... or you could leave the top down and put the tonneau cover on to protect the interior.swiss said:When not driving all converts should have the top up. Protects the interior and does not allow the fabric to set with wrinkles.
My understanding is that cloth tops (like the Solstice has) can be operated in cold temperatures without problems. Vinyl tops get stiff and brittle in cold temperatures. (someone correct me if I'm wrong on this) My miata manual says to not operate the top below 40 degrees. I've used it at 50 degrees without any issues. Below 50 is a little too chilly for me anyways.scottjl said:another tip for new convertable owners.. be careful raising/lowering the top in cold conditions (especially with that glass window). the top will be much stiffer and flex and stretch less. just take your time and go slow or risk holes, tears, etc. if you can raise/lower it in a warm garage if it's winter. not sure if the owner's manual has some temp. recommendations. i believe my jeep's top said 60+ if at all possible.
I agree 100% keeping the top up in the garage, but it's funny to me about the birds and the convertible, cause I've been leaving my top down on my Mlaibu in public places for thirty years and I have never had the misfortune of this experience. I'm just really lucky, I guess.achieftain said:And after your first episode of cleaning bird poop off of leather OR cloth you will put top up or tonneau when parking the car out in public.