Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 15:12:39 GMT
From: Retro-Bob <>
Subject: Re: A few questions before buying a 01 9-3 convertible

On 16 Jan 2005 07:58:14 GMT, lkrznospamcomnospam (LauraK) wrote: >If you haven't owned a convertible, I'd suggest renting one for a weekend >before buying one. I know the weather is a tad chilly for that right now, but a >convertible is very open. I always thought I wanted one and rented one on a >trip to California. I hated it. The top down was fine for occasional cruising >along the beach, but I felt very insecure on the freeways. >On the other hand, I love sunroofs and have mine open with any decent weather. >Thrifty often has convertibles to rent. May be a good excuse to take a trip to >someplace warm to try it out. I'd respectfully take the counter position. I bought a 'vert a couple of years ago. I like in the NorthEast so I get as much Winter driving in it as Summer. I absolutely love it. I put the top down any day the temp gets to 70 degrees... and sometimes a little less in the Spring and Fall when "rag top days" are in short supply. Open air driving is beyond compare. All 'verts have a little more bend than a steel top, but it's well worth the skittle for the rewards. I will suggest that if you plan to actually park in the city that you consider that a convertible is not the most secure car. A big knife would get someone through the top with 5 minutes of prying steel supports out of the way. The car will not be stolen if you set the alarm since the ECU is disabled... but you can get violated. I will advice against an automatic though. A turbo is a different engine. You need a few RPM's to get moving when you need to pull out in traffic. You can't rev an auto and I personally would not be comfortable driving an auto-turbo. Drive it first, do a few "pull across to the other side of the road into traffic from a stop maneuvers" in your favorite 'hard to pull out here at all times" locations. I don't think you will like it. Even in a stick with a turbo it requires some finesse to get a turbo up and moving fast but you can learn to do it and then it's fun. (You just have to learn to let up on the gas after the boost builds or you find yourself spinning your tires at speed and accelerating way too fast a lot of the time). Bob MHO's, Bob

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