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451 Cabrio in Quebec Winters

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Hi, does anyone have a 451 cabrio who lives/drives in harsh winter locations (such as Quebec, Northern Canada, etc) ??I have been receiving many questions as to the durability of the soft top in harsh winter conditions, and have so far heard only of praise.Any comments or suggestions?? Praise would be great too :)Thanks!

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I live in the praries, where it can get extremly cold.I also have owned a 451 cabriolet. The convertable top is better sealed than the 450 model, if you can stand the squeeking rubber seals. I had to keep siliconing them over and over to stop the squeeks.The 451 cabriolet does have a heated glas rear window ,which is an improvement.No block heaters on the 451's.I went back to a diesel 450 cabriolet.(Much better millage)Plug it in for three hours before starting,cover the rad with cardboard,Use the heated seats,and enjoy the drive.

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The rear "heated glass" window in the 451 is great over the plastic rear window in the 450. I have heard of some 450 cabrio where the window has cracked under the extreme cold temperatures. The secret is not to lift the rear hatch when it is cold outside. I am assuming that there is no problem with glass window in the 451.Also, on the old 450 people said that the "Pure" based model cabrio was quite cold because the roof was not insulated. But, the "Pulse" and "Passion" were warmer than the coupes because the roof is insulated. I am assuming the new Cabrio 451 has an insulated roof.

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on the old 450 people said that the "Pure" based model cabrio was quite cold because the roof was not insulated. lated roof.

that helps explain why my pure is such a fridge....brrrrr

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