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there is an upgrade which lasts about 80 years but it is a bugger to put up and down...





 

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Serviced last week , queried wear of roof fabric above rear window , same reply as last time "wear and tear" not really expecting anything else because to admit a problem would mean a roof design and then replacing 100s of cab roofs ?
At least it does not seem to be getting very much worse .
 

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I've had a look at other cab roofs in the car park. All the fabric roof, seems to be common. Some worst than others. I've had mine less than a week and its creased up quite a bit. I would only assume its normal. I haven't put it down wet or damp. And hoovered it a few times. Seems like the creases appear better once the Hoover has been near it. So I'm guessing dust makes the roof look worst. Its a tad shame as I was hoping to have this roof down more than I was hoping. But just to prevent the severe wear looks like that ideas out.
I guess its like a pair of shoes. They don't stay pristine for long. Dirt, creases, scuffs. As long as it doesn't leak, I'm not too bothered. Given up with the Audi OCD. Leather was the baine of my life on the last car.
 

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Serviced today verdict on roof is normal, apparently never heard of a problem before. No surprise there then!
 

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Shippy, the creases are a bugger and so is anyother wear and tear on the roof. But looking at other cab roofs, it seems to be normal. I agree, some are better than others. I saw an A3 the other day and the crease marks really stand out. Hopefully this doesn't go against you at trade it. Other wise I'm not bothered. It beats the objective. Roof down, huge creases appear. So then you decide not to have the roof down, mechanisms fail. You can't win.
 

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Hi, I am having my roof replaced by Audi... it is not for the wear issue but something else, just wondered if anyone else has had the roof replaced, are there any issues with fitment to look out for when a new roof is retrofitted etc?
 

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Hi, I am having my roof replaced by Audi... it is not for the wear issue but something else, just wondered if anyone else has had the roof replaced, are there any issues with fitment to look out for when a new roof is retrofitted etc?

What's the something else?
 

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I had my roof replaced under warranty because of wear, no problem with the job. Roof is bck to how it was so it was a waste of time really.
 

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Just had the wife's A5 Cab in for second time with roof issues. The first had the roof replaced under warranty and Brisbane Audi didi a good job. The second time was for an hydraulic ram failure which also trashed the roof lining. Again great job by Brisbane Audi fixing the roof and fortunately under extended warranty. This is the only case of an hydraulic failure that I have seen on the web, but take a tip and if you intend to keep your cab, go for an extended warranty as the bill was in excess of $4500.
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Just read this thread with interest.......My 2012 3.0tdi Cab has these wear marks!!

I was in Audi last week for a warranty job (new washer jet as was leaking!), and I mentioned it to one of the Master Technicians, he looked at me with a blank face - i.e. no Sir, we haven't had any issues. Next to my car was a 2013 cab which didn't have any marks at all!!!

My question, if the stitched seam started to come apart (which it looks like it is doing) near the 'wear marks' do you think Audi would have to change the roof??? Surely if the stitching is coming apart too this would cause possible leak problems??

I'm really amazed by this issue, can't believe Audi would get this so wrong - almost as bad as the window regulator debacle!!

I'll be booking mine in for a further investigation before my warranty expires, but going off what others have said, I'm not hopeful!!!
 

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Hi Jimbojet

My views on your post are:-

no Sir, we haven't had any issues - no surprise there.

Next to my car was a 2013 cab which didn't have any marks at all!!! - The wear marks take some time to appear, a 2013 is unlikely to have had much use especially if its on sale at the dealers.

My question, if the stitched seam started to come apart (which it looks like it is doing) near the 'wear marks' - This is unusual, I've not heard of this before. My 'wear' marks are approx 4" away from the stitching, do you have any photo's?.

I'll be booking mine in for a further investigation before my warranty expires, - I strongly advise you do. You will need to raise a complaint with Audi UK Customer Services and an independant report from a soft top specialist as well as a dealer report may help. But the issue does need to be reported before your warranty ends to get any redress.

Hope this helps.
 

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I have had mine examined three times by the dealership and each time its been the same answer : not enough complaints for Audi to raise any issues , its normal wear and tear , we can change your roof for £x .
So its definitely worth making a complaint but I wouldn't expect any positive action .
 

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I never really noticed any marks on my cab until I saw some posts on here. It has some creases / fluffing on either side of the rear window but it doesn't seem to be anything major (it is 5 years old). The marks get more noticeable as the roof gets dirty. Audi Say it's normal for the age.
I was getting concerned until I noticed a newer Aston Martin DBS with nearly the exact same marks on.


Interestingly, the interior lining on my cab has started getting caught on the mechanism, right behind the drivers seat. You can pull it back out with your hand and it sits perfectly, but it happens every time!?
 

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I have the same problem with wear on the roof 61 plate worrying that a hood this new is wearing like this. Took it in to audi and got palmed off with a reply that it must have been washed with something it shouldn't had, typical get out card there
 

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I was getting concerned until I noticed a newer Aston Martin DBS with nearly the exact same marks on.
Funny you should say that, but at work a couple of weeks ago someone parked a BMW 3 series convertible next to me (it had the larger rear window). So I took the opportunity to have a look round it and it too had wear signs in the same spot as the A5. So it might just be a fact of life, or cheaper, thinner roofing material?
 

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I think the wear on fabric roofs are normal. I spoke to a tech and he said the cosmetic wear is normal and it happens quickly although its nothing to worry about. The roof should have a very long life. He said any leaks would be from faulty or worn seals then the roof actually leaking.
I've got the wear marks now (after 7 months use) I've done everything to prevent them. Only way to prevent them is to either;
A) not put the roof down, although this beats the purpose
B) always have the roof down so you don't see them. Like having a squeak or rattle in the car and using the B&O system to hide it ;)
 

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will get the beloveds cab into the dealer soon. the creases I can live with but the actual wear and damage to the fabric is not acceptable. didnt have it on the saab at 6 years so dont see why I should put up with it from audi
 

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mine has it 2011 ill get pictures later. just the way of all Cabs i dont think i havent seen it happen to a car yet
 
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