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MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper Countryman, Coupe, Hatchback, SUV
#1273 of 1491 Re: MINI maintenance and service [wilhelmw]
Sep 18, 2009 (4:30 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 1491 Just got one
Sep 20, 2009 (7:32 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 1491 Re: Just got one [ncmini]
Sep 21, 2009 (10:59 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 1491 Re: Just got one [wilhelmw]
Sep 21, 2009 (11:11 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 1491 Re: Just got one [ncmini]
Sep 21, 2009 (11:15 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 (1:17 pm)
Any idea on current (September residuals) on Clubman and Clubman S? 58% and 57% sound correct for Texas?
#1279 of 1491 About to order a 2010 Mini Cooper S Camden pkg
Oct 03, 2009 (7:37 pm)
How's this lease deal?
36 months 12K miles
$1375.76 due at start (1st month, bank fee)
$488.92 per month INCL tax
$18960.00 residual 60%
Negotiated selling price: $30850
How'd I do?
Thanks to all who responds!!
#1280 of 1491 2010 factory build
Oct 07, 2009 (7:46 pm)
The sales staff at my local dealer (unidentified for now) have told me that 2010 factory orders will be taken AT MSRP. Using the Edmunds TMV calculation page that is approx. 10% over invoice cost. In my configuration that is close to $3,000 profit to place the order (because the dealership does not incur any of the costs associated with a car designated for lot sale).
Has anyone out there ordered a 2010 for less than MSRP? I live in CA and really have no problem dealing with any of the dealers in the state (or NV & AZ for that matter).
I probably would have paid the MSRP cost justifying it by saying that the dealer is entitled to a profit (even if a bit steep) until the sales person said that all their 2010 orders are done with Lojack and Perma plate. I said no to both then their "out the door" quote was still $600 OVER MSRP + tax/license/title. Making for a $3,600 profit!!
#1282 of 1491 Re: this just in... [rayainsw]
Oct 18, 2009 (12:43 pm)
The protection plan info is really interesting. I wish that I had the same warranty options when I purchased a '04 Certified Pre-Owned Mini S with extended warranty. You would think that everything would be ok-not so much.
I have driven the car 15,000. Here is the quick and dirty:
38,700 miles Bought a Certified Pre-Owned 04 Mini s w/ extended warranty-April 08
38,708 miles Returned the car because the rear bumper was two-toned-April 08
46,629 miles The crankshaft pulley, bolt, tensioner were repaired-Jan. 09
53,000 miles The clutch, tire arms, tire bolts, tires…all need repairs-Oct. 09
The January repairs were covered. The October repairs are not covered and will cost $6,600 from the dealer or $5,400 from a mechanic.
It may make sense to check out the other forum discussions like clutch/transmission to hear other drivers experiences...
I have more info on my experience & the forensics of buying a mini.
I hope that this helps.