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MINI Cooper, Hatchback
Apr 10, 2001 (11:27 am)
I agree completely - A Mini is similar to a Porsche 911, Boxter or a Miata. I'd much rather be in a New MINI than a Miata in a crash. Look at how well a New Beetle does in a crash, I bet the New MINI will do at least as well, if not better. I may head up to the New York Auto show to take a look at one in person. Still patiently waiting for my 2002 New Mini Cooper S.
Apr 10, 2001 (8:00 pm)
I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#24 of 2671 Mini Safety
Apr 11, 2001 (5:48 am)
Well I think the Mini might be a little weird safety wise. Certainly with all the airbags and other safety features the Mini is decidely not a death trap. Still it is rather small and while I like small cars I must admit there is a coralation between size and safety (under the assumption that you actually crash, the best safety feature is a car that handles well with a good driver) so I suspect that you might get more moderately serious injuries than you would get in a larger car but that you could survive any of the injuries that do happen.
#25 of 2671 Discovered an excellent Mini website
Apr 11, 2001 (11:42 am)
Check out www.mini2.com - billed as the #1 unofficial Mini website - lot's of interesting info.
BMW's updated their Mini website as well - www.miniusa.com - more info there than in the past.
Even more pumped about my New Mini - if that's possible. C'mon early 2002!
#26 of 2671 Hi rickrover- Thanks for the link...
Apr 11, 2001 (4:43 pm)
For those that don't have a chance to swing by there, please keep us posted on any new information ya find there! Happy Motoring!
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#27 of 2671 mini dealers in NC
Apr 13, 2001 (6:36 am)
Does anyone know if any BMW dealers in North Carolina have been confirmed as Mini dealers?
#28 of 2671 Official Dealer Annoucement
Apr 13, 2001 (12:04 pm)
BMW will announce the 70 chosen dealers on April 16th. Check their Mini website: www.miniusa.com after the 16th for the official list. You can check there now to see how many proposed dealers there are for North Carolina. I live in Florida but bought an M Coupe last year from Flow BMW in Winston-Salem NC. Flow BMW is one of the best BMW dealers I've ever dealt with - hopefully they will be a Mini dealership. Ask for Sheri Blakely in sales, she's fantastic.
May 02, 2001 (2:39 pm)
I hear the chassis of the new mini is incredibly complex. It is supposed to be one of the best handling cars ever. Anyone know a price yet for the US. They are supposed to be so cheap in europe that BMW isn't going to make much money off them.
May 03, 2001 (9:59 am)
Europe will get a cheaper version of the Mini than the U.S. that will have a smaller engine and a lower trim level - see www.mini.com for european Mini details
The U.S. will get a Mini Cooper that is supposed to start around $18,000 and the supercharged Mini Cooper S will be priced around $25,000.
#31 of 2671 S will be lower; current Mini estimate at $21
May 03, 2001 (11:19 am)
I talked to a rep at the NYC autoshow for awhile, and that's what she knew. I've also seen other estimates at the 18/21k range for the two models.
$25 would price itself out of the market.
The UK base version is called the "One".
BMW has already lost a ton of money on their dabbling into UK autos, so clearing a little profit will be a big step up for them.