We are interested in purchasing a VW Beetle for our daughter as it is her dream car and she will soon be off to college. Having never owned a convertible, I have a few questions. Do they truly get much colder in winter? Are they ok to drive in the winter or does snow have bad effects on the convertible tops? Has anyone had problems in general with their convertible tops i.e. getting stuck, not operating correctly, cracking/damage? I've also heard that convertible tops are easier access for thieves to cut open and steal from? Lastly, I understand the love of the beetle...I've always loved them myself but...are we looking at costly upkeep in general? I've read a few posts here and I'm feeling a bit leery. We are looking at a 2006 or newer model (with heated seats...low miles 40,000 under if possible. Thanks for any insight or help vw beetle community...it's much appreciated!