Convertible cars 2000

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2005 Ford Mustang GT

The fifth generation of the most recognizable muscle car came at a time when the class that was defined by the Mustang way back in 1964 was looking like it would bloom again. Ford rode this wave just as the original was turning 40 and unveiled a retro-looking Mustang to replace the divisive SN-95. It harkened back to the past without looking dated from birth.

It proved popular with almost 500.000 units being sold within the first three years of its production life, and it spawned countless versions including a plethora of Shelby-tuned model and a Highlands Green Bullitt.

What we’re recommending, though, is the GT version with its 4.6-liter, SOHC, modular V-8 which, via its five-speed manual transmission, put 300 horsepower to the ground. The 312 C.I. V-8 only came later, as did the six-speed manual gearbox. You’re looking at prices in the region of $9,000 for an early GT that’s been well maintained throughout.

2001 Mazda Miata NB

The second-generation Miata kept the recipe of the much-adored original intact with, arguably, only one downside: no pop-up headlights. Indeed, by the late ‘90s, engineers started to figure out that the quirky moveable lights were doing no good for the car’s aerodynamics and much less to a pedestrian in case of an accident.

They quickly became obsolete, and Mazda followed this trend with the NB Miata which still featured mild styling while being as compact as the original.

It is as reliable as you’ve come to expect from a Mazda and as light as you’d imagine a car that’s barely 155-inches-long to be – namely, a meager 2,348 lb. It came with a couple of four-pots as engine options which were improved at the beginning of the third millennium when Mazda also introduced a sportier facelift – maybe to get rid of that `hairdresser’s car` cliché. This meant that the BP6D engine now featured variable valve timing and a power output of 143 horsepower for the U.S. version.

With the NB Miata you also get a nicer interior than the original and, if you look for post-facelift models, you’ll find that the top-tier models feature a limited slip differential and a six-speed gearbox. You can find an ’01 Miata for as low as $4,000, but those with extras and in neat condition can put you back as far as $ 10.000 so choose wisely – you will definitely not be disappointed by the Miata either way.

2005 Porsche Boxster

While for the Miata I chose a generation that was born in the late ‘90s, for Porsche’s entry-level car I went for the second-gen model that was launched mid-way through the 2000s. The 987 Boxster reaped the rewards of the company-saving original while building on its formula. Following the line of the 997 generation of the 911, the Boxster also lost the “fried egg” headlights that enraged fans of the classic circular design of previous generations.

The car came in its first model year with just two engine options: a 2.7-liter flat-six good for 237 horsepower and a top speed of just under 160 mph or a 3.2-liter flat-six in the S version with a more meaningful 276 horsepower and 167 mph top speed. Unlike current Porsches, you could opt for manual transmissions (a five-speed and then also a six-speed) without having to write a letter to the company’s CEO and putting in a special order.

There was, obviously, the choice of a five-speed auto and Porsche also put the 7-speed PDK in the Boxster beginning with the 2009 model year which also got a facelift.

We’d go for the less pricey and, inherently, less powerful early manuals. You can find a five-speed manual Boxster from ’05 with an asking price of about $14.000. If you’re a keen digger, you can surely bag one for even less, and it’s surely quite a deal as you’ll own a Boxster that’s more refined than the first generation, without the feeling that it’s the cheapest car they make. It’s also as nimble and spirited as you’d expect from a car from Zuffenhausen.

2004 Pontiac GTO

This might leave some dumbfounded. The last of the GTOs was, ultimately, a car that sold in poor numbers and had none of the raw masculinity of the original muscle car. Why is it, then, in this list? Well, let me explain.

First of all, it’s the last hurrah of a truly great car. Admittedly, many argued that the name has no place on this very round two-door coupe, but, for what it’s worth, it is more of a performance car than the original Tempest GTO ever hoped to be. Indeed, it might look bland when compared to the contemporary Mustang, but the GTO could hold its own and even outdo the Ford on a race track.

