convertible – Tell me all the negative things about convertibles – WHY>? Because I want one!?

Hi im a 24 year old female and I am ready to purchase a new/newer vehicle. I have been driving a GMC pick up since I was 16. I would love to buy one of the two: A cute sassy convertible, or a 4×4 truck with a little lift on it. I want something that makes a statement! I HONESTLY HATE 95% of cars on the road. To me they all look the same, or they have a flaw in my eyes. I am just soooo picky!!! So I guess it is down to these two vehicles. What do you guys think about girls who drive bad ass trucks – or convertibles. Anything pro/con I would LOVE to hear. Safety is also an issue with both vehicles. I know that backing up with a bigger truck would be impossible to see a little car, and convertibles, and small cars can be very dangerous if I ever got in an accident. So tell me what you think

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10 Responses to convertible – Tell me all the negative things about convertibles – WHY>? Because I want one!?

  1. anonymourati May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Well, I've owned three convertibles. The first was a 1979 Super Beetle with a manual top–that is to say, you had to get out of the car to put the top up and down by hand. VW makes a nice insulated top and the car was actually quieter inside than the hard top version.

    The second was a 1991 Chyrsler LeBaron convertible. Automatic top, and very convenient.

    The third, which I still own, is a 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible. Again, automatic top, and very convenient.

    All convertible tops are not equal. I think the canvas ones tend to last a little longer if you keep them well water-proofed by applying a silicone sealer about 3-4 times a year, but if you neglect to do that, they fail sooner than a good quality vinyl top. Another consideration when looking at soft tops is whether they have a glass or a clear vinyl rear window. The vinyl clouds up over time and you can't see through it. Also vinyl rear windows cannot have rear window defoggers.

    Then there are the convertible hard tops. In some cases these are designed to lift up as a solid unit and disappear into the trunk. In others the top folds in sort of hinged sections and disappears under a shell in the back. One might say this is the best of all worlds, but in the case of the solid top, you end up with no trunk when the top is down. In the accordian variety, I have seen a lot of clever designs including the new VW, but the jury is still out on whether the seals on those hinged sections will not leak after repeated use. They may be fine over time, but having dealt with convertibles for some while, I adopt a wait and see approach whenever someone rethinks the design radically.

    Now on a soft top you can expect to have to replace it about every 7-10 years, and depending on the car, that can be expensive, anywhere from $800 to $3,000.

    Also you learn not to lock your doors, and leave nothing in the car you do not wish to lose. Probably whatever is in the car is cheaper than replacing the top that they will slice with a box-cutter if you lock them out.

    As far as safety goes, well, you certainly do not want to roll the car over, even in models with built in roll bars like the Audi TT. But then, you really do not want to roll many cars over. Really, the only convertible I ever drove that I thought might be easy to roll was the VW Super Beetle, but sometimes strange things can happen in an accident.

    All of this said, I love driving a convertible. On hot days you run the A/C. On colder ones you run the heat, but a good half of the year where I live is top-down weather. Contrary to what one fellow said, I have never had anyone throw anything in the car as I was driving. I suppose it happens, but it has not happened to me to 20 years.

  2. rogelio...male wh May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    the 4×4 truck is better that a convertible

  3. dawgsone May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    your going from one extreme to the other how do you want people to perceive you at first sight trucks with lift kit can roll easy in accident,small car low to ground very hard to roll,wear your seat belt,you can buy a car with a roll bar or have one installed

  4. klambomber May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    It is possible to get unnecessary attention at stoplights, but also there is a greater chance of theft or breaking in, especially if you get a soft top.
    As far as the truck, accidents can be horrible. I used to drive a small Mitsubishi Lancer, and the front literally got ran over by a big lifted truck while it was parked. And the truck was only backing up! It was pretty severe on my car, so imagine if the truck was going even 25 on a city street!

  5. donhainesphoto May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    There is nothing wrong with convertables. Some models even come with folding hard tops (like the 1957 Ford Sunliner -and you thought this was a new idea 😀 ). But these tend to be more expensive. I'd stay with a standard canvas top. Safety wise, there should be no problem with a convertabe. You just need to stay inside the car. Wear seatbelts and if possible get a car with a roll bar. I'm talking real sports cars here. You didn't say if you needed space but to make a statement you need to have a car that stands out. So a 2 seater is a must. The little import sedans might be great performers but they are just a spiffed up production line sedan with bells and whistles. You also didn't mention price. If price is really important, go used. You can get a really clean used Corvette for less than a new(er)_model something else that isn't near as statement making. If price is all that much of a factor, go for a Miata, an RX7 (or 8) or a Honda 2000. I've heard good stuff on all three..

    I'm not much on PU trucks. I've had them. But only for use when towing my race cars. For day to day transport, I think they are just too big and use too much fuel and ride like .. well, a truck :-). Even though a sports car rides a bit rough, they handle so well that it makes up for it. A truck just flat out rides rough.

    And that's my 2 cents worth.

  6. paigespirate May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    I've had three convertibles, and a number of work trucks.
    had a 65 triumph spitfire, hardtop convertible,
    good, everything, bad, hardtop had to be left somewhere to go topless
    had 99 mazda miata. w/ two children, lol. girlfriend got 9, 10 to12yr. old girls in it, nothing bad I can think of NOTHING.
    my oldest daughter hit a deer and it drove through it. was 3rd in 5 car pile up, just bumped off the spare tire (beneath bed) of the dually in front of me. It was a lease and I put thousands of miles, for work, weekly and then hopped in it and hit the road for pleasure, i loved it. Overgrown gocart.
    Have a 99 eclipse conv. (red)
    it is great, powerful (more than either of the others), bit of a back seat (others had none or just luggage room)
    if it rains, drive faster, lol, the wind will blow it over, wrap a blanket over legs and heat on in winter (little flask of Jack Daniels adds antifreeze), dogdaze of summer, air on high on ur feet!!!

  7. Kay3535 May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    I love convertibles, too, but to me the biggest drawback would be what would happen in a rollover crash. Even with the top up, there would not be much protection.

  8. AR May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Get a hardtop convertible. Chicks in convertibles are cool.

  9. Hakem May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Ragtop:
    It's a RAGtop, so it's a tourist spot for theives.
    Most of them don't seal correctly.
    Most are manual and complicated to fold down.
    When it rains, it pours and your ragtop leaks.
    They have excessive road noise.

    Hardtop:
    Big and clunky
    Adds a lot of weight, making the car slow
    They are much more expensive
    They steal trunk room
    Take longer to put up and down

    I'd choose the truck. Try another GMC Sierra
    http://gmc.com/sierra
    -Good Luck

  10. tony b May 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi My niece had a miata soft top…. ( convertable)…. Ok .. bad points…
    1, kind people slash the soft top when you leave the car.. becasue they think its fun.
    2, they can leak if not sung fitting.
    3, they are difficult to lock in place… to make a snug fitting.
    4, insurance is high becasue of ease to steal. and easy to damage top
    5, little crash protection form either roll over or from impact…. bits of car truck etc easily pass through the soft top.
    6, People like to dump trash in your car, spit pee and poop. so do the birds…..
    7, you have no protection if you are in the car and someone tries to get in to get at you……
    8, A friend of my niece lost the top[ when driving down the road… If the fasteners come loose… WHALLOP.
    9, If it snows, hails then the weight can tear the top if parked outside.
    10, if a severe frost it can make them brittle…