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Service Position 2003 Model


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Hello

So I finally got my roof into the service position. I had a bit of trouble with the glass window. It stays the rear side of the roll bar so I couldn't get the top all the way up. I found a handy strap inside the roof which I used to attach to the front bracket. Photos below.

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So did I do this right?

So while we had a look around we found this device which had a sticker on it is saying made in Taiwan. The second photo shows roughly where we found it. The cable coming from it when through the bulkhead into the boot area near to the engine management. I pulled and the wire came off. It had what looked like an aerial type coaxial cable connector on the end. Photos below.

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So obviously this is now removed. Any ideas what this is?

I found one of the cables with the ball jointed ends which holds the back of the roof to the car broken on the right hand side. Photo below.

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I guess this needs replacing.

What I am not happy about is the location of the roof when closed. It seems that the clam shell sits low at the front. It does not meet the two small 2 inch sized 'things' near the doors very well. Hopefully this can be seen in these photos.

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I also found a ball joint loose inside the roof area. One of the balls with a threaded shaft. It was just loose and rolling around, well it would have rolled around but it was jammed in the foam liner.

Any ideas or advice is welcome.

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I thought it might be a tracker or mobile phone type antenna too. As far as I know the car does not have a tracker and it definitely has no mobile phone car kit installed either.

I also think the roof seems to go up one side first. The RHD seems to go up and drag the LHD side with it. If I stop the roof half way open/closed the RHD looks higher to the eye and it is stiff to move by hand where as the LHD can move up an inch or so easily by hand. Is this normal?

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Position of rear soft top cover looks fine, compare to others who had problem in the past.

You can get smaller size of GPS antenna and put it in middle of the upper console where OEM GPS antenna goes. Ask your local car audio/video store for compatible receiver antenna.

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Since you have a right side broken tension cable I would replace it and see if that does something.

I thought UK insurance companies required a tracker.

Still looks like a GPS antenna for navigation, Tom Tom, speed camera, or something like that. Former owner must have removed the device but it was too much trouble to remove the antenna.

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OK I'll try that and let you know.

Some insurance companies do specify tracking devices to be fitted. I take my business elsewhere. A lot of people in UK now prefer to not have a tracker if it means your stolen car is not returned once the thieves have finished abusing it / being chased by Police. As we say in the UK - its swings and roundabouts.

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OK so I've just fitted the tension cable as discussed. FYI I got this from the local Porsche breakers for £8.

The roof seems to go up and down better and fit snugger but thats probably just in my head!

I do have a question:

The inner roof liner [which is grey] seems to have what looks like a velcro strip or patch where it meets the tension cable. Should there be something attaching or holding this liner to the straps?

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OK so I've just fitted the tension cable as discussed. FYI I got this from the local Porsche breakers for £8.

The roof seems to go up and down better and fit snugger but thats probably just in my head!

I do have a question:

The inner roof liner [which is grey] seems to have what looks like a velcro strip or patch where it meets the tension cable. Should there be something attaching or holding this liner to the straps?

It's a Sat Nav atenna, just like one that i had in my car, in reply to TP's question about Tracker, it's not mandatory, some insurances want it others dont. My experience was that Norwich Union (biggest insurer in UK) wanted it along with a £650 excess, whilst Ford Insurance didn't and only put an excess of £250 on my car.

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