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November 17 2004 at 5:03 AM
Christopher Meisenzahl  (Login cmeisenzahl)
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BMW tries to get Mini convertible buyers in the spirit with a contract pledging top-down driving.

Buying an '05 Mini convertible is somewhat of an out of the ordinary experience.

When making the purchase, customers first must sign a "Convertible Contract" containing "the 90/10 clause," says a BMW of North America LLC spokesman.

The clause states that the owner agrees to drive with the top down no less than 90% of the time and with the top up no more than 10% of the time.

Mini convertible
It further states that the only reasons for allowing the top up are when motoring in the rain, through a car wash, when the temperature is below 32° F (0° C), after hair plug surgery, within earshot of an outdoor banjo or kazoo concert, when it’s raining frogs or locusts, or when avoiding teenage groupies.

To ensure owners abide by the rules, each car comes with a plastic case above the windshield that houses the power up and down buttons and contains a warning on its face: "Stop. Ask yourself: Is it really necessary to close the top? Be honest."

The spokesman says the contract, of course, is tongue in cheek, but notes it must be signed in triplicate.

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Patrick Colpron
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It would be difficult to follow this contract to the letter>>>

November 17 2004, 4:00 PM 

in the Winter up in the great White North, better to leave it in storage for the Winter

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(Login DinoP)

A good idea indeed

November 19 2004, 6:32 AM 

Too many convertibles are closed all year round, such a cruelty. Living in North Italy, I see legions of Z4, Boxster and SLK closed even in June, the Ultimate Convertible Month. So kudos to the Brits, driving with the top down down even in December.

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I quite like this one -

November 25 2004, 2:37 PM 

it has.... a certain je-ne-sais-quoi... don't you think?

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