It was, also, the closest the U.S. market got to actually purchasing a Holden Monaro because the GTO was a rebadged V-body Monaro that was built in Australia. Originally, it came with the LS1 V-8 under the hood but that changed by 2005 when the Corvette-sourced LS2 V-8 powered the GTO. As a result, power output rose from 350 to 400 horsepower with 400 pound-feet of torque available.

All that power got to the ground via either a four-speed automatic, fit for city commutes and nothing more or a Tremec six-speed manual which comes into its own when out on the track.

It now stacks up pretty well in terms of depreciation with prices ranging anywhere from $15.000 to $25.000 for one with all the creature comforts on offer. If you can go past its uninteresting styling and typical mid-‘00s GM interior, this is an interesting pick from the past decade although it might be hard to justify the extra cash you’ll have to pay when compared to a Mustang.

2001 Lotus Elise S2

The Elise is the most popular Lotus ever built. The British manufacturer got together with GM to build the second iteration of this popular sports car of tiny proportions. That meant that the basic model came with a Rover K-Series engine in the middle that produced a puny 120 horsepower.

The American market, however, never got the Rover-engined Elise as the first cars to roll on American soil, in 2005, had Toyota inline-fours behind their seats.

These cars were exempt from U.S. bumper and headlight regulations which they would’ve otherwise failed.

The Elise, with its DOHC, 16-valve, engine produces north of 180 horsepower which may seem little when compared to the output of the Boxster, but the Elise only weighs in at 2,006 lbs compared to the Boxster’s 2,885 lbs. The Lotus is also more compact which means it will give you some of the most unadulterated driving experiences money can buy.

On the subject of money, you can get an ’05 model for as little as $28,000. The prices do, however, have a tendency to go up with newer versions which are traded at around $56,000. You got to think there’s hardly a better option for a weekend fun ride other than the Lotus.

2004 Honda S2000

The S2000 was Honda’s high-revving, 2.0-liter sports car for the new millennium, and the Japanese haven’t come with a proper replacement for it since. We went for the 2004 version which was heavily revised and known as the AP2. The car was applauded at its time for its brilliant chassis, perfect weight distribution, and the F20C I4 engine which had its capacity increased when the AP2 arrived. The new capacity was 132 C.I., but there were some drawbacks: the redline was reduced from an ear-splitting 8.800 rpm to a still-very-loud 8.000 rpm. It still produced 240 horsepower, and the VTEC kicked in at a more pedestrian 6.000 rpm.

What all these means is that you won’t feel much of what this car has to offer unless you go to a track and absolutely trash it about.

Much like an Italian engine, it doesn’t do much unless you rev it for all it’s got, and with the rev limit at 8.200 rpm, the DOHC engine will just keep on going. Peak torque is just 162 pound-feet, and you’ll have to go to 7.500 rpm to reach it, but this car isn’t about mid-range torque in any way shape or form.

We’ve placed it in this list for its bold styling, brilliant mechanicals, and the fact that it delivers a pure combo of a manual with a N/A engine and RWD. The only issues with it are that it isn’t particularly cheap, it can get twitchy at times and that it doesn’t really live below 7.000 revs.

2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder

The final generation of the MR2 lived, like its predecessor, as the shadow of the Miata, but it should get some time in the limelight for what it offered: brilliant handling and somewhat less bland looks when compared to the Miata. The pop-ups were not to be found on the W30, though.

With its transverse, mid-engine, and RWD setup, the W30 MR2 was designed for driving pleasure, and that’s what you got when you really started to push the buzzing in-line four behind your head.

Alas, some fans argued that the 138 horsepower that the 1ZZ-FED produced were not enough but with only 2.195 lbs to move about, it was still a spirited car.

In a scenario unlikely to be witnessed nowadays, the five-speed manual box was quicker off the line than the 6-speed sequential manual transmission meaning that, using the good old pedal and shifter, you could get to 62 mph in just under 7 seconds while the sequential gearbox was rather sluggish and could do no better than 8,7 seconds to 62.

Over 40.000 MR2 Spyders were sold in the U.S. before production ended in 2005, and you can get your hands on a good one for just about $9.000. Whether you should choose the Toyota over the Mazda comes down to a simplce case personal taste.

