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MINI Cooper



  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    You might want to go to where you can see all the features built into the MINI.
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    Hey, how about some updates from you current MINI owners?? Those of us who are still waiting on our cars would love to hear feedback from you lucky dogs that are already "motoring"!!

    Post pics if you have them. Thanks.
  • Yes. Both halves can be folded down.
  • denisjeidenisjei Posts: 4
    My wife and I are going to the local (Cincinnati) dealer tomorrow to order our car. We were #460 on their waiting list, but it seems if I walk in and given them a refundable $1000 check I can order a car to my specs and have it in 2 months. At straight MSRP.

    The car is for my wife, and we're getting Cold Weather, sport seats, and Trip computer. We'll walk out the door with a very cute, fun car for $17,600. Pretty nice considering I spent twice that for my Volvo S60 T5 last year!
  • rickroverrickrover Posts: 602
    It appears the no waiting list trend on the base Cooper is here as well. It is possible to walk right in and order a MINI - not at MSRP yet, I expect the mandatory $1k in accessories rule to go away soon - they aren't exactly flying of the lot. My dealer has 25 or 30 in stock - I didn't count them but there were a whole bunch on their back lot. The waiting list on the S is about a year and a half long - not sure the number, they were very evasive when I asked them how long the S list was. Is there really a "demand" for the MINI??? I find it interesting that the long waiting lists have evaporated a month after they rolled it out. I wonder when we'll see sales figures on the MINI. I don't think it's selling all that well - consumer enthusiasim is no where near New Beetle and PT Cruiser levels a month after those appeared on the market. This forum is another gauge of interest - not much happening here either, very quiet. This MINI Cooper rollout is not what I expected at all at the one month mark.

    I'm still 14 on the S list - I could have an S as early as July.
  • I am looking to trade in my MBZ E320 for a Mini S. Can anybody tell me if they feel at all clausterphobic or if behind an SUV it seems daunting?
  • To those that think the Mini is not selling well, I give you this:

    (If the above link doesn't work, the headline can be found under: News/Auto Headlines/"Mini drives BMW sales" April 11th/2002, here at Edmunds' site. You will have to skip ahead a few pages to find it as it is an older headline)

    These sales figures are for ONE month. Now don't tell me the Mini isn't selling well.

  • They may seem small on the outside, but not on the inside.

    Read this article:

  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    After seeing a MINI in the metal, and reconsidering the alternatives, I've decided to place an order for a non-S Cooper with an out of state dealership a little later this year. At some point, the litigation that has thus far prevented the appointment of dealers in TX should be over, and I'll be able to obtain parts and service should the need arise. I'm not looking for a road rocket, so I think the performance of the standard Cooper should suit me just fine. The way I see it, waiting is a good thing - pricing will stabilize, I'll get exactly what I want, and BMW will have that much more time to work out any teething problems.
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    if I had hope that Oklahoma City would get a dealer soon, I might have considered the same thing. I would go for the base MINI also.
  • tetonmantetonman Posts: 73
    Thanks for the link to

    I went through the forums there and it appears that many of the owners in Britain have had problems with the car pulling to the left. I would expect a few squeaks and rattles, but not something like this on a new car. I have test driven the mini and did not notice it. Was there a fix for this problem by the mfr? Have any of the owners here in the States noticed this?
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    Were they complaining of a drift left, ie. alignment problem, or a pull left under acceleration, ie. torque steer?

    I'll be test driving one tomorrow (can hardly wait).
  • segestasegesta Posts: 27
    With 115 hp, I *wish* my Mini suffered from torque steer.

    My only gripe: AM radio reception is bad, even for the big (50,000 watt) stations. Weird.
  • silver_bulletsilver_bullet Posts: 1,339
    With its equal length drive shafts, the MINI should be fairly immune to torque steer. I wonder if they aren't just confusing road crown for a "pull" - after all, they are driving on the left side of the road :)
  • The left-pull problems seem to have been ironed out on after-March production Minis.

    It will be very rare now to find the problem on Minis built from April on.

    Note: Bugs should be expected on COMPLETELY NEW from the ground up cars. They (BMW/Mini) seem to have worked things out now.
  • tetonmantetonman Posts: 73
    I do expect some minor issues, but thought this was a little bit more than a buyer should have to deal with. That said, glad that MINI/BMW corrected it. It's a great looking car...
  • m37stevem37steve Posts: 10
    From what I've seen, the left pull is not a torque-steer issue, and can happen on a level road on cars so afflicted. It is suspension-based. As has been pointed out, it appears to be more of a problem with early build cars, and varies from car to car. Another problem is cracking windshields, probably sealed too tight. I emailed BMW/MINI yesterday asking what they planned to do about these known problems. I've ordered a Cooper with CVT, my first new vehicle (although I've had about 30 used vehicles) and am prepared for some minor problems. After all, the MINI is a completely new design (albeit based on an older concept.) I do expect the manufacturer to be proactive about addressing widely reported design/assembly flaws.
  • hpulley4hpulley4 Posts: 591
    I took a tester out for a spin this lunch-hour. What a fun car! Base car, red w/white roof with 16" Dunlop runflats, multifunction wheel, heated seats (not necessary even though there is some snow today, rare for April even here), climate control, maybe some other options.

    Q: how are the sport seats on the road? The tester didn't have sport seats and it felt pretty supportive as it is, and comfortable. I sat in some SOLD cars with the sport seats and they feel fine at rest but I wonder about them at speed.

    I found the power to be more than adequate on the highway and in town, even with 'just' 110lb-ft of torque. There was lots of wind today but the car felt completely solid in all aspects. It corners and brakes really well. The suspension is a bit harsh but I'd expect nothing less.

    At first I found the pedal positions were awkward but once I got used to the 'proper' seating position, somewhat prone, it was very comfortable.

    It felt like a wonderful driver's car. I could take it on the road without a destination. Very, very tempting...
  • m37stevem37steve Posts: 10
    WRT to my mesage #499, MINIUSA said this in response to my inquiry:

    I appreciate your concern. We are aware that a few cars are pulling to the left. We recommend that these cars be inspected by MINI dealers and diagnosed accordingly.

    However, we will take the MINI windshield cracking issue on a case by case basis because this has been more of an isolated event. Unfortunately, cracked windshields are not covered by the warranty when the determination is caused by road hazard. We will look into this further.
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