Re: Spider convertible roof leak. Gap to windscreen?
It isn't obvious at first but the convertible roof on the spider is adjustable in many ways.
First the side windows are adjustable for tilt (foreward/back), position(in/out), height (up down), etc. to create a perfect watertight seal no matter the age of the car.
The roof itself is also adjustable (taughtness, springs, etc) When closed an incorrectly aligned roof will show stretch marks in the direction of the car above the rear plastic window (on the roof).
Any car that you buy, the dealer should have the decency to adjust the windows and roof so that it doesn't leak.
I mean it's just courtesy if you've gone through the trouble of buying at a dealer.
Don't do it yourself though, you'll damage it.
Seriously though, unless you've bought the car off some gypsy that should just be covered in aftersales warranty by any self respecting dealer.
edit: Looking at the pic more carefully, if the front would be stretched that far as to create that massive gap the rear locks would just snap open imo. I.e. you'd push down the rear locks then as your locking down the front if it is that tight as to leave that gap the rear locks would just snap open and youd have to push them down again. That's why I'm almost inclined to say that it's damaged in the front in some way. Open the roof slightly (when it is dry) and examine it, it should be obvious if chunks of it are missing. Either way I wouldn't force it shut and leave it like it is now, just leave it half open until you go to the dealer to prevent it from stretching unnecessarily. (esp. when wet).
PPS: In the current state water will enter the car and start to drip and collect near the left arm rest and your leather seat lip. Potentially ruining the interior. I'd definitely park it inside, or in a parking garage or with lots of towels in it and a plastic bag taped on the hole from the outside seeing as you only just got it.
Last edited by Gold; 18-11-08 at 00:35.