Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Convertible

I've owned my Mustang convertible for three months now, and the unseasonably warm weather we've been having lately has been a definite boon to me and my fellow ragtop owners. I've personally been loving all of this top down weather we've been having and have been taking full advantage of it.

That being said, I have discovered a number of disadvantages to owning a convertible. If you're thinking about buying one, it's best that you're aware of the pros and cons of owning a convertible:

PROs:
  • Driving with the top down feels like true freedom. It's like driving your own personal roller coaster.
  • They look great and turn heads.

CONs:
  • It seems to me that they get extra cold in the Winter. Thankfully, the Mustang has a great heater. 
  • One slice with a knife through the ragtop and your car can be broken into. Then again, if someone wants to break into your car, they're going to do it one way or another. 
  • A pressure wash can instigate some minor leaks if you haven't been careful. Nothing major, but it's annoying. I keep a small towel in the glove box for when this happens. 
  • You have to keep the interior completely free from clutter. At 60mph, it's all potential projectiles.
  • Noisy. 
  • I suppose the roof motor can short out, but, I've never heard of it happening. 
  • Blind spots.
  • Forehead sunburn. Ouch.
I do think that the disadvantages to owning a convertible are easily mitigated through a small amount of vigilance and discipline. In the end, all of those disadvantages are negated by the feeling I get when I'm driving around on a sunny day with the top down and a friend in the passenger seat. 

1 comment:

  1. Ditto owned my black Mustang convertible since May and I love it. definitely more advantages then disadvantages Plus you turn heads

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