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Daihatsu Copen Vs Audi TT Quattro Cabrio

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Parm Bilkhu, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. Parm Bilkhu

    Parm Bilkhu Copenworld Member

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    Mercedes Benz E220 Avantgarde 2006
    I know I'm going to get shot to pieces for raising this here but where better to seek advice that the Copen forum!

    I've had a 0.6 Copen since May and have absolutely loved it. Fantastic motor, reliable as anything (and I've owned some motors in my time) and it drives superb having had a brand new turbo fitted some 3000 miles ago. However I've got to the point now where I'm finding the car a little bit impractical and the size a bit too small. Although the attention in these cars can be great, at times it's a tad annoying too.

    All in all I'm seriously contemplating part exchanging my silver copen (now with heated red leather, only fitted last week) with an Audi TT Quattro Convertible (225). Would this be a good move or a bad move? They're both reliable, both 2 seaters, both are stylish and both are convertibles.

    The positives of each: Copen has a tin roof rather than the Audi's cloth roof (a massive plus). However the Audi is 4 wheel drive, bigger in size & stance, more solid & heavier.

    Anyone else been through a similar dilemma or actually made the plunge? Any ex Audi TT owners that can share some advice?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Binz

    Binz Copenworld Regular

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    Hi, depends on what you want from a car. Personally I find Audi a bit bland. How about the most recent Alfa spider (they've apparently sorted the reliability issues of earlier alfas), or a convertible BMW or SAAB. How much extra space do you need; for something smaller (but bigger than a Copen of course) even tho most vauxhalls are dreary the Tigra is OK?
     
  3. Old Badger

    Old Badger Copenworld Regular

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    My son just bought a Saab convertible. Big car luxurious low price. Very cool!
     
  4. dsb

    dsb Copenworld Regular

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    How about a BMW Z4? The latest hardtop version is like a copen on steroids
     
  5. Parm Bilkhu

    Parm Bilkhu Copenworld Member

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I have another car too, it's a new shape 330d coupe-convertible BMW. So the Copen is really my city car and one for day to day running. But my nervousness is winter-time. Will this little light thing be able to handle the tough winter conditions or would the Quattro fare better? Z4 is a great choice but two beamers would be too much lol
     

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  6. dsb

    dsb Copenworld Regular

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    never driven a copen in snow but I've read reviews from owners that claim that it does surprisingly well.
     
  7. Binz

    Binz Copenworld Regular

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    had Copen through 2 winters and its been fine.
     
  8. Parm Bilkhu

    Parm Bilkhu Copenworld Member

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    I think I'll keep it for the foreseeable and see how I get on this winter. It's a bit too mint to let go on a whim. I'm sure the TT would fare better but I haven't given the Copen a chance yet. Thanks for you responses and advice guys, I appreciate it.
     
  9. princess

    princess Copenworld Regular

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    just got our second copen 04 reg. we also have a brand new vw bettle!!!!
    We had a TT coupe 225 for seven years, brilliant car to own and maintain( did most jobs myself :D ). Really good in all weathers.. Stick with the copen just get it properly winterised or do as we do and keep it wrapped up in the garage all nice and dry, but take it out on cold dry days :D
     
  10. PauliePaul

    PauliePaul Copenworld Regular

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    yep thats what i do... wrapped up in the garage and only see's the dry days :D
     
  11. Parm Bilkhu

    Parm Bilkhu Copenworld Member

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    What the reason for only allowing the Copen's to see dry days? Is it the rust issue? I need a winter runaround with summer capabilities. Sounds like TT might be the better bet ... #GettingConfusedAgain lol
     
  12. Buckshot

    Buckshot Copenworld Newbie

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    The Copen is too rare to use in wintertime. A future classic.
     
  13. Your Majesty

    Your Majesty Copenworld Regular

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    A great winter car

    Our Copens are driven all year round and were fine in the winter.
    They have a good heater and heated seats to keep us warm, air-con to keep the screens clear and are front wheel drive which is better if the roads are wet/icy.
     
  14. Parm Bilkhu

    Parm Bilkhu Copenworld Member

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    It was absolutely tipping it down today here in Warwickshire and I decided to take the Copen instead of the other car. I must say it performed really well. I was expecting it to slip and slide all over the shop but it actually held it's own. However having said that, I'd be nervous to venture further afield especially via motorways and A roads, as it sits so low and it's tiny frame may get lost in the spray etc. But so far, I'm impressed with poor weather performance! :)
     
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