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Old 10-29-2014, 07:33 PM
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Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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How can anyone possibly go past the Lexus? Honestly they're by far the most refined automobiles known to man. They're meticulously refined and sophisticated with opulence and luxury.

Get the Lexus ISC, not only is it the epitome of luxury but you will also enjoy Lexus reliability and dependability. The ISC behaves like a coupe that is able to drop the top

Do yourself and everyone a big favor by removing the euro trash car brands from the list!
Those pics are very alluring. I am leaning towards the Lexus. It is definitely nice.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:36 PM
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If your buying a new, $50K luxury convertible... then what is the difference of a few pennies more a fill up with premium fuel or the price of an oil change? I doubt either would stop someone willing to spend $50K on a new, luxury item. If either of those will make or break the budget this kind of car may be out of your price range.

How do the two cost on a site like Edmunds or KBB in the True Cost to Own calculations?
It is not just pennies and the price of maintenance is a concern as I am fairly frugal. The price of premium is only one consideration among others. Granted, it is not the most important one.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:38 PM
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What about a BMW 435i / 428i convertible?
It is ok, although I prefer the styling on the Mercedes and Lexus.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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I know it's a little on the underside of what you are specifically looking for, but check out the MINI Coupe JCW. Super fun little car, easy to maintain, great fun and well equipt.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Off the top of my head, these are the cars you should be considering for comparison shopping.

Lexus ISC
Mercedes C-class
Infiniti Q60
Audi A5
BMW 4-series

The other options I can think of are too expensive, too extreme, or too small to compete with those five. Out of my list, Mercedes has a long history of making the best convertible for being used as a convertible.. the wind turbulence is kept to a minimum inside so that the a/c, heater, and stereo are all usable even at highway speeds.. and they were doing that with '80s technology, so I can't imagine it's worse than that 3 decades later.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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It is not just pennies and the price of maintenance is a concern as I am fairly frugal. The price of premium is only one consideration among others. Granted, it is not the most important one.
Your statement is very confusing.
One who is fairly frugal, does not buy a $50k luxury convertible .
Have you considered what depreciation will be on any of those vehicles?

If you insist on splurging on one of them, lease instead of buy. Then you have no maintenance to worry about, since I believe they all can be had with it included.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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You're looking to spend up to $50K on a car and worry about it requiring premium gas? That makes no sense. If you can afford the $50k you certainly can afford the extra couple of bucks a week in gas.
Exactly what I was thinking.

What's that old saying? If you have to ask how much, you can't afford it.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:12 PM
 
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I don't have the money to have cars like these, so I can only go by others' cars I've sat in or ridden in.

Having ridden in a couple of Mercedes little convertibles, I found them uncomfortable and hard to get in and out of. Other Mercedes I've been in at car shows I found to be similarly uncomfortable.

I've not been in a Lexus convertible, but all other Lexuses (Lexi?) I've been in have been uber comfortable. Nice cars. Most are reliable, per Consumer Reports. One of the most reliable "brands" in existence, I believe. I would love a Lexus. Not a convertible, though.

What is it about convertibles that people love? I've never cared for them. I hate the wind slapping my hair around and being blown away, and feeling the road too much, and the noise factor.

Jaguars break down a lot, is my impression of them. There are stats on that, though, to verify if that's true.

I like Mustangs, but they're not in the same class as Lexus and Mercedes, obviously. If you're looking to impress, it's Mercedes or Lexus. I'm not impressed by Jaguar. When I see someone in one, I think "fool." Going for show over quality. But that's just my impression of Jaguars.

Mercedes will give the impression you're wealthy. If you ARE wealthy, that's fine. If you're not, well, that's giving a false impression, and that's not necessarily in your favor. Lexus is a brand that is quality, and a pricier model may say wealthy, but most people won't know the models and will just think, someone who is comfortable financially but not necessarily wealthy.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:20 PM
 
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Personally, I'd just get a Camaro ZL1 convert and call it a day. Sure, it's not a luxury car, but it'll go 0-60 in under 4 seconds.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:21 AM
 
Location: NY
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It is not just pennies and the price of maintenance is a concern as I am fairly frugal. The price of premium is only one consideration among others. Granted, it is not the most important one.
Then I would recommend some of the sights that compare true cost to own.

Still, doesn't make mush sense to me to be "frugal" about routine maintenance when shopping this kind of luxury item. When weighing in the total cost to operate one of these vehicles, the cost of routine maintenance or the little extra for premium fuel is practically a drop in the bucket.

Maybe a Volvo C70, with paid maintenance during the warranty period, would be more your speed. Plenty of frugality there with nothing out of pocket (although you may still be stuck with premium for the I5 turbo engine).
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