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Ford Mustang Convertible Top Problems

jimbo85jimbo85 Posts: 1
edited December 2013 in Ford
2006 Mustang convertible top opened while i was driving. I was pretty sure both locks were engaged.. Anyone hear of anything like this?


  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    If the top opened while driving then, by definition, the locks were not properly engaged.

    I have one of these vehicles (and have had several other convertibles in the past). One must be VERY careful to lock the top down correctly as it's easy to think it's seated right when it is not.
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  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Yes, get to the dealer. The top system is hydraulic. Check the trunk for a pool of fluid.

  • Great. Thanks. Is this something you can put fluid in yourself or do you need to go to a dealer to fill it up? If its just topping off a fluid it sounds like it might be easy.
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    I just recall seeing a trunk full of hydro fluid on a car.

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  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    Raise heck with them and/or find a new dealer. The window is adjustable and this is absolutely a warranty issue.
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  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    If you are out of warranty, you are out of luck...not withstanding same, check with a convertible top repair person. I know there is one in Moorestown NJ off of the Marne Hwy, just don't remember the name. He is in the yellow pages.

  • suzzsuzz Posts: 4
    I am looking at buying this car. Which model do you recommend and are there any disadvantages to this year? Should I wait for 2008? Thanks!!
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    The cloth top beats the vinyl in appearance, also it better hold up to the folding of opening and closing. Plus its a little more flexible and can better handle the shrinkage that starts at 40 degree weather and gets worse as it gets colder

    As for 2007, some improvements were made to the top to prevent the structure from causing wear in the material so its the best year yet. Also there are only 2 changes offered for 2008 HID head lamps as an option and "ambiant lighting" offered as an option.

    2008 also has 2 new colors, Dark Candy Apple Red in lieu of Redfire and Highland Green.

  • tlocktontlockton Posts: 1
    I have a 2006 convertible and have never had the top open while moving.
    My wife has a problem sometimes locking it .
    be sure it's locked properly and let me know if you have anymore proplems :)
  • 2fast4u22fast4u2 Posts: 1
    I also have a 2005 convertible with a broken frame. am having it repaired as I type. Hope it will not cost me $5000.00. The dealer said that it is a warrant item. How did yours turn out?
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  • fury99fury99 Posts: 1
    I own a 1986 mustang lx, the hydraulic lines are old and brittle leaking, Does any body know of a free online or have a schematic for this system ? also where is the pump and reservoir located? I live in Hawaii and its a crime not being able to put the top down!
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,665
    The problem with doing it yourself is there is a significant amount of skill involved in getting it stretched to fit just right. I'd shop around for a few more quotes but leave it to the pros.
  • ponyluvponyluv Posts: 1
    I just bought a 1995 convertible and was curious if this car came with a boot for the top originally? If so anyone know where one can be purchased? I looked on Ebay didn't see any.
  • fdthirdfdthird Posts: 352
    I had an 88 that came with one and now a 2000 that also came with one. The 88 was a very simple all vinyl affair that folded up easily in th trunk while the 2000 came with a rigid boot that was a real pain in the [non-permissible content removed] to get on and to store in the car. I think I have had it on 3 or 4 times in the 8 summers I've owned the car.

    I would assume that your 95 came with the rigid boot which I haven't seen a lot. You might want to look into a Ford toneau cover which I bought when the car was new and like a lot. It covers the back seat and the down top and folds up nicely to put in the trunk.
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