What's the convertible really like?

What's the convertible really like?

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PositronicRay

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27,229 posts

186 months

Saturday 17th February
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Currently I run a 2008 280 Mercedes CLK convertible, great car for not much money.

I'm not really a fast driver and fairly low annual mileage. The reason for the change is I fancy something a bit more blokie, with a V8, not bothered about gadgets and spec, I'd rather not have them TBH. As long as it has A/C, auto, power hood and black leather seats I'm pretty relaxed.

Convertible with 4 reasonable seats are non negotiable.

I do like a refined car, decent ride, supportive seats, bright colours and a quiet cruiser roof up or down. Is the mustang going to be a disappointment?

Panamax

4,412 posts

37 months

Saturday 17th February
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I've always had a convertible in the household. Some 2-seat, some 4-seat.

In Florida a couple of years back we rented a Mustang convertible for a couple of weeks. Wonderful car. It was a modest 2.3 Ecoboost renter but did absolutely everything we needed. There's no reason to think it wouldn't be an excellent car for UK use.

The only question mark over mustangs is arguably that they start out a "cheap" car that gets loaded with more gear and bigger engines as the price rises. To some extent any car of that kind can struggle to escape its humble origins. For instance, interiors are expensive to design, engineer and build so the basic dashboard and so forth will be pretty much the same in all models.

If we didn't already own other cars would I give Mustang Convertible a serious look for UK? Most definitely!

irish boy

3,560 posts

239 months

Saturday 17th February
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My neighbour has one she doesn’t use which I help her look after. She’s done 1k miles since 2017 and I’ve probably done half of those taking it for service and mot. It’s a yellow 5.0 convertible manual.

I really enjoy driving it. No major or obvious scuttle shake. Fun when you want it to be, relaxed when you don’t. Piles of power. Lovely gear shift. It definitely exceeded my expectations.

PositronicRay

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27,229 posts

186 months

Saturday 17th February
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That's sounding positive.

I see that used can be be picked up for low £20s k.
Puts them on the list. I assume they're not the same thief magnet as Land rovers and performance German cars

I like the sound of yellow or bright red. biggrin

Edited by PositronicRay on Saturday 17th February 16:42

ratrod 2

1,129 posts

12 months

Sunday 18th February
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PositronicRay said:
Currently I run a 2008 280 Mercedes CLK convertible, great car for not much money.

I'm not really a fast driver and fairly low annual mileage. The reason for the change is I fancy something a bit more blokie, with a V8, not bothered about gadgets and spec, I'd rather not have them TBH. As long as it has A/C, auto, power hood and black leather seats I'm pretty relaxed.

Convertible with 4 reasonable seats are non negotiable.

I do like a refined car, decent ride, supportive seats, bright colours and a quiet cruiser roof up or down. Is the mustang going to be a disappointment?
Assuming you are talking about a modern Mustang not classic, You say you like a refined smooth car with a decent ride,

You will not find that in a Mustang or any other American sports/muscle car, The ride will be hard and will have various rattles coming

from most parts of the car not helped by being a convertible ,The Mustang being a Ford is mass produced as is the Merc but the quality is

a hundred times higher in the Merc, Although the plastics in todays Mercs are not what they once were in earlier cars they are still much

better than you will find in the Mustangs which are cheap looking brittle items,

What you will find though is that every trip in the Mustang will be a event and the sheer theatre

that will get from the sound of the V8 with a decent after market exhaust will more than make up for the negatives,

Forget about it if you have a shy nature as you will get lots of thumbs up , photo's taken and fuel stops will take longer as you answer questions

about your car, Unlike Ferrari's and some Porsches people are nice to you and instead of a finger you will get a wave .

I'm fortunate as i have both a classic Merc and a modern Merc Wagon for daily use plus a few classic yanks so have the best of both worlds.

One thing i can guarantee you that a Mustang V8 will make you feel more blokie than a CLK every can .





Edited by ratrod 2 on Sunday 18th February 15:24

Panamax

4,412 posts

37 months

Sunday 18th February
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Totally off topic; there's someone around my way who's owned a red 11th generation Ford Thunderbird for at least a couple of decades. Rare creature indeed although interesting for its weirdness.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Thunderbird_(el...

Mustangs improved hugely after 2005 IMO. I was never a fan of the 1990s-2000s styling.


PositronicRay

Original Poster:

27,229 posts

186 months

Sunday 18th February
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ratrod 2 said:
PositronicRay said:
Currently I run a 2008 280 Mercedes CLK convertible, great car for not much money.

I'm not really a fast driver and fairly low annual mileage. The reason for the change is I fancy something a bit more blokie, with a V8, not bothered about gadgets and spec, I'd rather not have them TBH. As long as it has A/C, auto, power hood and black leather seats I'm pretty relaxed.

Convertible with 4 reasonable seats are non negotiable.

I do like a refined car, decent ride, supportive seats, bright colours and a quiet cruiser roof up or down. Is the mustang going to be a disappointment?
Assuming you are talking about a modern Mustang not classic, You say you like a refined smooth car with a decent ride,

You will not find that in a Mustang or any other American sports/muscle car, The ride will be hard and will have various rattles coming

from most parts of the car not helped by being a convertible ,The Mustang being a Ford is mass produced as is the Merc but the quality is

a hundred times higher in the Merc, Although the plastics in todays Mercs are not what they once were in earlier cars they are still much

better than you will find in the Mustangs which are cheap looking brittle items,

What you will find though is that every trip in the Mustang will be a event and the sheer theatre

that will get from the sound of the V8 with a decent after market exhaust will more than make up for the negatives,

Forget about it if you have a shy nature as you will get lots of thumbs up , photo's taken and fuel stops will take longer as you answer questions

about your car, Unlike Ferrari's and some Porsches people are nice to you and instead of a finger you will get a wave .

