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  1. MOCAŠ

    MOCAŠ MB Enthusiast

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    Realised this morning that I'd forgotten I'd left the roof down on the car last night. That's the third time I've done that so far this year. :eek: Luckily, it hasn't rained on any of these occasions.

    Is it just me that does this? :dk:
     
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    It could be an expensive mistake one day - with rain being the least of your problems.

    Envy is one of the more damaging traits :mad:
     
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    Probably because your brain is full of so much other stuff you forget the stuff you fully intended to do later.

    Or to put it politely. Demographic change is upon you!
     
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    Hadn't really thought about someone stealing it. To be fair, it was locked/alarmed, but with the roof down...
     
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    I was thinking more about vandalism (depending on where it's parked, of course). Some envious lowlife's can't resist.
     
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    Hmm, I've always been absent minded, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better as the years march on. Quite often these days I will put the roof up each time I park the car, just in case I forget to do it later, but every now and then it just doesn't occur to me.

    What I need is a Rooftronic app, that will send an alert to my iPod if the at, say, 10pm or the onset of rain, if the car is unattended with the roof down - and if I don't respond to the alert, automatically put the roof up. Perhaps this will be available by the time they come up with the R173...
     
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    Ah, such as seat slashing or using it as a skip? Hadn't thought of that either, but it's not something I've ever had to worry about. Fingers crossed...
     
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    Our cat always sets the alarm off if we leave the roof open. He doesn't seem to notice a loud bleeping and curls up on the passenger seat. He almost works as a rain sensor. If it looks like rain he prefers the van and asks me to open the window so he can sit and watch the world go by. Which I do, (assuming the wind direction is acceptable).
     
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    So what I really need is Catronic... :)
     
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    YES:wallbash:
     
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    Can you get yourself a garage, then you needn't worry, but if it is a problem just learn to hold the lock button on the key ring for 15 - 20 seconds...........
     
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    Fit a rain sensor...Velux do it.:D
     
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    A couple of thoughts come to mind.

    It would only really take one incident to cure your absent-mindedness! If you come down to the car one morning to find it full of rain/piss/next-door's old kitchen, then I reckon that will cure you.

    However, I would have thought it not beyond the wit of man to come up with an auto-close function. Does it have rain-sensing wipers? My 211 does, and will close the sunroof if the windscreen rain sensors detect any wet stuff. It is surely not much of an extension of imagination/technological capability to fire off the hood mechanism in such circumstances? Or do you have to have the engine running to hold up the hydraulics?
     
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    Here's a thought that may make you remember.
    If you leave you house unlocked and you're burgled your insurance won't cover you. If you leave your roof down is the car still insured against all risks? - discuss !!!
     
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    I left the rear window down last week... and it was pouring all night long. :doh:

    Had to remove the rear bench and dry it with a hair drier at home, then drive around with the heater on full blast to dry the carpets... :(
     
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    Might be fun if the car is in a carport with a sideways blowing wind. Two roofs destroyed on one go.

    Coat got.
     
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    This is not the first time I have clicked on a topic only to be disappointed......

    I used to have an Escort cabriolet and I was regularly dealing with wet seats and wet carpets. Even though I closed the roof every time.

    You don't get that kind of build quality with an SLK.............


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    I have a garage but it's full, so the SLK and Fabia live outside. Don't talk to me about the lock button on the keyring - in all the years I've owned the car, I've only ever managed to close the roof using it remote about three times without it stopping halfway and setting off the "Har har, look at him!" beeper. :( This feature has to be the ultimate in incovenient convenience facilities.
     
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    You'd think, but unfortunately it doesn't quite work that way.

    My car does have rain-sensing wipers, but I can assure that it is beyond the wit of this man to make the sensors operate the roof. I even baulked at the step-by-step instructions for installing the SmartTOP module when I saw how much deconstruction of the interior it involved. But, like you, I can't believe it's impossible to achieve this, and I'm disappointed that MB don't even offer it as an option.

    And yes, you can operate the roof without the engine running, but it's recommended that you only do this occasionally and I very rarely do (mainly to avoid draining the battery).
     
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    Hmm, at least this is one thing I don't have to worry about; my car has no rear seats...

    Seriously, though, I'm sure it's only a matter of time.
     
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