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Best Used Convertibles To Buy

By July 20, 2010

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While in the midst of shopping for a new laptop, I came across this list of best used convertibles to buy from ConsumerReports.org. According to Consumer Reports, "These sporty cars have performed well in our road tests, have average or better reliability, and have performed adequately if included in crash tests."

I have maybe two concerns with the list. See my comments after some of the bulleted entries.

  • 2006-2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata (after 2006 had standard ABS) $14,000-$18,000 - After its redesign in 2006, it became a car people more than 5'10" can actually ride in.
  • 2000-2007 Honda S2000 $8,000-$24,000 - Scratch this from your list if you are above average height and carry any extra girth.
  • 2003-2007-Lexus SC $20,000-over $30,000 - Still my favorite convertible. I like its combination of sportiness and elegance.
  • 2000-2007 Toyota Camry Solara $4,000-$14,000 - Ugh, one of my least favorite convertibles of all time. It's heavy, clunky to drive, and just not very good looking.
  • 2000-2006 BMW Z3, Z4 $8,000-$20,000 - A great, zippy little two seater.
  • 2004, 2006, 2008 Nissan 350Z $12,000-$30,000 - I have no experience with this car, hence no comment. It must be reliable if it's on the Consumer Reports list.
  • 2000-2002, 2007-2008 Ford Mustang (V6) $4,000-$6,000, $14,000-$16,000 - Call this my second favorite convertible of all time. I could have a perpetual smile on my face with a Mustang ragtop in the driveway.
  • 2001, 2005 Porsche 911 $20,000-$24,000, $30,000 and up - What's not to like, especially if it's reliable?

Share your thoughts. What is your favorite used convertible? Comment below.

July 20, 2010 at 11:16 am
(1) Brooklyn Bob says:

See, it’s lists like this that make me really, really consider leaving my urban hellhole (lovely Park Slope, Brooklyn) for a small country house with a big ol’ garage to keep a Porsche 911 convertible… Along with my truck. And Plymouth Prowler. I own none of these. Sigh.

July 27, 2010 at 6:55 am
(2) Barry says:

What – where’s the BMW E46 convertible? (Previous generation of the 3-Series).

August 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm
(3) Nathan says:

I love me 2003 BMW Z4 3.0i. There’s very little difference in the Z4s from 2003 (the first model year) until its redesign in 2009. And so far its been very reliable, as this list suggests.

When I bought it last year, a lot of people actually assumed it was new. Of course, it was under $20,000, while new ones here in Canada go for around 60-80…

February 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm
(4) John says:

2004 Nissan 350Z is listed as a car to avoid in the 2009 Consumer Reports Buying Guide. Has the rating gone up since and I assume convertible is same as a hardtop, right?

July 23, 2012 at 1:47 am
(5) dougal says:

I used Honda Civic for many years, i think its the luxurious car ever, now a days driving Honda Accord 2009

July 24, 2013 at 11:46 am
(6) Tommy says:

I like how for all car reviews to be positive the car has to fit a fat slob who is 6 feet tall. There are still a lot of people like myself that are neither a fat slob or 6 feet tall. Bring on the cars that won’t fit dudes who shop at Fat and Tall!

September 26, 2013 at 6:11 am
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May 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm
(8) Mary O'C says:

I’ve had three Saab convertibles, two of which were used, and I’m just sick that Saab went out of business. My first, a 1995, was manual, and although I loved it, my husband traded it in for a 2000 automatic, which was not quite as fun as a manual, but I loved it, too. My 2005 was the first one that was new, and I have loved it. I bought Saab because it had the best safety rating for rear end collisions, and I had been injured in a rear end collision in a different auto – hence, my decision to buy Saab. I’ve loved all three. The trunk space is just fine, the rear seat is adequate for children, and the car is great fun to drive. We’ve had very little trouble mechanically, and I’m so sorry that I can’t buy another Saab.

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