I've been reading lots of posts here so thought I'd say hi and maybe
get some questions answered!
I'm looking at changing my old car soon and definitely want a convertable.
I've been looking at the Megane CC and Astra Twintop. However, I've now ruled out the Megane and most likely the Astra Twintop too.
I've read so many horror stories of leaky roofs and expensive roof failures
that it's put me right off. I then took a look at the Mk4 softop Astra (around 2004-2005 range with low mileage) and quite like what I see!
I know the metal top convertibles look the biz, but I also think the older
model looks cool too. I've yet to read any bad reviews on it, and I've not seen a single story of a leaky roof. Is this really the case? They actually seem more roomy too!
I also like the idea of being able to get spares cheaply and easily and maybe do a bit of car DIY again if needed as this model seems easy enough to work on. Are all the engine and ancilliary parts identical to the hatchback version?
I drive about 5o miles daily in the week so was edging towards the 1.8 as this seems a good balance between speed, economy and insurance.
The only slightly worrying thing sounds like the roof ECU which I hear is near impossible to replace? I could probably build a replacement for this though if the worst happened.
Are the newer metal roof cars actually a step back in reliability? What do you lot think and what would you buy?
Also does anyone have a mk4 Astra convertible near Swindon I could have a close look at?