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Old 04-04-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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Coupe VS Convertible...need help :(

Everyone I ask tells me a drop is way better than a coupe, of course the same people prefer an automatic over a manual (not me, I'm getting a stick-no question). I've been heart set on the coupe with a sunroof even after I seen the concept Camaro convertible months ago but I'm second guessing myself now because I've always wanted a convertible trans am. I'm going to get my SS Monday or Tuesday this week and I'm pulling my hair out now...

I need some insight camraro5! If you've owned a drop, you're waiting on the camaro drop top, wish you bought a drop instead of coupe, or vice versa. Give me all the pros and cons of both cars you can!!!!

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Old 04-04-2010, 05:07 PM   #2
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That's a tough one.

I originally wanted a convertible. I love how they look, but over time, I believe I now favor the look of the coupe over the convertible.

However, I love the feel of driving a convertible. I am in the lucky situation that my wife's car is an 07 Mazda MX5, so I can get a 'convertible fix' whenever I want.

I think my purchase, when the time comes, will be a coupe.
I think the convertible will have a $4-5000 premium over the coupe, and then you have the dealer mark up on top of that... so I can see initial prices for the Camaro SS Convertible being $50k +
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:52 PM   #3
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I think it really depends also on what you are mainly using the car for, especially living in michigan. Our camaro here in montana will not be driven in winter. I had a 67 camaro convertible, but it would not be fair to compare that to the 2011.
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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I've had several convertibles and a couple of cars with sunroofs. Hands down the convertibles have been way more fun than the sunroof cars. The sunroof's are kind of nice but I end up just not using them or enjoying them that much after a while. However when the weather is nice the convertible with the top down is always a treat to drive and I look forward to the experience every opportunity I got.

In terms of looks the sunroof on the convertible just kills the inverse mohawk look of the camaro. Its one of the main reasons why I didnt bother adding the option on my 2010 camaro coupe.

If I was forced to chose between one or the other sunroof or convertible and I had the money to buy either one, hands down I'd get the convertible version.

Personally after having had convertibles for so long I thought it would be nice to have a coupe which is why I'm just fine with my current Camaro. The convertibles are a bit more noisy and you'll probably have to get the top replaced at some point ~15-20 years out (assuming you keep it that long) depending on how much you drive it, the weather conditions in your area, etc. Personally I'm not sure about the 2010 Camaro as a ragtop. I love it with the top down but I'm not sold on the looks of it with the top up. I'll need to see more pics of it and see it in person before I would be able to decide for myself if it would be desirable to own. Right now the coupe fits me very nicely.
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:03 PM   #5
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How tall are you Jabbar?

sunroof will lose you about 1-2 inches of headroom. Below are my pros/cons for each.

Coupe w/sunroof:
pros:
More protection in a rollover
Less road noise
more insullation
less expensive than a convertible
third brakelight and sharkfin aren't placed in awkward places and look silly

cons:
limited porthole for a window to the sunlight
Loss of the reverse mohawk which is a subtle, yet powerful addition to the body lines.
Much less headroom


Convertible
pros:
Much better looking with the top down then a sunroof open. More open air which gives you the roadster experience. (You lose the mohawk anyways, might as well look as good as possible)
you'll get not only the new car stares, but now a convertible camaro stare since it will be brand new and shock everyone all over again

cons:
possibility of slightly less trunk space
the third brakelight and sharkfin will be blocked if you have any spoiler higher than stock.
Have to worry about people knifing/ripping your ragtop
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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I'm 5'9" so I doubt there's height issues and I'm using the camaro as a just a little bit more than just a summer car...will be driving it based on weather, during the winter months she'll be in the garage and I'll probably take her out at the first sight of spring.

