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How expensive is it to replace an 05 bug rag top?

How expensive is it to replace an 05 bug rag top? The glass window has come unglued and I was told I would have to replace it. Curious what this could cost and does it really need to be replaced or can it be fixed. Thanks

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I've worked on auto upholstery for years and if the rear window is glass and the rubber holding it in place has seperated from the top then the top has shrunk and will have to be replaced . but if the glass and all of the fabric will still proximate then it should be repairable if you can send me a pic of the damage i can better evaluate the problem because a total replacement is between 1500 to 1800 dollars done right my e-mail is jimmyjam52981@yahoo.com

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  • edward bedrosian Sep 25, 2013

    yes jimmie the cost,as my rear winow has popped out also, i had a after market, installed was 2500, the rear window is sewn in, much better but not glass, real good top but there is something about it, i was told a new v,w, top was like over 7000, i dont know but i think it is true

  • jimmyjam5298 Oct 28, 2013

    Of course cost is dependent on your geographic location but the original glass is reused in the replacement of a top ..... You got ripped off my friend it is no more difficult to replace a top with a glass window as it is to put in an after market seen plastic one and much less attractive

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