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Dear Patty, We have two Chrysler convertibles - a 1990 LeBaron and a 2004 Sebring. A collision shop guy told my husband never to drive around with the top down and the windows up. He said it was bad for the windows. Generally, we leave the windows down - that's the point of a convertible. But sometimes it'd be nice to have them up, especially when it's a little cool or we're going someplace special. Have you ever heard anything about this? In a way it makes sense - the force of the wind against the unsupported window - I'd appreciate knowing for sure. Thanks for your help, Janet p.s. I did send this question to the CarTalk guys last year and they sent me a very nice e-mail saying they weren't going to answer my question!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Janet, I've never heard of a problem with driving with the windows up and the top down...so I researched a little. I couldn't find any manufacturer that said you couldn't do it. In this website from Chrysler http://cgcomm.daimlerchrysler.com/documents.do?method=display&docType=pressrelease&docId=6393 They even said this at the bottom of the article: We extensively tested the convertible and the windscreen in our Auburn Hills AeroAcoustic Wind Tunnel and achieved some very dramatic results,” said Dennis Krozek, Chief Engineer – Chrysler Sebring Convertible, Chrysler Group. “With both the top and the windows down, the windscreen reduces buffeting and wind noise by approximately 11 to 12 decibels. With the top down but the windows up, the windscreen reduced buffeting and wind noise by about 5 decibels.” Now why would they talk about testing it in a wind tunnel if it wasn't safe? I would ask Chrysler what they think. Hope this helps! Lori

Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Janet, The manufacturer makes these vehicles a certain way to perform a certain way. In all my years working with vehicles and writing for car magazines, I have never once heard a driver or manufacturer say you shouldn't drive with the windows up and the top down because it could damage anything. I did have one calleague tell me not to do it because it made me look "uncool"! But that has nothing to do with performance or safety. Check out the info below from our expert for even more details. And now you can tell people that Ask Patty answered you when CarTalk wouldn't!

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