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: My 20th Convertible


Bob Hall
05-05-2016, 12:20 PM
I just picked up my Buick Cascada Premium last week and the weather hasn't allowed a top down experience. It occurred to me that this is my 20th convertible and my first Buick ever. This car replaces a 2012 VW Eos which replaced a 2005 Ford Thunderbird Anniversary Edition. I am enjoying the way the Cascada drives. It's solid and quiet and I'm still getting used to some of the features that weren't on the Eos. I was happy to see the digital speedometer feature which I really liked on the Eos. While I wasn't thrilled about going back to a canvas top, I really like the styling of this car and judging from comments I've received, a lot of people agree. I'm happy to be driving a brand new model and can live without blind spot mirrors in return. I'll be interested to see some views as we all get a chance to drive some more. :)

mesaguy
05-05-2016, 12:46 PM
Bob Hall-----I enjoyed reading your comments and concur with everything you said. I am also enjoying the Cascada and will probably be driving with the top up for quite awhile as the temperatures here in the Phoenix area hit the 100 degree mark yesterday for the first time in 2016. Interestingly, I also had a Thunderbird a few years back and there is no comparison with the electronics on that car vs. the Cascada. . . .the Buick wins hands down.

VaCa
05-05-2016, 02:16 PM
Now that is quite impressive since at that point with that experience, what you have to say will hold a lot of value, even more than some reviewers out there.

What other convertibles were you looking into at the time?

Bob Hall
05-06-2016, 03:57 PM
The number of available convertibles keeps dropping. This year the VW Eos and Chrysler 200 were added to the list. I was also influenced by whether there was a dealer somewhere near where I live and the price including all discounts. I considered the VW Beetle Turbo( a 1963 Beetle convertible was convertible #1) and thought it was too small. I also considered the Chevrolet Camaro ( I've owned 2 Camaro convertibles in the past) but it isn't available at dealers yet. My back up choice to the Cascada was the Ford Mustang with the 4 cyl turbo. I wasn't really crazy about the black grille and the price is a little high. I also liked the fact that GM was offering all veterans a discount on the Buick.

carldc
05-06-2016, 08:47 PM
You're right about convertibles, but it's also 2-doors in general as well. I was looking mainly for a 2-dr hatchback to replace my Saturn Astra. There are few 2-doors of any kind right now. Some low-end Japanese cars, high-end German cars, US muscle cars, and that's it.
I got the Cascada because it's a 2-door, and because it's DNA is virtually identical to the Saturn Astra (both are Opel Astras). Of course, I'm not complaining that it's a convertible, too! :)
I've had my Cascada for over a month now, and I'm really enjoying it.

Dennis Carlson
05-09-2016, 03:40 PM
Now that there is a few of us that have purchased the Cascada I have got to know if any of you have noticed rattling in the trunk with the top up when cornering over rough roads? The rattling is not present when the top is down, even over rough roads. I haven't owned a convertible with an automatic soft top before and wonder if the noise is common.

I have owned mine for seven weeks and have rolled up 3600 miles. My lifetime fuel mileage is 28mpg.

I am completely satisfied with my purchase and look forward to driving it whenever possible.

VaCa
05-13-2016, 04:16 PM
It might be something as simple as the license plate bracket or something like that which can easily rattle.

Have you taken your vehicle into the dealer as yet to see what they have to say/do about the rattling situation?

Dennis Carlson
05-16-2016, 11:32 AM
The location of my dealer is not convenient so I am waiting until my first free oil change. I am sure the rattling sound has something to do with the soft top mechanism when the top is in the up position. The rattling is not present when the top is down.

VaCa
05-27-2016, 02:43 PM
That's unfortunate. Would be great if they reach out to you since some car maker have dealers that do it. They send out a car jockey with a loaner car, leave you with that and then take your car in for service. IMO it's a good way for them to get our business.

asjki89
08-09-2017, 05:01 AM
I just picked up my Buick Cascada Premium last week and the weather hasn't allowed a top down experience. It occurred to me that this is my 20th convertible and my first Buick ever. This car replaces a 2012 VW Eos which replaced a 2005 Ford Thunderbird Anniversary Edition. I am enjoying the way the Cascada drives. It's solid and quiet and I'm still getting used to some of the features that weren't on the Eos. I was happy to see the digital speedometer feature which I really liked on the Eos. While I wasn't thrilled about going back to a canvas top, I really like the styling of this car and judging from comments I've received, a lot of people agree. I'm happy to be driving a brand new model and can live without blind spot mirrors in return. I'll be interested to see some views as we all get a chance to drive some more. :)

Congrats for Buick Cascada Premium.

BarryD
07-04-2018, 10:44 AM
I just picked up my Buick Cascada Premium last week and the weather hasn't allowed a top down experience. It occurred to me that this is my 20th convertible and my first Buick ever.

Thatís a fair number of ragtops. I can count 12, some were daily drivers but most were Funday cars.

Two Triumph Spitfires, MG Midget, Triumph TR7v8, Triumph Stag, Peugeot 205 CTi, Audi Convertible, Ford Escort Si, MGF-TF, Mercedes CLK, Chrysler Crossfire and now the Cascada (also my first Vauxhall/Buick). There also been a few t-tops and Mercedes SLK.

Dennis Carlson
08-07-2018, 02:47 PM
My first convertible was a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine. The second was a 2008 Mazda MX 5, and now a 2016 Cascada Premium. I actually had to roll up windows on the Alpine and manually raise and lower the roof on the Mazda. I do miss the zoom zoom of the MX 5 but will never go back to a stick. The Cascada handles surprisingly well and is much more comfortable than the MX 5.


I am taking a trip from northern Virginia to Blackhawk South Dakota this fall and will get to see how it does on a road trip. I did the trip in my MX 5 five years ago and it will be interesting to see out it goes.

Jonet
08-22-2018, 04:17 PM
Just registered for my wife. She has a deep sky blue Cascada Premium that we purchased back in March of 2016. So far she has just over 7,000 miles on the car and has driven it through two Ohio winters. She absolutely loves this car and I have to admit I also enjoy driving it. This is our first Buick. Her previous convertibles include 2 Pontiac Sunfires and a Chrysler Sebring. I am on my fourth Corvette convertible. The Buick is a pleasure to drive and gets many favorable comments. I find it hard to believe that you donít see more on the road.

BarryD
08-25-2018, 05:25 PM
I am on I find it hard to believe that you donít see more on the road.

Pretty rare in the UK too!