There are a lot of aftermarket sunroofs out there and some of them are POS, some are good. do some research. If it isn't installed right it will be a constant headache and drive ya nuts, so shop carefully.
I have had 4 cars with factory roofs and one with an aftermarket.One of the factory roofs leaked--an old VW Beetle. The aftermarket (in a 78 Scirocco) was fairly basic--vent in back or manually remove. Had a stiff aluminum frame and I noticed no difference in the stiffness of the car and I drove that sucker hard. It had a couple of minor leaks as the gasket compressed over time, but I found a no-cost fix. Was quiet at all speeds and when vented was substantially quieter than the one in my 9K.
When I looked at aftermarket roofs last year (was considering one in wife's Exploder) I thought the fancy externally retractables were nice, butthere's a lot to go wrong, both on install and in use. And repairs/warranty work might be hard to get done. If you want a roof, IMHO, go with a basic one. Less to go wrong.
If you like a sunroof, go for it, but research it carefully and find an installer you can trust.
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