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Old 15-09-2008   #1
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I've read some interesting questions on another thread about the Skydome so I thought I'd share some wisdom about this option on the bravo.




First, this is a very nice factory option (can't be added after purchase of the car) and I recommend it to anyone looking to buy a bravo despite the little niggles I'll point out later, it's a very reliable tinted glass sunroof that allows to see the sky from the rear and front seats and is electrically operable to open in three stages.

When it's open, you can drive up to 50 mph without much wind noise thanks to the built in wind deflector that pops up when you open the roof.

When shut, you can drive up to 120 mph without a problem. Above that speed, the wind starts pushing the rubber seals producing an annoying whistling noise. (any high speed freaks will want to install an after market wind deflector)

The performance downside to the Skydome is slightly more body roll due to the added weight of the glass and higher center of gravity of the car. (as an opposite example, the big innovation of the new BMW M3 is the super light carbon fiber roof, making the car's center of gravity lower and improving its handling prowesses)

The only solution to body roll : Lowering suspentions.

If you ask me, the improved looks of the car and the advantage of a large sunroof outweighs (pun intended) the little minuses on the performance side.

Little tip for Skydome owners who might not know : when opening the canvas cover, you need to hook the handle to a little notch at the back to avoid rattling. (have a look then you'll know what I'm talking about)

Please stay on topic when replying or asking questions.
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re: Skydome Q&A

Thanks Tad-bravo. One question, I assume the canvas is not electronically operated?

I have a Croma at the moment and that's electric.

My Bravo is, hopefully, a couple weeks away (with the skydome sunroof).
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re: Skydome Q&A

Correct, it's manual with a spring that rolls it in.
I always keep it open anyway, the tinted glass does a good job at filtering sunlight.

By the way, to open the canvas cover, you need to push the handle forward first to release it.
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re: Skydome Q&A

Hello Tad. I think u just answered to all my questions. Thnx a lot mate ;-)
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Just one more question Tad-Bravo. 120 mph means something like 180-190 kmh i suppose??
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yes, when you reach 190 km/h, the roof starts whistling.
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Well as there are not many roads here in Greece to reach 190 i do not think i will have a problem :-p
What about handling on a tight turn? Does it loose its stability because its top heavy?
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if the radio is on,not loud but on,you don't hear any noises up to 220km/h.
About the handling on a tight turn i can tell you that on ritsona(ριτσωνα)i didn't get any problems going pretty fast(uphill and down hill)
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Ftskamins thnx man :-D
That was exactly what i wanted to hear. :-D
Since u r Greek too can u tell me how is it with the heat during the hot months here? I have heard that with the skydome it gets hotter than without even if u close the cover.
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It gets hotter if you don't shut the canvas cover obviously, but I'm in Morocco which is even hotter than Greece and it's fine.
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Morocco!!! Nice ( i hope at least :-) )
Thnx mate. :-)
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No problem when the cover is closed
In any case the bi-zone climate works miracles!!
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re: Skydome Q&A

Quote Originally Posted by Tad-bravo View Post


The performance downside to the Skydome is slightly more body roll due to the added weight of the glass and higher center of gravity of the car. (as an opposite example, the big innovation of the new BMW M3 is the super light carbon fiber roof, making the car's center of gravity lower and improving its handling prowesses)

The only solution to body roll : Lowering suspentions.

If you ask me, the improved looks of the car and the advantage of a large sunroof outweighs (pun intended) the little minuses on the performance side.
Hi there, first post

Thinking about getting a new Bravo 150 Tjet and really like SkyDome thingy.

So I have a question on the "performance downside" you guys mention...Is there really any negative effect on the performance? I mean, has anybody tested it, or it's just an assumption, because the glass is a bit heavier?

I really can't believe a few more kilograms would make any difference, other than just statistical. And you guys even talk about lowering suspension!

Please, tell me my car will still accelerate in 8.2/8.5 from 0-100, cause I really like this feature.
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Quote Originally Posted by lyubohar View Post
Hi there, first post

Thinking about getting a new Bravo 150 Tjet and really like SkyDome thingy.

So I have a question on the "performance downside" you guys mention...Is there really any negative effect on the performance? I mean, has anybody tested it, or it's just an assumption, because the glass is a bit heavier?

I really can't believe a few more kilograms would make any difference, other than just statistical. And you guys even talk about lowering suspension!

Please, tell me my car will still accelerate in 8.2/8.5 from 0-100, cause I really like this feature.
I take it you mean KPH & not MPH for the 0-100 figure?
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Yep, km. As I also said "kilograms" and not...[that-hard-to-calculate-imperial-measure-that-you-strange-people-use]... But I think I'll have to get used with it...
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