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  • 12-05-2010, 08:29 PM
    Carlin96M44

    Mine has a small nuclear power plant for a heater.

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  • 12-04-2010, 08:59 PM
    markwb9

    Re: question about cold weather top down driving

    Well today was the lowest I have driven with the top down, 32 degrees. I picked up a friends new hardtop at the dealership yesterday and today we installed it. I already have the hardtop, so my car has the kit install and it was the easiest was to get the top to his home. We did my brothers hardtop in October and it took way to long, today took just about 2 hours. The drive home was a bit chilly, but not all that bad. Had the seat heaters on, the heat all the way up, ski hat and gloves. Distance was 20 miles and I did top 80 a couple of times. Got some "is that guy crazy looks". It was all good.
  • 11-25-2010, 06:26 PM
    mechanicsc

    Re: question about cold weather top down driving

    50 degrees is my bottom temp for having the top down. That usually requires the heater to be running and a fleece jacket for me.

    I'm a lifelong southerner, so kinda wimpy when it comes to cold.
    mechanicsc
    2002 Z3 3.0i
  • 11-25-2010, 03:19 PM
    bryanclar

    You don't have to bring up bad memories!



    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 11-25-2010, 01:57 PM
    mano

    Re: question about cold weather top down driving

    Several times going to the golf course in the 20's (yes we're sick, we have to wait until it gets above 32 and greens thaw, but we do play). Guys I play with used to say damn, it's too cold for top down, I look at them and laugh, if it's too cold for top down, it's too cold for playing golf!
    Several times coming home from the airport in the low-mid 20's (fly almost each week). Many, many times in the 30's for golf and coming home from airport. Mesh windscreen and no heated seats. With coat, hat, and gloves no problem.
    Bought Z4 with heated seats few months ago, looking forward to top down winter driving.
    If it's not raining or snowing, top is down regardless of temp here in Fort Worth. Except going to airport on Monday morns in case airline or co-worker calls with info.
    Scott
  • 11-25-2010, 05:31 AM
    Z3forme

    Re: question about cold weather top down driving

    With a hat on the heater going and the heated seats fired up I find about 45 to be my limit.
  • 11-24-2010, 11:13 PM
    fredr

    I got my hardtop for Texas summers, not winters.


    Fred
    96 1.9 Z3 black/tan/black
    97 M3/4 estoril/gray
    08 Kubota 3400 HST orange/charcoal
    08 GMC Sierra stealth gray/gray
  • 11-24-2010, 05:31 PM
    andrewash

    Short cold weather / top down story

    Dead of winter. Very cold. I pick up my mother in law and we make the 35 mile trip back to my house - top up all the way. About 750 feet from our house is a stop sign. I take a little longer than usual to pull away because I put the top down and we drove the last 750 feet topless. The look on my wife's face when we pulled in the driveway was priceless. My MIL was laughing her head off too.

    Hey, sometimes you gotta be a nut! OK, so for me it's a full time job but at least people leave me alone! :)
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  • 11-24-2010, 03:17 PM
    vidterry

    Re: The first couple of winters in GA

    Hot can be a real problem. We did a group drive in Illinois in July of 1999 when it was 100 degrees with similar humidity. Eleven people died in Illinois THAT weekend from heat-related causes; none in BMWs as far as I know.. Our afternoon drive WAS done with the tops up, and A/C pouring out the cool.
  • 11-24-2010, 12:28 PM
    jtp

    It's not like you were in a snowbank for a week!



    JTP
    '00 Bright Red II, Black, Black 2.3

    PERFORMANCE: Dinan Stage II suspension, Dinan strut tower brace, Porterfield R4S brake pads, Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 tires, UNGO MS8300 alarm, Doug Whalen Seat Bushings, Sylvania Silverstar headlights and fog lights. MAINTENANCE: Peake Research R5/fcx-II and SRS Reset Tools, Mity-Vac oil evacuator w/ brake bleeder, BMW Battery Tender. COSMETICS: Dinan Badge, OEM chrome exhaust tips, Magnetic stone guards, Roundel valve stem caps, Trunk-mounted Dragon sticker, WI plates: RES IPSA. COMFORT: Premium Package, Heated sport seats, “Z3 Roadster” heated vest (for wife), In-dash CD, LeatherZ MarkII armrest, OEM mesh windscreen. CAR CARE: Porter Cable random orbit buffer, Meguiars car care products, NOAH car cover, Plexus, Raggtop. EXTRAS: Z3Solutions warning triangle.

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  • 11-24-2010, 11:29 AM
    bryanclar

    27 on the freeway in DC with my Dad...

    ...and it was cold. Heater was cranked, windows were up, but I don't have heated seats...and my Dad is bald so the top of his head was chilly. Overall, not that bad, though. Usually 50 is my cutoff.

    97 2.8 Arctic Silver - Tanin Red interior with wood console - black top
    Whalen Shift Machine, polished - Type II windscreen (non roll-hoops) - Bilstein HD shocks/struts
    Axxis Metal Master pads - Brembo rotors - Doug Whalen seat bushings
    Passenger Eject (unfortunately non-functional) - OEM Passenger Airbag Disable switch
    Polk Audio all around - Blaupunkt PA amps - LeatherZ Mark II armrest - Strong Strut Trio - AUX input via tapedeck
  • 11-24-2010, 10:39 AM
    mikepatterson

    The first couple of winters in GA

    ...I'd keep the top down even when temps were in the 30s F (we usually only have a week or so at those temps). However, the novelty has worn off and now I put the top up at around 45-50.

