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MINI Cooper, Volkswagen New Beetle, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback
Jun 07, 2002 (4:00 am)
I like the Beetle and the Cooper. Both are cute!
#12 of 20 Dealer Service
Jul 20, 2002 (6:20 am)
The MINI has finally arrive in West Michigan, although not at an "authorized service provider". In order to get service on the car, we must go to Chicago or Detroit - both approx a 2-3 hour drive from West MI. Not exactly convenient. Getting service done elsewhere will void the warranty.
I drove the MINI, Beetle Turbo S, and Beetle 1.8T. The 1.8T is comp to the MINI - both have great speed, but handling and ride is better in the Beetle. I thought the MINI was too jumpy on rough roads. Visibility in the MINI is a challenge for tall riders - the roof comes down a little into the viewing. Back seat is better in the MINI. I'm 5'10" and bumped my head riding in the back of the Beetle. Beetle is best as two seater. The MINI can handle back seat passengers at least for short distances.
The Turbo S beats the others, hands down. Great handling, great speed, and great ride on the highway with the extra gear. The only unfortunate part about the Turbo S (beside no headroom in the rear) is the boring color offering. No double yellow (my dream bug), and definately no concept colors.
Neither is especially practical if you have to use the trunk or carry passengers. A nice alternate would be an Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T or 2.8.
#14 of 20 Re: Kissing Cousins? [brechbiel]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:37 pm)
The new beetle was about 4 years ahead of the new mini
#15 of 20 Re: [freddy_k]
Jun 17, 2006 (6:39 pm)
the new beetle turbo s will walk the dog on any mini
#16 of 20 Re: [captainm]
Jun 18, 2006 (8:19 pm)
No offense, but a turbo beetle wouldn't stand a chance against a mini cooper S on any road with a few twisties on it. I have no idea where you're coming from on this. And if you're including any mini, you throw in a JCW mini, and the beetle might as well not even leave the garage.
Dec 02, 2006 (9:05 am)
I agree the beetle does not come anywhere close to the Mini. Plus alot more problems with the Beetles.
#18 of 20 Hey Does Anyone Know ?????
Dec 02, 2006 (9:07 am)
I have been looking at the Cooper S 2007 online. Does anyone know what the base price is likely to start out on an automatic? Thanks
#19 of 20 Prices
Dec 03, 2006 (7:26 pm)
This is probably the wrong forum for this, but the base 2007 MC S will reportedly cost 21,850 (destination charges included), and adding automatic transmission will add another 1,350.
#20 of 20 Mini Cooper vs. VW New Beetle
Dec 17, 2006 (12:52 am)
Not that many cars out there that can hang with a mini cooper s on the twisties with sticky tire. It is essentially a luxury go kart.