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      Junior Member road trip's Avatar
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      Dec 2007

      Any harm in leaving top down for long periods?

      I have probably never gone more than a few weeks with the top staying down, but now I could probably go months.....any harm in leaving it down that long? If so, will just cycling it up and down once a week offset any issues? Or should it stay closed when sitting for a week or more?
      Original owner 2007 C70 manual trans with navigation, dynaudio, leather interior, climate package, HID headlamps / recent upgrades: elevate sway bar and bushings / KW V2 coil over suspension kit / custom built Josh Briggs full exhaust / elevate tune / DO88 intake system / intercooler upgrade / sport pedals / fully adjustable rear camber arms / heavy duty sway bar end links

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      Aug 2011
      Austin 'convection oven' TX
      I'll be interested in the responses. As hot as it is here in central Texas, we usually don't drive during the day with the top down(other than early morning and maybe a bit before sunset); but, we do leave the top down for 2-3 days at a time if we take the other car out during the day.
      At least it's not like the old ragtops, where we were worried about the vinyl creasing with extended 'down time'.
      Might be different with your '07 vs our '13 also.
      Current: 2020 XC40 T5 Glacier Silver '13 C70 Caspian Blue
      Previous Volvos[/I]: '11 C70 Ice White;
      Polestar ,'10 XC60 T6 Electric Silver; '08 C70, '07 XC70, '04 V70', '04 C70, '01 S40, '80 242 GT '72 145

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      Member LloydDobler's Avatar
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      Littleton, CO
      That's an interesting question, my first thought is, cycle it as little as possible to keep wear down. I leave my soft top down all winter in the garage. I would say if you want to be safe do it once a month, once a week is overkill. I know it's designed to cycle daily if needed but still, to me logically, motion is the enemy.
      2003 C70 T5M Convertible - Eibachs, Koni FSDs, Enkei RSF5s, OBX downpipe, Snabb intake, RIP kit, & drop-in intercooler, Quaife LSD, 19T, Green Giants, 22 psi Hilton tune.
      2006 V70 2.5T - Ice White - Oak Arena, (almost) bone stock daily driver.
      1966 122s - Collectible project, restoration and many mods on the way.
      2005 V50 T5 AWD - Daughter's first car. No mods unless she does 'em herself.

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