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DSCOTY '08: Convertibles under $50k
What is Dieselstation's best convertible under $50k of the year?
Audi TT Roadster [ 18 ] ** [60.00%]
Chrysler Sebring Convertible [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Ford Shelby GT Convertible [ 7 ] ** [23.33%]
Saab 9-3 Convertible [ 5 ] ** [16.67%]
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clarkma5
post Feb 12 2008, 11:58 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Audi TT Roadster
Base MSRP:
$36,800
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 VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (N/A on 2.0T) or 6-speed dual-clutch sequential manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (2.0T only) or All-wheel drive (3.2 only)
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/29 Highway (2.0T), 18/24 (3.2 DSG), 17/24 (3.2 6MT)
Curb Weight: 3130-3450 lbs.







Chrysler Sebring Convertible
Base MSRP:
$25,840
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 173 HP and 166 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.7 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 186 HP and 191 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.5 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 235 HP and 232 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic (2.4 or 2.7 only) or 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode (3.5 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 20 City/29 Highway (2.4), 18/26 (2.7), 16/26 (3.5)
Curb Weight: 3742-3959 lbs.







Ford Shelby GT Convertible
Base MSRP:
$42,705
Available Engines: 4.6 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 319 HP and 330 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 15 City/23 Highway (5MT), 15/22 (5AT) Specs for standard Mustang GT model
Curb Weight: 3650 lbs. (est.)







Saab 9-3 Convertible
Base MSRP:
$39,590
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 210 HP and 221 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.8 liter turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V6 with 255 HP and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode (2.0T only) or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode (V6 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 City/27 Highway (2.0T 5AT), 18/24 (2.0T 6MT), 16/24 (V6 6AT), 15/24 (V6 6MT)
Curb Weight: 3510-3840 lbs.





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post Feb 13 2008, 12:05 AM
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Audi.
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post Feb 13 2008, 12:54 AM
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There's no way I was going to vote for a VAG product, so I voted for the Sebring. I love it's classically beautiful styling, and the fact that there's a folding hard top available.
































...yeah...sure. I voted for the TT. The Sebring looks like dog shit, as does the Saab. The Shelby was tempting, but I just prefer a little roadster to a big, V8 convertible.
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post Feb 13 2008, 01:01 AM
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I had to go for the TT too but the Shelby GT might have garnered my vote if its price was saner ($42k should be more like $32k) since it's supposed to be a really great drive and having that 4.6 liter V8 and a droptop on a sunny day is what dreams are made of.

And I think the Saab looks really nice and would also like one, though it's a little sedate from an enthusiast's point of view. I mean, think about this:

"I drive a Saab 9-3 Convertible" - This means I am not cool.

"My mom drives a Saab 9-3 Convertible" - That means I have a cool mom!

If that makes sense.
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post Feb 13 2008, 07:36 AM
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TT...I guess it's still a little portly, but it looks a lot better and it actually seems reasonably priced.
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post Feb 13 2008, 08:31 AM
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There's honestly no competition here IMO. The Saab and the Shelby are blah, and the Sebring needs nothing said to justify its shittyness. I love the new TT, although I much prefer the coupe to the convertible.
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post Feb 13 2008, 01:59 PM
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Every single option in here is complete shit. sad.gif
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post Feb 13 2008, 03:18 PM
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It was between the TT and the Shelby for me. I picked the Shelby, basically for the reason Clark said. Driving down the coast on a sunny day would be amazing in that car.
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post Feb 13 2008, 04:21 PM
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I am having a tough time with this category. I love the sebring so much! tongue_crossed-eyes.gif I cant believe I voted for the Sebring in the family sedan category last year. I must have been on some sort of drug. I wish I could retract that vote.


I voted for the TT.
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post Feb 14 2008, 07:08 PM
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shelby... even though the price is stupid.
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