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2004 vw beetle convertible - the inside of the convertible top near the back window has a "casement" along the edge of the fabric top that seems to attach or slide into a track near the window. mine has come loose and hangs down. any idea what to do? are there supposed to be clips holding it in our does in slide into the "track"?

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That happened to me. I tried to re-insert the window into the track but it was impossible. The dealer ordered some clips and I think I paid about $50 to have it fixed.

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