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Old 07-22-2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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considering a convertible and wanted to know all the negatives and positives .
does weather fade the material quickly? are there known problems or common repairs that need to be done?
do you wish you had bought a hard top instead?
is it well insulated and sturdy or thin and leaks
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Expect leaks and the material might fade if you park out under the sun.

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Old 07-22-2015, 05:14 PM   #3
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Top down on a sunny day, with black interior, you will bake.


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Love my convertible! No leaks and nothing like driving w the top down!
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would snow ruin the top?
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:37 PM   #6
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No. But will this car be your daily driver?


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yeah it would be. just wanted to know how the top holds up to weather sun, rain,snow. is replacing the top costly?
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I paid around 350 including install. It is nice driving with the top down but i honestly only put the top down between sept-march. Summer+top dowwn= sweaty back

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Old 07-23-2015, 06:08 AM   #9
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My convertible is my 2nd car so I only drive it when it's nice outside. I hardly ever drive it with the top up....
We get so much snow here and winters are brutal so having a soft top year round here doesn't make sense. If I lived in better climate that's all I would drive tho...


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As a primary driver in four season climates, I would steer clear of the convertible. I own one and only drive it during nice weather. Gets parked in the winter, actually from November 30 to April 1. Car is too light for driving in snow, gets squirrely with the light rear end. Go for a hardtop if you must have one for all seasons, but then again, your choice.
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As a primary driver in four season climates, I would steer clear of the convertible. I own one and only drive it during nice weather. Gets parked in the winter, actually from November 30 to April 1. Car is too light for driving in snow, gets squirrely with the light rear end. Go for a hardtop if you must have one for all seasons, but then again, your choice.

Just to be clear on the weight issue, convertibles are actually heavier than their hardtop counterparts.


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Find a 10-20 year old boat and look at how the canvas weathers... that will give you an idea what to expect on a convertible. Mine has a new top 3 years ago (window separated from the rest of the top) and has lived in the garage ever since. Summer in the desert can be brutal in stop and go traffic. Car doesn't get driven in snow -wife isn't huge on top-down driving because is screws up her hair.
Best advice, if you get a vert, plan on an extra $300 for a behind the seats wind screen so you don't blow yourself to death. Oh yeah, and when you wash the car make sure to leave the top closed until it's completely dry -avoid the rot!
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The canvas is really durable and you can replace it yourself for $150

Also, you can get hard tops that bolt in place of the soft canvas top.

---------- Post added at 09:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:27 PM ----------

This guy has a removable hardtop. Im getting one for my cobra this fall

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The convertible is actually a heavier car than the coupe, so probably has better traction
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My verts back window has started to peel off the canvas

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If you buy a vert, unless it was garage kept expect to replace the top which is honestly not super $$$ and you can DIY but it is a huge pain.


The hard tops for the SN95s... eh... they're ok. Not my cup of tea. Only hardtop vert I would consider is one of the 500 1995 OEM Cobra hardtop convertibles.


Not sure how the S197 version is...
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My 04 vert has the original top. Though garage kept, after almost 12 years it's is starting to show signs that I'm going to have to replace it soon. Having it done for me around here is over a grand...

It does look like a huge pita to do, so I'm likely going to cough up the coin to get it done.

For giggles go ask a Ford dealer what they would charge to do it. You'd think it was made of solid gold at their prices.

Fortunately, no leaks, air or water on mine. It is faded though. I was also lucky enough that mine came with the boot cover that looks brand new, though it's annoying to put on, so I've only used it once.

Like others have said depending on where you live you're not likely to go topless but a handful of times a year. Here in SC it's so damn hot and humid top has to stay up, or after a 5 minute drive you'll be sitting in a pool of sweat. Even at night it's still too hot and humid here.

Having two Mustangs and another car mean I can leave it in the garage, and bring it out to stretch it's legs when it is nice out....which isn't often. It's either too damn hot, or raining all winter.

Lastly I've seen a new edge with the removable hard top. It looks very awkward and doesn't flow with the lines of the car. I couldn't see myself spending that kind of money to make my car look goofy.

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