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How much does it cost to repair a soft top?

Asked by Jeremycw1 (1370points) May 2nd, 2010

There is a Fiat Spider convertible I am interested in buying, but the back plastic window is ripped.

I was wondering if the window repair can even be done, and if so how much it costs?

If it’s more to fix the window than the car is worth, what are some solutions?

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OreetCocker's avatar

If it’s just a vinyl rear screen they can usually be removed and replaced if they are stitched in. For one that size I would say around £125 fitted providing the hood was off the car.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

If you have to replace the whole roof, it should be about $300 for the roof kit, and another $200ish to have it fitted. If you are restoring the car, you are going to want to replace the roof. Window repair should run you about $200. You may want to contact the Fiat Club and see what resources they can point you towards; my uncle restores Porsches and most of his parts come from other club members and vendors they recommend.

This is going to become your “golf game” and whatever cost you put into the car, if it’s more than the car is really worth, that’s okay up to a point. There’s the enjoyment factor of restoring the car, you’ll meet new people, problem solve, and get to do something constructive.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

What @PandoraBoxx says is very true. Restoring most old cars costs more than it is worth, but it’s a labor of love. I restored a ‘62 TR 3A for my wife and am currently puttering around with a ‘49 M-B 170D. I’d never recover the restoration cost on either car. Compare it with the cost of greens fees or bar crawling.

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