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MINI Cooper Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • chrisbgoodchrisbgood Posts: 79
    I got what I ordered, got it within 6 weeks, paid MSRP and the dealer was great to work with (Keeler in Albany -- Rex was the salesman).
  • chrisbgoodchrisbgood Posts: 79
    No service charges. No extra fees. MSRP. Just to make it clear. (2003 Cooper Indi Blue/all three packages/standard)
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  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    Paid MSRP (first time ever Iv'e done that on a vehicle)for 03 Cooper in All Indi Blue, no options other than the paint color. I bought directly off the lot from Prestige Mini in Mahwah N.J., 50 miles from home in N.Y. but only 12 miles from work. This is my daily commuter car. 8000 miles so far since May 21st and as Mini USA says.........

    Let's Motor!

    Ray T.
  • Mini Cooper

    Indi blue (all around).

    All three options packages. Have had it 1.5 weeks so far (had 9 miles on it when I bought, 1,090 as of today).

    Bought in upstate NY from Keeler for MSRP -- a first for me.

    Ordered the car and waited about 6 weeks total -- another first for me -- but got everything I wanted just as I wanted it.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    To Everyone - Thanks for the input! ;-)

    We look to hearing more about your MINI Cooper ownership experiences in our main MINI Cooper ( ) discussion! For future reference, you'll find a direct link this discussion in the Helpful Links (left side). Also, keep your eyes open for other MINI Cooper discussions, articles, and features... to be added to our Helpful Links. Happy motoring!

    Revka
  • rsunicorsunico Posts: 82
    Ordered an 04 Cooper S w/ Premium, Cold Weather and DSC also from Prestige in Mahwah, NJ. Good people to deal with. I started at Prestige then started looking at VWs, Subarus etc. but was fedup with the pressure. So I ran back to Prestige.
  • I ordered my 2004 Mini July 1 and am told delivery will be early to mid September. I paid list price, no discount, but no premium either. It came to approximately $1850 including white five-spoke wheels, sunroof and red body color. Includes destination, registration & fees and taxes. From Mini of Fairfield County (Connecticut), about 60 miles from NYC. Seems like a good deal. Can't wait to
    drive it!
    Alanmini.
  • Paid MSRP for a Cooper with no options. Placed order in May, received in August. Pleasanton, CA.
  • Hi! I am about to shop around for MINI, I read message posted by NYMINI about a $500 discount from the dealer he ordered from.

    Can you tell me which dealer gives out discount in NYC area?

    A million thanks. (Just want to feel better if I don't have to pay MSRP :>)
  • Too bad this particular part of the board is so quiet. It must be because all of the MINI owners are so taken with their MINI's that they can't bring themselves to waste time being online!

    I've been interested in a MINI for a long time...even sat in one in the dealership in NYC, but haven't test driven one yet as I figured I'd probably get hooked. But now that I'm pondering the tenuous quality of life, I'm thinking I really ought to!

    Let me know if you have any luck with your purchase!
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    ontheroadagain - Check our Mini Cooper (S & Base Styles) discussion. You'll find more activity there. Happy motoring!

    Revka
    Host of Hatchbacks & Wagons
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I'm in the market for a Mini S and the difference between markets on the West and East coasts is quite remarkable. The waiting list in Seattle is reported to be > 12 months with a $500 markup with similar waiting lists and/or much higher markups for Calif. Yet, I hear of people buying for MSRP with no or short waits in the New York/New Jersey area.

    I'd like to get something in the next 3-4 months for MSRP and not have to travel too far. If anyone has any leads on dealers with reasonable lists and MSRP prices, hopefully W. of the Mississippi, please let me know.

    - Mark
  • tgrcubtgrcub Posts: 22
    I have the hots to get rid of my current car (01 Focus ZX3) and get into a Cooper S, even though the Focus has been a positive experience so far... but my question... how have the dealerships handled trade-ins and the like? I know that I will pay MSRP and have a two month wait, but how have the overall dealership experiences been? Any word on the two in the Greater Boston Area?
  • I recently went to Edmunds and Blue book to see how the Mini holds it's value. It was an eye opening experience. I purchased a new 2002 Dodge Stratus about the same time the Mini hit the street. The sticker on the Dodge was over $23,000, or in the range of a decently optioned Mini S. The Dodge's average retail is now around $11,000 the Mini, using the same mileage factor and "good" condition lists at $21,000. Try it with any other auto out there, the Mini will beat it in this "test".
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    True, but a Dodge Status is about worst case. Civics, Proteges, Corollas, etc. have held up much better.

    Also, try going out and getting $21K for a 2002 Mini. Now that they're starting to be in more plentiful supply, there aren't that many people willing to spend nearly a new price for a 2-year old car that is gaining quite a reputation as being a headache to keep running. A more realistic price for a 2002 Mini that retailed for $22K is around $18K.

    And if the bloom wears off the Mini, look out! Resale values 1- and 2-yr old New Beetles were looking pretty good until last year or so and now the bottom has fallen out. When you own a trendy car, you live and die with the trends. The blue chippers are the Hondas and Toyotas.

