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How to take care of your cabriolet car?

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Since i am having my SLK200 i am hearing many horror stories regarding the cabriolet cars. Like they are leaking water and when the car get old system is not working properly etc. 

There are 2 points you need to take care with your cabriolet to avoid these problems;

 

1-Use gummi pflege to keep your rubber seals maintained. 

There are many product you can use for that. As SLKWORLD forum members recomend best thing to use is gummi pflege 

https://www.amazon.com/nextzett-91480615-Gummi-Pflege-Rubber/dp/B004B8GTQG

I couldnt manage to find this product in UAE(i just search online) so i start looking for alternatives and i find the product of Sonax

https://www.ramyautomotive.com/all-products/car-care/diy-and-resellers/sonax-rubber-protectant-300-ml.html

Since it is sprey it is not ideal but you can sprey it to a cloth and than you can apply it to rubber seals all around the roof. Also it is better to apply this product all rubber seals around the car like doors and trunk to keep them in better condition.

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2-Use lithium grease to keep your roof system move free.

You need to apply lithium grease to every moving part of your roof system. There are many moving part in the roof system. If they wont move free they will cause your roof to be stuck. I bought the grease from carrefour.

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With this 2 easy step you can have a healty convertible car.

 

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Those pesky motors do die I had fixed a roof of Lexus sc and it was a pain in the ass to find that motor

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Or simply dont but convertibles. What's the point of having a convertible in this country when 10 months out of 12 you can use them. 

I see convertibles all the time but can count on my fingers the amount of times I seen them with the top down in any given year.

OR do what my friends boss does, never open it. He won a Merc CL 500 at the Dubai duty free amd for the 12-13 years he had it never once opened the top and strictly instructed everyone in his family and all his drivers to never touch the roof.!!!!

 

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P.S : Don't get me wrong I think convertibles are great fun but just not practical for this country. My buddy had a soft top modified mustang and he never drove it and since we hung out everyday I was always the one driving it, Think I drove it more than him. In the cooler months it was great fun and we never rode it with the top up. But even then you couldn't drive it for any length if time in the day time unless it was cloudy and cool. Even at peak winter time being out in the sun for an hour or so isn't too great.

But as soon as the weather turned even slightly it started to get uncomfortable. Just waiting at the lights you could feel the heat just coming off from all around you from the cars next to you. Another drawback you really can't have any sort of decent conversation at a speed above 60-80. 

I think that's why hard tops are more preferable but regardless after sometime if the roof mechanism goes. It will burn big holes in your pocket

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For me I am using it. From the day bought it at least 4-5 time in a week I open the top. Even yesterday night I was driving top down. I think only between June to end of September I won't use it. 

I am thinking opposite this is the best country to have one. If day time too hot I am using at night time. If nights too cold at winter I am using it day time. 

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