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MINI Cooper Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Hi, this is my first Mini/BMW car also. I have done lots of reading on the message boards the last month to get a feel for what to expect. I debated getting the CWP especially seeing that last year it was $300 and went up to $500 for 08. Heated seats are no big deal to me but maybe when the snow and ice come the heated mirrors and washer jets will come in handy. The other packages had things I didn't need and I wanted my Mini to be economical in price and fuel. When I priced both models with the same features the "S" was $1900 more for the turbo basically. Seeing that they recommend 91 octane for both I decided on the "S" though my driving style probably wont take full advantage of it. I didn't see or hear anything about tinted glass in the brochures or online but I guess you can have it done at an auto glass business. As far as the gas issue from what I've read you can use regular safely but your mini wont perform as well and your gas mileage will suffer. The higher octane burns cleaner and to tell you the truth I have in the past used a few tanks of premium in my truck and it seemed to run better and the mileage was a tad better.
  • Hello, thanks a lot for your reply and advise. Basically, I agree with your opinion on the CWP and gas issues. I don't real need the heated seats, but heated mirrors will be a very good option for me. Looks like HMs are not available alone, only in the CWP. I am commuting mostly on the pretty flat highway with a medium traffic. The distance and gas are only an issue for me at this time. :)
  • Who has paid what ? I see some strange numbers out there from different dealers.
    Thanks !
  • Assume MSRP. Anything more is too much. Anything less, good job.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,594
    In Florida? The dealers there have some crazy document fees... $399... all the way up to $799..

    Just consider it part of the selling price.. That said, if every MINI dealer in Florida is adding that to the MSRP, then you may have to go out of state to get a better deal.

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  • You appear to be right on. I have one quote of 350 and 3 hours away on the left coast it's 650. I can't figure it out !
  • I live in Ct. but bought across the border in RI. I ordered my MCS Saturday but before signing I told them to wright everything down...my out the door price. I was not going to pay for anything other than document fees. No vin etching, paint sealant, undercoating, dealer prep, etc. They were good and my paperwork fees were $95. He did balk at giving me front and boot mats but I was ready to walk, even over such a little thing.
  • Hi -

    First time MINI leasee here. I was wondering what I should expect between the Cooper and Cooper S? I drove them both in the city and didn't feel too much of a difference.

    You guys/girls seem to know what you are talking about, could you please provide some insight?

    Thanks,
    Jason
  • You didn't feel much of a difference? Well, if you can't feel the horsepower difference, then go with the car you like most. There's no reason to opt for an S if you do not see value in the turbo.

    I've been given the standard cooper twice while my 07 is in the shop (non-maintenance issues) and both times I felt like the Cooper was decent. I couldn't live with it but then again, at times my Cooper S feels underpowered.

    Driving style and what you desire in the car will probably decide which car you'll decide to buy/lease.
  • Hi Jason,

    I have one of the previous post and I said the same thing when I test drove them three weeks ago. I decided to go back and drive them again but to drive them harder such as the on-ramp to the highway and passing. I did feel a difference when comparing them in that fashion so I ordered the "S". I"m sure the non turbo would have been fine but with the bonnet stripes that I wanted to get I though that I would want a little more go than just show.

    Dennis
  • unfortunately, i am stuck btw two available cars and i cannot decide.

    my choice is btw

    Black 2007 MCS xenon lights and arm rest automatic

    vs.

    Real Silver 2007 MCS only sunroof automatic

    which one is the best for me? i am 24 grad student, working and studying in los angeles. ive read and responded to the sunroof complaints. are they legit? should i just get the black color... but my fear is that the car is small, the black will make it a target for bad drivers in parking lots because they cannot easily spot the vehicle parked?

    i would option out for the silver. in the perfect world, my car would have a comfort package but alas, unless i built it what i want is not available to me.

    should i just settle for the black? anyone on this board have an all black mini S and have opinions, i am open to hear them.

    thanks!

    im going car shopping tomorrow night. i am eager and excited but unsure.
  • Is there some reason you're only looking at on-the-lot and at just one location? Why can't you order? In socal we have more mini dealers than anywhere else in the country. You have a very wide variety of choices and most dealers show their inventory online.

    Why a new car for a grad student?