    None of this matters to me. I don't buy cars based on resale as I generally keep them long enough that it doesn't matter and I don't view cars as much of an investment anyway.

    - Mark
  • rayt2rayt2 Posts: 1,208
    The Mini's are popular but not much negotiating room on price if any at all other than MSRP. As far as the statement made "there aren't that many people willing to spend nearly a new price for a 2-year old car that is gaining quite a reputation as being a headache to keep running"

    I don't know what crystal ball he's using but Iv'e heard and read nothing that proves the Mini to be a headache to keep running. All new cars go thru transitions, and there are lemons too the Mini is no different. If it's what your looking for Go For It !

    Ray T.
  • and I guess you'd consider the 3,5,7,X and Z series cars to be trendy and any day the bottom will fall out of their value too?

    "The blue chippers are the Hondas and Toyotas."

    Geesh - I guess I'd beter go sell my SL and go buy a blue chipper like the Accord!!!
  • All cars have first year issues, the posts I've seen in regard to the Mini seem to be minor issues with good response from the dealers. I've seen raves for the Ford Focus, try 10 recalls on that model in the past year. As far as the Japanese, you buy dependability but the styling is too cookie cutter for me. My Dodge? Just good old american transportation, with a helping of problems from day one and depreciation that is like "sand through a seive". I've shopped around Las Vegas for used 2002 Minis, found several coopers at $18,000 (15K miles) and up to $21,000 (7K miles). Try that with a good old Civil or Corolla. Dan
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Guys, 2002 Minis have very poor freq of repair records. Yes, any cars have lemons, but the 2002 Minis were a completely new car design from a completely new factory from a German car company - this consistently is a recipe for lots of early issues and the repair record reflects it. Yes, all cars have lemons, but if you spend any time on other forums you'll see an incredible number of people with tens of problems with their early Minis.

    The 2003s and 2004s appear better, but we'll have to see. We need more miles.

    And the original post was on resale values not whether they were good cars are not - I didn't say they weren't great cars or that I wouldn't own one - in fact, I have one on order. So lighten up on the "go get an Accord" crap.

    All cars are compromises - the Mini is a great drive, but reliability (so far) is not its strong suit. Resale value is, but that could change overnight, either if they reliability issues continue and/or the styling and size goes from "cute retro cool" to "a toy car for chicks."

    - Mark
  • I finally made the decision to buy after visiting Edmunds and the Miniusa webb site multiple times. Wanted an S with a sport package, dark blue with cloth interior. The Mini site says $21,699. Went into Las Vegas Mini to pay cash and was promptly told they tack on an extra $2,500 on any S and $1,500 on a Cooper! The Salesman said I was "lucky" as in San Diego they tack on a flat 15%. Those of you back east who bought at MSRP are the lucky ones. I quickly exited the dealership and will not go back. Dan
  • I thought I'd call a few other dealerships out west. I called Assael Mini in Monrovia, Ca. and the kind salesman told me that now they are charging $6,000 over msrp but would "negotiate" with me at $3,000 over! I did call Mini of Scottsdale, AZ. and found a dealer who charges msrp but with a 7 month wait. For $2,500+ I'll wait.
  • t33t33 Posts: 5
    I have been very pleased with the dealers around Philadelphia. I purchased mine (awaiting transport) in October from Otto's Mini in West Chester, PA. They were great.

    The dealer in Bala Cynwyd, Mini of the Main Line, informed me that they were shipping alot of cars to the west coast. I forget what the cost was ($1,000 to $2,000), but I remember it being cheaper than the mark-up in CA. That's assuming you wouldn't want to pick-it up and drive it back.

    Good luck!
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I just got back from a 2700-mile pickup drive to get my MCS home from Texas to Washington state. It only took 7-weeks from time to order to the time I took delivery at MSRP, compared to one year and $600 over MSRP at the local dealer.

    It was a absolutely wonderful way to get to know my new Mini and if you have the time, I'd recommend it.

    - Mark
  • Mark, what's the name of the dealer in Texas, as I would definately do the same thing. I've found alot of dealers out west who will sell at MSRP but the wait is 6-8 months. Dan
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Dan I think there might be some prohibition against naming specific dealers here, so I sent you email according to your profile.

    - Mark
  • I believe it is fine to give the name of the dealership - just not specific Motoring Advisors - on this board. :-)
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    As stated at the top of the discussion:

    You may include the dealership name and city/state where you purchased, but NO direct links to the dealership site. Also, please do not post salespeople names, phone numbers or email contact information.
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    I ordered a 2004 MCS in Oct from Moritz Mini in Arlington Texas. I took delivery about 3 weeks ago. MSRP. With one minor exception (occasional tardiness answering email), the entire process went smoothly. With 3K miles, the car has a slow driver's window lift - otherwise, no problems whatsoever.

    - Mark
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,699
    was amazed that they had quite few there. 6 in the show room(1 italian job edition(?)), 4 new outside for sale, and 3 demos. the there was a white board on the show room with prices listed.
    they seemed to be msrp. did see 'paint protection' for about $500 on at least one of the cars in the showroom.
    my wife and 1 of the kids went for a pretty long test drive. i kept away.
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