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2000 996 Cabriolet window separation

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Vehicle Information: Model: 996; Year: 2000; Body Type: Cabriolet; Total Mileage: 24490;

I have owned the car about 2 years now. As I had anticipated the bottom of the cabriolet has finally pulled away from the plastic window leaving a 6 inch long hole. About a year ago it appeared that the hot Florida sun was causing shrinkage to gradually pull the canvas from the plastic. The dealership said that it would have to be replaced ( about$4500) and there were no other options. My concern is that this seems to be a recurring theme and the dealer said there were no other options but to keep replacing it when necessary. Other body shops have come up with some other reommendations including stitching to reinforce the window. One question is does any of this work, or am I doomed to recurring cab replacements? I had read the previous Q & A sections and some people mentioned the newer top with glass window. Since the cost would not be that much different, my second question is if that could also be an option or is there a history of problems with the newer tops as well?

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