What would be my wait time if I went for the convertible? Any solid production dates yet?
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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Coupe w/o sunroof or vert IMO. I just don't like the sunroof on this car, to each his/her own.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:04 PM   #9
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i mean. the ragtop (at least the few pictures i've seen) don't seem so hot.

with a coupe u get to look cool all the time (not just when the weather is nice out)
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:22 PM   #10
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To me it comes down to this; The roof line on the coupe is gorgeous, coupes are quieter and stffer. There is nothing like driving with the top down and the convertible looks great with the top down. So, which do you plan on doing more of - driving with the top up and enjoying the coupe or driving with the top down and enjoying the convertible?
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:35 PM   #11
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I am waiting for the convertible to own me.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:37 PM   #12
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Agree Ronn, definitely without sunroof. Coupe is the way to go for this car but like you said to each his own.
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:44 PM   #13
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coupe for sure for this car... some cars are better looking as convertible... but not this one.. it was made to be a coupe...
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:21 PM   #14
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Get both I am I have my 2LT/RS coupe w/ sunroof and I will be ordering a 2SS/RS convertible when they are available see that solved my problem

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Old 04-04-2010, 09:53 PM   #15
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I thought about holding out for the 'vert, but I considered the price increases that will likely take place in the 1.5 years between getting my 2SS now (Sept '09 till spring '11). Plus, as said above, expect another 4K on the conservative side. That pushes a 2SS well into the 40k's.

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Old 04-04-2010, 09:58 PM   #16
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When it comes to sports cars, coupes are always better in my opinion. Not only are Coupes lighter, more "complete", and more aerodynamic, they are also SAFER. I don't know about you, but I will always prefer a good structure over my head, especially in a sports car!
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:03 PM   #17
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I had high hopes for the vert, but just not likin the look...
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:06 PM   #18
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I've never been a fan of convertibles, especially with performance cars. Chassis rigidity is lost on convertible cars. This limits the handling and power potential. If you want the "wind in your face" experience, get a motorcycle. Just my opinion...
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:14 PM   #19
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Pictures of the convertible do not look good to me, all the styling is lost with the ragtop.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:19 PM   #20
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screw the people who say auto in a vert lol, I have a 90 vette vert with a M6 & love it during the summer time, My husband has a 02 vette vert with a A4 (due to this condution with his hands its easier to drive)

I am waiting for a vert camaro, All but one of our camaros have t-tops
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From what I heard, the convertible is gonna START at $28,000 so that might be something to think about.
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From what I heard, the convertible is gonna START at $28,000 so that might be something to think about.
prices should be only about 5k above top current brand so yea 28k doesnt sound to bad.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:26 PM   #23
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I've thought about this too. After seeing the vert w/top up I've decided to go coupe...I wish w/t-tops
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:39 PM   #24
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I've owned a rag top for over 7 years now.

As said before, you gotta worry about some jerk slashing your top. The more you use your top the more wear and tear you'll put on it and eventually it'll wear through somewhere and will need a replacement. Loud as hell with the top up. That extra bit of material flapping into the wind makes a hell of a lot of racket. Also a lot of noise is generated from the top vibrating from not to nice roads. More so than if you just dropped the damn top. If this is your DD and you live where you get snow you'll be spending every 4 hours during heavy snow fall clearing your top off in open lots to prevent your roof from caving in. That canvas/vinyl sucks for insulation. Sucks for keeping the warmth/cold in when you need it. You do notice a bit more of a body roll than if you had a solid or hard top.

That's why I chose a coupe this time around rather than a convertible. I do love it during nice days, but the very nature of keeping my vehicle secure with vinyl and all the headaches that may come with it. To some that may say that a crook can easily break a window, it's cheaper and easier to replace a window than it is to replace a rag top.

Now if Chevy took a page from Mazda's book and offered an automatic folding hard top that takes about the same amount of space as the rag top does they'd have a winner. Then you can have the best of both worlds. Can be a much quieter coupe when the weather sucks with a lot more security and stability. Then when the weather's nice you could just hit a button and the top automatically folds down.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:43 PM   #25
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This was a tough one indeed

Coupe hands down
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