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i am interested in buying an EOS, however have come up against all the roof failures....
could experienced UK owners plse give me some background, eg:
1) using indi specialists and allowing used parts sourced by them, are there many common faults that would take more than £300 to fix, all inc. - if so - how likely / symptoms and what sort of cost on above basis, using Cayman or similar

I would like to intro with a full leather Tdi then perhaps switch to a 3.2 later (if much cheaper than TT equivalent)

I imagine I would be fine with the rest of the driving experience, however never want to be stuck with a roof that is uneconomic to repair

Can a failed roof be easily raised manually by a crank or similar? - any video links?

thx :)
 

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The EOS roof has some of the most complex designs, which also gives it the most functions; it is the only one with an integrated sunroof! Any problems with it is for a stealer most of the time a full replacement, meaning 10000 k and up - so almost always uneconomical.
Repairs to the roof system are ranging from simpel to very hard. But, there are a lot of EOSes sold, I mean far more as discussed here or in any other forum. And in forums you only hear/see the problems with the roof. It cannot be true that all EOS roofs are somehow always problematic.
Also: repairs with convertible roofs on any car are always not cheap. This is even true for the very first soft-tops on early cars!
Yes, there is a procedure requiring 2 persons to open/close the roof manually.
The rest of the conclusions are up to you. For me, the EOS is very satisfying!
 

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A complex car design like the EOS needs experienced technicians to work on it. Labor is the highest cost for EOS roof repairs. A more expensive experienced technician can fix faults quickly, whereas an inexperienced techician learning on an EOS may charge less but may never finish the job satisfactorily and you could end up paying more. :( The engine and most mechanicals will be similar maintenance costs to Jettas and Golfs. I think £300 is a bit on the low side for parts AND labor. Expect £500 to 1K. Check out the price to supply and fit a roof pump or roof controller using new/used parts - and that's a fairly simple job.
 
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