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Old 03-24-2011, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default I'm so excited I can't even think.

So, In roughly 30 days when I get my check, I'm buying a terminator. It's gonna be my take it out to the beach when its nice car. I'm stuck between vert or coupe. I've seen both for roughly the same price and low miles. What do you think? I'm leaning pretty heavy towards vert as I'm not gonna be driving the car unless its hot and sunny. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:17 AM   #2
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:33 AM   #3
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Attaboy, prepare for much excitement. I am firmly in favor of convertibles. I am on my 3rd convertible Mustang and loving it. I haven't seen or heard of any technical issues that would make the convertible better or worse than the coupe. You may want to put SFCs and a tower brace on it, might flex a bit more than a coupe. But other than that, it's pretty much personal preference, unless you're expecting to take it to the track often. There may be rules barring/limiting convertibles at the track. But I am all for the convertible! If you're even thinking about it, you gotta do it!
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:17 PM   #4
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My vote Convertible all the way but it all depends, will this be you daily driver? You live in MA I believe, Do you have a garage? Those NE winters will take a hell of a toll on your roof if you get the vert.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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vert really they're heavier. not a fan of verts dont look as good IMO. go coupe
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
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vert really they're heavier. not a fan of verts dont look as good IMO. go coupe
Unless you're worried about track/race times, the extra weight doesn't matter... as to the looks, eh, I don't understand people that don't love the convertible!!
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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I always told myself I would never get a vert, well I did, and now I think that it is one of the best things ever! Although with a terminator, sometimes I forget about the fact that it is a vert because it is so damn fun to drive! Either way you will be happy, with a vert you kind of have 2 cars in one.... Besides, you can get a "style" or light bar and toughen the car up a bit.
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Had a vert once never really used it. Stick with a coupe. IMO
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The vert ruins the lines of the car IMO.

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The vert ruins the lines of the car IMO.
I feel the opposite way. I never thought the rounded coupe top fit well with the more straighter lines of the New Edge body. That rounded top fits better on the SN95.. But eh, the world would be dull if we all liked the same things the same way...
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Different strokes for different folks. Go with what you really want. I myself prefer the coupe for looks. With the coupe you will have a slight weight advantage(a little over 100 pounds), more strucural rigidity, and stiffer spring rates.

With a convertible though, you have the added "cool" factor of being able to drop to top when the weather is nice. Which I admit, sometimes I wish I could do with mine. As far as the performance differences, we all know these can be addressed with after market parts. A live axle swap alone will cut your weight by about 140 pounds. At the end of the day though, it's your car, and you'll be driving it. So get whats going to make you smile when you get behind the wheel. When your choice is between an 03/04 Cobra vert or coupe, you really can't go wrong either way.
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Different strokes for different folks. Go with what you really want. I myself prefer the coupe for looks. With the coupe you will have a slight weight advantage(a little over 100 pounds), more strucural rigidity, and stiffer spring rates.

With a convertible though, you have the added "cool" factor of being able to drop to top when the weather is nice. Which I admit, sometimes I wish I could do with mine. As far as the performance differences, we all know these can be addressed with after market parts. A live axle swap alone will cut your weight by about 140 pounds. At the end of the day though, it's your car, and you'll be driving it. So get whats going to make you smile when you get behind the wheel. When your choice is between an 03/04 Cobra vert or coupe, you really can't go wrong either way.
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I've now had each and you can't go wrong either way.

The 'vert came first (part of the deal to get the car) and I found that I mostly drove it as a cruising car, fast cruising, but cruising none the less.

The coupe I tend to focus more "performance" driving, and modding.

So it all depends on what you're looking for.
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It's definitely gonna be a cruising car. I don't have a garage and I plan on buying the best cover for it I can find. Honestly, I'd rather have the "cool" factor of the convertible than to be able to mod the hell out of it and run fast times (although that definitely is a close second). One thing I am worried about is safety. I've never driven a car with this much power and, though I am a pretty good driver, I don't see it being very hard to get on it a little too hard and roll it into a ditch. Those light bars, would they support the weight of the car in a rollover?

BTW, this is the one I'm thinking about. I got him to knock the price down to 24,000. What do you guys think?
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It's definitely gonna be a cruising car. I don't have a garage and I plan on buying the best cover for it I can find. Honestly, I'd rather have the "cool" factor of the convertible than to be able to mod the hell out of it and run fast times (although that definitely is a close second). One thing I am worried about is safety. I've never driven a car with this much power and, though I am a pretty good driver, I don't see it being very hard to get on it a little too hard and roll it into a ditch. Those light bars, would they support the weight of the car in a rollover?

BTW, this is the one I'm thinking about. I got him to knock the price down to 24,000. What do you guys think?
A lightbar is not the same as a rollbar. A lightbar will not be protect you in the event of a rollover as an actual rollbar will. Although some lightbars will say something to the effect of it being steel encased in plastic, they will not protect you. Most lightbars will mount on the plastic near the rear windows, and will break where it is mounted in the event of a rollover. In order for it to be a true rollbar, it would have to go down and weld, or bolt to the floor.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:52 PM   #16
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You gonna look at it or drive it? Well, given where you live you might just be looking at it more than driving it. At least for the cold months. Verts in a warm climate are NO Brainer. Colder is not as easy to justify.
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A lightbar is not the same as a rollbar. A lightbar will not be protect you in the event of a rollover as an actual rollbar will. Although some lightbars will say something to the effect of it being steel encased in plastic, they will not protect you. Most lightbars will mount on the plastic near the rear windows, and will break where it is mounted in the event of a rollover. In order for it to be a true rollbar, it would have to go down and weld, or bolt to the floor.
The light bar I have is metal and mounts THROUGH the plastic and is bolted directly to the metal body of the car. Now, definitely agreed, it's not the same as a roll bar, and they don't claim that it will protect in the event of a roll, but it is metal, and it is bolted to the car, for whatever that's worth.
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You gonna look at it or drive it? Well, given where you live you might just be looking at it more than driving it. At least for the cold months. Verts in a warm climate are NO Brainer. Colder is not as easy to justify.
You think I'm gonna buy a terminator with 15k miles and drive it in the winter either way? I don't understand what your point is. If I got a coupe it would be more suited for cold weather? And this is new england, not antarctica. We have a good solid 100* summer too.
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I have had convertible and coupe now both Saleens. I live in California and for summer cruising i loved the convertible but honestly it was my daily driver i never bothered to put the top down. I only put the top down in summer evenings driving around and it was fuuun. If you getting it for the same prize just get the convertible test drive them both see how you feel.
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I vote for the coupe...
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