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redc70
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Convertible Top

Post by redc70 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:40 am

Well, I just returned from a Houston Volvo dealer to have the top either calibrated or repaired. It seems that before they can even calibrate it they must take the whole thing off because the rear of the top is misaligned. I don't even know how that is possible, as it was working fine for the first year or so I've owned the car. I did post about this before and it has been a while since I've had time to drive all the way to a dealer. My Vida/Dice delivered the same codes as the dealers so I know at least it it working properly. So, for about 5hrs labor at around $750 I will be able to find out if my top can be calibrated or needs parts. Has anyone taken the top assembly off of their car before? If so let me know how difficult it is. Thanks! :(



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Re: Convertible Top

Post by cuhfs » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:48 am

I have replaced a top. It is not for the faint of heart. No heavy lifting... just a lot of steps. I don't understand this remark: "because the rear of the top is misaligned".

Does it look wrong? How does a top get misaligned?


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Re: Convertible Top

Post by redc70 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:08 pm

I didn't quite get it either. AFTER, I bought the car I did a carfax and it was involved in an accident years ago that was reported as "minimum damage" Looking at the rear deck and trunk, the seams between those parts don't align quite right but I believe that is because the tonneau cover is not latched down. The rear of the top is latched down but the stowage cover is not closed tightly. I get the flashing light on the dash but no chime. I'm not sure they really looked at it, just made something up for whatever reason dealers do. I was quoted $145 to do the calibration but was not charged a dime for them to look at it or hook it up to vida/dice. I'll post a pic later today



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Re: Convertible Top

Post by cuhfs » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:15 pm

Calibration quote is reasonable.


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Re: Convertible Top

Post by redc70 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:26 pm

I went back out to take the pictures, and am convinced the "misalignment" they were talking about is just the stowage cover not being latched down and not meeting flush with the trunk lid. I am willing to go about $1000 to get the top sorted and the calibration price was fine. I just don't want to spend $750 to r&r the top only to find it needs many parts. Just can't figure out why it stopped suddenly and got itself "misaligned" Having just spend $850 getting all the hydraulic pistons for the SL500 top rebuilt and working well, don't want to do it for another car whose resale value is quite low to begin with.



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