my XLR is a 2004 and I never had any problems with my top do this hydr. oil need to be changed???
Oh, now I see why you asked for this!!!One of my hoses sprung a leak... and I'm sure I will need to replenish oil after I replace it. According to the service manual, "the system is self-bleeding and the oil picks up carbon black from the numerous O-rings used in the system. The carbon black acts like a dye, darkening the fluid considerably and giving it a black appearance. This is a normal occurrence and no repair attempts should be performed, as replacement will also darken".
Interesting about the o-rings dyeing the oil; never heard of that before and I've dealt with o-rings for a long time!
When my top hydraulic pump/manifold was replaced, the oil was the same color in both --kind of an Alaskan Amber color to it. I bet it made a total mess of your interior Scott; how did you clean it up?!!