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Long version, wife's Jeep wrangler has grown too small for her, and now she wants a Grand Cherokee Limited. Fair enough. Once she has the Grand Cherokee, it'll pull the boat, so my truck isn't really needed anymore. I changed jobs and now I'm in downtown Boston, and have started toying with the idea of buying a small convertible to make the commute a little easier.

I've been driving pickup trucks or stationwagons for years, so I'm toying with the idea of something that will feel much smaller to me.

I definitely would like all wheel drive, as I need to be able to make it up the hill in the winter. I'd prefer a 2+2, not a 2 seater.

Anyone have any experience with a BMW 428i xdrive? Any others I should look at? I looked briefly at the Audi A5 cabriolet (also AWD), the MB E-class convertible, and the Infiniti Q60. Anything else I should be looking at?
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I do not have any experience with those vehicles, but keep in mind that the limiting factor for snow is not AWD or F/RWD, it is ground clearance. Anything more than a few inches and you are stuck with a like of snow under the car and all four wheels spinning. Both my neighbor with a 335xi and coworker with a 535i Xdrive both say the same thing - 4 inches or less and they're golden, but any more and they're not going anywhere.
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Not in the class of cars you mention but I have an 07 Mustang GT convertible and love it. That said, I am thinking about trading it for a Wrangler to have the dual use of 4wd for winter and the top off for summer. For me this car is a 3rd/weekend car so it's not needed for daily use. I wouldn't want either as a daily driver.
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Mini Countryman....No doubt for the driving experience you're looking for...PLUS you have a MUCH more ground clearance than the Bimmer.s Just a note.....Those vehicles are extremly expensive to own once the warrenty is gone. BMW electronics are very troublesome, and will cost $$$$ for repairs. Sunroof on wifes BMW X3 died.....$4000.00 !!!!!! That's right.....for motor and installation. I had BMW close it permanently.........$4000.00..........Just beware of what you're buying. I sold my Carrera 4S with 28,000 miles on it. Warrenty was out, and it was very expensive to maintain. I replaced the tires for $2600.00....Great to drive, but ground clearance of 2" does not make it in the snow. Check out the Mini Countryman...........


http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniu...ountryman.html
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As far as a 2 seater convertible nothing like a Vette, good deals on C6 Vette's right now since the C7 is out HOWEVER not sure it would work too well in snow

Never would think of taking mine out in snow but from what I have read they do not do too well at all plus low ground clearance
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the BMW xdrive has a worry free reputation.
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I wouldn't let the snow thing get in the way of what you get. Unless your chasing the snow for skiing of snowmobiling, awd, ground clearance is not needed. Most likely you'll be on plowed roads with an inch or two of cover. Throw some snow tires on whatever you get and you'll be good. God knows traffic in that area doesn't move if there is a threat of a flake falling.
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
.........wife's Jeep wrangler has grown too small for her, and now she wants a Grand Cherokee Limited. .........
Trade your pick up on the Gran Cherokee and take over the Wrangler
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Nice convertible:

36K miles, $62K



Nice place to sit during your commute...

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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Trade your pick up on the Gran Cherokee and take over the Wrangler
An obvious solution.

Depending on the commute, he might not want to drive a Wrangler on a daily basis.

I have one and like it - for a 3rd car
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Originally Posted by Johnny Dreamer View Post
Nice convertible:

36K miles, $62K



Nice place to sit during your commute...

What is it? Bentley?
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Three weeks ago I was involved in a 5-car, double roll over accident with a fatality. Convertibles are cool, but rag tops don't fare too well on their tops. Just sayin ... ;?
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
Convertibles are cool, but rag tops don't fare too well on their tops.
Of course you meant "generally speaking." My previous 2 seat Mercedes Convertible had a standard factory pop up roll bar in case of roll-over.
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I would never own a new "ish" German car that's outta warranty, if you intend to keep 10 years I'd look at a new wrx, no convertible tho. Audi a5 = coupe perfection, aesthetically speaking IMO
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As a side note - what is the car THEFT rate and vandalsim rate in the area of Boston where you work? ;?

Just thinkin' out loud.

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Last spring my wife went shopping for a newer Grand Cherokee. In the past she bought 1 or 2 year old Jeeps. They want over $30,000 for used GC's now so she ended up keeping her 04 Jeep for winter and bought a 2011 Mustang Convert for $18,000. She loves the Mustang and saved $10,000.
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I wouldn't own a German car although I do love the look of the audi a5. How about an infinity g37 convertible. Never been in one but they are a good looking ride and it's Japanese.
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I'm thinking along the same lines - looking at replacing my Jetta commuter with an Eos. I've found Volkswagon's to be pretty trouble free for high mileage commuters, and the folding hard top would be a good convertible for winter use.
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I think it is hilarious you guys own boats, but german cars still make you cower and run away with your tail between your legs. Due diligence is important with any car purchase if you don't want to get hosed on repairs - not just european ones. RESEARCH! Car forums are your friend. You know, kinda like that boat surveyor you have inspect a boat before you buy it - that guy may be able to preface you with common problems, same is important with cars. History repeats itself, never buy first year stuff and see how the first year stuff is doing before buying into it(whatever it may be).

Originally Posted by D.M.D. View Post
Mini Countryman....No doubt for the driving experience you're looking for...PLUS you have a MUCH more ground clearance than the Bimmer.s Just a note.....Those vehicles are extremly expensive to own once the warrenty is gone. BMW electronics are very troublesome, and will cost $$$$ for repairs. Sunroof on wifes BMW X3 died.....$4000.00 !!!!!! That's right.....for motor and installation. I had BMW close it permanently.........$4000.00..........Just beware of what you're buying. I sold my Carrera 4S with 28,000 miles on it. Warrenty was out, and it was very expensive to maintain. I replaced the tires for $2600.00....Great to drive, but ground clearance of 2" does not make it in the snow. Check out the Mini Countryman...........
So you complain about BMW problems and you go and recommend another bmw product? You make a ton of sense buddy.

On the other hand i feel for you on the sunroof - i hate them. They are nothing but trouble and a waste of a $$$$ when new(not like you can really order cars without them nowdays).

If you play with nice toys, you should know its not going to be cheap to maintain. Tires are maintenance!!!! They aren't even an out of the blue repair!

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