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    1996 Opel Astra Convertible

    Hi all, seriously looking at getting the above car for the wife. It seems in good condition, has the 2.0 petrol SOHC engine. 142,000km, automatic trans (brand new) but the only issue with the vehicle is the roof.

    It opens fine using the button down by the handbrake, but it will simply not close. The current owner said it just stopped working. When you press the button it just makes a humming sound and you have to manually jack the roof up with the hydraulic pump on the RH rear in the boot of the vehicle.

    Is this a major repair job or just a simple one?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers!




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    Not familiar with the mechanics/hydraulics involved in this model as we didn't get them in Oz.
    First thing is to check the hydraulic fluid level - may be enough pressure to open but not enough to close the roof(?). Check for any kinked hoses that may also be restricting the fluid travel. If it opens OK and has a problem closing, that's about all that can go wrong that comes to mind. That, or there is a bent/buckled mechanical arm somewhere? Just check it all out and try to find a service centre that could advise on what it could be before buying.
    Other than that . . . it looks like it's in pretty good nick.

    I'm sure there is someone on here that is far more knowledgeable than me that could give you more info. Keep us informed.
    Old enough to know better . . . Too old to care!

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    Thanks for your reply. Was hoping there would be a few people out here with this knowledge of the convertibles. Cheers.

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