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#134 of 143 Re: Mini vs. Fit: Availability [walterquint]
Apr 04, 2007 (6:33 pm)
Let's not forget availability issues. Here in MA, it's very hard to find a new Fit, any Fit, for sale. Dealers just don't have them. By contrast, the Mini is plentiful. And you can get one for $18k or so, which surprised me.........also note, after dealer markup on the Fit, the Fit/Mini price disparity almost disappears.
I just looked up availability locally. I had not looked in some time. There are waaaay more Fits out there for sale, even if HALF of the ones listed are sold already. When I looked around new years, all had been presold but unfortunately listed and giving me false hope. Nowhere within 100 mile radius was an MT.
NOW there are MTs listed, and that is where my price comparison starts. I know shipping went up after new year (I already locked in at lower amt) and the prices TODAY reflected not just MSRP but exactly the new shipping fee listed as well.
ie I paid 15170 for mt Sport and now add 595 shipping and you get the 15765. I think the AT added 800 (?) and the listings for ATs reflects that 800 difference.
I can only hope these arent jack ups and are merely a listing with the inclusion of shipping.
#135 of 143 Fuel economy
Apr 07, 2007 (11:24 am)
In Canada, the new 2007 Mini Cooper with the standard 6-speed manual qualifies for a $1000 "green" rebate from the government. It is one of only a few gasoline cars in a short list of mostly hybrids and flex fuel vehicles to qualify. Surprisingly, the Fit did not qualify.
#136 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [bodble2]
Apr 09, 2007 (6:09 pm)
What are the ratings for the Mini vs. the Fit on economy?
#137 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [thegraduate]
Apr 09, 2007 (9:46 pm)
According to EnerGuide published by the Canadian government, the most economical Fit is rated at 39/49 mpg city/hwy, and the most economical Mini is rated at 39/52 mpg.
#138 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [bodble2]
Apr 10, 2007 (8:48 am)
Interesting. What really bites into the economy gains is that MINI recommends premium for optimum engine performance (which is about $0.25 a gallon more than regular). The Fit only asks for Regular.
#139 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [thegraduate]
Apr 10, 2007 (11:24 am)
However, I've heard a rumour that a well-kept secret is that the Mini runs just as well, if not better, on non-premium fuel.
#140 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [bodble2]
Apr 23, 2007 (6:40 am)
wow really? i can understand the cooper s needing premium, but it seems that to put it in the reg. mini would be ok.
but germans are picky. my vw doesn't ask for premium tho.
those mpg figures are crazy! def not what they get here in the states....
#141 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [eldaino]
Apr 23, 2007 (11:20 am)
I've tried premium and non-premium in our base Cooper. Doesn't seem to make any difference -- same sluggish, lurchy acceleration!
#142 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [bodble2]
May 02, 2007 (12:43 pm)
but no negative effect right? Does the regular base cooper recommend premium?
My wife wants to get one, but after our experience with the rabbit, she is shying away from 'realativley costly to maintain' german vehicles, and leaning towards a honda element.
#143 of 143 Re: Fuel economy [eldaino]
May 02, 2007 (2:40 pm)
Yes, the Base Cooper recommends premium. Ours has actually been very trouble-free. One blown interior light bulb, one loose window moulding, one O2 sensor. That's it...in 2 full years. But the CVT sucks big time. But of course, for '07, it's a conventional 6-speed steptronic.