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Old 04-25-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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Advice for first-time convertible owner?

I purchased my 2000 Box last winter, and immediately put it in storage with my indie awaiting a long to-do list of upgrades and repairs. It now looks like I'll be able to pick up my toy in another week or two. With the weather turning nice here in New England, I found myself daydreaming about driving with the top down.

And then I realized I've never owned a convertible.

I purchased the car in the dead of winter, and although I checked the top to make sure it worked properly, I never had the chance to drive it top down before she went into the shop. When I wrote the check, I made an assumption: this car was such a joy to drive with the top up, it had to be twice the fun with the top down.

So, now I'm wondering if you experienced drop-top drivers have any hints or tips for living the topless life. I have a very short, 20 minute commute to work, so I plan to use my car as a daily driver, as well as PCA events on the weekends.

Since I live and work on the shoreline, I fear I'll be a tempting seagull target....

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Old 04-25-2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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Drains, Drains Drains!!! Check often and make sure all are clear. Buy the covers for the rear drains. I think Woody has said 50% of the cars he gets have been totaled from water damage. And yes I do not leave my top down unattended when Seagulls are around.
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Put on sunblock, be prepared for glare on the digital speedo, and try to avoid a case of permagrin!

EDIT: +1 for what 911Monty mentioned.
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+1 on the sunblock.
Having only scalp, I heartily recommend a minimum SPF 30.
A good pair of shades helps with glare and the cool factor and don't fret about the permagrin.
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Boxster chop window when putting down. Thread lightly if cold.
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Old 04-25-2016, 02:46 PM   #6
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Having a similar climate to you my reco is to not shy away from driving it top down when it is a bit cold. I just put a warm coat on, a toque, and crank the heat and you can get a nice little cocoon of heat around you. Even with the windows down it can still get it nice and toasty (personally I never drive the car with the top down but windows up). There's a great deal of appeal to open top driving in spring and fall out there to be had.
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My first convertible was a couple years ago--a Mercedes SLK--and I was really uncomfortable running top down. I felt I should be wearing my motorcycle helmet. Maybe I've gotten used to it or something, but haven't felt that way in the Boxster. Just in town so far ... looking forward to some mountain roads. Recommend the wind deflector and the roll bar screens.
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Drains, Drains Drains!!! Check often and make sure all are clear. Buy the covers for the rear drains. I think Woody has said 50% of the cars he gets have been totaled from water damage. And yes I do not leave my top down unattended when Seagulls are around.
No kidding! I've seen multiple posts about wet immobilizers, wet carpet, fried electronics, etc. I'll be checking the drains religiously. Great advice.

I hate seagulls.
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This is great! I've got the Californians recommending sunscreen, and the Canadians wearing toques!

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My first convertible was a couple years ago--a Mercedes SLK--and I was really uncomfortable running top down. I felt I should be wearing my motorcycle helmet.
As a former motorcycle guy, I think I can relate. I gave up bikes, thinking this car would give me the same sense of freedom.

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This is great! I've got the Californians recommending sunscreen, and the Canadians wearing toques!
Here in Western Canada where we get a ton of sun AND cold I recommend wearing sunscreen AND a toque.
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Much good advice here.

For colder weather (50s F), I park the rear plastic window towards the sun a bit before I drive. This softens it so I can put it down

Use Convertible care products (cleaner, Water repellent) each year. I have used RaggTopp but there are others that do the same
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Always keep a hat in the car. I always have one hidden behind the passenger seat so it's easily reachable. It's not just the sun on your head - but the sun in your eyes that can be a pain. When the sun is high overhead, it sneaks in behind your sunglasses.
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One time I left my top down to run into a store and straight back out. Wasn't in there for more than 3 minutes.

Got back and saw that some envious turd spat out their gum on my brand new floor mat.

Advice: Never EVER leave your top down when the car will be unattended.
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At a Red Light:
Don't look in the mirror to see what your hair looks like
Don't pick your nose

Carry a hair brush (If you have longer hair)
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+1000 on the sunblock.
+1000 on keeping a hat with you. In my area, I get stuck for trains often and you are fine when you are moving around, but on a hot sunny day when you get stuck for a train, you can really feel the heat on your dome.

And it does suck that you have to keep your fingers out of your nose.

Other than that, it's pretty amazing and I can't see any reason why anybody would not not own a convertible. Unless you are a habitual nose picker I guess.

Concerning bird droppings, I'm on the fence on whether it it easier to clean from the seats or the top. I've had some messes both ways.
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+1000 on the sunblock.
Concerning bird droppings, I'm on the fence on whether it it easier to clean from the seats or the top. I've had some messes both ways.
The droppings are a concern. The hardened projectiles dropped from 60 feet are worse.

I live and work directly on the water, so the seagulls are as thick as mosquitos. One of their primary food sources, other than your picnic lunch, are clams that they dig up on the beach.

Guess how they open the clams.

You can make a fortune here with a paintless dent repair business. I may actually be better off with my soft top!
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Since you will have a case of constant Permagrin keep your head inside the car, while driving, so you don't get bugs on your teeth.
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Don't look in the mirror to see what your hair looks like
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Carry a hair brush (If you have longer hair)
If anyone wants to watch me pick my nose it's their problem
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Yes. Don't get caught speeding on that fun twisty road which is notorious for having police sitting and waiting for us on a specific weekend morning and you forget it's that day and morning.

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