Convertibles have largely fell out of favor with the American buying public. It wasn’t that long ago that General Motors offered convertible versions of its compact sedans—remember the Cavalier and Sunfire convertibles? Imagine a Cruze convertible today.
Those who seek a convertible from GM will need to shop the Chevrolet Camaro, but heed this warning: the Camaro convertible won’t operate the top in cold temperatures. Jalopnik reported last Thursday that the convertible top wouldn’t budge at a temperature under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The previous day, it worked with an outside temperature slightly above 40 degrees.
While top-down driving in brisk temperatures isn’t ideal weather for a convertible, it’s quite cozy with the heat running at full blast and wind in one’s face. Jalopnik reached out to Chevrolet to understand why the Camaro convertible gave a hard “no” to putting the top down.
It appears the car will throw an information message on the driver information center that reads “Temperature Too Low, Top Disabled” when the car detects temperatures of 38 degrees or lower. Chevrolet explained the convertible top features “fluid used in the kinematic structure of the top [that] doesn’t build up to full pressure in colder temperatures.”
No, this isn’t another “blinker fluid” kind of joke. The hydraulic fluid works to operate the soft-top roof and store it away neatly in the trunk.
But, there’s another convertible that doesn’t offer this kind of restriction: the Ford Mustang. Jalopnik also reached out to Ford to see if the Camaro’s chief rival offered a similar temperature restriction. Ford’s answer? “No.”
We doubt that many owners want to ride around with the top down in chilly temperatures, but for those that live for a chilly morning jaunt, the Camaro is not the convertible for you.