Read our full review on the 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder.

2000 BMW M3 E46

Arguably the most popular generation of BMW’s M3, the E46, came with a variety of engines in both coupe and cabriolet form and delivered “Joy Of Driving” by the buckets.

This is the last M3 to feature the classic non-turbocharged inline-six engine under the hood. The U.S. version put out 338 horsepower from the S54 engine which was good for a five-second getaway from 0 to 62 mph. That time was consistent with either the manual six-speed or the SMG semi-automatic six-speed gearbox.

In 2006, Road & Track cited the M3 as their favorite sports car of not only the noughties but of all time.

What you get with an M3 E46 is typical BMW quality, although by no means a completely bulletproof car, with performance to match and some of the most pleasant aesthetics across all of the M3 generations. It’s also the second to last generation to feature a N/A engine. You can purchase an M3 E46 for as little as $13,000 but beware of the gremlins it might hide as it still has plenty of electronics that can cause your pocket to go from hero to zero in no time.

Read our full review on the 2000 BMW M3 E46.

Conclusion

The 2000s were a decade of change. We saw the rise of the first hybrids and many innovations making their way into production cars that changed the way people perceive and use cars. Some of those got in the way of driving pleasure for those that buy a car to feel enthralled behind the wheel, not just so that they can reach point B.

We chose 8 cars that stay true to the old ways of analogue driving while also being modern enough that you won’t feel as if you bought a car that’s been in production since the ‘60s.

With the way things are going, and accounting for modern trends, at least some of these cars will become highly collectible and sought after in just another decade’s time.

Move quickly if you want to get yourself a ‘00s sports car!

There are many more 2000s sports cars that we’ve most likely overlooked on this list. Tell us your opinion on these cars and what cars we should’ve included in the comments section below.

Michael Fira

Associate Editor and Motorsport Expert - [email protected]opspeed.com

Mihai Fira started out writing about long-distance racing like the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the years went by, his area of interest grew wider and wider and he ever branched beyond the usual confines of an automotive writer. However, his heart is still close to anything car-related and he's most at home retelling the story of some long-since-forgotten moment from the history of auto racing. He'll also take time to explain why the cars of the '60s and '70s are more fascinating than anything on the road today.  Read full bio

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DROPTOP DREAMS

It's hard to resist the allure of a convertible car, whether it's classic cruiser like the Ford Mustang, a revival roadster like the Honda S2000, or a quirky coupe like the Porsche 914. You could easily drop $35,000 or more on a new convertible — or you can spend thousands less for a vintage model that will turn heads and even increase in value over time. These 20 convertibles are bona-fide collector classics — and most of them are affordable, too.

CHEVROLET CORVETTE (1974)

Produced: 1953-Present
Base Price New: $5,846
Average Used Price: $28,500
When the Chevrolet Corvette first appeared in showrooms, it was only available as a convertible. Those early models can sell for more than $50,000 or more on the collectors market. Hardtop models appeared in 1963 with the second-generation 'Vette, and T-tops became an option with the third-generation model (1968-80). The 1974 Stingray convertible was available with a choice of three V-8 engines, and the base model is still relatively easy to find because GM produced so many of them, and you can find some fixers for $15,000 or less.

LINCOLN CONTINENTAL (1961)

Produced: 1961-69
Base Price New: $6,067
Average Used Price: $32,400
The Continental is one of Lincoln's most enduring namesakes and has been produced off and on (mostly on) since the 1939 model year. But it's the fourth generation designed by Elwood Engel, one of Detroit's most notable designers, that collectors covet most. With its famous "suicide" rear-hinged back doors, an available 462-cubic-inch V-8, a power convertible top, tilt steering wheel, the Continental was a marvel of engineering in its day. Values for the '61 convertible have spiked in the past years, with mint versions selling for $100,000.

