11-26-2002, 03:03 AM
So has anybody had some winter experience?
some tips perhaps on do´s and dont´s with the roof?
I personally hate the driving dynamics of the car.
I live in Finand and we have already 20-30 cm snow ewerywhere. I´m a ex bmw driver, i had a 328cia before and this is my first frontdrive car.
This is just so fustating only understeer and rattling from the roof. I got the car in the summer and enjyed it until it got so frikin cold.
Is there a hardtop on the market somewhere?
The windows freeze on the soft top and are a pain to open. Should i get rid of the car or what?
Oh and how big wheels can i fit under there in the summer?
I am grateful for any info and apologise for ze spelling.
11-26-2002, 11:46 AM
I do not have any winter experience, but you just scared me. I am in the process of ordering a new A4 cabrio and was choosing between it and a BMW 3 cabrio for some time.
Do you feel the A4 cabrio is not usable in winter? How about your previous BMW 3 - was it a cabrio? Any better?
Also what is the rattling from the roof you mentioned?
I aplogize for so many questions, but you have really scared me and I am thinking of now cancelling my order...
11-26-2002, 10:39 PM
I currently own a A4 cabrio and its fine. No rattling you have describe, so far its been one of my best cars
11-27-2002, 12:11 PM
Do you have cold winters? Do you use the car daily?
11-28-2002, 07:30 AM
the car is my dayly drive. our winter is 5 to -13 farenheit, so it is darn cold. the car is ok in the summer but when it gets colder and the water freezes on the soft top the windows dont come down when i open the door. Water also gets into all small seams on the edges of the roof and when it freezes it moves the roof a bit and then more water can fill the spots and freeze again. so i must defrost it every week. The ice makes the rattles as the roof is not so well in place.
It is a good car, but not for winter driving.
i like it in the summer,and so do the girls.
Ok, and this is my last complain. when the car understeers and the traction s. tries to help it turning it locks the rear wheels and sends it sideways. like somebody would pull my handbrake whithout any warning.
And yes the beemer was ten times better as a allrounder.
11-28-2002, 11:38 AM
Interesting experience about the Audi. I am looking at is also for daily use and cannot decide between the Audi and the BMW 3 cabrio. The Audi seems to be more modern and seems to have better seats in the back. I have a 5 year old daughter who needs to travel with me sometimes as well so the back seats are important for me. Was your BMW a cabrio? If so did you have a hardtop for it?
11-28-2002, 02:44 PM
It was a hard top and a older model -97.
my mom drives a 325ci cabrio with the hardtop. its a dream, quiet an fun to drive.
The hardtop is a must in the winter.
I think audi releases it after a year or so. A shame that audi makes so fast thrown together cars. No hardtop no qattro... and why do a soft top? Mercedes and even Lexus do retracting hardtops, and they work great..
11-29-2002, 08:24 AM
The Mercedes retracting hard top is only on the 2 seater SLK and SL though, the forthcoming 4 seater CLK cabrio will have a fabric roof apparently.
Also, have you noticed that on some of these cars with folding hard roofs, especially the four seater Peugeots, the windscreen comes almost over your head in order to keep the roof section short. Not nice...
03-08-2003, 08:49 AM
I'm also looking at a BMW 325 conv vs. an A4 3.0 cab. i currently own a 325 sedan. Did you end up buying the A4 cab? What are your thoughts?