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      03-29-2013, 08:09 AM   #45
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Any time of the year, day or night I will have the top down if it is not raining or snowing and above 0C. The heater is powerful enough to go as low as -5C if there isn't any wind and the side windows are up.

When people say I'm crazy for driving the car with the roof down around or below the freezing point, I basically say that due to the heater and heated seats, it is a lot more comfortable than walking outside in that sort of temperature as long as speeds are below 80km/h.
I only wish we had heated steering wheels then I reckon we could go even lower. Drove to work in 4.5C this morning. It was glorious.
Glad to see others here drive with the top down when it is cold. For awhile, I thought I was being a bit nutty. My wife thinks I'm nuts for driving top down when it's cold out in the fall.

Does having a wind screen make it more bearable to drive out in the cold?
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I actually prefer driving in the cold weather rather than the hot weather.

The car runs so much better too.

I use one of these: http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3652845

My wife tells me I look like some axe murderer driving down the road.
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      03-29-2013, 10:19 AM   #47
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Glad to see others here drive with the top down when it is cold. For awhile, I thought I was being a bit nutty. My wife thinks I'm nuts for driving top down when it's cold out in the fall.

Does having a wind screen make it more bearable to drive out in the cold?
The wind screen only has an effect over about 80km/h (50mph), but the best thing is setting the air distribution in a specific way. Maximum fan and 50% to the footwell / 50% to the mid vents (left dial set to the 6 o'clock position), with the vents either side of the steering wheel pointing to your hands. Close the mid vents on the passenger side if you don't have a passenger.
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      03-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #48
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I actually prefer driving in the cold weather rather than the hot weather.

The car runs so much better too.

I use one of these: http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3652845

My wife tells me I look like some axe murderer driving down the road.
that mask is hilarious, looks effective!
and perhaps they think you stole the car too!
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      03-29-2013, 10:52 AM   #49
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My wife tells me I look like some axe murderer driving down the road.
Loving the mental image i have in my head right now. top down, face mask, line of 25 police cruisers behind you, lol...
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I was top down two weeks ago when it was 32 degrees (and not sunny) and that's my new limit. I was cold! (but smiling). For me, it's the cold legs that get to me. similar to a tonneau cover keeping the warm air "in" I've been thinking of taking a section of wool blanket (plain fleece won't work, it passes too much air) and either with snaps or velcro attaching it to the lower, leading edge of the dash and then tucking the top over the lap section of the seat belt. This would create sort of an air seal up to my waist and the heat would warm my legs. Nutty idea?
Just "Nutty" enough to work, I like it wish someone would come up with an aftermarket tonneau for the Z4?
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Loving the mental image i have in my head right now. top down, face mask, line of 25 police cruisers behind you, lol...
Wasnt there someone on here who posted pics of himself driving top down in full stig gear?
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      03-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #53
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I drove my car several times through the Golden Gate at 2 am with the Top down. So cool to pass under the pillars . The girl next to me had a huge smile on her face!
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      03-29-2013, 08:09 PM   #55
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Here is a relevant article from the Globe and Mail's Drive section:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe...rticle9954778/
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