CHEVROLET CORVAIR (1965)

Produced: 1960-69
Base Price New: $2,440
Average Used Price: $14,200
With its air-cooled, rear-mounted slant-six engine, Chevy's Corvair was a minor marvel of engineering and one of the first "compact" cars to be produced by the Big Three. The convertible appeared for the 1962 model year, and the Monza version was one of the first cars to come with a turbocharged engine as an option. The second-generation Corvair had the misfortune of arriving in 1965 around the same time that Ralph Nader published "Unsafe At Any Speed." The book, which labeled the car a "one-car accident," torpedoed sales, even though independent studies later exonerated the Corvair's safety record. Values have dipped in recent years for this car.

CHEVROLET BEL AIR (1957)

Produced: 1950-81
Base Price New: $2,611
Average Used Price: $66,400
The Bel Air namesake survived through a number of different iterations in the 30 years that General Motors produced it. But it's the second-generation model, produced for the 1955-57 model years, that are the true classics. GM's marketing department called this V-8-powered beast "the Hot One" in ads, and reviewers at the time praised it for its handling and acceleration (0-60 in 12.9 seconds, according to Popular Mechanics). Collectors can pay nearly $100,000 for a mint-condition model, and values are holding steady.

TRIUMPH SPITFIRE (1977)

Produced: 1963-79
Base Price New: $4,500
Average Used Price: $9,500
When car buffs argue over the best British roadster, it usually comes down to MGBs and Triumphs. Like its rival, the Spitfire was designed to be a lightweight, low-cost convertible. The first models were also very underpowered: Its four-cylinder engine produced all of 63 horsepower. Over the years, the Spitfire received modest design changes, even if it remained underpowered. Today, Spitfires are very inexpensive and fairly easy to find parts for. You can find a mint-condition '77 Spitfire for less than $20,000.

FORD MUSTANG (1987)

Produced: 1965-Present
Base Price New: $15,724
Average Used Price: $6,350
For many collectors, a Ford Mustang is THE classic muscle car, hardtop or convertible. A first-generation Mustang, built from 1965 to '73, can cost $30,000 to $50,000 in top condition, but you can find newer models for far less. Ford revived the Mustang convertible in 1983 after nearly a decade out of production, and the fourth-generation 1987 GT model featured a 200-horsepower V-8 and aggressive styling. It's an affordable choice for first-time collectors and fans of '80s muscle cars, but prices are beginning to rise.

MG MGB (1980)

Produced: 1962-1980
Base Price New: $7,950
Average Used Price: $11,700
Before the Mazda Miata, there were English roadsters like the MG MGB. The basic design didn't change much over the nearly two decades this four-cylinder car was produced, (although the chrome bumpers of pre-1975 models are more attractive than the rubber bumper of later years). Relatively lightweight with a low center of gravity, MGBs were a blast to drive on twisty roads, even if their mechanical reliability was atrocious. Resale values have been fairly steady.

ALFA ROMEO SPIDER (1992)

Produced: 1966-94
Base Price New: $21,264
Average Used Price: $14,350
The British weren't the only ones producing classic roadsters in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Italian automakers produced a number of classic convertibles, including the collector-favorite Alfa Romeo Spider. With a body designed by Pininfarina, the Spider became an instant classic, and its body style remained largely unchanged throughout the production lifecycle. Collectors can pay $50,000 or more for an older model with chrome bumpers and the classic triangular Alfa grille. Spiders from the early '90s aren't quite as flashy, but are easier to find and much cheaper.

PORSCHE 914 (1972)

Produced: 1969-76
Base Price New: $3,755
Average Used Price: $17,200
Porsche purists long looked down on this mid-engine two-seater because it was designed and built in conjunction with Volkswagen as an entry-level sports car. Most of these vehicles were powered by anemic four-cylinder engines, but some models had a flat-six that could do 0 to 60 in under 9 seconds. A targa-top roadster rather than a true convertible, these petite Porsches have spiked in value in the past couple years.

CADILLAC ELDORADO (1984)

Produced: 1952-2002
Base Price New: $31,286
Average Used Price: $9,100
The Eldorado holds a place of honor among American convertibles. Classic hardtops and convertibles in the 1950s and '60s, they were Cadillac's flagship vehicles, selling for a premium. The 1976 Eldorado was the last convertible made in the U.S. (including about 200 "Bicentennial Edition" vehicles). General Motors returned to the convertible market in 1984 with an Eldorado Biarritz and its sibling, the Buick Riviera. A '57 droptop can sell for $100,000 or more today, but mid-'80s convertibles are affordable and relatively easy to find.

