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#840 of 2671 claywaterfill - no more wait list?
Jul 12, 2002 (10:29 am)
I just got off the phone with Bob at Global Imports. According to Bob:
* They have no cooper S cars in stock.
* If one placed an order now, one could have a 2003 Cooper S in Decmeber.
In my experience, that is about best case for the S. Worst case is the dealer here in Milwaukee who claims to be sold our for the next 2 years and who is still asking a $4000 premium for S.
This week I ordered an S from Roadshow MINI of Memphis, who still has a few production slots left for 2002 cars. My car is supposed to be built in August or September and I'm supposed to get it in early November.
Had to settle for Chili Red because British Racing Green is not available til sometime in the 2003 production season.
Jul 13, 2002 (3:28 pm)
That is amazing about Global Imports. I passed the dealership 4 days ago and saw the MINIs out front. I did not stop to see if they were S models or not--but their web site said 8 of them were. Maybe those were sold but not delivered or something. I did see the yelow MINI in front of Saturn of Gwinnett about 3-1/2 hours ago, though. They have had that one for about two weeks now.
#842 of 2671 Re: Global Imports
Jul 14, 2002 (7:41 am)
Maybe this helps:
Princeton Mini in New Jersey recently had a line of a dozen or so outside, so my Dad stopped in. Turns out only 1 was still available, and only because a customer had cancelled his order. The delivery trucks had just dumped 'em off, and the dealership had been shrewd enough to line them all up along the road for a little free marketing.
#843 of 2671 My dealer has a bunch of them
Jul 14, 2002 (8:32 pm)
I think there may be waiting lists for people that want/ have to order their MINI's with specific options/ colors. If you aren't too picky you can walk right in and buy a pre-spec'd one at my dealer. Orlando MINI has a bunch of cars that have body color roofs that look great. They have an Electric blue S available and a dark grey metallic S too - both with body color roofs. The dark grey S has blue/ black leather and Xenon's with no premium or sport packages for $22k MSRP. They have around 10 Coopers that aren't spoken for.
They seem to have stopped putting sold signs on cars that aren't sold, that really annoyed me. I may check back and see if they still have the $1k and $1.5k in mandatory accessories garbage still going on. The MINI hype seems to have died down quite a bit around here.
#844 of 2671 Mini Sightings around the city
Jul 15, 2002 (5:20 am)
I saw a Yellow Mini Cooper (base model) with a black roof, black bonnet stripes, front rally lights, and what looked like the 16" wheel package parked on the street the other day when I was looking for a parking spot. Great color! About 10 minutes later while still looking (gotta love alternate side of the street parking here in Manhattan), I saw a Red Cooper S with a Black roof & 17" wheels. Also a stunner!
#845 of 2671 Ordering a Cooper but
Jul 16, 2002 (12:01 pm)
I'll soon be placing my order. Have waited months on the waiting list. I wanted the S but was told it would be next year before one was available. I drove the Cooper and found it fun so am willing to order one. I will order in August and expect to receive it in September. But is there a difference between '02 and '03 model years? Also, we are debating the sunroof option. I didn't like the fact that it is always glass above you and I've heard it is very noisy when open. Any one have any experience with the sun roof? I also do not like black interiors because of the heat, but it seems most of the choices consist of black. We are considering a red one so we can get the red cloth interior.
#846 of 2671 Sunroof / cloth interior
Jul 16, 2002 (12:11 pm)
I agree about always having "glass above". I test drove a cooper with a sunroof on a bright early afternoon and the sun was hitting my eyes pretty much the whole time. Since there is no option to completely block-out the sunroof, I opted not to get one.
I got gray cloth interior and have not felt that it gets really hot. Since most of the windows are practically vertical, not a great deal of sun light gets into the cab.
Jul 16, 2002 (1:02 pm)
Yeah we noticed the same thing when we test drove a Velvet Red/White Cooper equipped with the dual panoramic sunroof a few weeks ago. Make no mistake, it is really nice as the sunroof openings front and back are nice and big, making the cabin feel airy; However, the biggest downside of the MINI's sunroof setup is the lack of a true solid slide type sunshade like the ones found in most cars. Having just the glass there in hot climates (Such as S. Florida) is the quickest way to cook a BBQ right on top of the car occupant's heads. For this "Flaw" we passed on it. Otherwise is a really nice option but they need to install a real shade in there to block the light/heat when not in use.
We opted for the standard black leatherette seats when we placed the order for our new '02 Cooper (Pepper white/black roof and mirrors). We were tempted to go with the Kaleido cloth instead, but we passed it up because our other car already has cloth seats (Tan/Neutral) and the Kaleido cloth color choices (Gray or Red)are not of our immediate liking, but I must admit that the Red Kaleido cloth seats look terrific in the Pepper White Cooper, but it could be a bit much to other people making the car more difficult to sell in the future. We figured that if we were going to have black seats, the leatherette would be a nice change (Also BMW leatherette has a very good reputation, it is even recommended over the more expensive Leather seating option) making the car look more upscale, easier to clean, etc. In a hot climate we are not keen of dark or black interiors, but given that the MINI does not offer light gray or tan standard interiors in either leatherette or cloth (Unless you shell out $1250 to get the tan Cordova leather seats with matching tan door panels)we decided to break out the "All Black" color monotony of the interior by getting the interior door panels in "Silver Gray". So it makes up for a nice balance...you get the silver door panels, silver gloss dashboard fascia finish and black steering wheel, dashboard top and seats. It is a pretty agreeable interior compromise to us.
To me the Kalaeido cloth red seats in a Chili Red car is a bit much to be honest, but if you like "Seeing in Red" all the time while inside the car, absolutely, go for it! To me a nice combo would be a Chili Red/Black roof with red seats. The red seats go much better with the Pepper white car. It gives a very racy looking style to the interior. Check it out.
#848 of 2671 Cloth MINI Coopers
Jul 16, 2002 (1:06 pm)
Do you think that cloth equipped Coopers will command higher resale values in the future due to "rarity", as mostly everyone would have opted for Leatherette or Leather upholstery?
Has anyone bought a new Cooper 'S' with the "Space" cloth seats?
#849 of 2671 Minis DO come with sunshades.
Jul 17, 2002 (6:03 am)
I have the panoramic roof on my Cooper S, and both halves of the roof (inside the car, the roof is split in half) have shades that slide open or closed (manually). The shades are perforated and allow SOME light through, but not THAT much.
From a month of owning the car, I feel the shades do a sufficient job.