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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.
Pros: Handling is incredible
Cons: Honestly, not being able to drive it more and further
Advice: DO NOT test drive unless you are ready to buy one !!!!The only reason I gave a 4 for performance is I got the Mini Cooper, not the S, for gas mileage. Words cannot describe how much FUN they are to drive. You cannot even feel the automatic CVT transmission shift unless you watch the tach. You can actually get the gas mileage they claim, sometimes even better. Leaving the house was never so much fun. Well, got to go get something at the store. Probably somewhere as far as possibe. TOO MUCH FUN FOR ONE CAR!!
Pros: Top and handling
Cons: back up visibility, but you get used to it...love the back up sensors
Advice: If you want fun and economy with great handling - buy it!!More fun to drive than my Audi TT Roadster...love the sunroof and top. Brakes, transmission and steering are all excellent. Always over 35 to the gallon..
Pros: This car handles better than any car I have driven. Steering response is superb, since the lock to lock is 2.5 turns and the suspension system is designed to match.
Cons: Nothing- the car is outstanding.
Advice: Make sure you get limited slip differential and special suspension system. This allows crisp cornering.I had a MIata. Wonderful car. The Mini takes corners with ease and always seems capable of more. The Mini S is very quick, has excellent acceleration and if one drives with care, high mileage is possible on the highway: 44.1 mpg one time, 41.5 another. Around my small town, 30mpg. Sound system is super. I enjoy feeling the road. Seats are very comfortable. Car has numerous safety features. Visibility is superior to that of vast majority of cars. Interior is roomy. We have taken four with ease and comfort. My son is 6/2 and he says it is the nicest car he has ever driven. Ride is quiet at high speeds. Corners are fun to take even just darting around town. My wife loves this car- she wants a Mini, too. Boot is roomy and the fold down seats create even more. This car is fun, efficient, adaptable and has personality other vehicles can only dream of.
Cons: Haven't found the down-side yet.
Advice: Don't expect to haul a 4x8 piece of plywood in it but it does just fine for a weekend's worth of bagage for me and the wife. The back seats will do OK for taking another couple to dinner but don't think you want to take anyone on a road trip back there.I was looking at Mercedes SLKs and CLKs and BMW 3 series convertibles. But with gas prices what they are, I saw the Mini Cooper S (same dealership as the BMW) and fell in love with it. Handles great, accelerates like a rocket - couldn't justify the additional cost and it out-performs my '67 Triumph GT6.
Pros: Convertible Convertible Convertible Performance Performance Performance!!!!!
Cons: Most BMW dealers are not Mini dealers and most Mini dealers seem to be ignorant, lying jerks
Advice: Buy through a credit union or inland state to avoid huge markups. Some dealers wanted $7995 over MSRP in CAI am 5'8' and my teenagers do not have much legroom in back. The back seat is not very comfortable, weirdly shaped. The front seats are comfortable. The base stereo is quite nice sounding with all types of music. Love the stereo controls on the steering wheel. Cruise control is well laid out. The handling is totally awesome especially after you dump the run-flats and get real tires with a compressor/repair kit. The acceleration pushes you back in your seat above 3000RPM. Shifts like a dream. Clutch has very nice feel. Parks in the tiniest spots. Once I found Nick Alexander BMW/Mini the service has been very good. The other two dealers I dealt with in the LA area left very much to be desired. Power steering pump went out about 15000 miles, top was replaced due to rubbing marks from being too tight. There was a rattle in the roof bracket above my window. Were some trim problems. Nick Alexander took care of them all under warranty without any BS. LOVE DRIVING MY MINI!!!
Cons: cup holders
Advice: I reccomend the mini cooper, especially the S!!!!I enjoyed the test drive so much I had to buy a mini. The mini handles so well. It truly makes driving fun. The only hard part is, even after I reach my destination, I want to keep driving. I always want to drive my mini, it defines the word fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!