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DSCOTY '07: Non-sports Convertibles
What is Dieselstation's best non-sports convertible of the year?
Audi A4/S4 Cabriolet [ 18 ] ** [40.00%]
BMW 3-series Convertible [ 17 ] ** [37.78%]
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder [ 4 ] ** [8.89%]
Volkswagen Eos [ 6 ] ** [13.33%]
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post Nov 20 2006, 11:41 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '07 competition, please see this thread.

Audi A4/S4 Convertible
Base MSRP:
$39,100 (A4), $55,700 (S4)
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.2 liter direct-injection DOHC 24-valve V6 with 255 HP and 243 ft.-lbs. of torque, 4.2 liter DOHC 40-valve V8 with 340 HP and 302 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (S4 only), CVT (FWD 2.0T only), or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (3.2 or S4 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive (2.0T only) or all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3759-4211 lbs.







BMW 3-series Convertible
Base MSRP:
$42,600 (estimated)
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 230 HP and 200 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 300 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3751-4027 lbs. (estimated by mfr. approx. 400 pounds over coupe)







Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
Base MSRP:
$25,389
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 162 HP and 162 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.8 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 260 HP and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (2.4 only), 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode (V6 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3472-3737 lbs.







Volkswagen Eos
Base MSRP:
$27,990
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (2.0T only) or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with manual shift mode and shift paddles
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (2.0T only), all wheel drive (3.2 only)
Curb Weight: 3505-3686 lbs.





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post Nov 20 2006, 11:50 PM
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i vote for the S4 cabrio despite it being the priciest, its the least ugliest out of the bunch. as always I would much rather have the sedan A4/S4 in any situation.

The BMW just looks incredibly horrendously ugly, the hardtop does not work at all, wtf were they thinking.

the exterior and the interior of the eclipse are punishing to my eyes.

and the eos simply just offends me. I have taken dumps that look better. the problem with this car is its trunk it extends way too far to look normal or anything.
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post Nov 21 2006, 12:08 AM
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Bimmer. Again. The new 3-coupes/convertibles are just too hot, and the powertrain options do it for me.
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post Nov 21 2006, 12:44 AM
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Bimmer. It's actually attractive, and for a car of this sort a folding hard-top is ideal. I'm guessing the dynamics will be better than the A4 as well...the only other car worth a shit in this poll.
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:20 AM
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The S4 Cabriolet is the best car here but at $55,700 I'm reluctant to vote for it. If the A4 models were available with 6-speeds I'd go with that but they're not so I won't.

3-series is VILE. Not even in contention.

I must admit I find the Eclipse Spyder rather sexy (with the top up). When I drove the coupe awhile ago, I was decently impressed with the 2.4 liter model but found the V6 wanting. It would make a decent consolation prize.

The VW Eos is the best one here when you just look at dynamics and interior appointments at its price point. Unfortunately, the looks are very girly (girliest here) so I'd have to drive it with a bag over my head. But I can deal with that because I'm ugly anyway.
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:25 AM
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S4 vote cast. I'd rather punch myself in the gonads than willingly buy a convertible but the Audi twins are the least offensive of the bunch.

The styling of the new 3 has definitely grown on me. Grown like a gangreous flesh-eating disease that's attacking my face. This PRHT version is particularly revolting.

Ever since the Eclipse got it's testicles, turbo and rear differential chopped off, it's been a car for chicks and posers. '91 TSi AWD for me, thanks.

And the Eos never had any testicles, it's a goofy looking chick car from the get go. If the 3.2L VR6 and AWD were available with a manual, it might be a contender.
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post Nov 21 2006, 05:46 AM
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Audi A4/S4 hands down overall.
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post Nov 21 2006, 06:52 AM
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sick.gif None of the above. No vote cast.
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post Nov 21 2006, 07:19 AM
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Gonna have to go with the beemer twin turbo :\
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post Nov 21 2006, 09:25 AM
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Im really trying on this one, but once again. I cannot deal with a vert and none of the cars appeal to me. A null vote will be my option again.
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post Nov 21 2006, 09:30 AM
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BMW just narrowly over the Audi.

wouldn't really want the Mitsu at all, and the Eos is tragically boring to me.
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post Nov 21 2006, 12:52 PM
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S4, it's the least boring one I see.
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post Nov 21 2006, 01:04 PM
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I went with the BMW. I like the S4 convertible as well but... meh.

Honorable mention for the Mitsubishi Eclipse... it looks quite spectacular.
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post Nov 21 2006, 01:32 PM
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And then Phix changed his vote to the Eclipse. The "It's really not that bad in person!" reasoning doesn't work on the Bimmer as the same thing could be said about gonorrhea.
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post Nov 21 2006, 01:40 PM
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I took the 3 series cabrio my friend has one (admitedly an E36), and it is one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. I also think it looks sharp.
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post Nov 22 2006, 07:45 PM
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S4, love they way they drive.
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post Nov 22 2006, 09:16 PM
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As much as I love the 335i, I couldn't pass up the 4.2 V8 in the S4. S4, closely followed by the 335i, then Eos, then Eclipse (I don't think the Eos is that bad, its just not that good either...the eclipse just sucks in general)
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post Nov 22 2006, 10:01 PM
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Going for the Bimmer here, never liked Audi's so that's what stopped me from voting for that, and the other two I don't care for much compared to the 3.
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post Nov 30 2006, 11:30 PM
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If I absolutely had to pick a car in this segment, it'd be the Audi.
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