Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 00:50:42 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: conv top thru car wash?

Lars wrote: > > (Rob) wrote in message news:<>... > > <> wrote in message news:<U2Mia.26981$>... > > > I bought a '97 SE convertible last year and the manual cautions against > > > automatic carwashes. Is there really a danger of destroying the rag top? > > > Does it make a difference if it's a brush or brushless automatic carwash? > > > > Hello from another owner of a '97 SE Convert! I think the concern is > > more with the pressure and wear against the cloth from the carwashes > > with lot of big brushes. I have had my car through those a few times > > without problem, but try to avoid it. I do take it frequently, at > > least in the winter, through a brushless wash, or a gas-station deal > > that has some wiggling strips of cloth which don't seem to beat on the > > car very hard. I do recommend keeping a piece of towel > > handy...sometimes a fair amount of water comes through between the top > > and the edge of the windows. (Seems to depend upon the angle of the > > water jets as some car washes are much worse than others.) > > > > Cheers > > Rpm > > I asked at the gas station and they told me lot's of convertibles used > it (with brushes). Until now I did not believe the guy and have never > seen any convertibles in a carwasher yet....... In any case, why do you need a car washer? Granted it takes a little planning to hand wash, but once everything figured out in advance, it can be done in 10 minutes flat with sponge and buckets, quicker than driving down to the local paint scratcher. My current Saab 9k has never been machine washed and it shows. Johannes

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