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High maintenance after first three years.
Pros: Quick and easy to drive. Supercharger is great, but gas mileage is low, almost the same as my wife's cross over.
Cons: High vibrationAlthough there is no maintenance costs for the first three years, the maintenance schedule is little and far between. Oil is changed once a year or whenever the mileage count down indicates. The placement of the air conditioner is low in the engine compartment where road grim and water spray affects the switch that engages the high speed fan causing the fan to cycle on and off every minute or so. I've chnaged my system three times since I've owned my Mini. Further the road noise it transmitted into the passenger compartment to a much greater extent than other vehicles. The vibration through the suspension causes damage as well. I've had to replace my motor mounts, and either due to mechanic error or excessive vibration, the oil receptical where the filter is attached cracked. The could have been due to mechanic error as it only began after I had an oil change. Replacing the motor mounts and correcting the oil leak was in the $4000 range. Finally, Mini of Hawaii doesn't have a viewing area so you can watch what the mechanics are doing, so you don't have an opportunity to watch them put minor scratches and dings in the car as they work. They do road test, but they must really drive hard because I've picked up my car only to notice new checks in the edges of my rims. The car is very hard on tires. I' tend to change my tires every 8 months. The act of tire changing is another problem as they always scratch my rims. That has lead to a secondary business of rim repair.
Afternoon Drive Therapy
Pros: Converitible top
Cons: small trunkSurprisingly roomy, just plain fun. Very quick with great handling and pretty good accelleration. Can take driver and three others fairly comfortably for short distances. Continues to elicit positive comments from onlookers. Negatives include thin paint, small trunk. It's been a blast and I would get another one.
Pros: The exterior
Cons: the poor quality and depreciation
Advice: It is a cute car but very high maintenance. Don't buy one if you don't have time to sit in the service center.I love the look of the Mini and think it is the cutest car on the road. However, I was greatly disappointed in the qualty of its components. I have a rattle in the car that required five visits to the dealrship to fix and it is still not fixed. The radio went out and had to be replaced. The seat heater on the passenger side had to be replaced after three months. The clock was broken and had to be replaced. The air conditioner motor needs to be replaced. I need two front tires due uneven wearing - not sure why that happened. The dealership I use for service is sick of seeing me so often. I tried to trade it in for a new car, but the depreciation for only one year was $10,000.00! So I am stuck with a lemon, a cute lemon but a lemon non-the less. I just want to pay it off and get rid of it.
Pros: Super Charger
Cons: Instrument Cluster
Advice: Look at the mx-5Nice car. But not as sporty as i imagined. 2006 MX-5 Miata is much more fun and a better value.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!