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Pros: pick up and comfort seats
Cons: size and price
Advice: Buy a used one! just as good but price a little better!!Loved the drive and pick up!
Cons: bumpy ride
Advice: Don't put on run flatsGreat car and you won't be able to avoid admiring stares.
Pros: fun factor
Cons: no lowering rear window / dealers far and few between
Advice: no discounts available.Like a Go-Cart on steroids. Fun to drive,easy to wash,great gas milage.
Pros: handling, gas mileage
Cons: umm still thinking
Advice: Try it you will like it.The comfort of the ride is similar to my bosses Caddy. Multiple people can ride in this car and be comfortable.
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.
Pros: Other drivers faces and watching people watch me whip into a mini parking space. Once they applauded.
Cons: Trying to get 3 people into the vehicle
Advice: Don't leave home without oneEnded my 36 mo lease on a 2004 Pepper White Black Top Mini and drove off in a 2006 Blue with Silver Top. Braman Motors in W Palm Beach, FL has a fantastic service center. You wouldn't believe the stuff my wife and I have put into the car with the rear seats down. Its a wonderfully driving car for one or two people.
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.