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Old 11-12-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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Parking Convertible outdoors

I feel like crying! Due to unforeseen circumstances, I'm stuck with an outdoor parking spot at the place I'm renting. I drive a '04 M3 Convertible - no hardtop.

My question is - will parking outside in Canadian weather - to be specific Toronto - deal any damage?
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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depends...if you clear the snow frequently off the soft top it shouldn't. meaning don't let a foot of snow sit there. :-) Also, is your neighborhood prone to break ins? is the car sitting or driven regularly during winter. I would make sure you have nothing visible to steal inside the car. outta sight outta mind.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:47 AM   #3
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A car cover could help, or even better, one of the pop up shelters from crappy tire, if you're allowed to put it up.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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I have driven convertibles in the winter and had more than a foot of snow on mine (I was away and therefore, not able to clear it off) and never had a problem.

My buddy parked his fiat spyder outside all last winter and never once cleared it and it didnt cave in.

I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
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does the soft top have a glass rear window or plastic..that makes or breaks the theory about the roof not caving..plastic gets brittle and cracks from cold and weight. Contrary to what people think..unless the roof has been treated (waterproofed) the membrane between the two layers of fabric also can break down. mho.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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your soft top is rated for up to 100 lbs.

the window is the issue.

i've driven my m roadster with a plastic window in the snow many times. do not touch the window (by hand or otherwise)
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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pop up shelters from crappy tire, if you're allowed to put it up.
This, just make sure the shelter is secured appropriately.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:20 PM   #8
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Thank you for all your replies. Very helpful. Although, that is quite interesting about the plastic vs glass. Silly thing is I don't quite know, my first guess would be some sort of acrylic?
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #9
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My previous e46 vert was glass but my 'e36 vert was plastic.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:17 PM   #10
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I've parked my 04 outside for the last 3 years with no issues. I do treat the top in the spring and fall. Mine has a glass rear window. If your parking it for the winter I would at least put a cover on it and keep the snow off you should be ok.
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