Last post on Sep 08, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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Porsche 911, Car Buying, Car Comparisons, Coupe, Convertible
#1 of 6 911 Coupe or Convertible - can you help me decide!
Jul 29, 2010 (10:11 am)
I am about to finally buy a porsche and have it down to a 2009 911 4S. What remains is a coupe or convertible and I am really struggling with this decision. The convertibles look fun and I have test drove one and really enjoyed it. My hesitancy is the couple is a prettier looking car (in my view) and is more conservative. I do not want folks to think I am bragging or somehow think I am cool driving up in a convertible. I also think the convertible may be a bit louder and not sure how much I would have the top down going to work, etc. Have any of you experienced a similar dilema and how did you finally decide?
#2 of 6 Re: 911 Coupe or Convertible - can you help me decide! [chrisnick]
Jul 31, 2010 (11:42 am)
Interesting dilemma... I had a similar situation one year ago when I got my 911. Here is my 2cents:
-soft roof= less security; although factory alarm has motion sensors... cool for when you lock the car with the windows down and someone reaches in your car to take something... less cool when it is you who does it on day#2 of ownership and you wake your 5yo from his nap... and can't find your keys to disable...
-convertible is louder, but that is a big part of the fun (wind is your hair... great exhaust tone)
-less room in back seats with cab due to roof mechanism.
-cab is slower (0.1-0.2 on 0-60) due to the weight of roof mechanism. 4 is slower than 2 due to weight also... but S negates alot of that.
For me, I like open air driving, but like sunroofs with window down and beastie boys blaring... so I got a 2009 carrera coupe. Only thing different I would have done would be to get an S.
Good luck and happy trails.
#3 of 6 Re: 911 Coupe or Convertible - can you help me decide! [cardiohex]
Aug 01, 2010 (4:43 pm)
Thank you for your detailed reply - I appreciate it. I am leaning towards the Coupe -mostly because I do not want to appear as some kind of show off in a convertible and also because the coupe in my view is a much better looking car all around. The 911 4S is what I am leaning towards - probably a 2009. I want to use this car all year around - hence the "4". Do you happen to know if more coupes or convertibles are purchased each year? Thanks, Chris
#4 of 6 Re: 911 Coupe or Convertible - can you help me decide! [chrisnick]
Aug 02, 2010 (11:28 am)
Coupe/cabriolet split on 911 seems to be 50/50 IMO. Here in North Carolina seems there are more cabriolets.
You can always buy hardtop for winters if u get a convertible. Also, when I test drove 911s, the body of coupe and overall ride seemed stiffer than convertible.... something I liked.
Sep 08, 2010 (11:41 am)
Tough call. I've had a coupe, a targa (1973) and currently a cabriolet (2004). I dearly love the convertible, but. . . . I live in an area where top down season might be May to early October with a day or two in April and maybe November. So from that standpoint the extra 10k or so for the cab over the coupe is not worth it. Now that the car is out of warranty I am semi-paranoid about the top mechanism breaking and sticking me with a 4 figure repair bill. Rearward vision is compromised out the right rear corner of the car.
I am leaning towards ordering a 2011 or trying to find a 2010 that has most of what I want. Absolutely torn between a coupe and a cab. One day it is the coupe, the next it is the cab. Maybe I'll just get the coupe and a used Miata for top down days!!
#6 of 6 Re: 911 Coupe or Convertible - can you help me decide! [cardiohex]
Sep 08, 2010 (7:00 pm)
I also live in NJ and have driven a 89 Cab. for pleasure since 1994. Every once in a while I consider getting a Coupe, I do think they have nice lines...but somehow that thought always seems to get lost. The fact that I never drive with the top up must say something...best of luck.