I'm fortunate as i have both a classic Merc and a modern Merc Wagon for daily use plus a few classic yanks so have the best of both worlds.

One thing i can guarantee you that a Mustang V8 will make you feel more blokie than a CLK every can .





Edited by ratrod 2 on Sunday 18th February 15:24
I'm pretty sensitive to NVH so I'm going to have to tread carefully.

shirt

22,827 posts

204 months

Sunday 18th February
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Haven’t driven the convertible, but have so the v6 and v8 hardtop. It’s heavy, not a gt nor a sports car. Steering and general handling is lazy which may be a good thing from the type of driving you describe, but refined it is not. Feels like it struggles with its weight in a way that a big merc or bmw doesn’t.

Ok in the main on wide smooth roads like we have here (if you avoid expansion joints on corners) but can imagine it being very skittish on UK roads. If you can find one with magneride dampers they are better at managing the weight but still lacking finesse over the rough stuff.

Most of its woes can be fixed by the aftermarket, but that would not be a straight forward undertaking in UK.

Just had a quick look at ph classifieds and the ‘manliness’ aspect would have to be a big factor in making me look past a 6series v8. Drove one of those the other week, with the roof up it was almost imperceptible that I was driving a soft top in terms of NVH.

PositronicRay

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27,229 posts

186 months

Monday 19th February
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shirt said:
Haven’t driven the convertible, but have so the v6 and v8 hardtop. It’s heavy, not a gt nor a sports car. Steering and general handling is lazy which may be a good thing from the type of driving you describe, but refined it is not. Feels like it struggles with its weight in a way that a big merc or bmw doesn’t.

Ok in the main on wide smooth roads like we have here (if you avoid expansion joints on corners) but can imagine it being very skittish on UK roads. If you can find one with magneride dampers they are better at managing the weight but still lacking finesse over the rough stuff.

Most of its woes can be fixed by the aftermarket, but that would not be a straight forward undertaking in UK.

Just had a quick look at ph classifieds and the ‘manliness’ aspect would have to be a big factor in making me look past a 6series v8. Drove one of those the other week, with the roof up it was almost imperceptible that I was driving a soft top in terms of NVH.
That's a good point, sounds like the flaws would drive me to distraction. I deliberately chose std suspension and 17" wheels for my current CLK, favouring a supple compliant ride. My SL ended up on 16"s for the same reason.

A Mustang would cost many multiples of my CLK and for what?
Perhaps I should just man up and buy some gym membership. shoot

shirt

22,827 posts

204 months

Monday 19th February
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Or simply disregard the connection between your machismo and choice of wheels entirely wink

I’d say still drive one, if only to be comfortable with your choice. They’re not bad cars per se, I just struggle to see £30k+ of value in one.

Perhaps an older car is more your thing. R129 or even older. I bought a C107 last summer and selling my Elise as a result. Lovely wafty drive, bags of character, gentleman’s express. Alternatively an R230 SL shouldn’t be too troublesome given the annual mileage.

Killer2005

19,765 posts

231 months

Thursday 22nd February
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Not a true comparison with our roads but I had the 2.3 Ecoboost in California a few years ago and it was fabulous to a point that my next car will most likely be a Mustang Convertible. However probably the V8.

It was nice to cruise in, good in San Francisco city traffic and all round a nice drive.

OldGermanHeaps

3,967 posts

181 months

Thursday 22nd February
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Hired a v8 convertible in florida. It was fun, but not really quick enough for how thirsty it was and the build qualty felt a bit naff compared to an audi.
11000 mile mustang felt looser and more baggy than an a4 convertible with 120k on it

abzmike

8,779 posts

109 months

Friday 23rd February
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I had one on holiday as well… had about 200 miles on it when we picked it up. I was expecting it to be a bit crappy inside but was pleasantly surprised. Tiny back seats though and a small boot. Nice to drive though, quiet and watertight with the roof up.

Mykap

640 posts

191 months

Monday 1st April
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A bit late to the party but did the OP buy a Mustang?

I own a late 2020 GT vert. I cant say its refined but it can be quiet if thats what you want, the exhaust have several different modes and can be very subtle in quiet mode. Mine also has the magna ride system so the ride is comfortable but hardens up significantly in sport+.

There is some scuttle shake over big bumps but the ride is generally very smooth. The interior finish is good especially for an American car and is far superior to my last 2011 coyote coupe. Cruising is a breeze and that big lazy V8 makes it a pleasure to drive. As some one said earlier every trip is an event.


Mark_Blanchard

774 posts

258 months

Tuesday 28th May
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I bought a V8 S550 convertible in February, I traded my Audi A6 S line Ultra Black Edition for it. The build quality and materials aren't up to Audi's standards, but it's a very pleasant place to be inside and there are no rattles. There's quite a bit of space inside and I can even fit my teenagers in the back. Haven't had any leaks either. The ride and handling are good and obviously the power and performance are impressive. It's not a cheap car to run but it's a lot of fun and you only live once.

Emcojim

13 posts

25 months

Tuesday 28th May
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I've got a 5 years old S550 5.0 Mustang Convertible, and a new C8 Corvette Convertible.

The Mustang is a crude vehicle to be perfectly honest. It is a fidgety ride and doesn't compare with a modern Mercedes etc...
I didn't choose the magnetic suspension, - which I regret.

The Corvette is the smoothest ride of the two, no rattles and vibes, and perfect road manners. I did choose magnetic suspension!
The C8 Corvette is a world class car.

You can't really fault the Mustang for the price and the fun to drive. Buy a Mustang and enjoy!
I wouldn't part with mine.