STUDEBAKER LARK (1962)

Produced: 1960-62
Base Price New: $2,724
Average Used Price: $14,450
Studebaker was already on shaky financial ground when it unveiled the compact Lark hardtop and convertible in the hope that it would revive company fortunes. Although it sold well initially, the Lark — and Studebaker — couldn't compete with the Big Three automakers, and the company folded in 1966. Available with a six-cylinder or V-8 engine and a choice of transmissions, the Lark was a speedy, sharp convertible. Today, 1962 models are the most common and their value has held steady.

MAZDA MIATA (1991)

Produced: 1990-Present
Base Price New: $13,800
Average Used Price: $5,375
Mazda's two-seat convertible single-handedly revived the roadster in the 1990s, following in a long tradition of European classics like the MG MGB and Alfa Romeo Spider. Nearly 30 years after the first Miatas appeared in the U.S., Mazda is still producing them, though they're far more substantial than the first generation of cars, which was produced until 2005. Classic '90s Miatas with the pop-up headlights are becoming harder to find, but a model from the early 2000s can be had for as little as $3,000 for one in fair condition.

HONDA S2000 (2003)

Produced: 1999-2004
Base Price New: $32,600
Average Used Price: $11,225
Another 1990s Japanese revival roadster, the Honda S2000 is a high-revving, rear-wheel-drive convertible that Honda produced to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2000. Models built before 2004 have a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a whopping 240 horsepower, and a redline at 9,000 rpm, making these favorite of street racers who often modify them. And don't forget about Honda's legendary reliability. Collectors take note: These convertibles have begun to skyrocket in value.

PORSCHE BOXSTER 986 (2004)

Produced: 1996-Present
Base Price New: $59,900
Average Used Price: $11,000
The Boxster was Porsche's first true roadster since the legendary 550 (James Dean owned one of those), and their first mid-engine car. The first generation of these six-cylinder convertibles, produced until 2004, revived Porsche's flagging fortunes and is a cheaper alternative to other models from the same era. The '04 model, for example, could do 0 to 60 in just 5.7 seconds and had a top speed of 169 mph. One caveat: Older Boxsters are prone to intermediate shaft bearing failure, a pricey repair. After dipping in value over the past few years, prices are beginning to rise again.

TOYOTA MR2 (2001)

Produced: 1985-2005
Base Price New: $23,585
Average Used Price: $4,725
This four-cylinder, mid-engine sports car began life as roadster with T-tops in the '80s, then became a full-fledged convertible with the introduction of the third-generation Spyder model for the 2000 model year. Like Honda's S2000, the MR2 was a relatively lightweight, well-balanced roadster that was quick, agile, and a heck of a lot of fun to drive. Although pre-2000 models are more sought after by collectors, the convertible MR2 is still a good value.

VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE CABRIOLET (1979)

Produced: 1949-79, 2001-Present
Base Price New: $6,800
Average Used Price: $13,300
Volkswagen's original Beetle was already one of the most iconic cars of all time by the time the last convertible landed in showrooms in 1979. When the company revived the name for the 2001 model year, they made sure the design paid homage to its past. The new Beetle convertibles are fun, but it's the classic Bugs that really turn collectors' heads. Because VW produced so many Beetles over the years, these convertibles are still fairly easy to find (so are replacement parts), and they're a great first car for wannabe collectors who enjoy doing their own maintenance and restoration.

FORD THUNDERBIRD (2002)

Produced: 1955-97, 2002-05
Base Price New: $35,390
Average Used Price: $10,850
The 1950s, for some the golden age of convertibles, were also the Thunderbird's glory years. The V-8 powered two-seater was bigger than Chevy's Corvette convertible and marketed as a luxury car, not a sports car. The T-Bird gained rear seats for the '58 model year redesign, and by 1967, Ford had eliminated the convertible as an option. The 1957 model, considered by many enthusiasts to be one of the finest cars of the era, can sell for as much as $80,000 for one in mint condition. For the 2002 model year, Ford revived the T-Bird as a throwback convertible styled to look like the original two-seater, a much cheaper option for collectors.

