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Pros: The overall gestalt of the thing.
Cons: Run flat tires are very expensive and don't wear too well - but certainly grip and go.The MINI S is both way hot and way cool, a banger and a pleasure car, my truck for hauling (on the sturdy and cute roof rack and in the back (seats down). Good sound system, often playing very loud. Would be a chick magnet if I were 40 years younger, I think. Even so it's a head turner, and really impresses my grandkids. Seems very well made, solid and sturdy after six years with no problems. Handles as well as any car I've driven, including some fairly big guys. But hate the run flats. I'd trade some handling for high end conventional tires and a 'canned air' flat fixer.
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.
MINI Cooper's One Major Flaw
Cons: Unable to by transmission parts.I love this car. It has one major flaw. This flaw was discovered when an aftermarket part failed and damaged my transmission. MINI does NOT sell replacement parts for the transmission, if any thing goes wrong you have to replace the whole transmission! This makes out of warranty transmission problems VERY Expensive. This is a flawed company policy that will keep me from recommending this car to friends and family.
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.
Lovin My ClubmanS
Pros: FUN, Handling n Performance
Cons: Heavy power steer, ut you get used to it pretty fast.WOW! It's not the Fastest I've ever driven, but it so makes up for it in fun. And I'm not talking about midweek, scrabble playin fun, I'm talkin about Late Saturday night, out with your best friends, and you don't know where you are, kind of fun!!! This car gives you that all by itself... and it's even better when you toss your friends in.
Pros: No two are alike I own three and even though I tried all are different
Cons: not enough twisty roads
Advice: rent before you buy its always best to spend some time together firstVehicle is outragous and the service department well not a good part!