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MINI Cooper, Convertible, Hatchback
#26 of 35 Re: New 6-speed auto [bodble2]
Jul 18, 2007 (3:32 pm)
The MINI should only be had with a Manual transmission. I wish they didn't even offer an automatic.
#27 of 35 Re: New 6-speed auto [british_rover]
Jul 18, 2007 (5:55 pm)
Well, they have to have an auto tranny because too many people (my wife included) buy one only because it's cute!
#28 of 35 Re: Hill Holder [bobbid]
Dec 13, 2007 (5:41 am)
My 2005 MC is stick.
I've often wondered about this.
I never roll back on hills, and I refuse to believe it's because my technique is so perfect and I'm so talented .
When I first learned stick, I lived in dread of stopping on hills, but now, it is irrelevant how steep the grade is.
So, is there a hill holder feature? I don't know, but all I can say is that they're easy with the Cooper.
I'm not sure how these are supposed to work. I can roll backwards, if I want to, but I have no urgent, dramatic starts off of a steep grade.
Aside: I agree with others. The Cooper MUST have stick, regardless of where you live, ESPECIALLY on the base Cooper. It is part of what gives you your MINI love, and feeling of superiority (as in "confidence") over all the other boring cages. I mean this in the very practical sense, not in the immature sense. I live in a densely packed city with narrow streets, bad drivers, and numerous, daily challenges (similar to NYC traffic), and I never regret having stick. It's an asset, not a detriment in the city. If you don't live in the city, and you're just cruising along most of the time, it's rather a moot point in that you are in 5th/6th gear, or auto, and your left foot doesn't see too much action. Less fun!
#29 of 35 Re: Hill Holder [darex]
Dec 19, 2007 (2:18 pm)
"...but now, it is irrelevant how steep the grade is."
Have you tried San Francisco? There is one street (Lombard St, I think), that was intimidating even with an automatic transmission car!
Jul 20, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I am getting ready to order my new MINI, and I have all the exact options figured out that I want...the only question I have is what is the perfect color? I am leaning toward LIGHTNING BLUE...any opinions on white roof and white strips or black roof and black strips. Any opinions on what color you have would be appreciated. thanks.
#31 of 35 Re: Color choice [enjoymoore]
Jul 20, 2008 (7:31 pm)
My wife has an 05 convertible, red with black top and white hood stripes. On the red, black just doesn't have much effect. The white shows up much better. On the blue ones I have seen, white looks better to me as well...but, that's just my opinion.
I would ask you whether your preference is to be more or less noticable...white will definitely be more visible!
#32 of 35 Re: Color Choice
Jul 20, 2008 (9:15 pm)
Have you seen many of the other colors in person? If you're not able to, maybe have a peek at some members pix of theirs and get an idea of what some of the different colors and combinations(142 pages worth at North American Motoring.com):
It seems like many who opt for stripes get black, although I personally like the contrast of white or silver with a darker color. Mine is British Racing Green with silver stripes(silver is on the Clubman model, not white). The only downside with white is that the wheels(if you got that color) show dirt very quickly of course. Good luck!
#33 of 35 Re: Color choice [busiris]
Jul 24, 2008 (10:25 am)
The white top definitely shows up better with both red or blue (actually with most any color except white). But a black top with red gives the Mini a somewhat more sporty macho look, especially in Cooper S with Sport Package guise.
(PS: I thought this thread is about Manual or Automatic?)
#34 of 35 Re: Color Choice [weinerdog1]
Jul 24, 2008 (1:51 pm)
Thanks so much for that link....picture are great to see!
Jul 24, 2008 (6:12 pm)
best thing for you moore is to view as many minis in different colours as possible. when you see the right combo in your mind you will know it. if everyone perceived the same way they would only make one colour. it is proven that dependiing on what country you live in or are from.... you will favor the colours that make up your flag. ie red white and blue sell very well in the usa as well as in the uk.