MERCEDES-BENZ SL (1987)

Produced: 1954-Present
Base Price New: $55,300
Average Used Price: $12,650
The SL roadster has gone through a number of iterations since the first ones appeared in the mid-1950s. In fact, it's one of the longest-lived nameplates of any automaker. The boxy R107 model (1972-89) is the best value for collectors. These V-8 luxury droptops have declined in value during the past few years, especially the 560SL models built from the mid- to late 1980s. You can find older models like the 450SL and 380SL in good condition for about $25,000 or less.

PONTIAC GTO (1965)

Produced: 1964-74
Base Price New: $2,990
Average Used Price: $80,900
Considered the daddy of American muscle cars, the GTO defined the era with its legendary 389-cubic-inch V-8 engine (a 421-horsepower model was optional) and aggressive performance (the '65 coupe could do 0-60 in under 6 seconds). Although the convertible sold reasonably well in its first iteration, by the time the second-generation model appeared in 1968, sales began to plummet dramatically. Today, GTOs are highly prized by collectors, with even fixers going for $30,000.

BMW 325i (1992)

Produced: 1975-Present
Base Price New: $36,320
Average Used Price: $3,450
BMW's 325 series has been in production since 1975, growing bigger and more powerful with every new generation. A convertible option joined the lineup in 1985 as part of the second generation (1982-94), and this boxy coupe remains an icon of the yuppie era, appearing in films like "Defending Your Life" and "Reality Bites." These six-cylinder coupes have held their value fairly steadily and are an affordable luxury convertible option. Like other German cars, BMWs can run forever, but repairs can be costly.

INTERNATIONAL SCOUT (1979)

Produced: 1961-80
Base Price New: $6,406
Average Used Price: $16,700
The Scout is another oddball convertible, a four-wheel-drive proto-SUV built by a company best known for farm equipment. When it first appeared in the early 1960s as hardtop truck, four-wheel-drive vehicles were unheard of, aside from the Jeep CJ. Soft tops or removable hardtops became options for the 1966 Scout 800 model year, which had the boxier form that later SUVs would adopt. Removable hardtops and convertibles would continue to be an option on Scouts and Scout IIs until the lines were discontinued in 1980. Values are slowly increasing for these early SUVs.

CHRYSLER LEBARON (1987)

Produced: 1982-94
Base Price New: $13,974)
Average Used Price: $2,350
When Chrysler unveiled the LeBaron in 1982, it was the first new convertible to be produced since the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. The boxy four-cylinder LeBaron wasn't especially sexy or fast — it was essentially a K-car with the top lopped off — but it caused a stir among car buffs. The next-generation LeBaron, introduced 1987, was much more attractive with its aerodynamic design and turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 engines. Not a true collectors' car and unlikely to increase in value, the LeBaron still represents a landmark in convertible history and is a bargain.

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Motown just got a brand-spanking-new baseball stadium. The 88-year-old Tiger Stadium, where Ty Cobb perfected the blood sport of spiking and Denny McLain pitched 31 wins in the '68 season, just wasn't fancy enough anymore. (Read: There was no room to add on silver, gold, platinum, and unobtanium-level club suites.) So, after years of legal and political jiggery-pokery, the new Comerica Park (hey, everything's for sale these days) opened in April to great fanfare. At a gala open house held one chilly, damp spring day, fans rejoiced at the unobstructed views, terrific replay monitor, and superb concessions. Detractors noticed the concrete already had cracks in it, there was standing water on the upper decks, puddles in the few remaining cheap bleacher seats, and a wind-tunnel effect that made the whole place feel cold and uninviting. But, while the crotchety old buggers continue to call for a return to "the Corner," "the Park" is here to stay.

