Should I buy a convertible car?

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Old 14 Oct 2003, 08:06 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should I buy a convertible car?

Hey all....

Must be going thru a mid life crisis. Been thinking
abt buying a convertible car

Ive always thought Id like a Mazda Miata. Anyone own
one and what's your opinion?

Another one Im thinking on..... a bigger car tho... is
the convertible Toyota Camry Solara. However I
"think" these cars in the convertible version are
pretty rare and hard to find....hence more costly. But
they do have a back seat I think. Anyone own one of
these?

John
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Old 14 Oct 2003, 08:17 am   #2 (permalink)
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The Miata is a great car if you are not too large. The Solara
convertible is chop shop special and supposedly suffers from excessive
cowl shake and a general lack of rigidity. It is a nice looking car
though. I suggest you drive one over a rough road to decide if it is
acceptable.

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Ed White

me63401@privacy.net wrote:

> Hey all....
>
> Must be going thru a mid life crisis. Been thinking
> abt buying a convertible car
>
> Ive always thought Id like a Mazda Miata. Anyone own
> one and what's your opinion?
>
> Another one Im thinking on..... a bigger car tho... is
> the convertible Toyota Camry Solara. However I
> "think" these cars in the convertible version are
> pretty rare and hard to find....hence more costly. But
> they do have a back seat I think. Anyone own one of
> these?
>
> John


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Old 14 Oct 2003, 09:49 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I just bought a 2002 Solara SLE convertible. To quote Kramer from
"Seinfeld", I'M LOVIN' IT. It's not as stiff as some cars, but it's a
hoot to drive. There are kits to stiffen up the rear if that's your
thing, but I like mine just the way it is.

Yes, they are sort of rare. One Toyota sales guy told me that they
make just 3000 per year, so they come at a premium. The back seat is
OK for driving with the top up, but there is too much wind at freeway
speeds with the top down.

I'm a big guy at 6' 4", and I fit in the convertible. The hard tops
don't have enough head room for me, so the extra room with the ragtop
was a pleasant surprize.

Miata's are smaller and therefore more maneuverable and stiffer, but
if you're larger than average, forget it. Hope this helps.

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003 08:06:41 -0500, me63401@privacy.net wrote:

>e and what's your opinion?
>
>Another one Im thinking on..... a bigger car tho... is
>the convertible Toyota Camry Solara. However I
>"think" these cars in the convertible version are
>pretty rare and hard to find....hence more costly. But
>they do have a back seat I think. Anyone own one of
>these?
>
>John


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Old 15 Oct 2003, 07:42 am   #4 (permalink)
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>Miata's are smaller and therefore more maneuverable and stiffer, but
>if you're larger than average, forget it. Hope this helps.


Yes that does help! Thanks!

I didn't realize that only 3000 Solara convertibles
were made each year. That's probably gonna make them to
expensive and hard for me to find Im guessing.

This stiffness problem.... is it really noticeable in
the Solara? If yes..... HOW is it noticeable?

Ive never owned ANY convertible before... so bear with
the dumb questions OK?

THANKS!

John
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Old 16 Oct 2003, 08:38 pm   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 95 T-bird that is much stiffer and solid on curves. The
steering is also alot tighter. The solara has very responsive
steering, but is a little mushy in high speed curves. I heard that
there are aftermarket kits available that are able to stiffen the
suspension to help with the turns.

The pickup is pretty good, but here in Los Angeles, there is too much
traffic for that to be much of a problem.

I found a great deal on the solara by going private party. They sell
like hot cakes from the dealer, so you just gotta keep you eyes open.
I found mine on AutoTrader after about 2 months of looking. Anyway,
this is the first convertible that I've ever owned also, and it's alot
of fun. Check Autotrader for prices in your area. Someone should have
something available sooner or later. Good luck.

On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 07:42:37 -0500, me63401@privacy.net wrote:

>>Miata's are smaller and therefore more maneuverable and stiffer, but
>>if you're larger than average, forget it. Hope this helps.

>
>Yes that does help! Thanks!
>
>I didn't realize that only 3000 Solara convertibles
>were made each year. That's probably gonna make them to
>expensive and hard for me to find Im guessing.
>
>This stiffness problem.... is it really noticeable in
>the Solara? If yes..... HOW is it noticeable?
>
>Ive never owned ANY convertible before... so bear with
>the dumb questions OK?
>
>THANKS!
>
>John


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