Did you try pulling down on the soft top to get it to latch to the top of the windshield? There is an indention on the top just above the rear view mirror so one can grab hold and pull down. The soft top does not always automatically lock in place at the windshield.....my mom's 91 300SL never has, we always have to pull down on it....(with considerable effort). Considered normal according to MB.
Once the front of the top is latched, the rear should go down and latch automatically.
Your hard top problem is most likely the car telling you that the hardtop is not seated properly....remove & try again.
We usually have to fool around with the hard top a couple times when changing tops on the 300SL.
I forgot to mention... while pulling down on the top, you must have the open/close switch engaged with your other hand to keep the open/close cycle in process.
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Last edited by 420; 03-30-2002 at 11:20 AM.