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Michael Warfield, Factory Mercedes-Benz Technician
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Which is better convertible soft or hard top between

Customer Question

Which is better convertible soft or hard top between cabriolet and slc
JA: What year is your Convertible?
Customer: 2017
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: c class vs SLC AMG
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no buying one
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no thanks
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 4 months ago.

I personally prefer the C class cabriolet because the car is longer, quieter, and has a better ride. The SLC is nice because of the retractable hardtop but it has a rough ride. The newer cabriolet soft tops are insulated very well and I don't notice a difference in ambient noise levels or interior temperature fluctuations. Now if you are only driving the SLC 43 for short distances and is a second vehicle, then it is a very fun and fast car. I would purchase the SLC if I were to only drive it once in a while and was looking for something sporty. I don't notice a difference between reliability or maintenance costs.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
the maintenance of either roof would not be a factor
Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 4 months ago.

Right, the soft tops are actually made to last for the life of the vehicle now, barring any physical damage of course.

Expert:  Michael Warfield replied 4 months ago.

Both tops require periodic lubrication of the rubber seal contact points because they will get noisy as they rub together.