1992 mustang convertible leaking soft top please help :( - Ford Mustang Forum

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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2013 Thread Starter
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1992 mustang convertible leaking soft top please help :(

Hi there,

I have a 1992 mustang convertible LX and recently we had a huge rainstorm while my car was parked outside. There was a huge pool of water on the floor in the back seat, passenger side only. It was only on the floor not on the seat or anything. I cleaned it all up with a sponge and, as it was still raining, the next day the water on the floor was back. I took it to a shop that specializes in convertible tops and they have just informed me that the water is leaking through the back window because the top is old and is shrinking. He said the only solution is for me to get a new top put in which will be about $750 and $750 in labour. He also said that i would have to get the flooring replaced as well as the upholstry on the seat. (the back seat was not wet at all) He claims there is no way around this and no other fix. If i go through with it, it will probably cost more than $2000 which is probably more than the car is worth. (1992, 153,000 km) I am so upset and I don't know if he was just trying to take advantage of me because I am a female and don't know much about cars. I heard once that convertibles are designed to leak at the rear under the rear window and and funnel the water near the wheel well where it leaks through a drain? Maybe this drain is clogged?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

Thank you!

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Sounds like they were trying to take advantage of you- price wise-. I had the top replaced on my `99 Cobra earlier this year & the cost was $756.00 including tax out the door. That`s a new top with the heated back window, labor & all. I would check around as there has to be someone cheaper than that. What they said about where it leaks from is probably true. Water will leak in through a bad seal around the back glass & then run into the back passenger area. It may take some time to sop up all the water. You may even have some in the trunk under the spare. The seam around the back window is supposed to be tight. If you can move the fabric away from the glass/plastic that is usually an indicator that its separating. Short term you could try some clear silicone sealer where the fabric meets the glass. What have you got to lose? A tube only costs around $5 around here.


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I CAN lift the material away from the back window...womp womp. although there is no water in the gap between the soft top and the back seat, just the floor. I was thinking of getting a second opinion. I talked to another guy at a convertible shop on the phone and he says it sounds like i could be describing a clogged drain, although it could be much worse... You are the third person to suggest silicone to me though. I don't think it would be worth it at this point to put a brand new top on a 1992 though but its so hard to me to think about parting with this car! It's the only car I have ever owned (7 years) and I have such an attachment to it....
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also, is it normal for a shop to run a water test and give the car back without cleaning it up, leaving a puddle in the back? I thought they would at least clean up the water they poured onto it...
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