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#912643 - 29th Nov 2014 12:24pm Convertibles
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Toying with the idea of getting the mrs a used red mini as a surprise xmas present (old car on its way out anyway).
Any thoughts about convertibles ? Are they just really a pointless thing in this country? Draughty and not safe in a crash?


Also anyone have rough idea of cost of respray (not a convertible) in case I find a decent one of another colour

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#912647 - 29th Nov 2014 12:38pm Re: Convertibles [Re: fish5133]
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Plenty of red minis out there,so,i wouldnt have thought youd need to budget for a respray.
Ive had a lot of convertibles,rag top ones are good nowadays and safe,however,the best ones that i prefered were metal roof models.The slk 55 that i had was a great car.

The weak point on Bmw minis are the gearbox which fail regularly with a replacement expensive,so listen out for any whining noises etc.

Theres also a great remap available which makes more power.

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#912650 - 29th Nov 2014 12:42pm Re: Convertibles [Re: fish5133]
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The weak gearboxes only affected early models 52 plate etc

Other major problems are electric power steering motors so make sure the steering feels good lock to lock etc

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#912658 - 29th Nov 2014 1:53pm Re: Convertibles [Re: chris_gilly]
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Ive got a convertible bad thing is water leaks in heavy rain makes seats get wet then windows steam up

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#912704 - 29th Nov 2014 6:31pm Re: Convertibles [Re: fish5133]
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cheers guys food for thought

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#913107 - 2nd Dec 2014 9:57am Re: Convertibles [Re: fish5133]
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They require a bit of maintenance over winter to prevent mould and moisture build up, but are well worth it, even on a clear winters day. Pop on hat and scarf, put the top down (when the car interior has been warmed up first to "soften" the hood) and go for a run.

Mohair hoods are generally considered to be better.

If you go for a folding "tin top", prices on Peugeot 206cc and 307cc are very reasonable at the minute.

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