I thought this was worth mentioning here, as a continuation to my moonroof woes. See here for the original story: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9674
The cliff notes version of that link is, plastic moonroof hinge busted, dealer gave me original quote of $1100 to fix. After stopping in at a local custom auto shop today, they took a look at it and gave me a quote of $416 for installing a new cam assembly. That was $187 for the parts, and $229 for 3.5 hours of labor for install.
The dealer originally told me there is no replacing just the broken part, you have to buy an entire new moonroof assembly (less the glass), and rip open the entire roof to replace it. Just the part from the dealer was $900. Yikes.
So, by doing a VERY quick internet search for sunroof installers in my area, I found one closer than the dealership at a savings of 62%, installed! Not bad for a little bit of finger walking across the keyboard.
The written estimate from the custom auto place listed the part and the supplier they get it from. If anyone needs that I can post it here. This is for an 08' Escape XLT. I mentioned to the guy at this new place that I had read here about at least one other person who had more than one failure of the moonroof. He assured me he does a ton of sun/moon roof installs and repairs, and the replacement parts they use are of a much higher quality than the original. So hopefully I won't need to revisit this issue again!