2017 convertible with smartTOP module

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  1. clive1

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    Thanks I was hoping it would be straightforward and it seems to be. Looking forward to be able to open/close while moving.

    I had a 2003 Holden (Opel/Vauxhall) Astra convertible that I operated the hood up to 40kph(~25 mph) even though it was supposed to work only when stationery and I never had any problems with it. I will limit it to 30kph.(~18mph) when I install this module in the Mustang.
     
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    Waiting on a 19 gt vert. .what else does this do..saw on otger vehicles it allows dvd play nav etc while driving..do you have or know something for this
     
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    On our cars all it does it automate most of the top open and close process as well as auto shifting into S+ mode. What you're referring go is a nav bypass and I have it on my SUV but not for the Mustang.
     
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    I got my module installed today and I love it. No more Camaro envy!

    A note of caution when installing. There is a cloth covered divider between the top interior trim and the mechanism to make sure these don't rub together. It is possible when reinstalling the top interior trim to put it over the cloth divider. Make sure the divider is free to move and not trapped by the trim piece. The first time I closed the top it snagged the interior trim and took it back off. While there was a few anxious moments while I figured out what happened, no actual damage was done.

    They also still honored the discount code when I ordered.
     
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    Installed the module today and very happy with it. Appreciate all the advice as it certainly made it easier to be forewarned of potential issues. I hot glued the module rather than use the double sided patch.
     
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    Yeah, I'm cross shopping a MY18+ GT vs. a ZL1 (both convertibles, both A10), and in the favor of the Camaro is the slicker top operation, but this module (for < $300) does do a decent job of bringing them closer to matched functionality.

    FWIW, the Camaro is still "better" in that it allows fully remote top operation ... however it gets a non-trivial ding in that it changes the available trunk space based on the top position ...
     
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    I just ordered one. It will be here next week!
     
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    First of all, the kit arrived sooner than it was supposed to. No complaints from me! It took about 20 minutes to install. And that was taking my time. It set the drive mode to S+ when I start it and one touch for the top down/up. Two very useful features that I've been wishing the car had. Especially the drive mode!
     
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    I just found that my car will be in the normal drive mode if I use the key fob remote to start it. The roof operation still works.
     
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    Just caved in and ordered one. They also said to let everyone know that the forum discount is extended til end of this month.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the heads up on the discount. If wind up with another GT convertible (looking more and more to be the case ...), I'm getting one of these for the new car. It really does fix two [out of three] of the outstanding complaints I have with the top mechanism (particularly vs. the Camaro which I've been cross shopping).

    Then for me, the comparison is pretty close ...

    Camaro:

    + One touch
    + Operate while moving
    + Remote Operation
    - Loses trunk space when top is down

    Mustang + SmartTOP:

    + One touch
    + Operate while moving
    + Retains same trunk space when top is down
    - No Remote Operation

    Both 3 for 4 :D

    Did you order direct or through their ebay source? Not sure if the e-code works on the latter[?]
     
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    I put mine in mostly to get the operate while moving functionality. And that has helped a couple of times when I was driving into a rain storm and needed to get the top up quickly.

    I've found that the one-touch operation is really convenient and worth the money. I didn't realize how annoying it was to have to hold down the button until I no longer had to do it.
     
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    Do you guys leave the usb cable attached so it accessible while installed or do you change the settings through your climate control screen?
     
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    Dang.... so tempting. But I remember having an aftermarket auto-start installed in my new 2000 Explorer Eddie Bauer back in the day and months later realized a slew of electrical problems were tied back to the unit. I had to bail on that SUV at great cost to myself. At that point I told myself never-again to aftermarket electronics.
     
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    Once installed, I have not needed or wanted to change any settings. So not attached cable for me.

    I agree that not having to hold the button is almost as nice as the top working while in motion. I do also use the auto sport mode as well.
     
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    I left the USB cable installed, but that is more for an update if one becomes available. It's easier to reprogram through the climate control screen. I printed a copy of the instructions, laminated them, and keep them in the console, mostly so I can turn it off if I leave the car for service.
     
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    I've been using this module for close to two months. Highly recommend it! The car always starts in S+ unless I use the remote start and then the one touch operation and being able to do it while the car is moved is great! I had a salesman at a dealer ask me how I was able to put the top down while the car was moving.
     
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    #78 JohnDoe, Jun 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM
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    Just installed today. Pretty damn cool.
    Didn’t even have to remove the bench. The plug is right there under the speaker


    Still hate the damn handle. Wish someone could make some kind of motor to replace the handle and just drop everything with a push of the fob
     
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    Just installed in my car.
    When I put the module in Function 4 it malfunctions. I have been trying to get it to remember the previous drive mode, but the mode settings just keep cycling continuously on the dashboard. Once it started cycling through the drive modes, it would not allow me to disable the drive mode function, or disable the unit completely, as it kept cycling through the drive modes. The unit became completely non-functional, and I had to disconnect it. I then updated the firmware, reinstalled it, and had the same results. I disconnected it an reinstalled it again, this time only changing Functions 1-3, and leaving Function 4 at 0. The auto-down function on the top is now working correctly, and the top can now be let down while the car is in motion. The only function that is currently not working correctly is the drive mode function ( Function 4). My hope is to get it to remember “My Mode,” which is the mode I always drive in, and is the mode the car is always in when I turn it off.
    Anyone have a similar experience? I put in a service ticket with the company, so I'll update with a their response when I get it.
     
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    I got a reply for the service ticket: "sorry to hear about this. The "My Mode" is not supported by the car, as it does not transmit any signal when that is activated, so the module can not switch to that. It can only return to the other modes like Sport, Track, Snow etc." They were impressively quick to reply.

    I'm very happy with the SmartTOP, the auto down function alone is worth the price of admission. I'm sure Ford had some safety / legal / liability reason for forcing you to hold the button the whole time the top goes up or down, but the car really should have come like this from the factory.
     
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