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Pros: Vehicle appearance & appeal.
Cons: Car just begs to be driven.
Advice: Push BMW to give mini its 100,000 mile warranty.AT 80,000 miles car was making a funny noise. Took a while to find cause: bearings on flywheel failed, damaging CVT trans. Even though it should not have happened, it was an expensive repair. Give Mini credit for picking up 60% of the bill, even though car was out of warranty. Other than basic maint. & tires, no other issue. Dealership has been superb.
Advice: Just do your research before going to the dealership or they will really take advantage of you. Also if you are young like I am, you may want to take your parents with you.This was the first time I went to any dealership, and I was looking for an upgrade from my 1994 Chevrolet Beretta. The first time I test drove the Mini I was hooked. Very roomy for a small car and although I'm not a fan of leather seats, I found them to be very comfortable. The car I test drove was the car I ended up purchasing. This car has a great resale value even though I plan on keeping mine forever! The handling is wonderful, the ride is smooth, and when I drive mine I feel like I am driving a go-kart. Very tight steering and cuts corners nicely. My last car was a 6 cylinder, but my mini can keep up just as good and gets great gas mileage. I find it perfect for my college/work lifestyle. The monthly payments are also very affordable.