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MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper Countryman, Coupe, Hatchback, SUV
#574 of 1499 Re: ordering a mini [subie321]
Mar 31, 2007 (5:08 pm)
Yes, dealers still have 2006 models on their lots that they want to move, so no discounts on 2007s.
They still normally sell for MSRP anyway. Most dealers gouge and sell over MSRP to people too desperate to walk away and look elsewhere.
As long as you don't go crazy with options and end up with a $30K Cooper or $34K Cooper S, you will get alot of your money back at resale.
I wonder what kind of real world resale value people have when they have a fully loaded model and try to sell in a couple years? I think many buyers would just buy a new one with less options instead of paying over $25K-30K for a loaded 2 year old Mini with nav and all the expensive options.
Apr 01, 2007 (1:18 pm)
Simple as that. The new models are going to drop the "elite" status from the first generation quickly - maybe in a year or so. Expect a massive price adjustment on them. The new models will hardly depreciate like the originals did, by comparison. And the new models are quite honestly, nicer, more polished version of the original. Shoot, moving the battery to under the hood/bonnet is a major plus. The lights are better. The dash is better. The back seat isn't as cramped. The center console doesn't look odd - and the guages aren't always ha;f hidden by the steering wheel. Tons of small things that add up to a world-class experience.
Apr 01, 2007 (2:24 pm)
It is quite a change. From the power to the way the car uses RFTs, it's an entirely different vehicle. Everyone so far is shocked by how zippy the car is, yet composed and relaxed at 80-90, etc.
#577 of 1499 options and accessories
Apr 01, 2007 (5:10 pm)
It is nice how the mini will hold onto it's resale value. What are some of the option and accessories that you can't live without or wish you had gotten? Are the front and rear foglights able to be installed as a DIY modification? Thanks for the help.
#578 of 1499 Re: Buy new [plekto]
Apr 01, 2007 (8:19 pm)
Although the new one is better in most dept. (especially in the handling dept.) but the look on the original is much more interesting, more fun, more compact, more slim, more cute, more unique, more MINI!!!!
The new one feels more like a .... er.... CAR....(if you know what I mean!?!?) That's how I see it.
By the way, I don't have either model sitting in my garage.
#579 of 1499 Two things I wish I got with my car...but I bought off the lot
Apr 02, 2007 (7:32 am)
I despise having to fish for my keys - I had an 06 330i with Comfort Access and you get used to it really fast.
LSD goes without saying.
#580 of 1499 What to get...
Apr 02, 2007 (1:34 pm)
First off, wheels are moot - the car doesn't generate enough torque to even require the stock tires it has, let alone 17-18 inchers. So opt for the stock tires and if you really want rims, get them later for less money. Standard tires are also better riding and less expensive. Get performance in any case - they work better in the rain than all-seasons(which only help in snow and such, but the car really needs SNOW TIRES if you drive it in snow all the time)
Here goes - my list:
first off, get the S. Worth every penny. And let's face it - everyone wants a used S and not he standard model as well.(true with most cars - always get the upper-end engine if you buy new).
- I like dark colors. I would personally opt for dark blue with all of the chrome exterior bits for a few hundred more. I also like the clear rear lenses, which is how they look n Europe.(350 total)
- No packages. No sunroof. It kills the clean looks of the car and makes it into an oven inside, plus it's so far back that you can't see up and out of it while driving unless your seat is so far back that you have no rear seat. Get the items separately.
- Sport suspension, DSC, limited slip.
- Bridge Spoke wheels(look better, no extra money)
- Rear fog light(amazed this isn't standard in the U.S. yet)
(fog light are std - and the xenon aren't any better than the regular lights(as opposed to HID) - and they look less attractive - not worth $550 in any case)
- Arm rest
- Cloth seats. Leatherette is Vinyl and hot as hell in the summer.
- Interior trim is your choice - I'd opt for chrome lined interior(keep it simple) ($200) and that's it.
- A/C - $300 - much better deal than getting a package
- I don't think ANY of the instrument options are good for the money. Pass entirely.(the remote access is nice, but $500 is way too much)
- Multi-function wheel is nice. Ignore the "do you want his package - you save roughly $500 this way by not getting the terrarium roof option.
- Stock audio. Upgrade later yourself with a few good Alpine speakers instead.(cabin is so small 4 speakers is more than enough)
$25,500 for a S with all of the necessary goodies and no fluff. This includes $1500 in suspension and handling options.
Accessories I like:
Chrome Exhaust(matches the rest of the chrome nicely)
Mud flaps are nice.
Rubber Floor Mats - front, rear, and boot. ($134) - Well worth it, IMO, to protect the carpet.
Accessories I don't like:
Driving lights are nice, but pass - $550 is more than you'll ever need to install some Hela driving lights if you want - and they'll look and work better as well)
Invisishield and so on - just do it yourself. Look online for Novus. They make plastic polishes that keep your plastic looking good as new - and lots cheaper too.
Extras/JCW - this is where your miserly approach pays off.
JCW Strut Brace - nice - stiffens it up a lot.
JCW Drilled Rotors - you can never have too good brakes. I'd rather have these two options than bigger wheels anyday.
*note* the audio jack is available but isn't listed - it's not too pricey, though.
I get $26,419 like this, or $25,394 with no chrome and a basic color like white. Outfitted this way, it's a superb performer AND it has maximum resale value, being that it has all of the performance options and little or none of the bling.(appeals to the performance minded enthusiast)
The non-s runs about $22-23K after you add in all of the packages and such to make it look like this, so the S is a no-brainer.
Apr 02, 2007 (4:37 pm)
Unfortunately, mine came with PDC (why anyone would need PDC on a car this size is beyond me).
Sport Package (can't live without xenons) - sadly it came with 17 inch RFTs. They're not bad actually. i was surprised after my experience with the BMW RFTs last year. Still a swap will come.
Leatherette - black/gray (it never gets that hot here)
Brushed Alloy trim
Cold Weather Package - my fiancee loves this as it includes heated seats
Anthracite headliner (missed that from my 2003 330i)
Lightning Blue (dark blue)
White roof/mirror caps
I totally want the JCW strut brace. I told my fiancee if I haven't bought it by my B-day, easy gift.
Still wish it had the CA and LSD though. But it's soooo much fun, I can live with it as is. And CA won't add to resale anyway.
#582 of 1499 Re: What to get... [plekto]
Apr 02, 2007 (5:11 pm)
That's as good of a summary as I have ever seen re: the MINI options. I would say that some of the choices depend on how you plan to drive the MINI and where you live, but I totally agree with your assessment. Actually, I pretty much purchase my S with the same guidelines. I did get the sunroof, however, and I really like it.
#583 of 1499 this might be a dumb question--but what do mud flaps do?
Apr 02, 2007 (6:51 pm)
also what is all that JCW stuff?