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Old 06-08-2015, 04:10 PM
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I'm looking for a family style convertible that won't break the bank. I saw a 2 yr old Chrysler 200 hardtop convertible loaded w V6 pwr. And a V6 Mustang premium convertible same age for about the same 22k. The Chrysler being less liked has dropped more in value but it does have a hardtop. They r both quick getting to 60 in 6 seconds or less than. I just want to be able to take the family along on top down days. I own a 2 seater touring car now with a drop top but am limited in passenger count. I'm open to other idea's but nothing higher end like lexus or even infinity. I just don't want the added cost of upkeep. Of tne 2 I mentioned which would you pick. I'm n my 50's w 2 young girls. If I wait another yr I could land a mustang GT in the same range I bet.

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Where are you located? I have a 2013 200 in black with less than 14k miles for 14.5k Like new. pm me if any interest
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I had a Chrysler rental in FL two years ago and I was not at all impressed. Pretty sure it was a 200 but it may have been a 300. Just had a cheap spongy feel to me. I know I wouldn't consider ever buying one.
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Where are you located? I have a 2013 200 in black with less than 14k miles for 14.5k Like new. pm me if any interest
Price is too low, it can't be a hardtop convertible. If it is I have to ask what's wrong with it?

Thanks though.
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The Chrysler will depreciate like a rock
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The Chrysler 200 isnt rated very good in anything. Do some research. Not a good choice long term. Unless you can lease it and have a warranty I would stay away from it.
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You need the Toyota of convertibles.....

These were made up until 2008, and many can be found with 30,000 miles on them.

The first one we owned four years ago had 12k on it when we bought it. Sold it to buy our boat and just found another with 55k on it that is as nice as the first one.

Look around on AutoTrader.
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Mustang!!!
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You need the Toyota of convertibles.....

These were made up until 2008, and many can be found with 30,000 miles on them.

The first one we owned four years ago had 12k on it when we bought it. Sold it to buy our boat and just found another with 55k on it that is as nice as the first one.

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No thanks, I want a little style, the Corolla won't do it, not even for me. Maybe the Camry version of the drop top but no way a corolla, but thanks.
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No thanks, I want a little style, the Corolla won't do it, not even for me. Maybe the Camry version of the drop top but no way a corolla, but thanks.
Afaik that's a solara, and it IS a Camry convertible. If you can get past the looks (it's not bad in some colors) it might be the smartest choice.

I am a mopar guy but I wouldn't buy a 200. The mustang is what it is, it would probably fit the bill.

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I had a Chrysler rental. I know I wouldn't consider ever buying one.
I've gotten them as a rental twice, no way I'd buy one.
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I'd go with the Mustang. But I think you'd be doing yourself a disservice not looking at something like the Infiniti G37, it has a hard top, plus Infiniti isn't like German brands that need a ton of maintenance. Plus G37's don't command the premium BMW/Mercedes do.
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YFMF,

I assume your WIFE will be going along, too?

2 adults and 2 girls in the BACK of a Mustang 'AIN'T gonna' be very comfortable - VERY tight for any kind of distance, unless you put the front seats all the way FORWARD.

I've got an '07 Mustang GT Premium and would NOT want to ride more than 5mi. in the back seat! It's just the wife and me, so there's not a problem 99% of the time with putting someone in the back.

I LOVE the 'Stang, but it's really a 2-seater with "grocery space" in the rear.

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Mustang over the 200 all day long but BW is correct on rear seating (I have an 07 GT convertible).

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YFMF,

I assume your WIFE will be going along, too?

2 adults and 2 girls in the BACK of a Mustang 'AIN'T gonna' be very comfortable - VERY tight for any kind of distance, unless you put the front seats all the way FORWARD.

I've got an '07 Mustang GT Premium and would NOT want to ride more than 5mi. in the back seat! It's just the wife and me, so there's not a problem 99% of the time with putting someone in the back.

I LOVE the 'Stang, but it's really a 2-seater with "grocery space" in the rear.

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I've gotten them as a rental twice, no way I'd buy one.
Same here...I hated the car. The visibility with the rear view mirror cluster is awful.
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We love the 2010 Mustang I bought Susan a couple years ago. However if you're putting kids in the back seat, they're gonna be young kids! I tried to fit back there once, not happening.
Good luck.

If it were me, and the kids were big enough, I think I'd look at the 4 door Jeep Wrangler with a soft top. Just maybe more things you could do with it as well.
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I'll look into the G37 and see what I come up with. Thanks for the real world opinions.
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Like others, have had the 200 as a rental a few times. One word- suck.

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Went through this the last 6 months...ended up with a very nice Certified 09 VW Eos hardtop with less than 23k miles....turbo kicks butt, great pickup and very happy with the car which is primarily used for pleasure for the wife and I. Yes, you can fit 2 people in the back but would recommend this for most likely local driving of less than 1 hour. Surprisingly decent trunk space for its size and it was favorably reviewed by Car and Driver. Lack of space issue comes up with just about any convertible, best of luck with your choice.
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The 200 ain't all that bad. I have one that I use to commute to and from work everyday. The 3.6 V6 isn't shabby at all, has lots of torque and is very quick. Throw a good set of tires on it and it's not a bad ride. The 4-banger versions sucks, but you won't find those in the convertibles. Unless you go with the higher end Mustang, I think it looks like a classier car, personally. Not sure on the age of your kids, but fitting a car seat in the back of the 200 convertible is a challenge. My sister had the convertible and got rid of it for that reason.

With that said, I would take the Solera convertible over the 200 any day. It's much more comfortable inside and very smooth. Check out your Lexus dealerships, you can find Soleras often on their used lots.

I also like the idea of a Jeep with removable top. But the backseat would be just as bad unless you went with a four door, and the cost/comfort ratio is a turn-off for me.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
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