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I'm looking for a 2nd vehicle. My truck is being used for a work vehicle by the man, which is all good anyhow because after 6 years I'm a little tired of it. I've always wanted a convertible but I'm really not sure about the pros and cons of each make/model.<br><br>
I've browsed Ford Mustangs, Chevy Camaro's (t tops), and Chrysler Sebrings. Any ideas on other convertibles? If you drive one I'd love to hear why you love it/hate it. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I drive a Miata, and I love it--it's a lot of fun, but then, I like small cars. It's a zippy little car. But be aware--to get the experience, you HAVE to go with a standard transmission. Also, it does NOT handle on snow or ice at all; on those kinds of days, it needs to stay home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I drive a geo tracker. The roof is a giant pain in the ass so I hardly take it off becaue it takes about 20 min to put back on. But I think alot of convertables have roofs where you don't have to pull them off yourself. I would suggest one of those.
 

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Ruthie... is your preference more with an American built car or does it matter? Are we talking new or used? And did you have a maximum price range?<br><br><br><br>
You can try this link for epinions.com where the search is on convertibles:<br><br><a href="http://www.epinions.com/search/?submitted_form=searchbar&search_string=convertible&tax_name=Cars&search_vertical=t160067&searchbar_submit=Search" target="_blank">http://www.epinions.com/search/?subm..._submit=Search</a>
 

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my dad used to have an alfa romeo convertible. He always had the top down and i hated it. It was a crap car to boot (very unreliable). He now has a 94 Corvette which is a converitble .. never puts the top down on it .. i hate that car as well (for being such a gas guzzler).<br><br>
I have a honda del sol myself - not technically a convertible though you can take the roof off. I'd say it's a nice car overall, albeit on the small size. Very reliable, gets great gas mileage. My only complaint about it besides the size is that it is a bit slow at picking up speed. If i remember right though, they quit making del sols.. so your only option there would be used..
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Robert</i><br><br><b>Ruthie... is your preference more with an American built car or does it matter? Are we talking new or used? And did you have a maximum price range?<br><br><br><br>
You can try this link for epinions.com where the search is on convertibles:<br><br><a href="http://www.epinions.com/search/?submitted_form=searchbar&search_string=convertible&tax_name=Cars&search_vertical=t160067&searchbar_submit=Search" target="_blank">http://www.epinions.com/search/?subm..._submit=Search</a></b></div>
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I'm leaning more towards used. I bought the truck new and I can't put myself through that again. People are idiots. No matter how far away in the lot I park, the truck always managed to attract someone banging it with their car door, or a stray shopping cart, or a kid just learning how to ride a bike. You get the idea..I hated seeing my brand new baby get slowly banged up through no fault of mine. Anyhow, I figure used would be less painful. I don't want to spend more than $15000; less if I can get away with it. I would rather have an American car, but if a foreign on is more of a deal I'll consider it.<br><br><br><br>
Oh Mouse, I think I'll stay away from the Miata. We have wintery conditions here for more than half the year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
Thanks guys!
 

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Currently I have a 98 VW Cabrio GLS. Almost all of my cars have been convertibles. I love driving a convertible, it makes me feel more connected to the space I'm traveling through. My dog loves riding in them too, he'll go stand by the car door until I take him for a ride. It's just not the same when we take the truck.<br><br>
I can't think of any drawbacks, except I have to wear my hair tied back while driving or the wind whips my hair across my eyes.<br><br>
It's really easy to to pull the top up or down. It takes about two seconds.<br><br>
You could easily find a used one in very good condition in your price range.<br><br>
By the end of this year I plan on having a new Thunderbird.
 

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For more then ten years I drove a `75 jeep cj5 everywhere. I loved that leaky ol mud thrashen rock stompen beast. It sat high so it was an Olympic event for the boys and dogs to get into but they always managed to find their way. The boys thought its daddy had to be a set of monkey bars because of all the roll cage that they liked to swing from when it was parked. It was however an event to get the top on and off--gutters to slide through, fabric to stretch, zippers to zip, big old snaps to break my thumb on while snapping it up. Not at all air tight, like being at full sail in a stiff wind with nearly as much spray on a really wet day. I miss it. Changing lanes on the freeway took finesse.<br><br><br><br>
Now I have a 95 VW Cabrio. We call it the carbullet. It has a tiny little 4 cylinder engine that gets as much as 34mpg but it moves like the wind and takes corners and curves that leave you grinning and looking for more. It is like having an expensive carnival ride. As Baby said the top is simple. I have no problem in snow or ice as long as I drive like I am in the snow and ice. Actually there is one problem with winter driving-- I live in the mountains were it seems EVERYONE has big 4-wheel pickups. Their wheelbase is much wider then mine and they sit a good deal higher. I have a difficult time straddling the berm they leave in deeper snow. The other thing is that reverse is down and over by 5th gear so it is a bit trickier to rock my way out of stuck in the snow. But hey, it is a summer car. Besides, there are always kids waiting for the school bus who like to run help and remind me that they want my car if I ever sell it. Get in line!
 

