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When deciding on what my new car should be, everyone I spoke to advised that a Mini would never be the same as the original Mini (as seen in Italian Job); they couldn't be more wrong! After throughly researching and trawling copious amounts of show rooms and forecourts, I found it, my little Mini Cooper D with all the added extras anyone (even the biggest of boy racers) would be proud of, Sat Nav, Parking Sensors, Ipod Connection and Bluetooth, not to mention automatic lights and rain sensor windscreen wipers! As an 07 plate, I was a little on the edge given the age and how cars of such statue were built, however to date (nearly 3 years ago) this little car full to the brim with extras has been the best purchase! I am most certainly one the most proud Mini owners I know. The Mini is a classic shape, powerful yet economic with a tank of diesel costing just over £40 and lasting a drive of approx. 650 miles, not bad for something so small and a classic. With the aid of rear parking sensors, this car can fit into the tightest of spots imaginable. Its comfortable, swish and extremely stylish. Road tax is a dream and at £30 pounds a month can not be turned down. The Mini (as standard) comes with a TLC care pack (depending on the age) which comes in very useful when the car needs an annual or check up (please note things such as tyres are not covered within this package), Mini also offer at a cost for this in essence warranty to be extended for a further 3 years at a cost of £275, well worth it in my estimation. At every service my Mini has been updated with the latest software allowing Sat Nav to be at its best. Don't get me wrong, this car does have a downside. Whilst the interior is spacious, luxurious and full of additional extras and the ability to advise the driver when washer fluid is low or an MOT is due,the compromise is the boot space. I have recently become a mother and with a baby in tow the boot is taken up entirely by the pram. Hello remainder of the car for the week's grocery shopping! Another point, for those reading this with children, please be reminded this car is a hatchback! Whilst the look of the car is up there as the top notch, the practicalities of getting a car seat in and out everyday can sometimes require military and logistical precision, it is do-able. Overall this car is by all means the BEST I have ever driven and I love it dearly; with the prospect of having more children, I may have to part with my second love in life for something more sensible, spacious but most definitely just as nippy and economic......perhaps the Mini Countryman?!
I purchased my Mini Cooper (pepper) 05 plate 3 years ago... I loved the pepper white colour and black stripes, and the stares I recieved as I drove around my local village like a super star!! What began as a beautiful relationship has had it's ups and downs along the way, but I only need to stare through the window at my beautiful car sitting on the drive and I feel a sense of pride that only a mini driver can feel. The mini looks good, it's powerful, i can fit into the smallest of parking spaces and I look good driving it... even without make up on!! There are many positives to this car, but I do feel it is my duty as a mini driver to inform them of some of the issues I have had with my car so you go into your purchase fully informed. I dont feel any negative comments will sway people's jusdgement as I feel once you have made your mind up that this is the car for you, you will buy one regardless of what others say because it is indeed a very good looking car.... the Brad Pitt of motor vehicles! My car has low profile, run flat tyres, which only add to it's devilishly handsome good looks. What i will say however is that when driving on roads which are even slightly neglected, you run the risk of breaking your spine in several places. The mini is not a comfortable drive on rocky terrain. The colour of my car (pepper white/cream) ensures that when I wash my car on a sunday, by monday night I look like someone who couldnt care less about their motor vehicle and has left it to gather dirt for a hundred years! The boot size! I am a teacher and have found the boot causes ongoing disagreements between me and my lovely mini... me shouting "you will fit" my Mini screeming back "that's what you think....." which usually leads to books scattered on the floor. Finally, the cost of repairs on this car is more than I can afford... I have had 4 new tyres in the last 3 years and it ahs cost me a small fortune. I dread the day something goes drastically wrong with my lovely Mini Cooper!! because it may mean I have to look out onto the drive to find a less attractive, cheaper to run car. I love my Mini... i'm just not sure how much it loves me, my bank balance or my luggage!!
I prefer the look of the new mini to the old mini by far, I may be one of the few who has embraced BMW bringing the Mini upto date. I looked into buying a new one but it ends up very expensive. The base price they quote is reasonable, but you must be aware this is for the most basic mini of the type you are looking at and any more extras end up very very expensive. It is not uncommon to add one over 10,000 of extras. This put me off a lot as the car would lose a lot of value over only a few years and in this current climate it did not seem like a sensible financial desicion. I began to consider second hand minis, and like with most cars one that was a couple of years old was half the price. I budgetted for 10,000 and started looking around. I found that at mimi garages you could not get much for that money, and more annoyingly you had no bargaining power. The way I saw it was that they were verycareful who they sold their cars too, they would rather not sell them at all than give you £100 off. I began looking on autotrader and luckily loved the first one I saw and got a good deal on it. The car is great fun to drive. It is not easy and is hard drive with hard supsension. The handling is top class and is likened to driving on train tracks. I love the interier. All the dials are funky and ver modern. The surfaces are easy to clean. The back seat area of the car is actually quite small, but very comfy if you are willing to have no leg room. There are only two seats in the back and it would be near on impossible to putin a car seat. Boot space is almost zero. None of these down sides bother me, so that makes the mini my perfect car!
