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Old 04-11-2012, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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I am very excited to be moving down to Mooresville shortly and I have a question on cars... several years ago I owned a Mustang GT convertible that I loved. I ultimately sold it because it was a third vehicle in the household and I really only had the opportunity to use it a few months out of the year in upstate New York.

Can you realistically drive something like a Mustang GT year round down there? Aside from $4/gallon+ gas, what are the issues?
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:43 AM
 
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Mine is a 3rd vehicle, so I don't drive it every day. (Mainly because I don't drive it in rain. I baby it.) I do drive it a couple times a week year round. Lots of people drive them everyday, all year long.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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No, you really could not drive a convertible 12 months a year here; it is not quite warm enough. We do have cold weather...OK not NY cold, but, cold none-the-less. During a normal winter, highs in the daytime are usually in the 40's and nights can well be in the teens. (we rarely stay below freezing for more than 24 hours, though). Now, the winter does not last as long, so, you would conceivably have more months to use that car. Many people with convertibles don't use them as often as one would think, however. (even when one would think the weather is perfect). Don't know why that is.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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No, you really could not drive a convertible 12 months a year here; it is not quite warm enough. We do have cold weather...OK not NY cold, but, cold none-the-less. During a normal winter, highs in the daytime are usually in the 40's and nights can well be in the teens. (we rarely stay below freezing for more than 24 hours, though). Now, the winter does not last as long, so, you would conceivably have more months to use that car. Many people with convertibles don't use them as often as one would think, however. (even when one would think the weather is perfect). Don't know why that is.
You are quite right. It is not really warm enough to drive a convertible - with the roof down - all year round and obviously not when it rains.

My son has a BMW Z4 that he drives year round but that's his car. His wife has something more sensible. They cannot yet afford a 3rd car.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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This year we had our top down in January with no problem. Normally we use it March to November. This is our second convertible and feel we can justify the use in Charlotte.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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My C6 Corvette was purchased in western Pa. Would sit in the garage from Nov until late April. Roads could have snow until then, plus salt and the "boulders" they use for anti-skid. The last 4 years it has been in our garage in Huntersville and driven 12 months of the year. There are hearty souls here that will take the top off or down in January on a sunny day with the temp in the low 60's, I just roll the windows down and enjoy the day and the car.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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There are no issues that I see with driving it every day around here. We rarely get large snow storms which would be the only issue I can think of. Cripes, this year we got no snow at all.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:33 AM
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My supercharged Mustang Bullitt is my year-round daily driver. Lots of car shows and speed shops in the area to help feed the fun.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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I've driven my convertible with top down since January although winter was mild. If sun is out and it is 50+ I will have top down, sometimes I will put heater on and drive in 40s so yes I think you can drive with top down Mar-Nov and beyond as I do
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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If you like to look at different cars, South 21 in Matthews has a Cruise In (or at least they used to). I think it is the first Friday of every month but you should call to check.
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