£4-5K to spend on a "modern classic" convertible, what would you buy?
In the BMW you will look like a non successfull drug dealer.
I don’t think any 4 seater soft tops hold their value, as generally they are rubbish, apart from the BM, but then see point above.
You should also wait until the middle of winter to buy one, will be about £1k cheaper… unless its just an impulse buy because the UK is having 1 week if good weather?Posted 4 years agotinsyMember
Hard to fault the SL, but the age your talking about takes a bit of luck getting the right car & they are expensive to sort out, how about a CLK? I like the old shape up to 2002 ones, but your budget gets the later shape too which can be found in diesel & are economical.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
For £5k you should get one without rust. They’re appreciating pretty quickly at the moment, and there’s plenty of scope to make it as quick as you like. With a bit of tickling the V8’s will do 250+ bhp.
The back seats are only good for kids under about 12 though.
They’re as reliable as you make them though, leave it on the driveway and never investigate those rattles, squeaks, missfires or underseal it and it’ll unceramoniously leave you stranded miles from anywhere or reward you with big welding bills come MOT time. Wield a sympathetic spanner on it once in a while* and I commuted daily in my Midget and the only breakdown was running out of petrol when the guage stuck!
*like bikes, there’ll always be something that need tweaking after every big drive/week commuting and you’ll keep a running list in the back of your mind of things to service/replace/upgrade.Posted 4 years agoac505Member
What ever I go for will be occasional use only so fuel,consumption/handling winter etc is not a consideration. Always thought the CLK as a bit jelly mould ish, lines just seemed a little bland to my eye.
If it was a 2 sweater, itPosted 4 years ago
would be a s2000 without doubt, unfortunately we would rather 4 so the nippers can enjoy the ride too (mind you the back seat of a convertible is never a particularly nice place to be!!)goslowSubscriber
I’ll go with BoardInBob. The convertibles I’ve had have all had good insulated roofs that fit well and are very weatherproof. I also drive with the roof down in winter, the heater works well. Just means I have to ignore various hand signals and comments!Posted 4 years ago
The Saabs, Mercedes and Audis should be equally good in winter as summer.turboferretSubscriber
I’m with BoardinBb on this, I once drove all the way from Edinburgh to London with the roof down one Christmas time, nice and toasty, especially with the heated seats too 🙂
This was my Saab
Actually the only car I ever made money on when selling!
Cheers, RichPosted 4 years agosingletrackmindMember
+1 on the Volvo .Posted 4 years ago
They appear on the screen price to be very good value for money just now.
I used to run Saab 900 T16’s and the convertables were one of the lowest depreciating ‘affordable’ cars. Not sure on the newer shape ’91 – GM floor pan ones. They look very nice though.
Audi 80 / A4 would tick the boxes .
If you could find an XKR that would be awesome fun, rear seats are tiny though.singletrackmindMember
645CI – V8, sounds great, looks camp as all soft tops. I heard one start up the other day and I’ve been hunting one ever since!
Dont think you will find one that doesn’t need alot of work for £4.5k.Posted 4 years ago
Shame as they are lovely looking and realistically over £7kish
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