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Before my divorce and loss of employment, I owned a 1965 MG midget w/ convertible top.<br><br><br><br>
I was a terror on the streets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My choices are Jeep Wranglers, VW Cabrios or the new VW Bug, which actually is my top pick. My friend just got one and they are som much fun to drive!
 

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I'm going to check out <a href="http://forddirect.autotrader.com/forddirect/inc/fd_vdetail_results.jtmpl?car_id=129435852&dealer_id=100493&vin=1FAFP44441F202032&page=findacar&make=FORD&distance=50&max_price=15000&model=MUST&end_year=2003&address=44102&start_year=1999&car_year=2001" target="_blank">this</a> one. Then I'm going to check out <a href="http://www.carsmart.com/content/Buy/Inventory/index.cfm?action=detailused&id=18268;CRSM&method=FSBO&used_car_id_int=3883552&Used_Car_Type_ch=D&make_vch=Ford&model_vch=Mustang&newUsed=New&entered_postal_code_vch=44102&model_vch=Mustang&displayMiles=26&Dealer_id_int=169295&searchtype=&numCarsOnOnePage=10&pg=listDC" target="_blank">this</a> one. And maybe I'll check out <a href="http://www.carsmart.com/content/Buy/Inventory/index.cfm?action=detailused&id=18268;CRSM&method=FSBO&used_car_id_int=3863392&Used_Car_Type_ch=D&make_vch=Ford&model_vch=Mustang&newUsed=New&entered_postal_code_vch=44102&model_vch=Mustang&displayMiles=16&Dealer_id_int=169412&searchtype=&numCarsOnOnePage=10&pg=listDC" target="_blank">this</a> one. What do you think?
 

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They're all beautiful. It appears you're decided on a Mustang. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Mustang's are so awesome! It will give that "tingley all over" some extra meaning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Yeah..Mustangs are getting the highest rating as far as used vehicles go in the research I've done through Consumer Reports and such. Vrrroooommmmmm!!!! Now I must decide....oh the pain! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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My Mom has an older Mustang and she loves it. My girlfriend has had a convertible VW cabriolet that she drove for about 15 years. She just bought a convertible bug and she loves that.<br><br><br><br>
I have a Honda del Sol, which I adore, but is no longer in production.<br><br><br><br>
If I had the inclination to get another convertible, I would definitely get the BMW Z3-4. I looked at a lot of convertibles when I bought my del Sol, and I would never buy a Miata. There is no trunk space whatsoever.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck. Let us know what you get!
 

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Hey! ObsidianZebra! I have the original Samba Green Honda del Sol SI. I bought it in 1993. It has a factory spoiler on it and the upgraded factory green wheels.<br><br><br><br>
I love that car. I have put 150K HARD miles on it, and it has been a no maintainance wonder. It IS small car, but the trunk is so huge that it fits a ton of stuff. Also there's all that storage behind the seats. The SI has a good uptake and is standard trans.<br><br><br><br>
There is no convertible on the road that I like as much as the del Sol. I am nearly 6 ft. tall, and my husband is 6'3" tall. Both of us have plenty of room when we drive it.<br><br><br><br>
Tell me what color del Sol you have!
 

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Does the mustang have a hard top for the winter ?<br><br><br><br>
I couldn't see it too well in the pics.<br><br><br><br>
Most softtops have a real (glas) window in it, which is better in winter time.<br><br><br><br>
Hard tops are warmer in winter because they close better.
 

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There's a pic of my del sol in the album: <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/pics/showphoto.php?photo=52&password=&sort=2&cat=502&page=8" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/pics/sho...cat=502&page=8</a><br><br>
as you can see, it's white. Unforunately it's not so pretty anymore from the scratches & dents my brother's put on it.<br><br>
I have over 110,000 miles on it and it's still going strong. It certainly has an amazing amount of trunk size for the overall size of the car as well! Sometimes i'm still amazed myself as to how much i can get in it ..
 

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Yep, I purchased a 2003 White Mustang Convertible. Sweet! I pick it up tomorrow. Pictures will be coming shortly for sure!
 
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