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Another noob with a cabrio top issue

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Hello everyone.  I apologize for the long post but being a former us domestic mechanic details are key, to specifying the issue.  I purchased a 2000 c4 cab in january 2018, the selling dealer had the vehicle for quite a long time before i purchased it.  I did get a great deal on it but thats another story only paid $12,500 usd with a clean mechanical bill of health from a local indy specialist.  Sometime in the 10-11 months the dealer had the car the top quit working, they had pictures with the top up and down, however, in my entire ownership it has never functioned. I had a harley at the time and wasnt concerned about the top, luckily i survived the total loss of said motorcycle and now that i can drive the car again i want to fix the top.  I have done every bit of research i can through the forums and have been stumped for the past year.  Now for the problems.  With the key or button use, the windows roll down and the top unlatches, thats it the clamshell will not even twitch, the motor clicks but nothing else.  The side flaps are all the way open, spoiler down, hood closed, and the parking brake light is on, as well as the top light on the instrument cluster.  I did get the tool kit and gently helped the clamshell motor start moving while depressing the button and the clamshell opened on its own all the way.  The top didnt move at that point, once i got it to the service position i did see the fluid level was slightly low.  The cylinders showed a light seap, soni knownthey are leaking but slowly, probably been leaking for years. I ordered some fluid and a syringe kit to top off the fluid.  While i waited for the fluid to arrive I closed the top, by the switch and it seated latched, and even the clamshell closed and locked in place like it should, the dash light even went off and stayed off.  Upon arrival of the fluid and everything else needed, the clamshell refuses to budge again, i cant even manually raise it with the bolt between the roll bars again as it now just loosens and backs out, i have no way to get it to the service position to change parts fill the fluid anything.  I am guessing the motor/transmission/cables are trash and need replaced, as the one time I got the clamshell to move it was smooth and even in function. I can i get this thing open to continue diagnosing the top.  The car has never been wrecked or had paintwork in its life.  I'm banging my head against the wall and with everything im seeing parts wise being either difficult to source or expensive.  Yes i know its a Porsche and its not cheap to maintain.  Any help will be appreciated, all the posts ihave seen and read deal with the top, or hinges, but i cant open it to continue insoection diagnosis

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Hello Wycked,


I strongly recommend finding someone that has, or purchasing for yourself, some sort of diagnostic equipment. It would be interesting to see if there is any stored fault memory.





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