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MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper Countryman, Coupe, Hatchback, SUV
#1186 of 1499 Re: buying a MINI [louiseamber] (California)
Mar 01, 2009 (10:05 am)
We bought our Mini Cooper S from Brecht Mini in Escondido, CA, yesterday (2009/2/28). Cooper S hardtop ($21,950 MSRP, same below) on the lot, T6 gravity leather (not leatherette) seats ($1,500), 205 auto ($1,500), 6ND iPod/Bluetooth adapter ($500), California destination charge ($650) for a total of $25,850. Paid $24,742, which is $1108 off MSRP.
This price includes the dealer's paint protector (Perma Plate), window tinting, and the de-activated LoJack. Floor mats were not.
End of the month timing and the fact that we did not use the financing program (4.9%) that will end on March 31 might have helped the negotiation.
Initial prices for the dealer items were: Paint protector: $800. Window tinting: $500. Floor Mats: $110. LoJack: $900. When the deal was done, the finance person tried again to sell LoJack for $700 and then $400.
#1187 of 1499 Advice on lease of Clubman
Mar 01, 2009 (2:16 pm)
Hi. I'm thinking of leasing a Clubman but am concerned about NY dealer markups and cost of "extras". I like the idea of a $19,000 car, and I like the Clubman style and performance but it seems to be a stripped down version of every other car that pretends to be "economical" but when you add in some desired extras it jumps to over $30,000. Now it may be that you can't get a car these days with auto, nav, and heated seats and run flat tires for under $30,000 but I guess I thought perhaps the Clubman might be the first. But plugging in numbers on the Mini site it pretty much looks like this:
Clubman (not S) with auto, nav, cold weather: $32,000 ($20,000 base)
Lease: 36 months 2,750 due at signing (which is about 10 months of payments in advance) then around $300 a month (the site says $274 but that's stripped down).
Milage: 10,000/year. So in effect that's $13,550 to drive the car for 3 years and then you return it. I don't know, to me, in this economy, that seems exorbitant.
So, here is my question: Doesn't that make the Mini Clubman just as expensive as any so called "economy" small suv or small crossover?
I guess I thought the Mini was an ultra cheap car, but it's really not, is it?
Thanks for the replies.
#1188 of 1499 Re: Advice on lease of Clubman [nickr1]
Mar 03, 2009 (6:02 am)
How are you coming up with $32,000 selling price?
a 2009 Clubman (non-S) with automatic transmission ($1,200), cold weather package ($500) and navigation ($2,000) is about $25,350.
You are about $7,000 too high. Also, save yourself $1,700, get a Garmin and you can lease this car for $300 a month without a huge cap cost reduction.
Am I missing something here?
#1189 of 1499 Re: Advice on lease of Clubman [nickr1]
Mar 05, 2009 (6:04 pm)
you are lookiing at this all wrong. order a jcw clubman loaded for maybe 40K. then ask the government for a bailout. problem solved.
#1190 of 1499 Re: Advice on lease of Clubman [rik4]
Mar 06, 2009 (5:40 pm)
Can I buy a house, too? : )
#1191 of 1499 Re: Advice on lease of Clubman [pilotman5]
Mar 08, 2009 (12:26 pm)
Yeah, my mistake on the price, but not the lease. I was quoted 25,350 like you said but the lease is 331 a month for 10,000 miles and 2,500 down. To me, that's a terrible lease deal for an economy car.
#1192 of 1499 Re: Advice on lease of Clubman [rik4]
Mar 09, 2009 (6:20 am)
rik4 & krager - Funny stuff - I'm still grinning - Made my (daylight savings) Monday a.m.!
#1193 of 1499 Re: The eternal question ... 91 or 89 gas? [Don_C]
Mar 23, 2009 (10:45 am)
Hi Don_C, I bought a Clubman S from Cincinnati Mini and live in Louisville. See some of my other posts. A few things:
a) For me, Cincinnati Mini is 88mi away.
b) Careful driving gets me about 33 mpg on both computer & tallied by actual fills.
c) Ambient temp makes a big difference on mpg.
d) Car is happy on 89 gas, but use 91 in the summer, for sure! It's never happy with 87 gas (note that I have the turbo).
e) Car purrs best on Shell Super. I also found that Costco Premium gas is also a good match for the car. It does NOT like Speedway or Kroeger's gas, and Thornton is OK.
f) I have no problems with the car so far, except for a bit of rear weatherstripping coming loose.
#1194 of 1499 Mini Cooper Club price paid
Mar 25, 2009 (6:26 am)
Thanks for the information and that helped me negotiate a good price. We recently purchased a Mini Club with Prem+cold+auto for $1500 off MSRP. I hope this helps others to purchase their Mini Coopers at a competitive price.
BTW after we bought it noticed the forums with horror stories on transmissions. I am hoping this was for the early models with CVT and not for the new models. Anyone can confirm.
#1195 of 1499 Re: The eternal question ... 91 or 89 gas? [ltq]
Apr 03, 2009 (11:51 am)
What if you put in 1/2 93 octane and the other 1/2 with 89 that's what I do because Mobile does'nt have 91 octane. The car seems to run as if on 91.