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      08-08-2012, 08:01 PM   #89
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The idea of a convertible is overly romanticized and many people buy one with the image of the good looking person driving one on TV. The reality is that while it is an experience in limited doses, having the sun on you the whole time, the loud noises, and inhaling smog without a filter sucks.

Convertibles are good rental cars or third cars but that's it. This is backed up by my observation that 95% of the convertibles I pass (and I pass by many) have their tops up on days in Southern California that would be perfect for having the top down.
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      08-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #90
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Perhaps so. But they are merely compensating for the fact that they were laughed at for eating sardine chips.

I mean lets get real. Who is going to take someone who eats sardine chips seriously? What do you have for desert after a meal of sardine chips? Broccoli Sorbet?
Ice water with a lemon wedge.

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      08-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #91
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Evo 8 never had carbon roof. It had aluminum roof and hood but It did have a full carbon wing though
Thanks for the correction! Always had that mixed up for some reason despite owning one for 9 years.
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I'd have a coupe if I didn't have a wife................................
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      08-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #93
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Seriously tho I can't complain... I have plans for her.....


The car fellas the car. Sheesh.....
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      08-08-2012, 08:33 PM   #95
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Function and form for me. I prefer the looks of the CF roof and it's lighter. Honestly, I don't know if I'd notice a difference since I haven't spent time behind the wheel of an e93. I'm just glad that the M3 I find the most appealing visually is also the better performer on paper...made my decision real easy.
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      08-08-2012, 08:49 PM   #96
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Function and form for me. I prefer the looks of the CF roof and it's lighter. Honestly, I don't know if I'd notice a difference since I haven't spent time behind the wheel of an e93. I'm just glad that the M3 I find the most appealing visually is also the better performer on paper...made my decision real easy.
Carry 3 passengers and you have felt what it's like to drive an E93
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Carry 3 passengers and you have felt what it's like to drive an E93
You can definitely feel the extra weight compared to the coupe but that wasn't a factor for me as I was perfectly happy with the performance and wanted a convertible. If I want to drive an all out performance car I have several to choose from.
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Did you hack my Photobucket account?
Cracking your "1nicestable" login was actually quite simple....a very nice selection of horses indeed.
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Beautiful - that looks like the road out of the Chisos to highway 118 in Big Bend. Is that where you shot this? Love that place.
Exactly! Good eye.

Chisos Mountains were amazing. I hiked part of the Window Trail -- first almost stepping on a rabbit, then walking within five feet of a white-tailed deer, and then coming within 18" of a rattlesnake. That last brush with natural wildlife pretty much signaled the end of the hike, as it was stubborn that even tossing a few rocks over to it wouldn't make it give up it's spot on the trail.

Oh, yes, for people that don't know... Texas does in fact have mountains... several over 5,000 ft elevation, some in the 6,000 ft. (It is merely a few million miles south of BFE.)

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      08-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #100
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Nothing better than cruising to work in the mornings with the top down... I love to take the long way!
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      08-09-2012, 03:15 PM   #101
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Cargo Space, the convertible does not have folding seats and the trunk is much smaller.
You can carry shit in a top-down convertible that you wouldn't even contemplate carrying in a coupe or sedan.

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I am trying to figure what would carry the worst stigma, driving a convertible or living in Ohio?
No kidding, people from Ohio should just pass on this type of opinion poll and focus their energies on getting out of the Rust Belt.

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There is no way any convertible model of a car-line is an afterthought. They didn't spend millions of Euros on something they just figured out to do, especially when other generations preceded it.
Agreed, theorizing that the e93 was an after-thought to the e92/90 betrays complete ignorance as to the planning that goes into new-car development.

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Because people are more interested when they see a carbonfiber roof
More interested in what? If turning heads is your intent, a carbon fiber roof doesn't hold a candle to a top-down convertible.

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...if you are NOT confident about how your whole package would look, then please DO NOT get an E93 - it dilutes our brand.
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This is backed up by my observation that 95% of the convertibles I pass (and I pass by many) have their tops up on days in Southern California that would be perfect for having the top down.
Agreed that this preference for driving top-down is prevalent in LA but I've lived all over California and you see plenty of top-down driving in OC, SD and in NorCal. Your provincial comment leads me to believe you've never been south of the 405 or north of the 210 freeways.

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Carry 3 passengers and you have felt what it's like to drive an E93
I carried 3 passengers and the car performed like it was a 6MT. MT e9x drivers should refrain from commenting about compromised performance.
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      08-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #102
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another ridiculous thread on m3post; surprise! And of course it had pages of replies

People do what they wish; you're comparing 2 diff types of cars (regardless of the hardtop vert)..
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      08-09-2012, 04:31 PM   #103
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I'm just glad that the M3 I find the most appealing visually is also the better performer on paper...made my decision real easy.
Performance on paper wasn't a consideration for me since the roads in my area are for the most part paved with asphalt.
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      08-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #104
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When I was looking into M3's ... I never really looked into convertibles ... Nothing against convertibles personally but in my opinion the coupe looked more sharper and better and more like an "m3" ... I've parked beside e93 m3's many times just to actually stand back and compare the two and I am very happy with my decision in going for the coupe. I got into an accident last year and totalled my M3 3 months after getting it and I could've looked into convertibles as a replacement but I went with the coupe, again.

Call me weird but I prefer the CONVERTIBLE when it comes to 328i / 335i ... It gives it a really sleek and sharp touch. I just don't like it on the m3 ... maybe something to do with the wide fenders? I really don't know ... but this is just my opinion / $0.02.
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I carried 3 passengers and the car performed like it was a 6MT. MT e9x drivers should refrain from commenting about compromised performance.
Last I checked cars also need to brake and turn- and MT is 20kg lighter than DCT in addition to the 230kg difference between coupe and cab. So E92 with 3 fat chicks in it will handle/brake/accelerate like an E93.

The E90/2 is well into to the 12-second 1/4 mile range with a 6MT or DCT... an E93 is markedly slower than an E90/2 with either gearbox combination.

Accept reality that the performance envelope of the cab is a degree lower than the fixed roof alternatives. I've accepted that I can't drop the top on my sedan.
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Last I checked cars also need to brake and turn- and MT is 20kg lighter than DCT in addition to the 230kg difference between coupe and cab. So E92 with 3 fat chicks in it will handle/brake/accelerate like an E93.

The E90/2 is well into to the 12-second 1/4 mile range with a 6MT or DCT... an E93 is markedly slower than an E90/2 with either gearbox combination.

Accept reality that the performance envelope of the cab is a degree lower than the fixed roof alternatives. I've accepted that I can't drop the top on my sedan.

The numbers don't lie and if you are looking for every last ounce of performance (I wasn't) the E93 is not the way to go,
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      08-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #108
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I chose the convertible because I liked the look of the antenna on the trunk rather than on the roof.
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I generally dislike the design of any 4-seater convertible. The windshield location relative to the body is just too far forward to make it an aesthetically appealing design (with the top down, obviously). Most two seater convertibles are pretty nice looking.
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I generally dislike the design of any 4-seater convertible. The windshield location relative to the body is just too far forward to make it an aesthetically appealing design (with the top down, obviously). Most two seater convertibles are pretty nice looking.
I agree with that.
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