Having done a review for the original mini i felt it was time i did one for the new MINI. When these new cars came out i was the proud owner of a Rover mini and thus got caught up in the wave of general hatred for this new imposter in our ranks, however sense prevailed and now i have come round to them as a successor to the old design, to the extent that i am currrently saving up for one! There are people who say that the new car is nothing like a mini-too big, bulky and dare i say it ...reliable??!! However i read a quote in a book that in my mind explains it a bit, it said that while cars like the volkswagon golf have evolved over many years, bringing out a new design every year or so , the old mini has been pretty much the same for 50 years therefore the makers of the new MINI have had to imagine what the mini , going through the same process would have evolved into. Personally i think they have done a good job. I had the opportunity to drive one a while ago and found it a pleasure to drive, smooth with great handling while also keeping some of the fun element of driving a old mini. They are not cheap cars but do seem to be coming down a bit recently,how much of this is due to the 'credit crunch' will be interesting to see however they do keep their value more than most other cars. On the MINI website you can construct your own virtual mini,mie started as a base price of around £12,000,after i had added my auto gear box (an option at over a grand) and all the knobs whistles and bells it came to over £21,000! Think i will have to modify my wants list a bit. I'm not going to venture into the whole British/ German debate as i think that has been covered in other reviews and to be honest i just like the car-i don't care where it comes from!
I bought one of the last Mini Cooper Sports from a dealer approx. 6 months after Rover/BMW stopped production. I was actually looking to replace my exisiting Cooper for a newer second hand car and saw this in the dealer showroom. Brand spanking new, unregistered, red/silver, full leather, sports pack, everything I wanted. I paid extra for a three year warranty, had it fully undersealed and protected inside and out with their Supaguard compound. I love the car to bits, it turns heads wherever is goes and is great fun to drive - like all Mini's. I take it to shows up an down the country and am always buying shiny bits for it. Unfortunately, this has all been spoilt by frequent trips to the dealer to sort out a number of problems, namely 3 attempts to sort out crunching reverse, three coolant sensors, rusty chrome trim, replacement ECU, jammed throttle peddle and synchro on second gear is a bit dodgy now, etc. I've had it for just over a year now and am still experiencing niggly problems. Whilst I have the warranty, the dealer is quite good at sorting these out for me without any quibble and I even got a free service from Rover as compensation. But I still can't understand why a car that has been made for 40 years can be suffering from these types of problems. In my humble opinion, it's just penny pinching and quality has suffered. Even the paint on the engine block/head has peeled off and it now looks like it's been taken out of a scrap car. None of my previous Minis have suffered like this. If this is as a result of Rover's brief ownership by our German friends, then they're well shot of them. If you're considering buying a newish Mini, especially twin points from 1997, check the car thoroughly, preferably by an independant inspector. Despite all this, I love the car to bits and if something goes wrong, I don't thump and kick it , cos I know it's not doing it deliberately !! I'll forgive it anything. Any moans and groans ar e soon forgotten when fellow mini drivers flash and wave to say hello. They even park next my car when I'm shopping, just so my Mini isn't lonely !!! Bet you won't see BMW drivers doing that with their clapped out 3 series in 40 years time !!!!! Go on, treat yourself. Get a life, get a (real) Mini.
gr8 little car it runs for how old it is but if u crash ur leg wud get squashed - Advantages: cute, parks easily - Disadvantages: if your tall it is too small. ur knees get stuck, it should have back doors coz u look very unlady-like clambering out of the back, it makes funny noises
I think I am an ideal candidate to be giving my opinion of the new mini, having never driven the old one, I won't make the comparisons and assumptions that many others do. If like me you like to be the first person out in a new car that turns heads then the mini is for you. The looks are great. The features are neat, its comfortable and most of all very enjoyable to drive. I think that the new mini does drive very similarly to a BMW 318i although it is a very different car all together. When sitting at the first set of traffic lights on my test drive I remember doing nothing other than being amazed by the features and fun factor of the interior, although some may find the dashboard slightly impractical. I say this because the only instrument directly behind the steering column is the rev counter, everything else is positioned in the center on the speedometer. I personally think that the mini will have it’s biggest sales in drivers between 20-30 who like small sporty cars but without the shakes and rattles. I would definitely recommend the mini to friends that can fit the BMW budget, and I think that some of the first Mini’s off the production line will retain their value much longer than other models on the market. I would also recommend a few of the options that are available especially air conditioning, and if you are a style freak there are some very nice exterior styling options already available. I was so impressed by my test drive that I have already ordered my mini cooper, with lots of extras, which is due to be delivered in October 2001. Watch this space!