    What does the color have to do with getting hit? I'm on many boards and I've never heard this. Also, you can always park your mini at the edge of the spot so people will see you; that's even in mini's silly little Owner's Handbook.
  • Im so excited! How long does it usually take to receive the car? My sales person told me 6 to 8 weeks, but from reading other messages, it seems like it could take much longer.
  • a new car for a grad student because i also have a great job. im getting my mba for job advancement/ salary increase.

    i never realized that i had such a nervous personality, i guess im anxious since ive never made a purchase like this before.

    on the lot because i dont want to order and wait, ive waited long enough for a new car.

    and the two cars are at completely different dealers. i am hoping i can leverage that as well as the fact that it is an 2007 and they need to move the cars off the lot to my advantage.

    any thoughts?
  • As I bought off-the-lot (I got rid of my 2006 330i and decided that same week the Cooper S was my choice), I would suggest with a purchase of this kind that you closely weigh the importance of features v. price. Had I known I wanted I Cooper S sooner I would have ordered and I'd have 2 feature I dearly miss - comfort access and a LSD. This would have meant a delay but I know the car I dig now, I'd love even more.

    Sometimes a savings in time or $ isn't worth it in the long run.

    I don't know the negotiation on the 07s v. 08s, so I'm sorry but I can't be of any help on pricing 07s. :(

    I wouldn't be concerned about the color and parking situations. The mini is quite common in so cal.
  • I have ordered '08 MC a three weeks ago. The salesman indicated to me the same delivery term: about 6-8 weeks. I hope my car will arrive on time. But, due to the holidays, it could take a couple weeks longer. Status of my order is: "Awaiting Transport". I will be very happy if my car will be delivered to me by the middle of January. :)
  • lease:
    silver 2007 mini cooper S
    auto and sunroof only options
    msrp: 24,500
    car bought 23,335 or 23500
    $2,000 out the door
    325.00 a month/ 36 mo.

    did i get a good deal?
  • I just bought a Coupe - excellent vehicle! Just some thoughts on dealer add options:

    iPod integration - For $580 (last year this was $300) the functionality is slightly above first gen iPod players (i.e., only does playlists, acts like a CD player - ughh). Oh yeah, despite 'being new', it doesn't support the iPhone. Use the free aux input and your iPod/iPhone interface.

    Bluetooth/Nav. Real surprise here - For $850 I thought I was getting bluetooth integrated into the car audio (like my '06 Volvo - for $600 there.) Nope - go figure. Instead you get a 3" by 3" box - last years Garmin, retails for $499 (i.e., not up-to-date on current features.) Live and learn.

    i.e., steer clear of these options or, at least be knowledgeable.

    (Dealer was Mini of Peabody - but I'm sure all push for these high-profit items...)
  • zkaudiozkaudio Posts: 60
    I am new to the mini market, helping the lady get a car.. do all 08's sell AT msrp? Or are there any known dealers in CA that will sell below?

    Thanks
  • i got an 07 for a remarkable price in mid december.

    all the 08's will be at msrp if not a bit more for a few months after arrival dated for february.

    i'd watch out for dealers who try to rob u blind, i encountered that a lot while i was car shopping.

    try mini of long beach. thats where i got my car and i couldn't be happier. salesman named junior. he was easy to work with and dont take no for an answer until u get the price u want.

    so, what do u want?
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    Any of you notice in the Mini forum that this happening? :sick:
  • I had purchased an '08 Yellow MCS from Morristown Mini in NJ. While there was some mis-communication and confusion, they went out of their way to clear it for me. I got Premium package, Cold weather package and Multi-function steering wheel. Total with Documentation fee ($350), delivery and registration was $25422. I put the deposit on Saturday and drove the car out Monday. Not too bad, I guess
  • zkaudiozkaudio Posts: 60
    trying to get an 08' Cooper - S in dark grey with black roof and the following options:

    -Automatic Transmission
    -Cold Weather Package
    -Multifunction Steering Wheel
    -Comfort Access
    -15k miles / yr

    Trying to do all that on a 24mo lease at 400 or less / mo w/ 1500 down.

