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cabrio rear window cracking

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- got my smart in November the first year they were available. Its first couple of years it lived outdoors. When I got a jetta October 1/09 I gave the smart back to my dad and its been in a garage for the most part. But Ernie has some problems... The rear plastic window ïs cracking and will probably snap when cold. Is there any way to replace just the plastic window? The dealer says it is $2100 for an entire new roof. We prefer a cheaper option. I know a lot of smarties offer aftermarket parts and do servicing so I'm wondering if anyone has advice/solutions :) Thanks!

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Yes, you can remove the back part and take it to a shop to have a new one glued/sewn in.

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Lucky you're not a smoker, Cait... once the ashtray gets full, they want $11,000 to replace the entire car! :hilarious:

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A shop that does boat canopies would be one idea, also an upholstery shop, maybe even a specialist glass shop? Phone around.

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Do you think it would be possible to sew in one of the new glass cabrio rear windows from a 08-10 roof?Dennis

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It would rip the top every time you lower it! Someone in Europe was proposing a zippered version of a 450 glass window. Do a search here and you may find that thread.

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I purchased my '05 cabrio last August, three months later I discovered that the rear window had a serious leak (all along the entire bottom, basically). Turns out that the rear window had been replaced badly, leaving me with a soaking wet car. It took a couple of days to dry it out with the passenger seat removed and the carpet all pulled up and a couple of space heaters on for hours at a time. MB wouldn't replace the piece of plastic, but they did refer me to a specialty shop in Vancouver. It cost about $700 (but that's better than the thousands of dollars it would have cost to have MB replace the roof), and I haven't had any problems with it since. The guy that fixed my window suggested that it was probably a marine shop that did a crappy job on the first replacement.Do yourself a favour and find the best shop in your area (ie. the one that works on the high end cars) and have them do the work. It's worth the money.

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What is the name of the shop in Vancouver that charged $700? Just for future reference.

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Big-time threadsurrection to expand on a subject in "What Did You Do To Your smart Today"...

Just got a quote from Housses D'Auto Henri (Henri Seat Covers), Montreal's go-to convertible roof repair specialist, to remove my cracked cabrio rear window and replace it.

$950 + tax. Nine hundred and fifty dollars plus tax. WTF?

I was truly expecting somewhere between $300 and $500 -- secretly hoping for the latter so I could convince my wife we should use my flight privileges and go to England to collect a new rear roof section from www.CarHoodsDirect.co.uk -- but $950???

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I just contacted Chris from Cabriotec in Germany to ask how much for a rear roof section with his glass window mod. It's cheaper for me to fly to Germany!

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[can you let us know the price, I know that you had it posted last year just wondering if anything has changed?! Thanks!

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Read this, especially Ontario drivers. There is a shop that has done a fantastic job, and more reasonable than a grand with tax.

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Just had a nice long chat with Chris at Cabriotec in Germany. He's a very friendly and knowledgeable chap and seems very committed to providing good service and products to value-conscious smart 450 owners. As he is the ONLY cabrio window specialist installing glass rear screens in cars that use plastic ones originally, he could theoretically charge whatever he wants, but he decided that in order to attract a wider potential market he should offer his turn-key service (locally) for only a few Euros more than other trim shops charge to stitch in a new piece of plastic.He reassured me that he uses custom-made, rated packaging materials, and then braces the glass screen with extra pieces of wood. He is quite confident that the Samsonite Gorillas won't damage it.I should be receiving the roof section within the week. I will take more pictures of it as well as the re & re process, and post a new How-To thread.

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Mine just cracked last night :(Any word on the price of this kit? Would love to have mine installed before it gets any colder.

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There is a warning in the owners manual not to flex the rear window when it gets down to freezing...I hope that's not why yours cracked!

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Don't flex the rear window below freezing? Considering the wind buffeting that happens when driving, that might as well read "Put a smart cabrio into the garage in September and leave it there until May"!

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No, it simply means: don't drop the top or open the rear part of the top (both of which actions double over the plastic at 180 degrees). The pane hardly budges when the top is in place.

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There is a warning in the owners manual not to flex the rear window when it gets down to freezing...I hope that's not why yours cracked!

I had something that just bumped into it from the inside lightly and it cracked!! Super mad...but what's done is done =(

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Oh yeah that can be bad! When we drove the white cab across the continent in 2010 in February, I was taking lots of precautions at -23C, because it was FULL!!

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Yeah, as I said mine was due to cold weather and caused by a typical (large) Costco load that shifted when a dumbass in front of me stopped for no reason in the middle of a left turn at the same intersection where I wrecked my car the summer before. When he decided it was safe to turn -- there were no cars coming when he stopped unexpectedly -- he started off. I hit the go pedal and a box of detergent slid across the pile and put a big spiderweb crack in the vinyl. In summer I'm sure there would be no issue.It appears I'll have the roof section Monday, more photos and info then.

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