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Jul 9, 2013 8:01AM
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This article is absurd.   You cannot find these cars in the years range specified for the price listed.

It is a fantasy.

Jul 9, 2013 7:52AM
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Mercedes folding hardtop was an engineering feat???? Ford had it in the 50's! who writes this rubbish without reseaching first anyway? a high school student?
Jul 9, 2013 8:05AM
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None of these vehicles are affordable. All of them are almost or over ten years old. If you get any of them, major maintenance costs are coming your way, no matter how well its previous owners treated it. Most of them are classified as luxury cars, so expect to spend at least as much as the price of the car on repairs over the next few years.

If you can only spend 10k on a car, you can't afford luxury. Unless of course, you're loaded and are just getting a cheap one to work on as a hobby.

Oh, and the Camry is absolutely hideous.
Jul 9, 2013 9:31AM
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you could afford the initial cost of the cars, but for the premium brands, i.e. Porsche, BMW, MB you still have to pay for any repairs.  These cars cost a lot to fix, at least triple what it cost a ford or honda, and since they are used...  This is a cost most people don't even think about.
Jul 9, 2013 8:51AM
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As usual, the foreign bias shows through, with only one American convertible shown.  They left off the best of the best, the Pontiac Solstice (and or course her sister, the Saturn Sky).
Jul 9, 2013 8:21AM
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I am in full agreement with sadfsadf.  The luxury industry is clear, if you can afford the vehicle, be prepared to afford the repairs.  Several years ago, owned a 1996 Lexus ES350 - smoked 6 months after purchase (was told the car was certified until the smoking began), it was cheaper to trade in than fix.  Traded for a 1998 Volvo S80 T2, bought the extended warranty - every oil change was $250 (deductible on the ext warr), Dealership found something wrong every time.  Now it is NEW Cadillac CTS models every 4 years, no problem!!!!  I realize that none of these models are convertables, just making a point on used luxury.
Jul 9, 2013 8:44AM
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I'm sorry, but the author is totally bereft of any hard automotive knowledge.  First of all - his price ranges are total off-base; anyone can perform a cursory study of available vehicles fitting into the model-year ranges he cites and prove that part wrong - add another 50 to 100% to the pricing he lists in his article and maybe you'll be close to reality.  Also, he pokes fun at the Ford Mustang interior referring to it as "cheap" and the chassis as exhibiting "more flex over bumps than some pricier BMWs and Porsches" - the Mustang interior is meant to be retro in styling and let me tell you from first-hand experience - the Mustang corners and maneuvers better than the BMW and comes very close to the handling of the Porsche - if equipped with a V-8 and manual transmission it will blow the doors off of any one of the models he includes in his review. This guys is definitely not a "car" guy or "gearhead" - just a wannabe "pretend" yuppie sophisticate with a bias to the imports because in his world that presents an image of prestige - be  a man and drive a cool car and know what you're talking about before you post it on an Internet automotive review site.
Jul 9, 2013 10:21AM
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Do *not* get a 2005 Mustang convertible. Ford changed the rear window design in 2006 because the glass falls out.
Jul 20, 2013 6:39AM
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Although not exactly the same I bought. 1989 mustang gt convertible and took it to a mechanic to confirm if the car was the beauty I thought it was. He confirmed it was in fantastic shape and we both recognized what would be needed in the near future and what I could expect to pay for these repairs. Because it was 20 years old I was able to put classic plates on it and that capped the property taxes at about 20$ a year. Keep in my mind this is our summer toy and not being used everyday all year round as our only transportation. Do the proper research and have reasonable expectations for the age of the car and weigh it against what you expect from the vehicle. I'll tell you this there a lot of old fun cars out there that can be quite affordable. Always check parts availability and if a specialized mechanic is needed, Volkswagons in my experience can be expensive for example due to needing a mechanic that is proficient in foreign cars.
Jul 20, 2013 8:06AM
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