How did we ever get here? A Mini that no longer, well, mini, and with a price tag the other side of £10,000. Now it’s even German – the offspring of the ill-fated marriage between Rover and BMW that ground to an inglorious halt a few months ago. Should we be surprised that many of the features of the original design have disappeared from the near-production version!? The indicator and hazard-warning light repeaters on the indicator stalks and the 1960’s-style starter button have gone in the name of penny-saving. But let’s not get picky. The fact is, the new mini is being billed as a supreme drivers’ car: nippy, agile and willing. An thanks to its larger footprint, front-seat passengers no longer have to peer past their knees when looking left or right. You’ll have to start saving £10,000 if you hope to own the entry-level, 90bhp 1.6 when it arrives in July. But if you’ve got a few more bob to spare, go wild and buy the 115bhp Cooper, or even the manic, supercharged 150bhp Cooper S later in the year. Incidentally, rumour has it that, while selected BMW dealers will stock the cars, there will be purpose-built ‘Mini’ stores in the UK high streets, dedicated to this lovely 60’s comeback.
There has been much coverage of the coming of the new Mini from undercover exclusive shots of pre production models to the vast amount of free publicity given on the news and motoring programmes. This car has been much awaited by fans and car buyers alike but does it match up to the hype and is it worthy of being called a Mini ? I saw it yesterday at the motorshow, the stand sited next door to the BMW one. It looks a very fine car, well proportioned, bigger than a Mini, smooth rounded lines and lots of nice little design touches all around the car. It looks like a modern Mini, you can see the parentage of it yet whilst it appears to be a great little car it has lost the ideal of the original. This car has gone the same way as the new VW Bettle, it is the original in badge only. The originals were great and successful as they were cheap, basic, durable and very useable every day. The successors seem to be just a modern design with a retro feel. They are also far from cheap due to all the extra equipment now fitted, they are modern cars trying to cash in on the original's image. A good car no doubt but it won't be around for as long as the original.
Right, Mini. A motoring icon that sold hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of cars worldwide, but was plagued with safety concerns, under Rover, the Mini retained it's shape, and barely passed safety tests. Now it's BMW's turn. Merc have Smart. Now BMW have Mini, and like Mercedes will section it off as it's own brand. So, is the new Mini any good? Well, not having driven it before (like the majority of the world I cannot say what it drives like, but I can say that it looks very impressive. However, if you go by the people at BMW and MINI they say it is the most exciting and fun car that they have ever driven (but surely it can't beat the M3 or M5?). I think they might just be over enthusiastic here. Very solid looking, it seems the small saloon has jumped up a class and yet it is instantly recognisable as a Mini. Great design work has been put in, and I'm sure it'll be a huge success for BMW, as long as they price it right. The dials are 'retro' looking, and the interior is all very aluminium orientated. The roof is very striking as it is a different colour to the actual car body. The all new car should arrive mid way through 2001 (in June) and is set to redefine style and fashion. With 3 models scheduled for launch: the MINI, the Mini cooper and of course the Mini Cooper S and will all be 1.6 litre cars, but wil be joined by a 1.4i later on in the year. The range will be from £10K all the way up to £16K - presumably for the Cooper S as it is the fastest model variant. The car is still small, but it's bigger (only by an inch or two) and still has a tiny boot, but four adults could squeeze in. If you're a fan of the old model, then you may consider this as a future buy.
I think that this new bigger size of the "mini" produced from "BMW" is great. It is very thing you want from a car today. It is big but at the same time not too big and, small, but not too small. It is extremally stylish, so it has the good looks of a "mini" like it's shape, but it has been made a lot more curved, and has been made modern to suit this millennium, with not too many bumbs in the car just smooth curves.
I feel that the Mini could never, ever be matched in any way, by any car. I believe that the new Mini is not intended to replicate the old one, to match it in characteristics, or to fully replace it. But i think it is designed to provide a new, modern, stylish, safe, and solid car, that is a much more acceptable car for the year 2000 and beyond. It has tried to incorporate some of the old Mini charm, style, and lovability, but it will never have the same affect will it? The new one certainly will be one to look out for, but won't really be the same. It is a practical solution to re-opening the love affair between the Mini and the British public, but I think it is terrible that a German company has such a British icon; how could the idiots have let go of our best little car ever? Will the new one have a German flag on the roof?????