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Old 12-05-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Thumbs down 2011 CAMARO CONVERTIBLE TOP ISSUES (VIDEO)

This top is clean there are no stains all the marks you see on the top are from rubbing. There are several new locations that I have not seen mentioned in this forum before.

This car was built in 4/11 and I took delivery in August. There has been a lot of top down driving. The top has been treated with 303 products. It has never been lowered while wet. This cars has a little over 6000 miles on it now. It is kept outside and is exposed to the elements.

I had a feeling the scope of the top rub mark issue was going to spread and it has on my car. I have counted at least ten different rub mark locations.

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Don't even get me started on the wrinkles!

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Old 12-05-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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Yup
classic case of rub marks
I would make your dealer aware of the issues including the wrinkles.
Have them put a note in your file on the computer.Try to wait for a while before replacing top (under warranty) as from reading the various posts, I think alot of people end up with a worse problem (ie water drain tubes or water bag damaged) when the top has been replaced.
Hopefully GM with come out with a permanent fix to these issues instead of the band-aid, patch work type fixes they have been doing until now.

Now that I see yours, I am a little concerned as mine was built in the same month as yours.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:54 PM   #3
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Wow... that's the worst I've seen yet!

One thing I can recommend for you; the long horizontal mark across for front most bow- I'm going to assume you have the tanneau cover ... I had the same mark which I found to be caused by the slight movement of the cover while driving causing friction against the top at that bow (which lines up near the rear of the well by the trunk, where the cover "tucks under") after my first top replacement, I began placing a thin piece if felt over the top, directly under the tanneau... and no more marks across the bow. I too do 90-95% of my driving top down, and 75% with the tanneau. Mine was built 2/14 and has 8500 miles (but is kept garaged) I've got the rub marks predominantly on the passenger side and lightly on the drivers. A few wrinkles behind the rear windows and non other marks appearing...

Definitely get that documented.

I read a lot of ppl talking about "waiting for a permanent fix"- which is great, I am too, but plz, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE IT IN TO GRT DOCUMENTED! If everyone waits it out, and no one makes any noise, GM may very well assume the problems corrected itself, and we'll all be s.o.l.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:58 AM   #4
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I have never replaced a convertible top untill this summer when I did my daughter's Lebaron. If the job I did looked that bad, I would have pulled it off and paid to have it done. Sorry you have to put up with that.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:21 AM   #5
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I have something in writing from the dealership's service department acknowledging top problems. They were as eager to not fix it as I was to not have them touch it.

I really am at a loss as to why GM has not stepped up... I mean besides money. These cars are the "top" of the Camaro line up and this issue has been documented for at least 9 months now. This car with all options was stickered at 50k.

Buyer beware.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:23 AM   #6
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Has anyone come up with a reason the tops are rubbing the way they are? ?
Are people driving with the top down & no cover on it ? ?
I noticed with mine that 1 time I drove without the cover on it & it samed to be
bouncing around alot especially at highway speeds.
It seems O.K. with the top up as far as not moving too much.
I'll have to get someone to follow behind & see how much the top flops around.
That won't be till next spring though. Hope everyone fairs out O.K. with their top issues.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:31 AM   #7
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Before I replaced my top the rub marks were being done wether the cover was on or not. So far no more rub marks but now all the problems due to replacement are surfacing !
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:16 AM   #8
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My car was built 1/11 and I had my top down just about the whole summer and it looks nothing like that, I only have the two little spots right above the doors and those seem to be slightly disappearing now that the top has been up for some time now. good luck in resolving your issues.
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Has anyone come up with a reason the tops are rubbing the way they are? ?
Are people driving with the top down & no cover on it ? ?
I noticed with mine that 1 time I drove without the cover on it & it samed to be
bouncing around alot especially at highway speeds.
It seems O.K. with the top up as far as not moving too much.
I'll have to get someone to follow behind & see how much the top flops around.
That won't be till next spring though. Hope everyone fairs out O.K. with their top issues.
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Gerry -

Look thru the "does your top have rub marks" thread, SUX2BU and i narrowed it down pretty well using lotion to mark the area when the top is cycled. Its compressing against a rear side rail, the rectangular indentation/mark is actually from the edge of the rail. The pictures illustrate it perfectly.

As for the cover/tanneau ; its only standard on 2 LT and 2 SS- therefore I have to assume GM believes it not to be a necessity for driving. I actually found my marks are worse with it on, as it seems to compress the top even more causing more contact between the too and offending rail. I've been Using masking tape on the top when the covers on, and.nothing for short trips which don't seem ti wear as badly.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:37 AM   #10
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I am sure that this top is being rubbed more than in just the two known locations caused by the frame rails. The entire issue just leaves me resentful.

I am trying to get some good audio of the clanking noise, sounds like two iron frying pans being smacked together when the car's at low speed goes over small bumps in the road. But that is a thread of a different color.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:01 AM   #11
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yeesh. im pretty sure there will be a recal on the top in 2014 lol. sorry for your luck though man
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:29 AM   #12
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yeesh. im pretty sure there will be a recal on the top in 2014 lol. sorry for your luck though man
That is funny. These cars are bad-assed, and if I stand about 10 feet away the top looks perfect.

EDIT: Maybe I can Plasti Dip it.
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We are not alone, check out what I saw today.

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Thanks Drago77. I'll go check the other thread. Gerry
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if you have an extension cord. can an iron work that wrinkle out? lol
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Tramtwo,
thanks for the video on the mercedes.
If I am not mistaken, the tops are produced by the same company for the mercedes as well as the Camaros, therefore same issues.
If it makes you feel any better, I have a family member that has a VW eos hardtop convertible and it has leaked since day one.It is a multiple piece roof and leaks at the seams.
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if you have an extension cord. can an iron work that wrinkle out? lol
I do have a clothes steamer... hum maybe we can shrink the mutha into shape. ;-)
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Old 12-14-2011, 02:29 PM   #18
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Hey Guys Is Camaro's Top All Season?, That Can Drive Through Snow or Heavy Rain
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The convertible top for the Camaro should serve you well through any weather conditions.

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:35 AM   #20
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The convertible top for the Camaro should serve you well through any weather conditions.

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I agree it has... just looks awful doing so.
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It may be all season unless it is in the shop getting the top replaced for the second time or waiting on parts for weeks on end!
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:35 PM   #22
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and if it rains you dont mind a little flood!
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and if it rains you dont mind a little flood.
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:39 PM   #24
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The convertible top for the Camaro should serve you well through any weather conditions.

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And the reason the tops are good in any weather conditions......
BECAUSE THE VERTS ARE ALWAYS INSIDE THE SHOP FOR REPAIRS
(drum roll)
LOL

Sorry could not resist.

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