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MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper Countryman, Coupe, Hatchback, SUV
#1269 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper [wilhelmw]
Sep 14, 2009 (12:09 pm)
In all honesty my wife drives our Mini on a daily basis and it is just a Mini Cooper, not Cooper S. I drive it occasionally and find that for day to day driving it is fun, perfectly powerful (remember it is a lightweight car) and goes 80 and above with ease if you are not paying attention. If you are not planning to floor the accelerator every time, it should be perfectly fine. If the car was for me, I would have gone for the S version and may have checked fewer option boxes than my wife had. Since the car was for her and she did not care as much about power, she got what she wanted.
I shall note that our car is 6 speed manual. I had a chance to drive the car with automatic transmission and when you put that transmission in the Sport mode, it is also quite fun to drive, perhaps because it keeps car in the lower gears and higher RPMs resulting in more pull and better responsiveness. Of course it burns more fuel that way too.
#1270 of 1499 Re: 2009 Mini Cooper [alexwalex1]
Sep 15, 2009 (9:02 am)
As to Sport mode, do I have to select the sport package or it is an choice in standard model?
#1271 of 1499 MINI maintenance and service
Sep 15, 2009 (5:02 pm)
Is any one know MINI's maintenance and service, like:
Can walmart do the regular maintenance, for instance, oil change and filter change?
Can normal bodyshop do the regular repair, if there is sth wrong with MINI?
Is spare parts available in Autoparts zone?
How about the overall quality of MINI? (I suppose it is good.)
#1272 of 1499 Re: MINI maintenance and service [wilhelmw]
Sep 17, 2009 (7:54 pm)
Anybody can do the service.
BUT, warranty service and the included 3 years of service can only be done at a Mini dealer. Not even at a BMW dealer.
As far a quality, JDPowers results show the Mini to be one of the worst cars.
Consumer Reports shows reliability to be mediocre.
Considering the reliability, dearth of Mini service, and high price, I'm probably going to get a Mazda 3 instead.
Of course if you really want a fun car that is reliable too and can live with 2 seats, get a Miata!
#1273 of 1499 Re: MINI maintenance and service [wilhelmw]
Sep 18, 2009 (3:30 am)
I have had my 2006 mini cooper s with john cooper factory install for about 1 year. i bought the car used, 2 years old with only 5000 miles on it. It had never been to the dealer for service. so you know mini has 2 warrantees-one is the maintanence--covers everything like oil changes, wipers --everything-- the other covers all mechanical issues . you will have to check the length of these when you buy new or what is left on a used car. i have found the mini service to be overall amazing. since these cars have a lot of tech in them--they plug them in and find things i didnt even know about. i find they go beyond what i ask every time. the warrantee service has to be done at a mini/bmw dealer-they are all over. there are great mini mechanics around the country when the warrantee runs out. regarding the other persons comments on ratings, i have found my mini to be one of the most maintaince free cars i have had. if you live in atlanta, one of the top mini master mechanics in the country is here-after warrantee if you need him. lastly---i have the most powerful engine combo they make--this car is the most fun, fastest, most torque of any car i have owned. so you know i have a 930 porche also--this has more power in early gears than the porche--it is fast-and with top down a blast--i recommend it strongly
#1274 of 1499 Just got one
Sep 20, 2009 (6:32 pm)
I got a cooper S at Nashville. I only got $500 off MSRP:(
I just read the documents from them. There is a fee named "PHANTOM FP," which is around $260 apart from the dealer fee $399.50. What is PHANTOM FP?
#1275 of 1499 Re: Just got one [ncmini]
Sep 21, 2009 (9:59 am)
I called the MINI dealer in Memphis. They said the 'extra' fee they charged is only document fee $399, which,as argued by MINI salesman, is the 'general level in TN'. I haven't visit them and talk face to face yet. But at least they cut off 1,000 for their cooper (1,500 for Cooper S) in stock, which is ad. on their website.
#1276 of 1499 Re: Just got one [wilhelmw]
Sep 21, 2009 (10:11 am)
Thank you for your message. I wish I know that information earlier:(
I just called the dealer. I was told that Panthon FP something is something used to track my car in case it was stolen.
I am a girl, and I went to the dealer by myself. I though I would be tough to argue with them. It looks like I did not do a good work:)
I wish you get the mini you want, and good luck with your purchase! I will be envious:)
#1277 of 1499 Re: Just got one [ncmini]
Sep 21, 2009 (10:15 am)
BTW, there was one couple who also became interested in that chili red copper S I have been interested in. There seems to be no room for me to argue with the dealer.
Sep 21, 2009 (12:17 pm)
Any idea on current (September residuals) on Clubman and Clubman S? 58% and 57% sound correct for Texas?