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    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.

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    I got my hardtop for Texas summers, not winters.


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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    Mine has a small nuclear power plant for a heater.

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