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The Miata is having problems with their tops, rubbing, strap anchors breaking, etc. They are already on their 3rd improved top part # on the Miata forum. Mazda has been replacing the whole top assembles on cars as new as one week, they are backordered and cannot be partially repaired. I wonder if the 124 will have the same top problem. Also on the manual trans be glas it is from the 3rd generation as the new one has been failing on their forum
 

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I Hadn't heard about the convertible roof issues before but had read about the ND manual trannies grenading. Seems they over did it on the weight reduction to those gear boxes. Like you said,...glad we're getting the NC manual gear box.
 

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I Hadn't heard about the convertible roof issues before but had read about the ND manual trannies grenading. Seems they over did it on the weight reduction to those gear boxes. Like you said,...glad we're getting the NC manual gear box.
On the Miata forum they are talking way more on the top then the trannies, but they are talking about both. They have rubbing problems, strap holders breaking, inside liner coming loose. Mazda is on their 3rd or 4th revision for the whole top already, different part #'s. I can only guess that the 124's have the first type as the revisions are very new. Wonder what Fiat has to say, also not many 124's on the road so not many complaints yet.
 

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I wonder if the 124 top is the same as the Miata GT, thinking the 124 claims have extra insulation it might be better and hopefully will not have the Miata problems, looking to get a 124 in about 2 months or so when inventory increases
 

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After all the issues I had with my current car - early production/first model year - I'm waiting to buy mine next spring.
 

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Just found this, so the creasing also affects 124's, I wonder how long they had the top down before they put it back up....
That's not at all normal or consistent with reported issues. Looking at it carefully, I believe the front of the top wasn't latched to the windshield header, causing it to look wrinkled.
 

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After nearly 3,000 miles with the top going down and up every day mine still looks as good as new.
 
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Having owned three Miatas, it was easy for me to recognize that the latch simply wasn't secured in order to make the top nice and properly taut. I called the dealership and talked to the sales manager about the photos. Great guy – we talked about Fiats and his dealership for almost half an hour. He confirmed what I said about the soft top not being latched, and he had already scheduled his contracted photographer to return on Saturday to reshoot the photos. As it turns out, logically enough, the cars had been displayed with their tops down before the professional photographer arrived, who was (in my opinion) either too lazy or else too much in a rush to properly latch the tops before taking pics.
 

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well i was reading the mazda boards since october and worried about the top issue too. and keep looking at mine out of worry. however from what i have read it seems, those with the issue seem to be the sport people and not the gt people, but i could be wrong. and from what i understand the top in the 124 is supposed to be like the gt top. so we are not supposed to have to worry about the top. i came from a conv hard top chrysler 200, top wear was always one of those things i worried about before i bought the hard top and why i was reticent to get a soft top. but since i dislike the rf miata design and the likely hood of the 124 getting it being low anyway, i figure it is just something i will worry about when i have to and use caution along the way to make it last as best as possible.
 

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My personal theory (and that's all it is - but goes back a few decades) is that tops live longer if they're up when not actually being used down. Also that I-5 from Sacramento to LA is always better with a car buttoned up and the AC on!
 
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