    Also (and this may be sacrilegious to some) I put the top up in the summer when temps are over 98 or so, unless I'm traveling on the highway a lot. Sitting at lights in 100 degrees ambient with a black interior can be pure misery even though I wear a hat. Nothing like arriving at your destination with your back soaking wet.DconBlueZ
    Sharpsburg,GA USA
  • 11-24-2010, 12:37 AM
    junson

    The Z3 has a blast furnace for a heater

    This allows you to go topless at temperatures that are rather nipply. Clark Griswold, eat your heart out.

    Mike and Di, on the road 12 months a year in Oklahoma (not all topless though).
  • 11-24-2010, 12:09 AM
    scottpettit

    Cold enough that folks at stop lights...

    ask me if I am cold.

    Actually, less than 32 degrees. The roads were frozen and I was driving 40 MPH up to a Mt Top with snow on the roadside. I was in an old Morgan with no heat whatsoever.

    Burrrrrrrr

    Scott Pettit
  • 11-23-2010, 11:28 PM
    ZGator

    37 deg F

    on my way to pick up my hardtop that was painted white.. It was not that bad - wore a hat, I used to put it down on anything over about 45, now I prefer 50's if sun is out.
  • 11-23-2010, 08:05 PM
    MikeinNH

    'Bout 45 degrees back in the TR6 days...

    Haven't driven the Z3 top-down in weather that cold, and I have the heated seats... Gettin' old mebbee? :-)
  • 11-23-2010, 06:02 PM
    Barryng

    Brand New Ambitions - South Florida Style

    It was November, 2002 and our new 3.0i was just a week or so off the dealer's lot and had still had less than a few hundred miles on her. It was also our first convertible. Also, it was a late South Florida fall with Chamber of Commerce weather; about 70 degrees and seemingly no humidity. During dinner my wife and I decided we needed, really needed, to take the new girl for a respectable top down ride. We decided to drive to Disneyland (about 250 miles) and spend a few nights. Well, we didn't realize a healthy cold front was barreling south through Florida. As we drove north the cold front (no rain) pushed south. We progressively put on sweaters, then jackets, then seat heaters to low, then to high, and finally the fan and temperature on high high. We never even considered putting the top or windows up. The toll plaza attendant just south of Orlando looked at us as if we were nuts as the temperature had settled down in the upper forties. I gotta say, at 80 mph, a 40 degree something wind, for spoiled south Florida residents, starting out in just T shirts, is numbing cold. We refused to put the top up until it was parked in the hotel lot. I do remember how much fun it was getting warm once we arrived at the hotel.
  • 11-23-2010, 05:15 PM
    dorkdog

    Preheating the top

    Hmmm... I see your point about the rear window. Mine has already split (that way when I got it) so I wonder if that's why.

    Gotta get my engineering cap on and maybe figure out a way to duct warm air from the heater into the top well (maybe through the sub snorkel or maybe the little useless speakers behind the seat) to avoid that issue when I get a new top in the spring.
  • 11-23-2010, 04:52 PM
    Fudbutter

    43

    This seems to be our limit all in, dressed properly etc. Tries it in the low 30's and it was too much.

    Good advice about cracking the plastic window though. I;ll have to remember that

    Fudbutter
    '01 2.5i

    Fakt 1034: Life is like a cigarette, smoke it to the butt - H. Krumpet
  • 11-23-2010, 03:41 PM
    jtp

    Coldest was 10 deg F.

    New Years Eve. Shortly after midnight. Felt like ringing in the New Year in style. Seat heaters on, heat blasting, fully decked out in winter gear. It was cold, but it was fun.

    Generally speaking, I will go down to about 45 or so before I consider putting the top up. As you noted, these little cars actually do quite well temp-wise.

    And a word of caution - if you are going to drop the top in frigid conditions, make sure you do so SLOWLY. The rear window gets brittle in the cold and dropping or raising the top too quickly will result in a cracked window.

    JTP
    '00 Bright Red II, Black, Black 2.3

    PERFORMANCE: Dinan Stage II suspension, Dinan strut tower brace, Porterfield R4S brake pads, Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3 tires, UNGO MS8300 alarm, Doug Whalen Seat Bushings, Sylvania Silverstar headlights and fog lights. MAINTENANCE: Peake Research R5/fcx-II and SRS Reset Tools, Mity-Vac oil evacuator w/ brake bleeder, BMW Battery Tender. COSMETICS: Dinan Badge, OEM chrome exhaust tips, Magnetic stone guards, Roundel valve stem caps, Trunk-mounted Dragon sticker, WI plates: RES IPSA. COMFORT: Premium Package, Heated sport seats, “Z3 Roadster” heated vest (for wife), In-dash CD, LeatherZ MarkII armrest, OEM mesh windscreen. CAR CARE: Porter Cable random orbit buffer, Meguiars car care products, NOAH car cover, Plexus, Raggtop. EXTRAS: Z3Solutions warning triangle.

    My Home Page
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