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Old 05-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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How long do you keep your top down?

Wanted to see what you folks think about leaving the top down all day. On nice days like today, I drive to work and park in a secured indoor parking garage and could easily leave the top down but I was not sure if I would promote creases in the top by leaving it down all day.

Then again running the top up and down all several times a day is more then likely going to cause so issues given the history of these tops.

My car in new and I have had the top up and down about ten times and so far so good.

Just Looking for a bit of feedback.


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Old 05-16-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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When we bought the car last year we had the top down for 3 days straight except at night on the trip back from Detroit. Since I guess I have raised and lowered the top at least 600 times in 11 months. Sometimes as much as 10 times a day... Still no problems here. Wrinkles and creases don't bother me as long as I see no wear occurring.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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When the weather is nice, I'll will leave the top down all day. I never, however, keep it down overnight. When I'm done driving for the day, the top always goes back up. I do this to minimize wrinkles in the fabric and dust and dirt coating the interior.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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When I had my 2011 with top problems a top specialist guy told me that you should never leave your top down overnight. Helps the wrinkle problems. I've left down for a couple of days and it always went back to normal after a short time. (Nothing in the manual on this). I now have a 2013 and when going somewhere I put the top up if I'm parking it for a while, esp in the hot sun. Then down again when I leave. Many days its up/down numerous time. So far no problems.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:49 AM   #5
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When the weather is nice, I'll will leave the top down all day. I never, however, keep it down overnight. When I'm done driving for the day, the top always goes back up. I do this to minimize wrinkles in the fabric and dust and dirt coating the interior.
THIS, exactly !!!! ...also never retract your top while it's wet
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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I only put my top up at night in the summer to keep critters and dust from getting in the interior. Other than that the top is usually down from morning til the evening unless it's raining.
Just like Angrybird, the creases don't bother me unless the top starts showing wear.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:07 PM   #7
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Mine is delegafed to weekend warrior duties... top goes down Fri night and back up Sunday night. See the wrinkles in the side rear, but goes away by mid week.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:49 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for your advise and experiences. I also keep a lint roller handy as these black tops show everything but a lint roller works great.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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As soon as mine goes in the garage for the night, the top goes up if it is not already.
How else can I get that "new car smell" to last longer?
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #10
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THIS, exactly !!!! ...also never retract your top while it's wet
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:34 PM   #11
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Thanks to all for your advise and experiences. I also keep a lint roller handy as these black tops show everything but a lint roller works great.
I also use a small shop vac, carefully.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:20 AM   #12
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Mine is garaged and I leave the top down almost all summer except when I'm parking it someplace that I'm going or when I wash it. Two summers of doing this have ben no problem.
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:06 PM   #13
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Down as I pull out of the garage and remains down until I pull it back into the garage. Only exceptions; Rain, Snow or travelling. Texas allows for a ton of top down days.........(Don't let the sig pic fool you....that was the day it came home...LOL)
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #14
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Our tops go down?
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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As soon as mine goes in the garage for the night, the top goes up if it is not already.
How else can I get that "new car smell" to last longer?
Same here
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #16
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Top goes up to get a bath....Otherwise she has been "TOPLESS" from the day I drove off the lot 32 days ago
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:05 PM   #17
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When the weather is nice, I'll will leave the top down all day. I never, however, keep it down overnight. When I'm done driving for the day, the top always goes back up. I do this to minimize wrinkles in the fabric and dust and dirt coating the interior.
Same here.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:16 PM   #18
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do not park it with the top down outside, it even tells you this in your owners manual, as the sun will damage the interior of the vehicle, the dash and seats.

in a parking garage it should be fine.

personally I prefer to leave it down, there is nothing in my vehicle for anyone to steal, but I would rather they try to figure that out, without cutting up a $7,000 top.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:11 AM   #19
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top down 14 months

I have had my top down for almost 14 months straight. Car is garaged all year, and is basically a Sunday (perfect weather driver, only 2200 miles in 14 months). I just got my windows tinted and here is a pic of my tint and top after being down everyday since May 8, 2012 when I bought the car.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:04 PM   #20
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I have had my top down for almost 14 months straight. Car is garaged all year, and is basically a Sunday (perfect weather driver, only 2200 miles in 14 months). I just got my windows tinted and here is a pic of my tint and top after being down everyday since May 8, 2012 when I bought the car.
Mine goes down on weekends and up during the week. But I have to say Wow - I thought mine was a garage queen, but I'm already at 3,800 miles in 13 months!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:35 PM   #21
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Funny, when I had my Retro Tbird with hard top, the soft top could stay down for months at a time when the hard top was installed. Now with the Camaro and all the top issues (fortunately I haven't had any) I never leave the top down overnight. I love this car, but continue to live in the worry over top issues.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:47 PM   #22
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Mine goes down on weekends and up during the week. But I have to say Wow - I thought mine was a garage queen, but I'm already at 3,800 miles in 13 months!
Yours is still a garage queen, 13,000 miles here in 12 months.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:54 PM   #23
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Yours is still a garage queen, 13,000 miles here in 12 months.

Yeah... 24,000 miles in 12 months..
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:20 PM   #24
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TOP down all summer in garage at night Top up when getting bath 7200 miles 2 years 4 months
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:22 PM   #25
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GET ONE OF These's works great for a dust cover or if your going into The mall for an hour. keeps you from having to hassle with the tounna cover
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