Date registered: Oct 2007
Vehicle: 2011 E350, 2007 Expy
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1) I'd only own a hard-top convertible given the choice. You get many of the benefits of a hard top coupe while being able to put the top down when you want to, without the drawbacks a soft-top has with noise, theft-concern-wise, knowing it will need replacement every few years -- and you can put the top up if you're crossing the scorching Southerwestern deserts. The challenge is, you won't find many truly usable 4-seater hard-top convertibles from any manufacturer if that's what you need, and if you go the hard-top convertible route, you have to be OK knowing your trunk space will suffer because of all the mechanism that has to be back there to control the roof....in fact, my new SLK250 is on a ship coming up the coast of Guatamala/Mexico right now and will dock in Long Beach early Thursday morning. It's spring here in SoCal, and I can't wait to put my top down once again in a couple of weeks.
2) A convertible also, isn't the most practical of rides. I keep an SUV (or probably a scaled-down CUV a few years from now) for everyday purposes to haul the family/multiple friends, my golden retriever, when I need to haul stuff to take care of things around the house, or put the hitch on the back to carry my bike. My convertible is what I'd turn to first if I still had a commute with just me in the driver's seat -- because it's just flat-out more fun to be in. It's what I always turn to when I need a head reset fix, even though my SUV is extremely reliable and luxurious to the hilt. When I sometimes had a bad day at work, being able to come home with the top down just made things better. My SUV does not do the same thing.
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