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E Kaplan 05-29-2008 07:53 PM

Convertible top replacement question
 
I am thinking about replacing the top for my 2000 Boxster with a glass window replacement. Robbins sells the top for about $700 and GAHH sells the top for $959-$1089. Do you think the quality of the GAHH top is superior and worth the extra money? Also, does anyone know of other brands of replacement tops you think are superior or a better deal?

Eric K

Peter Serbanica 05-30-2008 03:46 AM

I install these tops in New Jersey. I use GAHH. Robbins has offered a glass window for about a year. I hear they are having delaminating issues as did GAHH years ago which GAHH addressed immediatly. GAHH is consistent with their tops and stand behind their product. I wish they were cheaper!!!!

E Kaplan 05-30-2008 03:50 AM

Peter:
There is a German Canvas top for $1084 and a Sonnendeck Canvas top for $959. Is there a difference between these tops?

Eric

Peter Serbanica 05-30-2008 01:08 PM

I only use German A5 canvas. The sonnendeck stretches too much especially the blue canvas. I installed a black top on a 2000 today :cheers:

E Kaplan 06-02-2008 06:04 PM

Peter:

Thanks for the info.

Eric

TimAustinW 06-02-2008 09:02 PM

I've had my Robbins top for about three months now. Someone else posted that their Robbins top glass window came unglued in high temperatures. It's been the high 90s here in Texas nearly the whole time I've had it. 100s all week this week. So far so good. No problem other than needing a readjustment about three weeks after install. I got the German A5.

dj1 06-04-2008 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Serbanica
I install these tops in New Jersey. I use GAHH. Robbins has offered a glass window for about a year. I hear they are having delaminating issues as did GAHH years ago which GAHH addressed immediatly. GAHH is consistent with their tops and stand behind their product. I wish they were cheaper!!!!

Peter,
Can I get info on having you replace my top? Can I come in from out of town and have it done in a day? What is the total price? Where in NJ are you? Thanks DJ

CA_Boxster 06-05-2008 01:28 AM

I had mine done back when they first came out a few years ago. Went through 3 GAHH tops due to the de-laminating glass and other early design issues. I've had the 3rd one fo over a year and it's solid. I could tell they changed a few things immediately. Seams have been moved away from stress points, etc. My replacements were all covered under warranty and the shop that did the work took care of it all, but it's a pain to have the top start flaking on you, and it's a pain to keep getting it replaced. I would go with the GAHH top since it's been through the revisions already. Robbins is a well-reputed brand but even good brands go through startup problems with a new design.

All that said, I'm happy with the new top.

I think German A5 is better than Sonnendeck, and is the material Porsche uses on its tops. If you search the forum you'll find a pile of old posts on this topic with links to pages that explain the difference in materials as well. It was a hot topic back in the day...

E Kaplan 06-06-2008 07:15 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice.
I'll go with GAHH and the German canvas.
Let you know how it turns out.
Eric

RandallNeighbour 06-06-2008 08:32 AM

This thread has been very helpful for me as well. I've vacillated between the GAHH and Robbins tops for a long time now. I too will go with a GAHH top and have one of their authorized installers do the job so it's fully warranted (parts and labor) on replacement.

One question though... when a GAHH top is installed by an authorized installer, does the initial price include adjustments a couple of months down the line when the top stretches?

Peter Serbanica 06-06-2008 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RandallNeighbour
This thread has been very helpful for me as well. I've vacillated between the GAHH and Robbins tops for a long time now. I too will go with a GAHH top and have one of their authorized installers do the job so it's fully warranted (parts and labor) on replacement.

One question though... when a GAHH top is installed by an authorized installer, does the initial price include adjustments a couple of months down the line when the top stretches?


I install these tops.... never had to do an adjustment afterwards.....


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