(Closed) Any of you ladies drive a Mini-Cooper?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just want to say that I am super jealous. We have a yaris and it is great and everything but my Fiance and I definately want a mini for our next car.

Post # 5
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They are actually a wicked, little car. When I first met my Fiance he was just looking for a new car to replace his 91 honda civic. He test drove a bunch of cars and the 09 yaris was the one he liked the most. I at first made fun of him because it is like a soccer mom’s car but after being in it (so roomy and big on the inside) and seeing the gas/km ratio, it is truely a great car.

Post # 6
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Be careful!  The true cost of ownership is quite high.  It is a race car so the tires are thinner and therefore, you go through them WAY faster than any other normal car or truck.  I believe tires for a Cooper run about $400 EACH.  You may want to check on that with your local dealership, though.  Also, since it is a racing car, you need premium gas and you must get tune ups that add more of all the necessary liquids far more often than any other normal car or truck.  Do a bit more research with dealers and/or mechanics in your area but they are PRICEY to own.

Post # 8
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My husband has a MINI Cooper S and he found one at a very low mileage for $14k. He is in love with it and I agree it’s a pretty cool little car but I sometimes get annoyed by how small it is. This is really only a problem if we want to take friends out though. It’s completely fine for two people.

I’m not sure that’s true that the tires are that expensive but I’ll have to find out. The car came with “run-flat” tires that were super thin because there is no room for a spare due to the engine being a monster. Maybe it’s the run-flats that are more expensive? We since switched to regular tires and got AAA instead for if/when we get a flat tire. The run-flats make for a really bumpy ride because they are so thin.

Find a shop you can really trust to do your repairs because they are expensive. Thanks, BMW!

Good thing about MINI’s is their drivers are FANATICS. Wherever you are in the world, I bet you can find a local mini motoring club forum that can give you really great advice.

EDIT Mini’s consistently have one of the highest (if not the top) resale values. Something to consider. 🙂

Post # 11
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Nope, but I want one!!!! Soooo bad!

Post # 12
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a 2005 MINI S and I LOVE IT.  It’s true that maintenance is super expensive if you take it to a dealership (and there aren’t a ton of dealerships).  But I found a local mechanic who specializes in MINIs and his prices are super reasonable.  I haven’t had a lot of trouble with it at all and I love driving it.  I put premium gas in mine cause it’s an S (sport), but I don’t know if they’re all like that.  Also, the run-flat tires are more expensive, but I don’t think they’re as high as $400 each.  I can’t remember, but I feel like I would’ve remembered if they were $400.  Depends on where you get them I guess.  I think they’re like $250 from discount tire, but I might be wrong.

Definitely recommend the MINI.  As long as you don’t need lots of space, of course.

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