Sounds like the top isn't fitting properly and has worn. If you bought this car new then you probably can get this changed.My convertible top (2007 BS) is frayed through the top layer of the fabric on both sides where it folds. I have noticed wear spots on all Boxsters...anyone have experience getting their top replaced????
I wonder if they'd consider it normal wear if a leased car was turned in with a hole in the ragtop? Somehow I doubt it.I discussed with the local Porsche Dealer and the Service Manager told me that this is considered normal wear by Porsche and said they would not replace it.
Welcome to Porsche "customer service." This appears to be yet another case of the company in denial about a design flaw (as they have long been over the M96 engines and IMS failures). They take your substantial purchase price and then, when you have a legitimate issue, they thumb their nose at you. I'm still enjoying the performance of my '05 S (as long as the engine holds out), but I'd never buy another car from a Porsche dealer because of the company's attitude. Here are some thoughts:I have a 2008 Boxster S , with-only two years on the road and 24k miles and my convertible top is showing serious wear on both sides (in identical places) where the top folds. It is a patch about 5 inches long and 1 inch wide - the material is raised and all of the water proofing fiber has worn away, in another year I expect that it will completely wear through. The car has been perfectly maintained and cared for and it is still under warranty. I discussed with the local Porsche Dealer and the Service Manager told me that this is considered normal wear by Porsche and said they would not replace it. It is clearly a design flaw and should not be wearing out like this after such a short amount of time. This Boxster is a Limited Edition RS 60 Spyder and cost $70k new, this seems outrageous to me that Porsche does not warranty the top for a meer 30 months! Does anyone else have a similar problem, or any ideas or how to convince Porsche that this should be covered under warranty for a number of reasons. Still trying hard to be a Porsche faithful but finding it harder to see the integrity in the company.
I totally agree with your comment here. Especially if you lease, I am sure some dealers would pick your pocket for this upon return of the vehicle at the lease end. The drooping headliner, top wear and button peeling issues should all be a warrantied item IMHO. (if the car is reasonably cared for that is)I wonder if they'd consider it normal wear if a leased car was turned in with a hole in the ragtop? Somehow I doubt it.
BTW, I've leased several BMW Z convertibles which started to show a little minor wear after a few years. Since I was planning on keeping my Porsche for a long time (10+ yrs), I decided to forgo the big sky and got a Cayman.
The thought of paying for a new top, even if only every 4-5 years of Florida sun, seemed too much to pay for the enjoyment.
I'm definitely going to have to try this. :cheers:I may have discovered a solution to one of the causes of wear!
In my case I had wearing of the fibers(only a few inches) on both sides of the rear glass in a localized area simirlarly described above. My 06 has 24,000 miles generally driven with the top down. This mode seems to create the wear more than leaving the top up. I think it is because the fabric is creasing in this zone and 100's of hours of vibration are abrading the the fold area. I was prematurely going to lose this top.
So my solution is the wonder of western culture...Duct Tape! But fret not because I did not apply it externally but on the inside of the wear area between the headliner and inside fabric. I cringed at silver tape so I bought black duct tape just for my peace of mind. The top was moved into service position. You can then slip your hand in between the liner and top and feel a creased area beside the rear window. I then cut several pieces of tape less than 6 inches long and fished the tape back to the area in my fingertips. The inside of the crease was then built up by the tape making it thicker and stiffer in that area.
What this does is force the crease and related wear elsewhere than this localized area. By the time the wear becomes an issue elsewhere it will probably be time to replace the top anyway. Word of caution- monitor the wear.