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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    I drove the base, and the S turbo and the older S supercharged and older base models and they are all different in their characteristics.

    Id consider a base model 6 speed, but the base model automatic did nothing for me. Also the older base model engine is rough and weak, I didn't like it at all. (pre vanos)

    Turbo cars are not everyone's cup of tea. I really liked the older supercharged engine better, especially at lower speeds.

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  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Have you tried the Clubman?

    If the Cooper feels rough, try a Clubman. You'll be amazed at the difference in how the car handles bad roads compared to the Cooper.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    was that for a car equipped with run-flats and Sport package the Cooper S I drove was pretty smooth over the pockmarked NH country roads, I didn't ride much harder than my non-Sport 528i with go-flats. The ride was a little jigglier due to the short wheelbase but that's what makes the Mini's reactions so quick.

    A lot of people might tire of that jiggly ride but old sports car guys like me accept it as the price you pay for really athletic handling.

    Did I tell you I really liked the steering and cornering? :shades:

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Take a corner fast on a bumpy road...those wretched RFTs will bounce the car sideways.

    BMW has no idea how they've ruined their cars off-the-lot with RFTs.
  • sabrinaesabrinae Posts: 10
    How do you deal with the lack of a spare. Any experiences out there? I can't imagine not being able to slap on the spare and taking the flat to be fixed. What do you do?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I removed my RFTs. Drive without a spare.

    I did the same with my 06 BMW. I've got roadside assistance through Amex, so if all goes wrong I call Amex to get me towed.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    RFTs with sport suspension is BRUTAL on a Mini unless you are on a smooth flat track. Bumpy country roads or highway strips will drive you nuts.

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  • sabrinaesabrinae Posts: 10
    I have decided against Turbocharged anything so the Volvo is out. It's the mini or a honda or a versa and I don't want the honda or a mini no matter how sensible they are. :P
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,733
    I second this. In fact, get a set of the original 15 inch rims if you can and stick high profile tires on it. The car isn't powerful enough or heavy enough to need more than good modern 13s, let alone even 15 inchers. 17 run flats is just silly. Really. Makes an amazing difference in comfort and ride as well as increases MPG on the highway.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,416
    And will help your braking and maybe even spare those broken shock bolts and motor mounts that come up in early MINIs.

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    A large part of the Mini's appeal is looks, or style. 15 inches wouldn't look right, let alone 13"!. Even the Fit is going to 16", VW's have had 17" for years. I agree they need to replace or refine the RFTs, or retune the suspension to suit the tires, but the large wheels have to stay.
  • coupahcoupah Posts: 18
    Sorry to say you've been given poor user info regarding paddle shifting. The post labeling them "a gimmick" is from someone who is clueless.
    This technology has been developed from open-wheel racing. And is currently the fasted way to shift a transmission. In hundreds of milliseconds... I am NOT implying that the MINI shifter is racing equipment, rather, it is proven technology...
    Here is my take...
    I drove, just last week, an 06' S with paddles.
    At low speed and low RPM's-yes it could shift a bit faster. But above 4,000 RPM and shifting near redline, this vehicle ROCKED! I had all I could do to keep it on the road! All my attention was devoted to where I was going and having both hands on the steering wheel allowed me to drive it hard. I have an '06 6-speed and i can't come close to driving it like I did w/ the paddles.
    All I can say is that the naysayers are ill-informed, have NEVER driven the paddles and I may very well order an '08 with paddles.
    Catch me if you can!
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Sorry to say you've been given poor user info regarding paddle shifting. The post labeling them "a gimmick" is from someone who is clueless.

    This technology has been developed from open-wheel racing. And is currently the fasted way to shift a transmission. In hundreds of milliseconds... I am NOT implying that the MINI...


    Or someone who has driven the Cooper (R56) and Cooper S (R56) with the silly 6 speed automatic (an automatic with a torque converter - power sapping, slow to respond). It's a cheeseball system designed for average drivers to suffer from the delusion that they have some kind of automatic with manual abilities. The 6 speed automatic in the Cooper adds weight, cost to the car, complexity, maintenance issues and removes the driver from really controlling the engine. There's a reason BMW's sloppy 6 speed automatic is not on the M cars and there's also a reason all of today's performance cars are shifting to computer operated twin clutches; BMW's upcoming variation on the dual clutch automated tranny concept, the Evo's new twin-clutch, Nissan's twin-clutch in the GT-R, Audi/VW's DSG, Bugatti's DSG, Ferrari F1, Porsche's take on the DSG - yes Porsche's finally ditching their horrible Tiptronic.


    I drove, just last week, an 06' S with paddles.
    At low speed and low RPM's-yes it could shift a bit faster. But above 4,000 RPM and shifting near redline, this vehicle ROCKED! I had all I could do to keep it on the road! All my attention was devoted to where I was going and having both hands on the steering wheel allowed me to drive it hard. I have an '06 6-speed and i can't come close to driving it like I did w/ the paddles.
    All I can say is that the naysayers are ill-informed, have NEVER driven the paddles and I may very well order an '08 with paddles.
    Catch me if you can!


    That's adorable and very misinformed. We have a DSG - a real manual with computer controlled clutches - in one of our cars. Even that system, which can shift faster than a human, still suffers from adding weight, complexity and extra maintenance.

    If you like it and believe it somehow is superior to an automatic, go for it. But don't roll up and pass on this marketing garbage about race-developed transmissions. It's a straight up automatic tranny - just like the kind found in every manumatic for the last 10 years.
  • coupahcoupah Posts: 18
    Huh?
    All I know is I drove one and I liked it.
    I doubt you have...
    I think you might know too much for your own good...
  • sabrinaesabrinae Posts: 10
    Back on point.... Is the mini hardtop a good car to drive back and forth on a 40 mile round trip 5 times a week and will a teeny tiny woman be comfortable in the regular seats? It's all about me you know, I can't help it I'm British. :) ;) ;)
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    The base cooper with 16s is plenty comfy for long drives. Set the cruise - get that multifunction steering wheel - and the little bugger will chew up the miles and give you great gas mileage.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I love driving cars. Try a DSG-equipped VW/Audi if you really want to be wowed by an automated manual.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Is your commute on the highway? The Mini is actually very stable (like all European cars), and surprising quiet at highway speeds. At least for the automatic which is what we have.
  • sabrinaesabrinae Posts: 10
    Bit of both really and I would get an automatic, the quiet ride is important. I just spent 7 years driving a Saturn L300, not a very quiet car. Steering wheel whistles when turning to the left since the first year. Dealer fobbed me off until warranty up.
  • My mini Cooper experiences acceleration surges at low speeds. Does anyone else have this problem and what can one do to eliminate it ?
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