is wasted.


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I like the idea of a moon/sun roof but not at 2G. Plus, just yesterday I had to apply duct tape around the perimeter of my GF's sun roof on her 2003 Honda CRV. Warranty expired at 36,000 and the extended warranty probably will not cover it.
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Shouldn't cost more than a few bucks for a gasket. Afterall, it is a reliable Honda.


That would be nice.
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I agree with the forum at $2G it is a touchy little too much ? But consider this: For a long time we were saying the Sun/Moonroof installation application is not possible due to the "Unusual" shape of the Prius roof lines. It is curved upwards and according to my Vendor, the time and money they have spent in engineering the Sunroof cost them big time. They even had to purchase a Prius so they can tinker, the trial and experiment for the Sunroof implementation/fabrication. The numbers are low for the time beeing but when 40 roof installed already will go to the 100s then the price will come downwards. I, myself purchased a "Private"
use Prius ! ( Non-Company my _DEMO_ or Customers baby-sitting Prius )
but my very own ! and I'm going to commision the "Coach" people to install me the Sunroof and the Leathers done in Two-Tone-with Center Perforation as well. The PICS, I know the PICS will be coming soon ! I should have not _Mentioned_ or open my big mouth !

Cheers every one and have a nice New Year's Eve Party ! Prosperity and healthy happy life ahead, these are my wishes for all PriusCentis out there ! A Happy New Year... Don't over do it.....Drive careful...and keep on posting to the forum.
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Hi, Rickey:

I didn't intend to vent my anger of them at you.
It is nice to know that they don't deal with "little guy" like me. However, maybe you should tell them someday to respond to emails like mine with a one-liner,
"Sorry, we don't do retail installation".
That would have saved me two emails after the first one.

I have been to Fremont Toyota a couple times and have seen your commercials on Japanese-language TV channel. Maybe I will say hi to you someday when my Prius goes in for service.

On moonroof, I am not a big fan, either.
The one on my Bimmer broke twice within two years (under warranty, $2000 each on paper). Both times, the cable snapped (don't ask me). The tech said I used it too much (guity here. I popped it out 1 inch for venting in hot summer). Now, everytime I use it, I pray because my Bimmer is out of warranty now...


Oh Hi Ceric-San ! Ye I did talked to the Outfits owner and my friend and told him that not answering emails is bad ! He did apologised and said to me that he was not reading the emails ! So big apology to you in his behalf ! I have not ever heard that Toyota procured parts from its affiliated suppliers in this case the Sunroof parts manufacturer ( Japanese sourced parts ) Toyota does demand a very high and quality parts from their affilliated parts maker. When Toyota has to buy the parts from let say: A GM, Ford,Chrysler parts suppliers; Toyota Engineers will go to their
plants and if parts beeing manufactured for the Toyota brands found to be not to Toyotas quality and standard, The Toyota Engineers will advise/educate the parts manufacturers Engineering staff and teach them for "Free" to make a better and durable parts including for the Big threes !
So Toyota parts are durable and won't be having that early metal fatigue of you Bimmer Sunroof ! Toyota's Motto: DQR= Durable, Quality, Reliable ! and Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive is NVH free ! No Noise, no Vibration, no Harshness, Smooth running hybrid......
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I like the idea of a moon/sun roof but not at 2G. Plus, just yesterday I had to apply duct tape around the perimeter of my GF's sun roof on her 2003 Honda CRV. Warranty expired at 36,000 and the extended warranty probably will not cover it.


cheak any weep holes too, see that they aren't plugged up somehow. Talk to your local Honda shop, they might be able to get it covered depending on what is the problem.



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ScubaX wrote:
I like the idea of a moon/sun roof but not at 2G. Plus, just yesterday I had to apply duct tape around the perimeter of my GF's sun roof on her 2003 Honda CRV. Warranty expired at 36,000 and the extended warranty probably will not cover it.


cheak any weep holes too, see that they aren't plugged up somehow. Talk to your local Honda shop, they might be able to get it covered depending on what is the problem.

Spike


Thanks for the help. Even taped up it still allows some water in but, not as much. Big Big storm coming our way Friday and Saturday. I hope those drain holes are not plugged.
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But Ricky is in the business of selling cars and the sunroof is an off times request on most cars today. There are parts of the country where they are used for comfort continuously. The wind noise can usually be cancelled out by the use of a small air dam type spoiler.
Two grand in the aftermarket for one moulded for the Prius top is probably a fair price for this type of installation which if offered by the factory would be between $395 and five hundred dollars.
Folks requesting this obviously don't consider money spent for what they want in a hybrid is wasted.


Oft requested sure, but my point was that how many people actually use them. It seems to be one of those things we think we will use, and then don't really. A $2k option is tough on a $25k car. As far as for comfort, since nearly every car sold today comes with AC, it is hard to argue that the moon roof is a comfort item. If you want it, fine, but to argue it is a comfort item is tough. Doesn't prode any more wind than rolling down the window. Like I said, I have had one on every one of my last half dozen or so cars, prior to the Prius. The first couple, 'cause I wanted it, the last couple, because I was buying top of the line models, and they came with them automatically.
I tried the air dams on two cars. In those two cases, the wind noise with the sunroof open was indeed significantly lessened. However, I found the wind noise when the sunroof was closed was slightly increased. Since most of the time the roof is closed, it didn't make any sense to withstand the louder sound for most of the driving for less sound on occassional driving.
$395 - $500 would certainly be more reasonable. Certainly I personally would feel better about paying $2k for a factory system, than $500 for an aftermarket version. Just for the piece of mind. To pay $2k for an aftermarket version, and then have to worry about problems down the road; is not me. Unless it was something I really really wanted.