    With the lease that high (relative to msrp) I could probably finance for 60 mo w/ same payment at 4.9%">

    Seems fair for a car under 30k... seeing as how I can get many a luxury compact with msrp in the 40s for 2k down 400/mo
  • jackel142jackel142 Posts: 47
    Looking to purchase a new Cooper S. I went to Otto's Mini in West Chester on Saturday. MSRP is $33,400.
    Does anyone know of ANY dealership that is selling for below MSRP?
  • rik4rik4 Posts: 90
    what colour or options are you looking for. do you want an 08 or 07
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Maybe 07s and certainly the old convertibles are going for less than MSRP. But that's the old chassis and engine.
  • Can anyone tell me who the best MINI dealer is in the NYC Metro Area or Tri-State Area? Best is defined as good selection, low pressure sales, excellent customer service and willingness to negotiate :confuse: :blush:
  • ksmotoksmoto Posts: 4
    If you have not already gone to www.miniusa.com - I am sure you have.
    What I did was search the Autotrader.com site.
    And other sites alike. In my area we only have One official Mini Dealer. I did find other dealers with " one " or two ..mini's avail. If I were you I would stick with a Mini Dealer. Basically it's you doing research yourself on a MINI, prior to going to a dealer that will build your confidence in " shopping", buying the car itself.
    Knowledge is Power and it makes a huge difference when your in Dealership. It can be overwhelming when you walk through the doors and See all the Glitz.
    Best to You - I hope you find Your Mini :)
  • You have a lot of dealers in the NYC metro area considering the amount of MINI dealers there are. My wife just bought her MINI Cooper S from Westchester MINI in White Plains, NY. They are combined with a BMW dealership and the BMW dealership was made a center of excellence. She worked on getting her Mini while I negotiated my BMW price. The service there was excellent. The woman we dealt with was very nice and extremely helpful. She is very knowledgeable about the product. Her name is Mercedes (kind of funny. A woman name Mercedes selling Mini's in a mostly BMW dealership)

    I don't know what you can do as far as selection in the area. My wife had to order hers based on what she wanted.
  • Hi All,

    I finally made it through the 50 odd pages of this thread(Whew!). It's pretty cool to read people's opinion about the Mini as it went through changes every year.I learned more about the practical side to owning a Mini here than any other car forum I've browsed through.

    I did have some questions about the Mini.

    1.I'm waffling a bit between the Cooper and the Cooper S. The Clubman isn't something I am considering because its pricier than the Cooper but with the same powerplant and a larger body, I'm a little unsure if the performance will be the same. The Clubman S is a bit too pricy. Am I wrong in thinking this?

    2.The Cooper S would obviously be the preferred option but I'm a first time car buyer(recent grad school student,starting a modest new job).Would it be worth my while to take on the additional financial burden? I do understand that the S has a better resale value and is essential more "fun" to drive. How can I make sure that it is indeed worth the difference in cost? I do love cars and am in love with driving(anything and anywhere :D ) but I'm not a gear head by any stretch of imagination.

    3.I'm about 6'4". Is that too tall for a Mini? :confuse: I'm not married and kids are nowhere on the horizon. I don't play drums and don't really need bucketloads of space. Just a comfortable seat and plenty of wiggle room without hitting levers and knobs.

    4.I'm planning to get a very minimally customized Mini.Here's some features I think I will get (and can afford)

    a.Non-metallic paint (Don't really like the idea of spending $500 on a paintjob)

    b.The Cold Weather Package seemed attractive since I'm in Wisconsin but I'll be moving to Connecticut soon and am pretty sure it won't be as frigid for as long as it is here (It can't be! Please,God, Don't let it :P ). Is it worth the $500? Is any package worth it?

    c. DSC. Worth it for $500? I don't drive like a race car driver but I do have a heavy foot and get carried away by a zippy car very quickly. Will the DSC help in icy,wet or snowy conditions? How effective is it otherwise? Does it affect everyday
    performance

    d. The run-flats seem to be only degrading the ride quality. Is switching to stock tyres a bad idea?

    That's about all the modifications I was thinking of. Am I missing anything? I don't really need super fancy gadgetry. I'll install the audio aux myself and I don't mind reaching over to change the radio station. The armrest seemed like a good addition but too many people complained about the quality.

    Someone(plekto?) mentioned getting the JCW strut brace for $275.Does reducing engine vibration increase stability that much? :confuse:

    Once I have a better idea about the kind of Cooper I should be getting, I'll be in a better position to talk to the dealers.

    Really looking forward to hearing from you guys!
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