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#1 Old 08-06-2011
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Too hot to drive the SLK

I miss driving with the top down. Too darn hot. I know some of you in hotter climates are laughing at me right now, but I don't care. Heat index feels like 105 with what seems like 100% humidity. I'm sliding off my seat from the sweat when I make a turn (yes I'm wearing pants I know someone would say something to that effect if I didn't clear that up haha know u guys too well).

Can't wait for October in Florida. Seriously considering becoming a snow bird and migrating north for the summers. Like Canada. Do they drive on the correct side of the road up there? Just checking.
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I tend to agree. While I have only had the SLK since May I have found the following:

Above 90F - Keep the top up & A/C on.

85 - 90 - Top down with A/C on.

75 to 85 - The sweet spot !

60 to 75 - Top down with the Airscarf on

Below 60 - Top up

FWIW the hard top was one of the reasons I bought the SLK. The wife had a Mustang GT convertible in the 90's and I discovered that in TN we had the top up 80+% of the time. The soft top was noisy & cold.
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I hear ya. In southern AZ it's pretty much too hot to drive with the top down during any day from mid-May through late September. My strategy is to go for a de-stressing cruise after sunset. Even at 97 degrees, it's tolerable to drive top-down if there's no sun.

At least here we can drive up into the mountains to get away from the heat. Sorry for you folks in flat Florida.
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Hmm.....

I agree that it can be too hot sometimes to have the top down. When we came back from Le Mans in 2009, it was just too much especially on my uncovered arms. Had to put the top up and a/c on.

I also agree that there is a sweet spot, though I'd venture 70-80 degF. I we waited until 75+ we wouldn't have many days when the top would come down. Heck even 60 is mild here.

We don't have airscarf in our SLK, but top-down is pretty much any dry day when I've remembered to close the lid seperator. I especially like cold frosty mornings with bright sunshine, air temp below freezing, head in woolly hat..
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Come on guys put your big boy panties on and tough it out. It looks good to have the top down. But then again I tell my wife that I don't sweat. LOL
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I miss driving with the top down. Too darn hot. I know some of you in hotter climates are laughing at me right now, but I don't care. Heat index feels like 105 with what seems like 100% humidity. I'm sliding off my seat from the sweat when I make a turn (yes I'm wearing pants I know someone would say something to that effect if I didn't clear that up haha know u guys too well).

Can't wait for October in Florida. Seriously considering becoming a snow bird and migrating north for the summers. Like Canada. Do they drive on the correct side of the road up there? Just checking.
I LMAO reading this:

Yes we do drive on the right side of the road and yes we do get SUN birds (WE are the Snow Birds).. I was also wondering does anyone esle feel that when in traffic, the cage tends to get hotter? (Cage as in your foot area where the pedals are)

Here is another question. When you turn on the Defroster for the front Windshield, why is it only the HOT air comes out? Why not have the regulator of the Temperature.. Unless there is one and I just can't find mine. Because driving in the summer, when mercury hits 35.00° Celsius (95.00° Fahrenheit) and rain comes down, you barricade yourself inside the hard top, only to blow Hotter air? Wassupwidtht?
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I miss driving with the top down. Too darn hot. I know some of you in hotter climates are laughing at me right now, but I don't care. Heat index feels like 105 with what seems like 100% humidity. I'm sliding off my seat from the sweat when I make a turn (yes I'm wearing pants I know someone would say something to that effect if I didn't clear that up haha know u guys too well).

Can't wait for October in Florida. Seriously considering becoming a snow bird and migrating north for the summers. Like Canada. Do they drive on the correct side of the road up there? Just checking.
We seem to be getting hotter and hotter summer weather and this year was another, "Toronto Canada" area. Most days if I went out for a drive I just had to have the top up and air on. We drive on the same side as you.
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Dj, I feel for you. We just got the news today that August was the hottest month in years here in Az. My Garage was at 143 since i don,t have A/c in the Garage. Even if you put the shades over the windshield and have the windows rolled down the steering wheel is too hot to touch. I found i a great way to stay cool. I just walk into a Circle K they now got walk in Beer Coolers i stand in there for 1/2 Hour if the clerk comes in and ask me what i m doing i drop on the floor and look for my Contact Lens. LOL. Works everytime. Btw since we had a hell of a hot summer across the Us we will see alot of snow. So Nov. comes around i am heading towards the S.e Florida Panhandle with plenty of Snowchains. I will set up shop on the side of the road and watch business go thru the roof. I know you Guys will need them.
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Top up below 60? Just put the airscarf on full blast and turn on the heaters. I've driven in 30degree (farenheit) weather with the heater on max and the airscarf on, and as long as the windows are rolled up it traps enough hot air around you that you can have the top down no problem!

On the flip side I do agree that temps above 100F are too hot for top down driving. It's not the temperature itself, but that blistering summer texas sun beating down on you that hurts.

Either way, enjoy that SLK!
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Top down below 60? I love to drive with the top down on a cold clear day, or even better, on a cold clear night!

Just put the blowers on if needed and enjoy the sound of your exhaust when the roads are empty - ahhh bliss!
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I'm looking fwd to trying out the diff temp days. I've been crazy enough to be on a motorcycle when it was below freezing (0C, 32 so being in a heated car with a windscreen and BIG fairing should be no problem!

I guess the heat and sun is worse, bc you can always cover up to stay warm.
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Because the car is always parked outside, I won't drop the roof if I think there is too much ice on the seals. Last thing I want is to tear a roof seal. I'd guess that -5 degC is pretty much the coolest that I've had the top down, cooler than that and the old ears get too cold for me.

As for when it's too hot. It's not the temperature I have a problem with as such (this is England afterall). If the sun is right overhead and I have a tee-shirt on, my forearms just get completely roasted, especially when stuck stationary in traffic. Being a follicly challenged, freckly Englishman; salmon pink sun-burned forearms is neither fashionable, comfortable or healthy. Just horrible and I don't care if that makes me a wimp. If I know it's going to be a roaster, then a long-sleeved shirt is the ticket and I'm good to go.
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I visit Florida in the summer and no way would I drive with the top down. 100% humidity is no fun and I find myself not wanting to leave the house sometimes. We are in mid 90s everyday here but it's dry heat so sometimes I do drop the top and get strange stares.

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With top down - AC on with windows up sure helps in direct sun w/ high humidity. I've also found that wearing a wide brim sun hat instead of a baseball cap helps. Thought it would blow off....but it's stayed on so far. Wifey says it looks "dorky".


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