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On the 90-92 Broughams, the "astro roofs". How rare are they? Do they ad value to the car? I have only seen (pics) of a select few with them. Never saw one in person. In a way I would love one in my 90, but on the other hand wouldnt want one, cuz it runs the chance of leaks. My roof leaks in my 96 Town Car with 69k miles, yet my dads 95 with 140k is tight and works like new.

Anyone got one in their Cadillac?:bling: :yeah:
 

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Yes, they are VERY rare. More often than not, it seems, when you actually do find a Fleetwood or Brougham with a power sunroof, it actually is one that was installed later on, as a dealer add-on. Actually, about half of the ones I've ever seen are these aftermarket units.

That said, there are still quite a few cars out there that have the factory-installed Astroroofs. Not a large amount of them, but still some do--they just tend to be "tucked away" in a garage somewhere. More on the '93-96 ones than anything else, as finding a '90-92 car with one is even MORE difficult, since even less were produced, I think.

The stock ones, and the aftermarket ones if done correctly, do add some $$ to the overall value of the car, but more so an "emotional" value to them, since they're just more coveted and searched for by buyers.

Matter of fact, the '93 FWB I'm currently looking at (and might have you inspect for me:sneaky: ), has a power roof, but I'm unsure as to whether it's a factory Astroroof or not. Anxious to find out, either way, though!
 

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Here's a couple pics of a genuine, factory Astroroof in a '96 FWB:




Another thing I've noticed is that, with the factory ones, the headliner drop is lower and more noticeable than it is in cars that have had aftermarket jobs--the first black/black '93 FWB we looked at had an Astroroof, and my head initially was in the headliner when I first got in because of this.
 

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They only really add value for someone who wants one. A lot of people usually don't care if it has one or not and if they had to pay a lot more just because a car has one they'd probably just look for another one. Aftermarket ones are worse. They're usually hack jobs that can make the car worth less.
 

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brougham said:
They only really add value for someone who wants one. A lot of people usually don't care if it has one or not and if they had to pay a lot more just because a car has one they'd probably just look for another one. Aftermarket ones are worse. They're usually hack jobs that can make the car worth less.
All true, and just like I said--the only real value adder is if it was something the buyer really wants (that would be ME!). As for the aftermarket ones, I've seen a lot more good ones than bad ones, so as long as I was happy with the installation quality--either one would work for me.
 

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The only way I'd buy one with an aftermarket one would be if it was a car I really wanted and the price was right. I'd rather have one that has no moon roof at all then one that has an aftermarket one in it. It would also have to be the kind that opens up underneath the roof. If it was the kind that slides open over the roof I wouldn't even consider buying it.
 

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brougham said:
The only way I'd buy one with an aftermarket one would be if it was a car I really wanted and the price was right. I'd rather have one that has no moon roof at all then one that has an aftermarket one in it. It would also have to be the kind that opens up underneath the roof. If it was the kind that slides open over the roof I wouldn't even consider buying it.
Yeah, mostly same here--though I've never seen anyone install one of the cheaper top sliders in a car like a Fleetwood or Brougham. I've only ever seen the in-builts that go in between the headliner and roof panel in these cars.

Typically, the pop up and slide back type are used in smaller, cheaper cars (GM uses them from the factory in the Lacrosse, Rendezvous, and Grand Prix, however), and aren't as well integrated as in-builts. All depends on the model and, LARGELY, on the experience of who puts it in.

That being said, my sunroof-free '93 FWB already has roof/windshield molding leak problems, so I can only imagine running into the same, if not worse, on an equally old car with a roof. Regardless, I STILL want one!
 

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Here's a couple pics of a genuine, factory Astroroof in a '96 FWB:




Another thing I've noticed is that, with the factory ones, the headliner drop is lower and more noticeable than it is in cars that have had aftermarket jobs--the first black/black '93 FWB we looked at had an Astroroof, and my head initially was in the headliner when I first got in because of this.

wow that car is gorgeous!
 

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I KNOW--as long as you only see the outside! IMHO, that shi**y blue interior just ruins it all:helpless:

Now if it were beige, or even red like mine, it'd be REALLY over the top. As part of another topic--notice how BIG of a difference the chromed factory wheels make?:cool2: ...good stuff!
 

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1990CaddyBrougham said:
And belive it or not, since im getting the top material re covered, im thinking of swaping roofs, so i can have the Astro roof. I wanted one when i was looking, but the only one i found with one leaked. This one is flawless.
How easy is it to swap roofs? Is there no welding involved? Does it just come off if re-doing the top?
 

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Did some digging through my files and found a couple pics of what a proper installation job of an aftermarket ASC in-built sliding sunroof looks like in a '93-96 Fleetwood. Since it's aftermarket, notice the rear visor mirrors remain--as compared to being deleted on models with a factory Astroroof.





Only thing that makes me wonder, whether factory or aftermarket is how the aging seals around one work in conjunction with a vinyl top....I would think it would be more of a problem after time has past and moisture has been trapped, more so than just a standard metal roof w/ sunroof.
 
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