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#2530 of 2671 Re: MPG 2006 v 2007 [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 05, 2008 (2:58 pm)
I can confirm all of that. I did much the same thing before I bought my 2004 MINI Cooper S new.
The early cars could be troublesome but nothing was more troublesome then a base MINI with the CVT trans. The base 5 speed was better but not by much.
Slightly off topic but still relevant is this... I sell what is supposed to be the lease reliable vehicle line in the US Land Rovers and I don't see nearly as many cars coming in broken as you would think. Sure the older ones come in but anything pre-2003 is a completely different vehicle to what is sold now. I have customers in Land Rovers that supposedly have three or four faults per vehicle on average that have never been in for warranty work in three or four years of ownership.
Two people in particular that I sold Range Rover Sports to have over 75,000 miles on their vehicles and for the most part have only done routine maintenance on them. I think those two people both had one warranty repair each but they were both minor problems that didn't cause driving problems. We are talking about things like squeaky brakes and rear hatch supports that won't hold the lift gate up.
#2531 of 2671 Re: Run Flats and Spare Tires [waterflame]
Jun 06, 2008 (7:16 am)
Just drive the car. I don't care if there's a spare.
#2532 of 2671 Re: Mini Quality Sucks, Latest JD Power Owner Survey [fmko]
Jun 06, 2008 (7:25 am)
That survey's a little misleading as any problem you report gets listed. For instance, my Cooper arrived with a few problems and I filled out the JD Power.
ABS/DSC lights flickered on at stop lights. CEL goes on every few weeks and then turns off for no reason. Brakes squeaked/grinded once in awhile. Rear hatch had cosmetic damage. Two of these things were fixed rather quickly. Another took a few months for me to bother asking Mini to fix it. Finally, CEL makes no difference so I don't bother reporting it. I also complained that the HVAC always blows hot air and that the runflats are steaming piles (repeated this constantly in the survey).
Overall, 4 problems on delivery. HVAC was the same on my last BMW so it seems it's just a thing now for HVAC when off to seemingly always blow warm air unless one shuts it all down tight. The RFTs were my issues and I handled that. In reality, most of the problems were easily handled and only a single one really impacted my enjoyment of the car (RFTs).
But on JD Power's listing, that means I had 6 problems within 3 months. I'm four times the average per buyer. And I'm picky!
Jun 17, 2008 (2:07 pm)
I'm thinking of buying the MINI COOPER -S after seeing one driven on street. Immediately I fall in love with the body shape & color of that cute car. It looked so classic and unique. But after reading quite a few messages in this forum, I feel a little bit of hesitation. Any advise?
I did place an order last Sat. and dealer didn't require any deposit. It takes 6-8wks for delivery.
#2534 of 2671 Re: HOUSEWIFE [ninawinn]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:08 pm)
Follow your heart. If you like it, get it.
#2535 of 2671 Re: Run Flats and Spare Tires [waterflame]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:19 pm)
I did ask the salesperson, he said MINI has designed the tires that allow driver to continue driving on flat tire up to 80miles to find a repair store max. 55mph. Therefore there is no spare tire for MINI.
#2536 of 2671 Re: Run Flats and Spare Tires [ninawinn]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:28 pm)
My 2003 has been a joy...go for it, and don't look back.
#2537 of 2671 Re: Run Flats and Spare Tires [ninawinn]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:34 pm)
Minis use run-flat tires, just like BMW. Run flat tires (RFTs) a're rough riding, expensive to replace and prone to damage (thus requiring replacement). In a nutshell, they're horrible.
Some of us remove them and go with normal tires - cheap to repair, last longer, less damage prone. The downside: if we get a flat we're stuck.
#2538 of 2671 Re: HOUSEWIFE [ninawinn]
Jun 17, 2008 (2:37 pm)
Like the other poster said, ii YOU like it, get it. If you decide you don't like it you will have NO problem selling it as they are in VERY high demand. I TRADED my '05 for an '06 and I got ALMOST what I paid for it!
You did right in getting the "S" model.
Just remember, the MINI S is a real "Driver's Machine" and you can't EVER have enough fun driving it!
take delivery and go motoring!
Jun 17, 2008 (4:53 pm)
You did a trade-in and only lost a couple grand? Seriously?