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#1921 of 2671 Another satisfied MINI owner here
Aug 05, 2004 (1:31 pm)
I currently own 2 MINIs:
2002 Cooper CVT with 25K miles
2004 Cooper S with 11K miles.
The '04 MCS has been totally TROUBLEFREE and absolutely ZERO issues, nothing, nada in 10 months and 11K miles since taking delivery. The car is built like a bank vault and no rattles, buzzes or any other indications of less than desirable build quality. Very, very happy with the car and my dealer, Lauderdale MINI in Ft Lauderdale, FL has been nothing sort of fantastic.
My wife's 2002 Cooper CVT has also been troublefree and the powertrain and transmission are working like the finest Swiss watch. We had some very minor first year issues with the car, but by the second year the car has been absolutely troublefree. About a month ago it received its second Oil change service at the 24K mile mark.
We have driven at least 10K miles worth of roadtrips all over the Eastern US in the Cooper CVT and this car simply loves the highway.
If anyone has any specific questions about the Cooper CVT or the Cooper S, feel free to post them here and I will try my best to answer them in the least amount of time possible.
#1922 of 2671 Trouble free 2003 MINI CVT
Aug 05, 2004 (9:49 pm)
Another CVT owner here.....15k trouble free miles. The 2005s have hit the streets here in San Francisco. I'm looking forward to seeing more motorers in the Bay Area.
#1923 of 2671 Re: Another satisfied MINI owner here [frankcoopers]
Aug 13, 2004 (4:12 pm)
It is so confusing - this reliability issue. Can I get some confirmations that the 2004s showed improvement? I've ordered an 05 S just this week and it should be here in about 6 weeks. Although I can be impetuous, I'd like to know that I'm basing this decision on some logical information.
I'm assuming that Consumer Report's auto eval was on the current model. What's the deal? Yes it's only a guide, but they are usually dependable. It truly makes me concerned.
#1924 of 2671 Re: Another satisfied MINI owner here [hollyg]
Aug 13, 2004 (4:58 pm)
I own two 04 MINIs. One MC CVT, one MCS. Both trouble free.
#1925 of 2671 Re: Another satisfied MINI owner here [crunch]
Aug 13, 2004 (6:04 pm)
thanks...........Now how does it handle in the snow and ice. Should I get DSC? or is that really not necessary..........And, tell me about the comfort. I hear all this stuff complaining of sore rumps. I was not able to get out on the highway, but I was able to get around Boston. It didn't seem uncomfortable, but then it was only 20 minutes.
Aug 13, 2004 (9:25 pm)
On the reliability issue, you're looking for hard answers to soft questions. There's not enough data yet to slice/dice out the 04s and draw any hard conclusions. All you can say is that the trend seems to be improving. Like the stock market, it could turn around and go the other way.
Honestly, if you're sweating it this much, you might want to consider something else. Whether things have improved or not, if it unlikely a Mini is going to be as reliable as any of the competing Japanese products - BMW hasn't produced ANY car that has matched the better Japanese car's reliability. Some risk taking and dealing with problems is part of the Mini experience. Of course, it's part of owning any car - no make is perfect. All you can do is select a make where the odds are a bit better.
#1927 of 2671 Re: [markjenn]
Aug 14, 2004 (8:02 am)
I hear you; you're right. So if I put the reliability thing to the side, I still have questions about snow and ice. It seems like I see less minis in the winter. Since this will be my regular car, and not a weekend one, it's important to know how it handles in the snow/ice. Is DSC helpful or is it a needless extra?
Aug 14, 2004 (8:18 am)
I'm sure some of the people who live in snowy climates can give you first-hand reports. You might want to log onto another, more traffic'ed Mini forum to get more.
Based on what I've heard, the Mini does very well in marginal traction, with, of course appropriate tires. It is low-slung though, especially the S, so you shouldn't plan on tackling really rough conditions. IOW, if you live in Boston and need to get to work each and every day, without other options on bad snow days, probably not a good choice - a small SUV would be a lot better. Again, I think the key is to buy dedicated snow tires on separate wheels.
Yes, I think DSC would be a worthwhile option for any conditions.
You've made the order, I say let it ride. After a year, I'm very happy with my choice and I often get cold feet about this time. Where else can you get this kind of fun in a car for $20K or so?
#1929 of 2671 Don't buy an SUV!
Aug 14, 2004 (7:29 pm)
Holly, if you live in Boston, there's no reason why you (or anyone else living in urban centres for that matter) would need a SUV to go around town. People have bought into the hype that if you live in an area where there's such a thing as winter, then you can't go without 4WD or AWD. Come on, let's be realistic. Unless you love spending way more in gas than everybody else, I wouldn't go for it. I live in Canada, probably in a much harsher climate than Boston, and most people here have FWD cars (including me) and we're fine. If most of your commute is city driving, it's a much better idea to have good winter tires on your car than having 4WD/AWD. On a similar note, I've never, ever seen a Mini in the snow as of yet, but I would imagine they'd be pretty good in terms of traction. Have fun with your Mini!
#1930 of 2671 Re: Don't buy an SUV! [Canc]
Aug 15, 2004 (3:42 am)
-- Unless you love spending way more in gas than everybody else...
Give me a break! We are talking about a MINI here not Honda. The MINI is at 24/33 MPG. You can get an AWD Toyota RAV4 that gets 22/27 MPG and is a lot more useful in winter situations and has more room. Even over several years worth of driving, that is not "way more gas". Small SUVs are very useful in certain situations and in the situation like Boston in the winter, it makes much more sense (as an only vehicle) than a MINI.