Several of us in this office felt a similar crotchety reluctance to accept the new E46-generation BMW 3-series, which grew larger, gained luxury and weight, and had its crisp styling rounded off in a recent redesign for '99. These unwelcome developments were mitigated by the car's increased refinement and a slight hike in its performance relative to the former E36 car, helping it retain a spot on our 10Best list. Meanwhile, the old body style continued production in convertible guise through 1999, and it even won a comparison test in its eighth model year ["Four Showstoppers," December 1998]. We loved that car. And now BMW has made the convertible bigger and heavier, too.

First, let's affirm the indisputable improvements. The interior is now fit to deliver a couple of gold-, if not platinum-level, big shots and their high-maintenance wives to the park. The dash and the trim are upgraded to better suit the car's (and driver's) rung on the status ladder. All four seats are more coddling. With belts mounted to the front seatbacks, there's no annoying strap to flap in the wind when the top's down or to snag one's bouffant while crawling into the back. There's also a button on each seatback to motor the front seats forward double-quick for even easier rear-seat entry (the seats even know to return to their original positions).

The rear seat adds almost four inches of much needed legroom, and the 2.3-inch-wider rear backrest allows two pairs of shoulders to nestle in and fully face forward -- unlike in the previous model. Add in the new car's improved aerodynamics, which reduce the wind noise and draft (even without the $449 optional wind blocker), and it's clear that the E46 is a more civilized BMW.

Trunk space is increased -- at least when the softtop is up. The top well that hangs down into the trunk can now be raised to free up three cubic feet of space. Doing so brings total luggage volume to 11 (up from nine in the E36 ragtop).

The rear window is at last made of scratchproof glass, and it's heated. Although the blind spots are wider than in the old car, they're not dangerously so. The optional electrohydraulic power top ($1400, including wood trim, an auto-dimming mirror, and a built-in garage-door opener) works the same as last year's, but -- impatient sun worshipers rejoice -- it's seven seconds quicker.

Augmenting the 3-cabrio's already impressive safety résumé; (front and front side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners) are ISOFIX child safety-seat anchor points and the incorporation of last year's $1450 optional rollover protection as standard equipment. Within 0.11 second of sensing an impending rollover, two roll hoops spring out of the rear headrests.

Best news of all: These spiffs add only $290 to the 1999 convertible's base price, bringing the 2000 323Ci in at $35,560 to start -- a real bargain, considering that includes about $1700 worth of previously optional equipment.

Now for the less convincing progress. As with all new cars, this one boasts of improved torsional rigidity. BMW's numerical claim suggests that if you bolted the car to three jack stands -- two each at the front corners, and one at the center rear -- it would take a weight of nearly 2800 pounds set on a rear corner to twist the car one-degree. Sounds impressive, eh? But out on our wavy and imperfect 10Best loop, the 323Ci's steering wheel and dash seemed to quiver every bit as much as they did in the old model. These tremors read as static muddling the digital-quality communication between the suspension and wheel rim in most BMWs. Even on newly paved freeways, the rearview mirror keeps up a side-to-side shimmy that might provoke seasickness in those who keep a close eye out for coppers closing on their rear flank.

Was ours just a shaky example? Probably not. The new car is 2.2 inches longer and 1.9 inches wider, riding on a wheelbase and track that are an inch longer and 2.5 inches wider. That puts the unsprung weight of the tires and suspension bits farther away from the car's center of gravity so that when a wheel hits a bump, the shock it imparts generates more torque for the structure to resist.

BMW's own press material acknowledges the potential problem and describes two countermeasures. The battery is mounted in the trunk in such a way as to behave as an "oscillation damper." And the front seats have elastic couplings in their forward mounts that are meant to suppress transmission of these dreaded chassis oscillations to the seat. Exacerbating matters is the fact that the new car is heavier than the E36 -- by 264 pounds, according to BMW's scales. Ever notice how Santa's gut jiggles more than Ben Affleck's?

We don't mean to suggest that the new convertible goes down the road like a clapped-out '65 Lincoln ragtop. Au contraire. It's a pleasure to drive, and among four-place convertibles, it may be second only to the Mercedes-Benz CLK320 for stiffness. But compared with its beloved predecessor, it's no structural leap forward.

