Soft top convertible without a garage?
April 26, 2011 1:21 PM Subscribe
Is it just flat out stupid to get a soft top convertible if you don't have a garage and live in NY (or more generically, a place where it snows a few times a year)?
posted by Brian Puccio to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (19 answers total)
I've been looking around at cars and a pre-owned Miata (or MX5 as they're calling it these days) looks like it checks off all the right boxes, reasonably affordable, completely awesome to drive, small and reliable. (I previously owned a Mini that was several years old and cost more than it was worth to maintain and finally ditched it. Before that, I was firmly in the Japanese car camp with two Civics and an RSX.)
I know that a hard top has always been an option for the cars since the 90's, but I don't have a garage to store the top in, so that's never really been an option. With the new PRHT feature, I could have a hardtop and not have to worry about having a place for it, and it doesn't take up any trunk space. But it seems most used Miatas are of the soft top variety and buying a hard top to go over that during the winter isn't an option since I can't really store it anywhere. Plus, the PRHT costs more.
Having never owned a convertible (and while it's nice, it's not something that I'm dying to have, the Miata just looks like what I'd want) is it crazy to expect a soft top to last several New York winters? If it helps, I live on the south shore of Long Island. If it matters, the car will be parked less than 100 yards from the ocean.
Aside from a used Miata, is there some sub-$20k fun little car that won't kill me in maintenance? If not, it getting a soft top asking for problems? (Not so worried about slashing/theft.)