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Top up or down?

So when you go for a quick run to the grocery store or to a local park for a walk, do you leave your top down, or do you put it back up? Seeing that it's not the most graceful convertible top to work with, is it worth the trouble putting it up in a parking lot?

I've seen other convertibles in lots and some are down and some are up.

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I don't do either one!
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Top stays down at all times, unless there's a possibility of rain while I'm in the store(s). If it's hot out, I'll pivot the seat backs forward to avoid burning my bum when I get back in.

Never leave anything of value in the car, and I prefer that any would-be thieves see that, rather than slit the top trying to get in for nothing.
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It only takes a minute. It stays attached at the front of the trunk and lays over the top. There are snaps on the windshield and under both mirrors. Open the trunk, pull it over the windshield, and snap six snaps. It blocks all sun from the interior.

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Unless what you have in the car to steal is worth more that $1000, "top up and locked" is a bad idea. A pocket knife will cost you $1200 for a new top.

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Always park with top up unless I'm close by. Top down if sunny...


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For the quick run, 20 minutes or less, nah I leave it up. Longer run why yes it is a vert. When parked, that's for every owner to decided. Am I worried? Yes but I never leave anything of value in my car in sight top up or down. Lock your glove box! Windows up too. If a thief wants something bad enough, he will get it. Cut the top and the insurance company groans, your premium just went up, you get to wait while a new one is installed. Nothing better than $1200. dent to the ole c/c to make your day, from a $1.89 pocket knife from Dollar General. Ye Ha

Parking it for a while, ( hour or more ) rain is always a concern. The ole says goes, Don't like the weather now, wait 20 minutes. Nothing like a good thunderstorm on the horizon, to cause more gray hairs and loss, with a few more wrinkles and lines to add on the ole face. Most of the time, I am in sight of the car, and get to it quickly enough. IF I leave it for longer, and it's out of my line of sight, well that's a whole different thing. Most of the time I would put the top up, yeah it's pain, but not that much when you consider the alternative of having the option to not have the top at all when driving. Let my daughter drive my car last summer. She said it took her while to get use to it, with no top over her head. The smile on her face after the drive... priceless.

April is just around the corner, and it's time for a return to Summit Point Motorsports Park for me. 2 events that require my attendance, time to see some old friends, watching a little racing action from Turn 5, enjoy the spring like weather, a few adult beverages and if it rains, time put the old top back up once again.

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My 2007 has 100k miles and negligible interior sun fading, as it has always been parked with the cover if it is sunny.
My 2008 had 68k miles when I got it, and a lot of fading.

When I drive the Sky to work it will spend 8-10 hours in the parking lot with that cover on.
All of the interior upholstery and plastic is protected along with the top-to-WS seal.
A side benefit is that it protects the top while I am driving with the top down.

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Depends on the circumstances. Sometimes I leave it down; sometimes I put it up.


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I don't do either one!
John, I have been looking into a cover like that. Which brand is yours and where did you get it? Looks real nice!

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Top stays down at all times, unless there's a possibility of rain while I'm in the store(s). If it's hot out, I'll pivot the seat backs forward to avoid burning my bum when I get back in.
Ditto here... in fact, mine is sitting in my garage right now, top down, under its Noah... it was a great weekend, in fact ALL of last week was great and a top down week.. in garage today because our friend Dallas Raines (ABC7 LA) lied and said it was going to drizzle today... no drizzle, just nice and semi-sunny.

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John, I have been looking into a cover like that. Which brand is yours and where did you get it? Looks real nice!
No brand, I made it myself. My idea when I did it was to make them to sell, but they are relatively expensive (over $100 for the fabric alone) and nobody has ever gotten real excited about having one, so I kinda dropped the idea.

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Well, when my Sky was 6 days old my wife just had to take it to work one Sunday. I protested but finally had to give in. It was a Sunday morning in downtown Scum City (Houston, TX). Fairly deserted area and for only 3 hours in sight of her office window. So she took it and came home to discover some slug had keyed the entire left side of my car, up and down the door and rear fender from headlight bezel to tail light bezel.

SO the top can be up or down whenever it goes out and may change during the excursion. It doesn't matter as I'll either be sitting in it or standing next to it. The ONLY time it gets left alone is in the locked garage.

I don't understand why there is such a negative "thing" about working the top. It only takes a brief minute to go up or down. I just see so much chatter about it. You would think it weighed 2 tons and had 50 pieces you had to assemble.

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I don't understand why there is such a negative "thing" about working the top. It only takes a brief minute to go up or down. I just see so much chatter about it. You would think it weighed 2 tons and had 50 pieces you had to assemble.

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It's a comparative thing. Compared to a car you don't have to get out of to put the top up or down (and even worse if it's power), it's a negative. Sure, there are times when I'm in the car I'd love to put the top up or down without having to get out but I'd much rather have the clean lines we have when the top is down than the convenience of raising or lowering it from inside the car.

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Definitely comparative.

Judy's Saab has one button that makes the whole operation automatic.

My 1963 MGB had a top that unsnapped to fold into the trunk, after which you removed the frame from the car, separated it into two pieces, slid it into a bag and put it into the trunk. After thaThen you took the tonneau rail out of its bag, assembled the two pieces and attached it to the car. Finally you unfolded the tonneau, snapped it to the rear deck, draped it over the rail, and snapped it to the back of the cockpit floor. Simple.

My thought is that a mechanical system only has a finite number of cycles before it wears out. Putting the top up a couple of times a day will eventually wear it out. I also like the idea of total sun protection for the interior.

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