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replacing the plastic windows on my SL500

I need to remove the soft top from my 1995 SL500 in order to have an auto trimmer replace the three plastic windows. I then need to replace the soft top. Is this a very complicated process or will I be able to figure it out as I go? Are there detailed instructions available for this process? Any advice is appreciated. Kind regards. Steve
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When you say "replace the soft top," are you talking about reusing the 15 year old soft top? I wouldn't. The cost of a brand new top installed should only be a few hundred more than doing the plastic windows and R&R of the top. There's a chance that the old top may tear from age when trying to reinstall it. Then you're out the plastic windows and labor anyway.

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Well ... here are the words from the 03/2009 Mercedes-Benz Classic magazine:

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"The operating life of an R129 soft top is generally between eight and fifteen years, depending on use. The rubberized layer in the outer skin deteriorates even without the normal wear and tear of regular driving," the [R129] Club's advisory brochure warns. Since soft top replacement by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer costs around 3500 euros--quite a considerable sum in relation to the vehicle's purchase price--the condition of the roof is an important criterion. The plastic rear window is a major point of weakness: "Small cracks often appear just above the centerline if the roof has been opened and closed frequently, and these become enlarged over time. The only remedy is replacement of the top's rear section," says Norbert Schroeder. The cost of this repair in an authorized Mercedes-Benz workshop is around 1500 euros.
This would indicate there's an "offical" procedure. Frankly you'll hit your resale value pretty hard if any top repair is not done with OE materials by someone that knows how. See your dealer for advice.

The procedures are likely in the Service DVD: http://www.startekinfo.com/StarTek/o...tedDocId=11498

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I need to remove the soft top from my 1995 SL500 in order to have an auto trimmer replace the three plastic windows. I then need to replace the soft top. Is this a very complicated process or will I be able to figure it out as I go? Are there detailed instructions available for this process? Any advice is appreciated. Kind regards. Steve
Thanks all. Your advice is greatly appreciated. The car is in pristine condition so it will be worth getting it done professionally. Thanks once more for your help. Kind regards, Steve in Brisbane
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