Leaky, Creeky Top Woes
Well folks, I took delivery of a brand new Twighlight Yellow SS convertible a few weeks ago and yesterday I dropped it off at the dealership for its fourth round of repairs.
It started out with no heat, that was an easy fix, then I noticed the release latch on the rear of the drivers seat did not work. The part was ordered. These are the easy fixes and I'm not too concerned.
The Top on the other hand is proving to be very problematic. When adding a set of Weather Tech Custom floor mats, I noticed the rear passenger floor was soaking wet. I looked online and noticed an ever growing number of convertible owners complaining about a similar issue. When it went in the first time, the Service Manager advised me that there is a bladder under the rear of the top, designed to collect and channel water to a connecting drain tube. The problem it seems is that when the top retracts, it puts pressure on the bladder and dislodges it from the drain tube. The water then seeps into the back of the car.
In my case, regardless of reconnecting the drain tube, the next time the top is put down, the problem repeats itself. They, as of yesterday did not have a solution to this issue.
The second Convertible related problem relates to a horrific metal on metal noise the top started making when being lowered. I alerted the dealership to that as well and I stopped lowering the top until I could bring it in for them to look at on my last visit. Their solution was to grease up all the moving parts. They said that after multiple up's and down's and a good lubing that the noise was gone. They were right about the noise, however when I got it home, I noticed a big blob of white lithium grease on one of the tops side rails, just above the rear quarter window. I got a cloth to wipe it and it was evident that it was put there to cover a bent and jagged metal side rail. They fixed the noise all right, but at the expense of a structural piece of the top that must have been rubbing against another metal component. The continuous up and down, merely bent things to a point where no contact is now being made.
Yesterday I brought it in again, for the still leaking top and now for the bent top mechanism. I asked them to keep the car until it was actually fixed. I expect that it could be a couple of weeks before I see my baby again.
I'm trying to be patient, but for a car that was supposedly designed from the start to be a drop top, I'm not impressed.
2011 2SS, twighlight yellow, Custom designed SS graphic carbon fibre racing stripes