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Unread 01-21-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2005 V6 Convertible Top Replacement Cost and Labor

Hello everyone! I was wondering if I could get some advice. Recently the rear window of my 2005 Convertible V6 Mustang was smashed. I was looking online and came to find out that if I wanted to get the window fixed, I would have to replace the entire convertible top. I was looking around and some distributers offer vinyl and cloth replacement tops. I was more interested in the cloth tops as they are of better material. (please correct if I am wrong; I am not an expert I just read) However I do understand that they cost most than vinyl which is fine. I have been looking around I saw one for around $550.00 This entire job is going to be out of pocket. I am interested in a couple things.
1.) What should I expect to pay for the replacement top?
2.) What is the average labor cost for something like this? (Basically I want to know how much is too much.)
3.) What is the approximate length of time for something like this to get fixed?
Oh and if anyone has some additional advice I would very much welcome it. Thank you very much guys.
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Well, I can`t help with a 2005 model, but I just had the complete top with the heated rear glass replaced in my `99 Cobra. I also had the vinyl stock type "sailcloth" material installed. The top is made by Robbins & is said to be one of the better ones. My total cost was $756.00 including tax. Gives you some idea. One guy wanted $1600. I guess he wanted me to pay for his vacation this year.

Ps: It was done in one day. I dropped it off at 0730 & picked it up at 1500
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If you can get one for a bit over $500, go for it. I would expect another $300-$400 to install it. I had a convertible once, first time I had to replace the top, it was never again..
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I paid $1000 for top and windshield for my Miata right before I traded it in on my GT/CS. It was a VERY nice canvas-type heavy-duty top too. Of course, that was in the Deep South. In Mass, the same job would probably run $1200 or more.
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A couple of years ago I was driving my son to his hockey game. His goalie stick was in the back seat. He asked to put e top down and as it was folding it caught the stick and started binding. When I put the top the back up I saw two cuts in the top. Apparently the vinyl got caught in the frame of the top when it was binding.

It was covered by insurance. OEM top with professional install from a recommended trim shop was $1,900.

I ended up getting the updated top that has the rain gutters.


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That's what I was thinking, about 2 grand for OEM installed... ouch
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