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Old 01-25-2011, 12:24 PM
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Only model specific issues are the $$$ of the convertible top hydraulic elements!

Other issues include price of throttle actuator & possible engine wiring harness.
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In the event of the electronic/hydrualic failure of the top, can it be operated manually?
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All w124s have issues with 1) evaporator leaking, 2) transmission issues near 150k, 3) degrading wire harnesses, and 4) head gasket leaks. Try to find one that has had the head gasket, wiring harness, and evap issues addressed. If you get that lucky.
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In the event of the electronic/hydrualic failure of the top, can it be operated manually?
Yes, can be converted to manual operation, but as a four seater it's bigger and heavier than a manual top SL, which one person can operate quite nicely.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:04 PM
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In the event of the top hydraulics failing the top can be closed manually. However, the toneu cover will not lock the rear of the convertible top down.

All cabriolets will need their top hydraulics rebuilt if they have not been done. The seals wont last forever, especially if its a low mile car.

My cabriolet has had the headgasket and wiring harness done. So far so good on the transmission and evap.
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- the doors are larger heavier to close/open compared to sedans
- top replacement, associated parts, seals, hydro as mentioned are costly
- rear 3/4 view obstructed, small rear window
- more wind noise
- can't leave anything of value visible
- someone has to get out to drop a rear passenger off

+ fun, open air experience trumps all negatives
+ more people are impressed with the cab
+ more interest when selling
+ great power top, quick up and down
+ more value retention
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:50 PM
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- the doors are larger heavier to close/open compared to sedans
- top replacement, associated parts, seals, hydro as mentioned are costly
- rear 3/4 view obstructed, small rear window

+ more value retention
Top replacement is costly if you have the dealership do it or an indy do it. That's for the hydros.. I read the replacement procedure for the cloth top and I'd have a pro do it.

rear 3/4 view is very good. It's even better with the top down.


Value retention........ if you never drive it and have less than 60k miles on it!
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