by Michael Bloomfield
Date Added: Thursday 10 October, 2013
I purchased this blue vinyl hood with heated glass window during May 2011 and it was fitted in June of that year. Replacing the hood on the frame was straight forward and the hood was a good fit. Unfortunately this year (2013) the vinyl has begun to rapidly decompose. While some areas are still blueish the remainder of the hood has lost its colour and is now black. When the outside temperature reaches between 15 to 20 degrees C, some areas of the hood become tacky or sticky to the touch. Sadly it seems the hood is beginning to shrink on the drivers side with cracks and tears appearing. On investigation using the internet it appears that there are at least 2 types of vinyl available for making car hoods:- Heavy Duty which should last for 3 to 5 years before deteriorating and Cabriolet Quality which should last from 7 to 10 years. It appears that this hood is made with a vinyl which is not even within the Heavy Duty category. I have treated the hood with the recommended Renovo products as well as vinyl cleaning products I use on the vinyl canopy on my boat. The canopy on my boat has lasted for over 12 years and is still in very good condition. So I know how to look after vinyl products. I am waiting to find out what MX5 Parts and their suppliers think about this. I have bought a number of items in the past from MX5 Parts and apart from this hood, they have all been perfectly satisfactory.
Editors Note: We are aware of the problems you have had with this hood. As soon as we some photographs from you to send to the supplier we will see what can be done to sort this out.
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!]