Well, my initial impression of the Mustang's convertible top wasn't very good. I hit the little button to retract the top, heard whirring motors, and nothing happened aside from the windows going down. With the visors up, I couldn't see the two latches securing the front corners of the top to the windshield frame, and there was no warning light on the dash to explain why the top wasn't stowing. So long as I kept my finger on the button, those motors were laboring. Finally, I lowered the visors and (barely) saw the black latches against the black top. Once I managed to do my part, the top stowed and the fun began. Of course, an owner would know where the latches are.
It's too bad the Mustang convertible has so much cowl shake from the loss of rigidity and "character" from the live-axle setup. There's absolutely no reward from pushing this car on the roads around Ann Arbor. If you're just looking to go cruising with the top down, I guess it performs well enough, but there's no hiding the fact that this particular platform has been pushed about as far as it can be and that a more modern replacement is needed. Soon.
The Mustang is a lot of fun, but there are several better bets for a $36k+ convertible or roadster.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor