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a few friends of mine have them and I've never heard one bad flaw. I wanted to trade my car in and go for a sport loaded british racing green mini

few reviews I dug up for you:
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i hear nothing but good things about the s version.

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I have a few friends that have them. No major problems. The only things I have noticed are sticking clutch pedals, which is actually the pressure plate binding and a few leaking power steering pumps. I would stay away from the newer turbocharged models.

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I have co-workers that got rid of the SUV already for a baseline MINI model. They drive from McHenry to Libertyville for work and are doing cartwheels about getting 48-50mpg

I have an '05 S model. I don't get that kind of mileage because of the heavy right foot. The car is a blast though. It's like a larger version of the karts you get to drive at Chicago Indoor Racing

checking my car log I get on average about 26.7 mpg for city driving

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I think they are cool little cars. if it could haul a dirt bike I'd consider one.




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I think they are cool little cars. if it could haul a dirt bike I'd consider one.
That is why the wifes Vue gets a tow hitch for it. My only concession may have to be an auto trans.

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I have co-workers that got rid of the SUV already for a baseline MINI model. They drive from McHenry to Libertyville for work and are doing cartwheels about getting 48-50mpg

I have an '05 S model. I don't get that kind of mileage because of the heavy right foot. The car is a blast though. It's like a larger version of the karts you get to drive at Chicago Indoor Racing

checking my car log I get on average about 26.7 mpg for city driving

Is there a big difference between the S and the base?

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My girlfriend has one (base model...not the 'S'), it handles, steers and accelerates great...a log of fun to drive. She loves it....60,000 miles and no problems. Nothing on the car feels cheap at all.

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That is why the wifes Vue gets a tow hitch for it. My only concession may have to be an auto trans.
My girl just bought a new '08. It's a regular Cooper w/auto trans but it gets around pretty well. The auto is one of the best I've driven (next to a DSG), it's a 6 speed with a sport mode and flappy paddles. The interior on the new models is great, much improved from the older model. She's got the sunroof which is a must IMO, also bluetooth and the multifunction steering wheel. There's also an ipod adapter that has a usb and 3.5mm jack connection so you can use a variety of devices.

It's averaging 30mpg right now but I expect that to get better as the engine breaks in. This is also pretty much city only mileage, I see 40mpg at 75-80mph on the highway.

I have another friend who bought the base cooper w/5 speed the first year they came out, there were a few recalls but no major problems. It still drives solid and looks good.

The base Cooper has 115hp which is peppy but the S has a 170hp plant, which makes a big difference. I haven't actually driven the new S but the old one with the supercharger was a blast.
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Is there a big difference between the S and the base?
yep. S model now has turbo on the engine instead of supercharger.

the base model is a capable, economical car. the S model adds on all sorts of nifty things like turbocharger, upgraded suspension, wheels, LSD, DSC, HID lights, ...

go play around on their site to find out more info or build the MINI of your choice. really cool flash based site. http://www.miniusa.com/

when you're all done, you just take the printout into a dealership and say gimme one of these and hand over the printout to them.

if you want to go test drive one, there are 3 dealerships in the chicagoland area. schaumburg was the closest one to me but they didn't have too many models available to test drive. they're also rebuilding their facility and their parking lot looks kind of congested now.

I went to the Knauz dealership and drove every single model available two different times before I ordered mine. It's kind of cool just walking in and saying "I'd like to test drive everything." They said no problem. All they did was photocopy my drivers license and insurance card and I was off to play for about 4 hours each time driving all over the North Shore area.

some other sites to check out for more MINI info:

http://www.motoringfile.com/ really cool blog about MINI related stuff by a local chicagoland guy (Gabe Bridger). Lots of tech notes too about how to do modifications to your car

http://northamericanmotoring.com/ is the big forum to check out for MINI info/discussions
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I just bought one. I love it. Very fun to drive. Great fuel economy.

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do it patrick! they are funcars. if it wasnt front wheel drive i would have considered it
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ok I'll bite, whats a zipcar?




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for the mini...my buddys has one that is his wifes..but he like driving it...and he is 6' 4"...and he fits in it...the one thing he hates are the 18" tires on it in the winter..he suggests getting a set of spare rims and winter type tires for the winter season...he said it was like riding in a devil car cause the tires would have the car go anywhere it wanted to go but where he wanted it...so just remeber that for now...he has the s model and supercharged...the turbo model is more efficent with the fuel and powerband...so i would look into a new one if i were you...but they love thier car...and he beats the crap outta it...

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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ok I'll bite, whats a zipcar?
Aren't those the hourly rental cars?

When the Mini's first came out I was working at a Pcar dealer in AZ. There was also a BMW dealer in the group. They got one to compete in a Mini spec racing series. We got to gut the car, install a cage, coilovers, big brakes, lightweight wheels w/ auto-x tires, exhaust and bump up the boost a few PSI. That was one of the most insanely fun cars I have ever driven in a parking lot.
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...the one thing he hates are the 18" tires on it in the winter..he suggests getting a set of spare rims and winter type tires for the winter season...he said it was like riding in a devil car cause the tires would have the car go anywhere it wanted to go but where he wanted it...
I usually recommend that people get the factory 16' and use those for their winter wheels. For what you pay for a set of factory 18's you can get a really nice set of aftermarket wheels.
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