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Pros: Speed and Handling
Cons: Cost of Repairs
Advice: Unless you can afford to repair a BMW or Mercedes stay away.Quick and peppy just hope you don't have an alignment problem cause each tire costs almost $350.00 a piece and run flats wear alot quicker than normal tires. Stay away from Prestige MINI in Mahwah, NJ. Had to pay and extra month of payments after the lease return date even though the sales manager said it would be no problem. I will never buy or lease another foreign car.
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: 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!!!