View Full Version : Anyone know the cost of replacing a convert top?, I do...

01-22-2017, 02:15 AM
I just got my car (13' 500c Abarth) back from the dealer today after the convert top was replaced under warranty. The total was $3,697.47 and all covered by FCA. Does this seem right? I was thinking about half that total. Tech said they had to bring in someone that dealt with convertibles because they have special glue for the rails, kind of like the windshield. Do you need a certified tech to do those kind of things? Anywho, looks great and works flawless now. Randall

01-22-2017, 07:16 AM
Kind of weird. Mine is a hardtop and I just had mine replaced for much less. Total cost was around 2 grand. I'm guessing it's just an issue of inflated parts costs though.

01-22-2017, 12:24 PM
Seems a bit much but when a dealership knows it'll be covered by FCA who's to say they don inflate their labor costs by "bringing in a specialist" to use the special glue. Labor cost has always been the most expensive part and is the easiest faked in my opinion.

01-22-2017, 12:51 PM
Way back (really long back) I had a 75 Alfa Spider and replacing the top then was $2k - I had them use Mercedes fabric (whatever that really means). The labor and some of the bits of the folding top were evidently a PITA to deal with...

So I think I actually can believe it, with some dealer inflate likely as well.

01-22-2017, 03:10 PM
What was wrong with the top? My warranty is winding down...anything I should be looking for?

01-23-2017, 01:17 AM
What was wrong with the top? My warranty is winding down...anything I should be looking for?

Nothing to worry about. Long story involving hail damage, insurance, possible poor repair, trunk lid not being operative, top becoming unaligned and the dealer determining I needed a new top.

01-23-2017, 10:05 AM
Sorry you had to go through all that, but good to hear it wasn't a reliability issue.

Thanks for the info.

01-24-2017, 03:06 PM
Glad you got it taken care of. Back in the old days, our '91 Miata top was separating from two of the ribs...not bad; but wasn't going to get better. Went in for a 15k miles service and mentioned it to the SA. She said..."We'll take care of it"...even before I could explain fully what was wrong. I began to describe the defect and she said..."We'll take care of it; but I need the car for two days". I had no idea we were getting an entire replacement top installed at no charge!!! Way to go Mazda!!!

Couple years later and some neighborhood youngsters went on a rampage damaging cars in various ways...ours was a knifed top and back window; so time for another. Called the closer dealer(not the one that repaired our Miata the first time) and got a quote for WAY over $2K. I thought that was high...until I was told that did NOT include installation!!! Dang! Called the local(Marietta/Atlanta) R-Speed custom Miata shop and they got me a much better top with glass window AND installed it for a fair bit less than the dealer wanted JUST for the top itself!!!

Fast forward a couple of decades and I would have to take out a mortgage if our Volvo C70 ever needed a new top!!!! :)