I recently became the proud owner of a beautiful, black 2004 Mk4 Convertible (2.2 non-turbo) with red leather interior and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. Unfortunately, I live in Melbourne, Australia and winter has just hit us - not the most opportune time to buy a convertible, but to cut a long story short, I needed a car and I stand by my decision so far!!
Quickly, a bit of background about myself: My current profession is as a musician (performance and education) and I'm also in my final year of a Juris Doctor Masters of Law (at RMIT, for those of you in the know). My law studies keep me damn busy, so that's all I have time for these days (except that i'm currently on holidays so I have time to join this group)! My previous car was a 2000 Toyota Camry, and i absolutely loved it. I added some aesthetic changes including suspension, wheels and sound-system (being an audiophile) and i hope to one day provide the same treatment to my current car when the funds allow me!
Firstly, it's great to find a community such as this and I've already found some great advice that I've read from other people's postings on this forum. However, I have a couple of very basic questions about the car that I'm sure a few of the more experienced Mk4 convertible owners will be able to help me out with.
1. Basic roof operation queries
After undertaking some basic tests and reading the user manual, i have a couple of questions: Firstly, i have successfully figured out how to operate the roof using the remote, however, i notice it has a noticebly shorter range than when using the remote to simply lock/unlock the car. I don't mind, since the ability to operate the roof remotely is simply an added bonus and a convenient luxury, but should i be able to operate the roof from a further distance? I currently have to be literally standing right next to it. It's likely to need a battery replace.
Also, sometimes, when opening the roof using the remote, or by the inside switch when only the battery is on, the roof will not open fully. It will only open up a fraction and stop. I am able to close the roof using the same methods, or i can fully open the roof if i turn the engine on. Is this normal behavior? I wasn't too fussed since it did operate correctly with the switch (and since then, most of the time operates correctly using the remote or with the switch with just the battery on).
I have also just noticed that one of the pieces of string (or elastic) that keeps the inside layer of the roof lining attached to the roof to hide some of the ugly roof struts on the rear left side (drivers side) has come loose and that particular part hangs a little bit loose. It doesn't seem to affect the roof operation in any way, and it seems like a simple fix - a matter of replacing a small hoop and tying the thing back in place, or something similar. Am i correct in thinking this?
2. cloth roof and leather care
What products do you use, and what measures do you recommend that I take to take the best care of the cloth roof and the leather interior? I absolutely love it and the last thing i would want is for any of it to looks anywhere near being forlorn!
3. Automatic drop to neutral in auto
Is this annoying to anyone? Funnily enough, my previous driving habits included me dropping my car into neutral at the red lights anyway, so i don't mind it... it's just annoying sometimes when i'm stopping and starting and it sometimes puts it in neutral causing a slightly jerky takeoff when i want to move!
Sorry about about any stupid questions or anything that has been previously answered elsewhere on this forum.
Also, as a new convertible owner, is there any general advice that anyone thinks is appropriate to offer? I'm a complete newbie at this thing and i love it - although it was a little less fun today as i was driving through dark and rainy clouds, but i'm just waiting for summer (although the weather's only going to be getting worse from now on)!
The car is a short (but valuable) 3-month warranty from the dealer, so if there's anythign in particular i should be looking out for, please let me know! I'll will be getting Holden or the RACV to do a thorough check in the next month or so anyway.
Thanks for all your help and guidance and I look forward to chatting with many of you!
And just to draw everyone in, here's a photo of me being a ******:
Sorry... i'm actually a normal and nice guy. But i do enjoy a nice car!