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Anyone know about Minis?

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by reflexboy, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. reflexboy

    reflexboy Senior Member

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    The fairer half is thinking of chopping the Jeep in for a mini .
    What are the panel's thoughts on a 09-10 Mini Cooper Auto 1.6... Diesel or petrol? Economy is not really an issue. Getting the better engine is.
     
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    People with minis do tend to love them however they really are small and overtaking trucks in the rain at 75 on the outside lane of a motorway is not for the faint hearted. You will also have run flat tyres in them knowing BMW ...not a fan of those ... But I have known a few folk who have had them and not aware of any faults that they suffer from...
     
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    The mini Has a really good reputation and the depreciation on these little cars is low, and there chassis can handle a lot more power than BMW gave it, so as far as I am concearned you are on to a winner
     
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    Tend to be Marmite cars......those that love them LOVE them......I do not like them and believe that there are much better value cars available......even from BMW.

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    Citroen DS3 better car .
     
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    I'm running a Cooper S at the moment for work runs, done 15K since May..... came out of a 2012 204 and if I'm honest I'd have the 204 back like a shot.

    The Mini gives me around 38mpg on long runs and less than 29mpg on short ones. The car rattles and squeeks inside like a bag of spanners, the engine rattles like a marble in a tin can, I reckon my engine may only last a few thousand miles more.

    The seats are at best described as torture, the steering is so direct you relax for a second and your off roading, the tyre wear rate on the front is mental - 8K and worn out.

    On the plus side the power and handling is awesome.

    In short my advice would be to steer clear and buy something that will last longer.

    Signed a very dissapointed BMW Mini Cooper S owner.... Thank God it's a company car and will be handed back soon.
     
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    It's French, with French electrics. End of.
     
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    You will be charging down the motorway and the engine will just stop ....and demand something... It will not start for 24 hours then it will restart for no obvious reason... Wait a few months and repeat as nauseum.... As they used to say try Google search for French Military victories and choose 'I feel lucky' instead of the main search....

    Sorry too many experiences with French to endorse anything French ..(and I have a number of French friends ) aside from food and wine...
     
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    47p2 (John) hopefully he will see your thread, as far as I know his wife has a mini! If John doesn't see this then maybe you could send him a pm!
     
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    What's your take on the new MERCEDES A class with the Renault chassis and power plants built in Kecskemet Hungary then? ;)
     
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    My wife has had her Mini now for over 2 years, hers is a 2008 facelift model and it does what it says on the tin. She seems happy enough with it. Apart from petrol and a service it has cost nothing. Well built, no rattles, feels solid, corners like Minis corner. Would I buy one...no, but SWMBO is happy and that's what matters
     
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    No....the original mini was small.....the BMW incarnation is a medium sized car by comparison. My daughter has just bought one, so too soon to know what may lie ahead, but she loves it, just as I loved mine when it was my first car. :)
     
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    Having been in one the other day I can confirm they ARE small...
     
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    I posted in the thread where we reviewed it Amongst the members here that i didn't like it ;) I just think French stuff is crap ..but so too was Rover/British Leyland ... In my opinion...
     
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    The cooper s in the turbo variant does Indeed run a PSA engine, and is very well known for major engine faults with the timing gear and valve train. I'm not certain if other models share the engine in NA form, but I would stay clear too much involvement by the French makers!
     
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    That's the point I was trying to make really. Such is the Pan- European / joint manufacturer nature of car construction now that to categorise any model as "belonging" to any country is over-simplistic and may possibly get a potential buyer in trouble. Witness the case in point the British assembled French drive train'd German parented "Mini" . In terms of the word "Mini" its as relevant as calling it British. Why not call it a BMW city car [ that's not meant to be disparaging by the way] ---- it would be more honest.
     
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    In other words dont let her buy one ! lol
     
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    You're all wrong - they're smig. Or ball. Whichever....

    They have done an amazing job of making them big - Golf sized - on the outside, and small and pokey ye olde mini size on the inside.

    You normally have to buy a Jeep or a Volvo XC to get that.
     
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    wife was in love with this idea, she had various original Mini's, but everyone we spoke to still in the industry talked nothing but horror stories. Even friends that had owned them warned her off.
    She then went for the idea of a Fiat 500 to use as a shopping trolley......!!!!!!!!! That was never going to happen. So she sensibly bought a Nissan Micra..............an OLD Nissan Micra at that!!! However, all joking to one side, i have to say that not even the Merc can be as much fun as that thing on a country lane.........reminds me alot about the original Mini, but with creature comforts, cheap tax, cheap insurance, 40+mpg and not being bothered by car park dents every time I go to clean it!!!
     

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