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#2 of 3 Up keep/cost of mini ownership
Aug 24, 2006 (12:43 pm)
Double post due to accidentally posting on a very little visited board.
My wife and I test drove the 2007 VW Rabbit and 06 Mini Cooper over the weekend -- each had a very solid and stable feel. Still think the mini is a little bit small for luggage and other stuff (any experiences?) but the gas mileage is better than the Rabbit.
What has your experience on up keep been like? How expensive are brakes for instance? 15k, 30k, 60k Check ups?
When have the little guys started needing repairs?
I realize its going to differ somewhat but I would like to get an idea if the mini is nothing more than an expensive to repair BMW in disguise.
So come'on! Talk me into one.
Appreciate it. I'm interested, my wife thinks I'll get creamed by an SUV.
#3 of 3 Re: Up keep/cost of mini ownership [gretsch6120]
Aug 24, 2006 (1:11 pm)
see my post here for some answers to your questions...
mini_dreams, "MINI Cooper: Prices Paid & Buying Experience" #461, 24 Aug 2006 2:03 pm
remember... I'm not an owner yet, but have been reading and asking lots of questions.
Also, I test drove the Rabbit. It was a great little car... amazing pickup because I believe it has a V6 in it. That's good for pickup, bad for gas mileage. I was shocked at the gas mileage on the Rabbit. Of course, the Mini could be better in comparison to say a Corolla.
I never tested a Cooper S because I just can't afford one now, but I'm sure they have better pickup than the Cooper.
I've driven a Golf a few times and really liked it (the Rabbit is the Golf under the old name), but I've heard that VW owners tend to be unhappy with all of the problems that the cars have. They may be under warranty, but being in the shop a lot can be a drag. I don't know if the same will be true with the Mini, but I think the newer years (2004-2006) are more reliable than the first 2 years.
Most of all, the Mini is a fun car... to look at and to drive. If you enjoy it, you should buy one!