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Have you owned an Open Top Car?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jojo, Aug 15, 2008.

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Have you owned a Cabriolet/Open Top Sportscar?

  1. Yes I have in the past

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  2. I currently own one now

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  3. I wouldn't mind one in the future

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  4. No thanks, I allergic to UV light.

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  1. jojo
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    jojo S3 Drift King! Staff Member Moderator

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    As above, have you owned a Cabriolet/Open Top Sportscar of some sort or do you currently have one already?
    If No to the above, do you plan to own one in the future? I see it as a must for any Petrolhead at some point of their Car ownership.
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    cant decided whether or not i would have another one tho...

    I have the roof down at every opportunity, and love posing in it...but the fact they dont handle so well is annoying, especially having spend 4 years ragging a fiat coupe...
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    I think you've got to have experienced at least 1 vert in your life..Ive driven plenty, but never owned one..yet..
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    I've not owned one, bit too impractical for my current lifestyle, but I would certainly like one at some time! I hired one for 2 weeks in California and it was brilliant!
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    willnabby RS-one day soon!!

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    I used to have an Audi 80 cab as my last car and i would have one again although it would be one of the last of the production of the old 80 cabs next time round, I really liked that car.
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    Still got my Mk1 Golf GTI cabby, has sat in the garage for 2 1/2 years gathering dust though.

    Blinding little cars.

    Old school cabbys are cool as a second car, bit pointless having one as a main car though as you can't have the roof down for 95% of the time.

    Had a couple of rag top jeeps over the years too, proper off roaders, so i could leave the roof off and let them get rained on and not give a ****. That's the best type of drop top.

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    jcs356 Brum brum

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    Any excuse for a piccie of my baby...
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    I always thought rag tops were a bit naff, really just for posers and the like, then early one morning got a lift home in a friends mk2 Golf Cab. We drove through Leicester with the top down at 5am, guess now I can appreciate why people like them, I agree with what Smitch said about it being a second car, wouldnt like one in the middle of winter though BRRRRRRR....
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    My wifes had an Mx5 and a MR2 both of them brilliant fun.

    I'm contemplating getting a 335i Cab to replace my Coupe.

    J.
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    The 335i is awesome, a mate of mine has one in 'vert form, he actually replaced his e46 M3 vert with one..cracking car..
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    If your a petrol head then a open top is the last choise as they are heavier and not as ridgid. As we live in the uk then ill stick with a hard top
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    I wonder what Porsche Boxster owners will have to say about that, sure the Cayman being a Hardtop is the better car, but it costs a lot more!
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    I have had a couple and wont have another as long as i live in England.Its only sunny for a few days and people look like right twats driving round with the roof down when its cold.
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    thats was mine until I sold it, we want to get a convertible as a second car, I wouldn't even mind having one as a main car. Some of the comments about handling are true but then when you compare it to something like a a3/a4, mondeo passat then they ain't much worse. We had a 207cc when we went up to scotland and it was great, comfortable and much better equipped than the A3, the point with them is that you don't have to go flat out everyehere to enjoy driving. Oh and I would have the roof down anytime it wasn't raining.

    That Speedster looks great too, love them but the replicas are sooooo expensive.
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    I was going to post this up in my first post, but couldn't find the pics.

    Here's my old Golf Cabriolet, had to sell it once junior arrived, not as practical as a Passat Estate of course, but it did manage to take 4 adults including their luggage for a week away, so not too bad in my opinion. I did tinker about getting a Honda S2000 as a replacement for the S3, but the model I want falls into the higher road tax band, so no joy.
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    sainte986 Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    The only think that spoils that for me is the mk4 front end and mk3 back end.
    And with that big anti rollbar with the roof down, as most older convertables have just ruins the point of having one. Seeing that bar just reminds me too much of the mk5 escort or mk3 astra converts

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    they will still be cutting hair , so they may comment later lol


    I also considered a s2000 before the S3, but that would ahve been with the hard roof option. Didn`t pick it for the soft top just fancied another honda and that was the best small sports they did at the time.


    I can see why golf convertables get the knickname of being a pram now lol
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    I bought my first Cabriolet a couple of months ago. I was having to replace my old car anyway and I thought I have got to have one at some point so why the hell not. Must say I know we haven't had the greatest of summers!! but really pleased with it and there's nothing like open top driving :racer:. I would certainly buy another in the future as well.
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    Currently own a TVR Tuscan so get to enjoy the best of both worlds as it's a tagra ;)

    Roof off:
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    Now I'm jealous, I've always loved TVRs, just a shame there's no room for a kid's seat or I'd be driving one now.

    PS, I could never make my mind up about the Mk3.5 cab either.
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    I like the sound of the TVR but that's about it.

    Theirs just something a bit kit car about them, can't quite put my finger on it. Sexy as a birds car though, just not for a fella.
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    Thanks, they are not really a family car but alot more piratical that alot of people think.

    Not everyones choice, I used to think they were a little kit car ish but tbh the build quality is dam good if you can find a good one.
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    Mines a Lancia Beta Spider 1980. Currently sitting in the garage awaiting a bit more tlc!I have owned it for 4 years now it got driven for the first 2 summers and hasn't been used since. I keep thinking of selling her but every time I open the garage I ca't do it.
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    My first 'sporty' car was an XR3i convertable very similar to this one, but in white. It had the same alloys, but the suspension had been lowered by the previous owner. I loved it and it handled like a go-kart.

    Wouldn't have another though; no hair = sunburned head!

    Cheers
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    i'm on my second cabriolet, first was a Mk1 Golf Clipper, great little car with the full big bumper kit.

    Now onto the A3 cabriolet, reminds me so much of the Golf, same style roof, boot space
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    I personally don't like 'em, but then again if it was a convertable TVR then it might be a different situation
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    The TVR tuscan looks an awesome machine, to hell with practicality and fuel consumption, a Petrolheads Open top car in my opinion!
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    I can get 30mpg on the motorway in the Tuscan :p (light car with good ratios = reasonable mpg)

    If the weather continues as it is I may need to change my choice! A vert in the rain is no fun
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    Just got one last week, shame the weather hasnt been at its best to enjoy the wind in my hair as much as i would like! :)
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    Never owned one but rented several convertibles when on holiday in the US (always the Chrysler Sebring) and it's easy to see the appeal - they are great fun. Maybe for my next car!
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    Had a Vitara Fatboy once upon a time.. It.was.awful. But, great fun!! :D

    Pictures to follow.

    I worked on a friends Z3 yesterday, it was a great day and had to deliver it after it was complete. Roof down, shades on, traction off, awesome. :)
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    bought my a4 cab a couple of months back. l've loved the shape for a very long time and took 8 months to find a good one. i love it. driving with the roof down is a totally different driving experience. the handling hasnt really affected me, as i went from a '96 escort, and the A4 is miles better. didnt buy it to pose in, but had a few positive comments thrown my way when driving round town. which is nice.
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    i had a RS turbo`ed escort cabby same shape as 1 above. i loved it until it rained and i wanted the window open just a tad (to have a fag etc) water always dripped in as there ar no gullys on the roof and he water drips down the edge of the roof!!

    would not mind a Audi convertable tho a4 or summink!!!
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    Smart Cabrio, with the roof off, it does look like a pram but is great fun.
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    Modern convertibles are much better than of old, no more wind noise than a tintop and just as warm in winter too. It is suprising how often you can get the roof down too (sold ours last year though).
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    Lot of hairdressers on AS.net I see.
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    it took me ages to find one with the optional heated scissor pouch in the boot.

    EDIT: isnt that a cabby in your sig? :)
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    But it's an M6 convertable, more of a barbers car ;)
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