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Bonzo
Joined: Wed 21 Mar, 2012 21:52
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Norfolk

What the..........

Post by Bonzo » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:39

I can't believe how many roadsters and other soft tops are actually driving around in brilliant sunshine with temps. well into the 70's with their tops up!
I get quite vocal when I see this :evil: and that annoys the hell out of my Mrs. :wink: She said that it was probably too hot for them so they kept the roof up and switched on the air con! :head: Why buy a soft top if you don't use it?? :shrug ..... Is it me?

Bonzo.
Z3lda (Zelda), 1998 2.8, Montreal Blue, Beige Oregon leather interior and M steering wheel, Sports Seats, Wood trim, Chrome Line Interior, Centre armrest with Cupholder, Alpina Softline wheels, Chromed Angel Eyes, De- tango'd, Rear stone guards, Sport aerial, ASC front strut brace, Strong Strut Butt Strut and Body Brace, Uprated brake fluid, Yellowstuff pads 78k.

handsomejackuk
Joined: Sat 18 Jun, 2016 11:35
Posts: 295

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Blaenau Gwent South Wales...

Re: What the..........

Post by handsomejackuk » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:45

Bonzo wrote:I can't believe how many roadsters and other soft tops are actually driving around in brilliant sunshine with temps. well into the 70's with their tops up!
I get quite vocal when I see this :evil: and that annoys the hell out of my Mrs. :wink: She said that it was probably too hot for them so they kept the roof up and switched on the air con! :head: Why buy a soft top if you don't use it?? :shrug ..... Is it me?

yep i notice the same myself.... notice a lot of the tin tops seem too always have the roofs up especially peugeot variants... any chance we got to get the roof down we take it.. had it down all day today, and only put the top up when we parked in a busy town to protect the vlauables...

Bonzo
Joined: Wed 21 Mar, 2012 21:52
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Norfolk

Re: What the..........

Post by Bonzo » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:51

Yep, love going out on a crisp winter mornings too, Jacket cap and scarf, heated seats on, hot air blowing on face hands and feet. Luverly!
Z3lda (Zelda), 1998 2.8, Montreal Blue, Beige Oregon leather interior and M steering wheel, Sports Seats, Wood trim, Chrome Line Interior, Centre armrest with Cupholder, Alpina Softline wheels, Chromed Angel Eyes, De- tango'd, Rear stone guards, Sport aerial, ASC front strut brace, Strong Strut Butt Strut and Body Brace, Uprated brake fluid, Yellowstuff pads 78k.

handsomejackuk
Joined: Sat 18 Jun, 2016 11:35
Posts: 295

  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Blaenau Gwent South Wales...

Re: What the..........

Post by handsomejackuk » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:55

yep beats going out on my motorbike and dressing up helmet gloves, thermals boots etc.. and being frozen, any tips on keeping warm this winter, my first winter with a convertible, thinking of getting a trapper hat.... got the heated seats and love them...

John Wilson
Joined: Fri 12 Jun, 2009 13:11
Posts: 240

  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Diss

Re: What the..........

Post by John Wilson » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:17

When we first got the Z3, we used to have the top down all the time, even at night and in winter, except when raining. Now the top is still mostly down, but on busy motorways (in this country) we sometimes put it up. Its just so noisy with the traffic noise and it's just not fun anymore. I know the opinion of having it down on principle and I used to be the same, but perhaps I'm getting old. There is a different experience as well with the roof up. You can go very fast in comfort without your ears being ripped off. But I agree, if you prefer the roof up most of the time, a car with a solid roof is much better. My Z hasnt got air-con. I think I might have been tempted driving in the south of France to occasionally have a roof up break as well if I had it.

mrscalex
Joined: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 09:14
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: What the..........

Post by mrscalex » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:41

I think it depends if it's a 2nd car or your main car. Mine is a 2nd car and I don't see much point going out in it unless I can put the roof down.

My brother has had his 1.9 from new (1999) and used it as his daily driver for 15 years. There's no way he was ever going to put the roof down every time he got it in, even on a nice day. Now it's his 2nd car over the last 2 years the roof goes down.
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1999 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Dimitri) - My brother's car owned from new and restored by me
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Trudy) - My car rebuilt from a write-off
2002 Z3 2.2 Titan Silver (Okus) - Project car waiting for a new engine
2001 Z3 2.2 Topaz Blue (Debra) - Donor car/breaker
1998 Z3 1.9 Boston Green (Allsworth) - Donor car/breaker now gone to Z3 heaven
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Del
Joined: Sat 19 Nov, 2011 18:35
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  Z3 roadster 1.9

Re: What the..........

Post by Del » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 22:52

John Wilson wrote:on busy motorways (in this country) we sometimes put it up.
I agree, a longish journey on a busy motorway is not so pleasant with the roof down. My favourite are warm Spring days when the sun is not scorching hot, when you can smell the hedgerows and hear the birds :D

therealdb1
Joined: Tue 25 Jun, 2013 22:47
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  Z3 roadster 2.0

Re: What the..........

Post by therealdb1 » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 23:11

How romantic Del!
With the top down I listen for the rorty exhaust not the ***** birdsong! :)

handsomejackuk
Joined: Sat 18 Jun, 2016 11:35
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  Z3 roadster 1.9
Location: Blaenau Gwent South Wales...

Re: What the..........

Post by handsomejackuk » Sun 11 Sep, 2016 23:13

we had a great day out today.. top down just plodding about at 40-50mph no stress at all... just enjoying the scenery....with some tunes playing through the welsh country side....

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