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#434 of 1499 Re: Factory info I found interesting online [cct1]
Jul 29, 2006 (7:31 am)
Here's the reply email I got from the Mini Cooper factory in Oxford England about closures and or production of the Mini's being slowed:
Dear * * *
Thank you for your email to MINI Customer Information.
We can confirm that during the summer of 2006 an extended closure is planned for the refurbishment of the visitor centre at plant Oxford and updates to the tour. The dates of this closure are still to be advised.
We hope this information is of help.
Product Information Advisor
Bracknell RG12 8TA
Tel: 0800 083 6464
Fax: 0870 5050 206
His reply to my email is a little confusing to me... I'm not too sure if the visitor's center extended closure in August includes the production plant. H-m-m-m-m
#435 of 1499 Re: Factory info I found interesting online [bfromhold]
Jul 29, 2006 (8:18 am)
Thanks for posting that. Yep, that is confusing--tough to tell what they mean with that--it could be just the visitor center/factory tours are on hold, but I'd be willing to bet that both the factory and the visitor center are going to be down--you're not going to be able to tour the plant when they're refurbishing it anyway, and it would make more sense to update the visitor center while the plant was down too--makes sense for them both to be out at the same time, rather than having the plant running and the visitor center closed (and vice-versa).
#437 of 1499 Re: South Bay Mini Purchase gone wrong. [cct1]
Jul 30, 2006 (2:58 pm)
what are people paying for a mini convet in los angeles?
#438 of 1499 Positive buying experience
Jul 30, 2006 (5:39 pm)
I ordered my '06 Cooper S today. I went to a dealership on the South Shore of Long Island, NY. The representative was extremely helpful and honest. The dealership gave a $500 discount plus floor mats for free. to top it all off, they had a BBQ and served us lunch. Go to Hassel!
Also, we went to a dealership on the North Shore of Long Island, NY before going to where I purchased my Cooper. We tried to bargain w/ the manager but he was such a B*****d!! He only gave us a $250 discount. What an insult. Also, his 'air" about him really turned me off and I wasn't going to give this dealership 1 cent of my hard earned $$$.
#439 of 1499 Buying a Cooper in CA
Aug 01, 2006 (7:55 am)
I'm planning to order a new Cooper here in the next few weeks. After reading this thread, I have a few questions:
1) Should I wait until the 2007s are being offered? If so, when will that be?
2) Is there any dealer in CA (I'm in SF but am willing to go to either border) that sells for MSRP? The one here does not, and I'm yet to call the other three in the area.
3) I would like to trade in my car during this fiasco. I've bought new cars before, but never "ordered" one. Can I do a traade in for this?
4) If there is not a dealer in CA that will sell at MSRP, I will likely go to Wisconsin (have family there). Does anyone know what it will cost me to then bring it back into CA?
#440 of 1499 Buying a new mini
Aug 01, 2006 (10:58 am)
This has been rehashed several times, but in a nutshell, no, I wouldn't by a 2007 (They'll probably be available in January). I'd either get a 2006 or wait and get a Mini in 2008.
When the new Mini came out in 2002, it was plagued by a number of problems all over the car--from build quality, to engine stumble and yo-yo. It really wasn't until 2004 (for the base Mini) or 2005 (For the Mini S) that the major issues were sorted out. The 2007 will be new from the ground up, and done by a different design team that created the first Mini--I'd wait at least until 2008, or even better, 2009, to get the bugs worked out--the new engine is an order of magnitude more complicated than the old one.
Either way, if you decide to buy in Wisconsin, International Motors is very, very good--that's where I got mine (at MSRP with mats thrown in--that's it). Knauz in Chicago (Not too far from Milwaukee) is also a wonderful dealer.
#441 of 1499 Re: Buying a new mini [cct1]
Aug 01, 2006 (1:41 pm)
Sounds like a plan. I'm hoping I can find a dealer in the Bay Area that doesn't charge over MSRP, but from reading here that sounds like a tall order.
#442 of 1499 Factory Closing dates (7/31/06 - 8/13/06)
Aug 03, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I just ordered my Mini Cooper and then saw in the Owner's Lounge, plant tour section that the plant is closed in August! Bad timing! Like everyone else, I wasn't sure if this meant just for tours, the entire plant, all of August, etc.
So, I emailed Mini to find out and got the nice (and clear) reply below about the factory vacation time -- July 31st to August 13th, with production being halted during this time. Hopefully, Minis on order will be at the top of the list when production starts up again! I have to keep saying to myself: "patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue..."
Thanks for contacting MINI. I am happy to answer your question.
The MINI plant in Oxford, England is closed from July 31st through August 13th. Production is halted during this time.
I hope this answers your question. If there are further questions I can assist with, please feel free to drop me an e-mail. I will be happy to lend a hand.
MINI Customer Relations and Services
#443 of 1499 Re: Factory Closing dates (7/31/06 - 8/13/06) [mini_dreams]
Aug 03, 2006 (2:22 pm)
They're retooling the plant for the next generation Mini (I just found that out for sure the other day)--I'm not sure why they call it a "factory vacation", maybe that's what they call retooling there....