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#1 of 23 Mini Leather...
Feb 06, 2008 (6:50 pm)
It's a hefty price tags but look great in the showroom. Does anyone have experience to share if it's worth the price? Does it hold up over time?
#2 of 23 Re: Mini Leather... [sfguy111]
Feb 07, 2008 (9:22 am)
I just purchased a '06 and have been looking for an '05 or an '06 for the past 3 months. I discovered that those cars which had leather, showed some sagging and wrinkles in the driver seat (especially where the driver pivots on the left hand side of the seat). However, vinyl seats (Mini calls it Leatherette), still look great after 2-3 years. The vinyl looks like leather and fools most people. Luckily for me, the '06 I just purchased has vinyl seats. They look brand new. Morgan5
#3 of 23 Re: Mini Leather... [morgan5]
Feb 14, 2008 (1:44 pm)
Hmmm ... my '06 has leatherette seats and my driver's side seat has a huge wrinkle in it, too. I'm taking it in 2 the dealer for regular maintenance in a week and asked if they'd be able to repair or replace the seat portion for me. I'll try to remember to post what happened after my service appt.
#5 of 23 Child seats in the Mini?
Sep 12, 2007 (9:31 am)
Do child cars seats fit in the back of the Mini, and if so is it easy to put kids in and take them out? Our little one is 19 months old with a Britex car seat.
I will either buy a new "family" car (Toyota Rav4 or Highlander) and sell my Subaru wagon or buy a small, fun car to back up my clunky Subaru wagon.
Turning 40 and want a fun car, but not sure I want the hassle of 3 cars. Still in the research/thinking stage.
#6 of 23 Re: Child seats in the Mini? [budrew]
Sep 12, 2007 (8:26 pm)
Trust me, you would want to wrestle kids and car seats into the back of the MINI! There should be a few vehicles that combine elements of fun and practicality. ie. RDX, or even a new Legacy wagon.
If you have to have a MINI, at least go for the Clubman.
#7 of 23 Two kids -- 1 and 4
Oct 16, 2007 (10:28 am)
Our Mini Cooper has been a family car for the past 4 years. We have two car seats in the back right now.
--not enough room for rear facing car seats unless you want to move the front seat up
--little space for large shopping trips.
--reaching through the door and putting a baby in the car seat takes some gymnastics.
--very few baby strollers fit in the back: a good one is the Peg Perego Aria or the Zooper; even the Aria double stroller will fit!!
--two regular car seats fit just fine.
--the kids are close enough together where they can interact but far enough apart where they can leave each other alone.
--easy as pie for my 4-year old to climb in her seat and buckle herself in; same getting out.
--car is small; kids within easy reach to hand snacks/sippy cups to.
Although the car is small, we have made it work with our two kids. We can fit everybody and have enough room for smaller Costco shopping visits. I'm looking forward to the time when both kids will be able to get into their own car seats without assistance. Our youngest is huge and difficult to put in and take out. But the kids love the car. We'll probably end up buying the clubman for the extra room; the clubdoor may or may not make a difference -- we'll see.
Bottom line: We're happy with the Mini as a back-up family car. The back seat is big enough for small kids on long trips -- we've taken 6 hour family trips in the car. The biggest problem is finding a stroller that fits in the trunk. Enjoy!
Jun 26, 2006 (11:36 am)
My wife and I are looking for a 2nd car.
We both like the Mini Cooper, and think it would be great to use to get back & forth to work.
I am spending $50/week in gas for my Mercury Mountaineer. The lease is soon up, and it's time to find a replacement.
I am 6'4", and pretty good sized. Will I fit without a shoe horn?
#10 of 23 Re: Will I fit? [jackel142]
Jun 26, 2006 (6:02 pm)
You will fit. (most likely) I am 6' 5", 230 lbs and have driven a Mini for 3 years, including a couple of 1000+ mile trips. Plenty comfortable.