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Hard top convertible - how are they to live with ?

Discussion in 'Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Meriva, Adam, Agila, Tigra & Nova [Includes AstraVan & ComboVan] owners forum' started by 3point14, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. 3point14

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    The missus would like an open top motor and she's happy with the 2007 1.8 auto Astra we have so I thought I'd think about the convertible version.

    From the prices it doesn't seem much loved but then the hatchback doesn't hold its value either in circa 2008 trim. The engine and power seems exactly the same as now (140 bhp) and as we don't drive it as a sports car I can't see it being any different to drive when the top is up. However, I may be wrong ?

    I don't know how good the roof is and I guess that is the first thing to worry about. I certainly don't want leaks etc. so any comments welcome.
     
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    Dont know about the astra but dont touch a renault megane convertable. A work colleague bought one 12 months ago and from the day he bought it the roof leaked. Its a 57 plate with 20k on clock, It went back to the garage he bought it from around 10 times but they failed to fix the issue. Then they sent it to the main dealer who said that there was a leak but they couldnt find were it was cumming from. They told him it was a common issue and that they usually send jobs like that to a independant dealer but tracking the problem can be hit and miss and very expensive. He advised him to just get rid of the car in the summer.
     
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    Prices for convertibles are always lower in the winter and they will shoot up nearer spring. To get the best from a convertible you need to want to be able to enjoy one. My wife wanted an Austin Healey Sprite so I bought one with a soft top and separate detachable hardtop for the winter. We never really used the hardtop and it was a bit draughty in the winter and leaked a bit, but didn't suffer from steamed up windows. However any excuse to get the top down even a sunny winter day like today the top would be down and we'd go out in big pullovers etc. I'd wear a cap and she'd have a scarf, it sounds daft I know, but it was fun and we loved it and it was any excuse to get the Sprite out. You seem to be looking for the negatives when your wife wants the wind in her hair. Go for it mate it might well leak a bit, but it won't drown you and if it makes your wife happy there's fringe benefits to that.;)
    Do a search on Autotrader and be prepared to travel there's not many automatic Astra convertibles across the country and even fewer soft tops about. When my mate bought an Astra soft top he said there were only six new ones available in the country at the time.
     
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    I wouldn't touch a Renault or Citroen though they both make some outwardly pleasant looking cars. Horror stories from both abound as your friend can testify to !
     
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    I fully agree that ease of use must be paramount as must the desire to get the top down in general but this must be coupled with inclement weather practicality, which is perhaps 95% of the time. In fact, when you think about the driving she does, you have to be careful not to over egg the number of times it would actually be down in a year. Yet the attraction is obvious when you hope for a decent summer measured in weeks and not days or even hours !
     
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    If I was going to buy a convertible now it would have to a metal folding type. A soft top is too vulnerable now to the sort of lowlife that floats about every town in the country now. If I were you I'd seek an Astra out on autotrader that's fairly local to you and have a sit in it and get a demonstration of the roof lowering. Most cars are out in the open at the dealerships and if there have been any leaks you'll soon be able to find a damp patch somewhere. I don't think you have anything to worry about though.
     
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    Yeah, my guess is that a folding hard top should be nigh on the same as the regular hatchback for everyday use.
     
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    My wife has had ours since December 2004, when it was just over a year old. We moved to South West France in the Summer of 2006. The roof doesn't come down too often as it is too hot here and it's easy to get burnt! We used the car with the roof down more in the UK! It's coming on for nine years old now and has been a great car, capable of seating four adults, not a 2 + 2. We have the fully loaded 2.2 which has just done 42000 miles! It holds the road beautifully and has never leaked even in the most torrential rain. As for security, we used to live in Southend on Sea and it was parked on our drive. We never had a problem wherever it was left.
     
  9. Boroboy

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    3point14,
    We own a 09 Tigra, had it from when it was 6 months old. Had no hood leaks so far (touch wood) or any probs with the hood mechs. Obviously only a 2 seater though, wife mainly drives it. I use it now and again in the summer (when we get some:LOL:). Worth checking the drainage on the sills though if buying an Astra convertible, as may be full of water. Easy solution, just pull out one of the drainage bung/plugs. If sill is full of water, can cause water ingress within the footwell area. Perm solution if this happens, put a hole in one of the bungs or leave it out.

    Also use some silicone grease or spray to lightly lubricate the hood seals. I do mine yearly.
     

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