And yes, I know even at $2,000 people will certainly pay it. That wasn't my argument. People want what the want, and will pay the price. People pay tens of thousands to covert their non convertible cars into convertibles, when the manufacturer doesn't offer it from the factory. People pay tens of thousands for the wheels and sound system they want as well.

It just reminds me of my last apartment before we bought. about 70 -75 units if I remember correctly. We had a nice pool in the main courtyard. There were only 3 or 4 of us that used it ever (including this Brazillian girl with a bikini the size of a postage stamp...., but I digress). I remember talking to the manager about it on more than one occassion. And how even though I liked it, and used it, and liked to be able to come home on a hot night and go for a swim, it would seem to make more sense to fill it in and do like a picnic area or a kid's playground. Since the expense of maintining it and heating it in the winter was certainly substantial. She was un hesitant in her response that it she would never suggest that to the owners. That having the pool was just a HUGE selling point to prospective renters -- even though 95% would never use it, most like the idea of having it. And made living choices based on it. I suggest moonroofs are the same. Lots of people like the idea of having one, and ohh and ahh when you show off that your new car has one, but few of us actually use one on a regular basis.

Spike << might pay $2k for a convertible Prius, unquestionably would if it were done by Toyota

There again, sun-roofs are a personal matter. For five years of commuting from Boston to New York once a week I enjoyed the one in my 325 BMW 2/3rds of the year. Much quieter than an open window and far more economical than using the A/C.
Kept me awake on that 230 mile drive at 2 AM in the morning and was so desirable an option that I would personally have a factory option done on any new car I could get one on. But most of the after market jobs I have seen would be unacceptable and $2,000 would not make any sense at all, but you also have to take into consideration that there are a lot of Prius purchasers who spent as much as $5,000 over list just to get a Prius and I expect Rickey will send more than a few of his buyers in for the modification.

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There again, sun-roofs are a personal matter. For five years of commuting from Boston to New York once a week I enjoyed the one in my 325 BMW 2/3rds of the year. Much quieter than an open window and far more economical than using the A/C.
Kept me awake on that 230 mile drive at 2 AM in the morning and was so desirable an option that I would personally have a factory option done on any new car I could get one on. But most of the after market jobs I have seen would be unacceptable and $2,000 would not make any sense at all, but you also have to take into consideration that there are a lot of Prius purchasers who spent as much as $5,000 over list just to get a Prius and I expect Rickey will send more than a few of his buyers in for the modification.


Hi Hyperion, Happy New Year ! I remember when I had to go to Boston from N.Y.C. using the Mass Turnpike especially in the Spring-Summer time the green sceanery was fantastic to see ! I did not know the distance were only 230 miles. I thought that it took me for-ever to reach Boston ! Yes I did opened up the "Sunroof" with the "Air-Dam" on it and it was much quiter than opening up the side windows. The Sunroof also works as vacuum in sucking away the "Bad Air" thus inside vehicle's cabin is fresh smelling ! Also nowdays, there is not such things a s "Factory" installed or
done later by a a independent shop. be it factory or after the fact they use the same Sunroof procured either from: Webasto/Hollandia or the Japanese made Sunroofs which I do not know the "Marque"..... Yes the cost advantage when Toyota does it in balks priced lower. at around $900 Power tilt/and slide. Not the $400~$500 as you mention. So $1995 probably not as good as the $900 factory cost but it is a Custom Job and very distinctive, Your Prius has Roof that were not available from 01 to 06
now can be installed on the HSD Prius of 04-06 ! It is, different stroke for different folks ! Some say reasonable some say too much ! It the same as the Prius buyers that pays MSRP and others trying to get it for under $5000 off list ! So it is matter or perceived value, individual perspective...
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Awaiting anxiously for my Sunroof installation finish on my HSD Prius !

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This is not cheap..This Hybrid stuff is just crazy. I ended up purchasing the Highlander Hybrid the other day from you. I just wanted to thank you again very much for the simple no hassle professional service you provided to us.
Now my wife is a little jealous because I have sunroof in my Highlander Hybrid and she does not have one in her Prius..Can you help us out with the sunroof so she doesn't take my Highlander. Also this will get me in good with her and maybe I can get lucky...lol .. please let me know you have all my info.

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I was talking to my BF about this concept and he's definitely interested. He just landed a job in Palo Alto so I'll be up lots visitting, so we'll definitely come by and check it out (if my ever Prius comes in *cry*).

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Hello Phish Phood, My wife just called me to tell me that the Sunroof and Leather implemented my "New" 04 Prius, has been delivered back to my house from my Friends at: Coach Automotive: The entity which did the Sunroof and Leathers for my Prius. I'll be off this Sunday so I will be taking lots of Pics, and Pics so I can upload to this site, Stay tuned so you can see them !

Oh what a feelings to own a Prius, with Sunroof and leathers !

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