Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Long Island, NY
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cavemate:
...I'll never have another convertible..They're horrible...What a rig for a car they knew never should have been a convertible! That's embarassing!(and ugly). ....Camaros should have never been converts..Gary<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
C'mon Gary, don't hold back...say what you really feel!
Assuming you meant this post seriously and aren't just trying to get a rise out of someone, let me start by saying you're entitled to your opinion. Apparently, the convert you had wasn't the right car for you. That's why they built them in different styles.
But there are many people (including me) who enjoy their covertibles more than you will ever understand. I'm very happy that GM built these cars, shortcomings and all. Although I agree that coupes are a better starting point for a hard-core performer, putting the top down on a sunny day has/does now/will always put a smile on my face. I haven't experienced the severe cowl shake and body flex as you describe it, but if I did, I would get subframe connectors before I ever thought of getting rid of the car.
Obviously, modern engineering has resulted in improvements in structural rigidity for all styles of cars. All first gens could use improvements in certain areas. But that's not the point. If it was, we'd all be on this board getting excited about modern grocery-getters instead of 30 something yr old musclecars.
There are some who enjoy these cars so much they will never let the car's shortcomings stop them from having fun in them. There are others who will focus so much on what's wrong with the car they will never get the chance to enjoy them. What a shame.