That car's cockpit was also more intimate, if more austere. The E36's lightness made it feel more lithe. Oh, the axle ratio was shortened from 2.93:1 to 3.46:1, and output was boosted by two horsepower (to 170 at 5500 rpm) to help the heavier new car keep up with the old one. But the short gearing means more frequent shifting, and EPA fuel economy suffers, dropping from 21 mpg city and 31 highway to 19 and 25. We never tested the former 323i cabrio, but the new one whooshes from rest to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, and it covers 1320 feet in 16.0 seconds at 86 mph. That's slightly ahead of the pace set by the Saab 9-3 and Volvo C70 in our December '98 contest.

Regarding the chassis, there's little to complain about in terms of raw numbers. Our test car, shod with the Sport package's 17-inch footwear (that'll be $1200, please, including sport seats), stopped from 70 mph on a 171-foot-long dime and bonded with the curves to the tune of 0.84 g. Our 1999 328i convertible's 16-inch Sport-package setup was good for stops in 178 feet and 0.79 g of stiction.

Out on the serpentines, this new BMW claims its birthright as a roadrunner par excellence. It shares the brilliant shifter, smooth clutch takeup, superb brake feel, and other dynamic qualities that are in the BMW DNA. But the diminished structural rigidity relative to the roofed 323i compounds with the more refined, isolated, and grown-up feel of all new E46 3-series cars to make this softtop model seem less of a serious driver's car. The control responses and communication from the helm seem to goad drivers down the path of prudence, whereas the old 3 demanded mischief. One of the main contributors to this impression is an overly conservative stability-control system, now made standard. We felt the need to switch it off during spirited driving on dry, well-known roads to prevent power from being dramatically cut at the merest hint of wheel slip.

We borrowed a low-mileage 1999 323i convertible to ensure that our memories of that car hadn't grown unduly fond, and in fact, they hadn't. Many aspects of the E36 are preferable to the E46. But that car is gone, and we'll just have to get over it. Truth is, the new 323Ci could probably still beat the higher-priced competition from Saab and Volvo if we restaged our December '98 comparison test. And with 3.0-liter power coming this fall, the Benz CLK320 may also meet its match.

So we reluctantly accept the new 323Ci cabrio as a good thing that we'll soon learn to appreciate better. But listen up, BMW (and whoever is currently trying to buy the company): Don't make the next 3-series any bigger or more mature! There, we feel much better now.

CORA WEBER
The 3-series cabriolet is the perfect car for anxious shoppers who want the absolute latest version of a product but fear the limited shelf life that is so common these days. The previous version of this car -- after being on the shelf for eight years -- won a four-car comparison in December 1998. That approaches Twinkie status, but despite the win, we still nit-picked the plastic window and the plasticky dashboard. So, the new car has a glass window and a tasteful interior, as well as more trunk room. And we thought the old top with a header latch was easy to drop . . Sheesh. Put this 323Ci in the time capsule next to the Twinkies.

STEVE SPENCE
For years, what I didn't like about convertibles was Michigan from October to May. Entering most ragtops in those dank, dreary months is to enter a damp and cold place that just will not warm up. But top tech has changed. This top has three layers of tough but handsome nylon-type fabric and fuzz between the elements and your gray matter. It bears no resemblance to the flapping canvas of vehicles of yore. Its headliner looks as solid as a coupe's; only a bit of metal is exposed at the window tops. The noise from hard rain and freeways is not an issue. This BMW is cozy even on icy nights. Of course, there is no free lunch: the manual softtop adds $6000.

JEFFREY DWORIN
One of my car designer pals and I stood around the BMW exhibit at this year's Detroit auto show where we got our first look at the 323Ci. The car on display -- in champagne metallic with matching leather interior -- was in our estimation one of the best designs of the show. We'd look over at BMW's stunning new Z8 roadster and across the way at the gorgeous new Porsche Boxster S and come back each time to the cabriolet in agreement that the designers at BMW had got it just right. Interesting too is that they managed to do it without trading on the current retro theme. Now that I've had a chance to drive it, I can tell you that its beauty is more than just skin-deep.

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