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Can a convertible roof easily be put up and taken down manually?

Looking at 900Se 1996 with a roof that "wont go down" im asssuming the seller means electrically, therefore can it be done manually?

I had a Renault 19 16v cabriolet that had the pump and associted items removed so raised and lowered in approx ten seconds from start to finish can this be doen if all else fails re the roof?

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No. The roof can be raised in an emergency but not easily and it is not something you would want to do on a regular basis.
 

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ya deff not a good thing to do manually
there are electric locks in the rear that hold the back end down
when you manually put the top up it doesnt lock securely in the back
so either find a friend thats a saab vert specialist that has a tech2 to diagnose or just move on to another car
(unless its a really good deal and you have spare money to spend on diagnosing and fixing the top)
 

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No..dont do it!

the roof of my earlier owned 1996gm 900 stopped working electrically. i manually lowered it then realised it doesnt lock into place, i then raised it back up, and the back of the roof doesnt lock into place at the back, you get a 2 inch gap for cold air and water to go in between the roof and car. it looks embarrasing when you drive, and the rain and air makes you get cold in the winter. if you were to lower it, and then drive, as the back lid does not lock into place, the back tonneau cover flips back up. to fix my problem cost 1500quid then after 1 year it broke again . my current carÄs roof works fine electrically, no issues, and is gm1994. (my old car was 1996), so there are ng900 verts which do work, just avoid the ones that dont
 

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Search for this. It's not meant to be done, but there are a few mods out there so that it can be done manually. Some people have actually wired switches into the 5th bow motor (the motor that locks and unlocks the back), and have removed or disenganged other motors so that they could do it manually. Though, it seems of this is done i cannot easily be reversed. Best to try and fix the problem.
Search for the member flyhop as well. He shows how to manually activate those locking mechanisms in an extensive post.
 

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Not to keen onth £1500 to get fixed if it goes horribly wrong!

Is there an idiots guide to fault finding..starting with the simple things then getting progressivly harder?

And thank you all above for the promp replys

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Mike.
 
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