The roof, what else !!!!!!! (roof vinyl does not sit tight to the roof arch)

If you need help with your C3 Pluriel, that seems specific to the Pluriel (like the roof), ask here. Engine and Transmission problem must be asked in the relevant topic for the problem. The Pluriel shares the same Engine, Gearbox, Brakes and Transmission as the other C3 models (see above for the correct section).
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Questions about the Pluriel Roof system can be asked here
No engine, gearbox or running gear questions
Think: Pluriel roof and rear window jobs
Did you know the Pluriel shares the engines, gearboxes, electrical, audio system, suspension, steering and running gear with the early C3?
My Name: Davidoff67

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Model: C3 Pluriel - with or without roof
Year: 2007 (07)
Engine Size: 1.6 (16v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 28000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: SensoDrive
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)

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Hi, I'm a newbee. I bought a Pluriel from a used car dealer a few days ago and on day 3 the roof malfunctioned, dealer said contact warranty company but of course the roof is not covered. I know that the dealer is legally obliged to repair the car within the first 30 days from purchase but hey ho that could take forever and they are 4 hours drive from where I live.
The problem is that the roof vinyl does not sit tight to the roof arch on the driver side which of course means water getting in. I contacted French Diagnostic services in Telford who are an independant garage specialising in Pluriel tops. They said it sounds like the cable has jumped the worm gear and could either supply the parts and talk me through replacement or do the job for me. Just wondering if this sounds like the correct diagnosis ?
Secondly I'm wondering if there is any kind of manual conversion kit available for the roof ? i saw a video on youtube of a guy who had removed the motor and fabricated manual catches but I dont know if his solution allows for stowing the roof in the boot or not.
To be perfectly honest I have a Ford Fusion for everyday use and bought the Pluriel to replace my Daihatsu Copen which due to being so low I find very difficult to get out of these days so I'd really only be using the Pluriel on sunny days for local journies and would be quite happy to buy a half cover for it when not in use but it would be nice to fix it. Many thanks , David.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
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Fuel Type: Diesel
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Trim Level: Exclusive
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Davidoff67 wrote: Wed May 23, 2018 7:55 pm Hi, I'm a newbee. I bought a Pluriel from a used car dealer a few days ago and on day 3 the roof malfunctioned, dealer said contact warranty company but of course the roof is not covered. I know that the dealer is legally obliged to repair the car within the first 30 days from purchase but hey ho that could take forever and they are 4 hours drive from where I live.
The problem is that the roof vinyl does not sit tight to the roof arch on the driver side which of course means water getting in. I contacted French Diagnostic services in Telford who are an independant garage specialising in Pluriel tops. They said it sounds like the cable has jumped the worm gear and could either supply the parts and talk me through replacement or do the job for me. Just wondering if this sounds like the correct diagnosis ?
Secondly I'm wondering if there is any kind of manual conversion kit available for the roof ? i saw a video on youtube of a guy who had removed the motor and fabricated manual catches but I dont know if his solution allows for stowing the roof in the boot or not.
To be perfectly honest I have a Ford Fusion for everyday use and bought the Pluriel to replace my Daihatsu Copen which due to being so low I find very difficult to get out of these days so I'd really only be using the Pluriel on sunny days for local journies and would be quite happy to buy a half cover for it when not in use but it would be nice to fix it. Many thanks , David.
Pluriel roof problems are very common and very time consuming to repair. Some members have replaced cables and drives but it's not a straight-forward job.

If you have the opportunity to reject the car go for it. There are plenty of pluriels out there to choose from.

Have a look at Roof issue investigation to show what is involved in the cable/motor drive change on a pluriel.
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