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MINI Cooper Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,782
    I'm going to seriously consider a Clubman S (and maybe a 2010 4 Door GTI) since I can get a cash 4 clunkers $4500 credit if I give up my barely running 1990 E30 325i BMW. Has anyone dealt with Ray Catena MINI of Westchester?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • jmohsinjmohsin Posts: 4
    Hey all,

    I'm dealing with a few dealerships in the MD/VA area trying to get a good price. I'm more than likely going to order one because they don't have one in their inventories with what I want.

    The MSRP is coming too $32,450, then add taxes, tags, title etc. By my calculations the out-the-door price would be around $34,700, they're offering me $34,000. Wanted to get a vibe if I'm getting a good deal.

    Thanks!
  • 2xsubaru2xsubaru Posts: 6
    @nyccarguy:

    If you are not absolutely invested in the Mini or the 2010 GTi, I would suggest you take a look at the 2009 GTis. There are some incredible deals going around for that car - dealers are having hard time selling but apparently VW keeps shipping them.

    One dealer I went to offered a 3000$ discount on the spot even before negotiations began! I was sorely tempted as the GTi was fun to drive. But I (and more importantly, the wife) wanted a convertible for the SoCal weather. So I am going for the Mini. :)
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,782
    I saw the 2010 GTI at the auto show and found it to be very cool. Plus it is bigger than the clubman.

    I'm sure I can get a sick deal on an '09 GTI, but I tend to keep my cars for a while (I've owned my current '01 Honda Prelude Type SH for over 7 years & 113K miles), but the '09 isn't the car I want. Thanks for the tip though.

    The GTI is going to have to blow me out of the water though. I'm a BMW nut and really dig the MINI (plus it is my 2 1/2 year-old's favorite car)

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • scottlscottl Posts: 109
    So you got the Mini for under $19K + TTL?
  • foobaroofoobaroo Posts: 4
    I'm wondering whether to wait or buy now?
  • Just closed deal on a 2009 Cooper S:

    Base MSRP* $21,950
    Destination & Handling $650

    Black Roof/Mirrors $0
    Dark Silver Body Color $500

    PACKAGES
    Premium Package $1,250
    Automatic AC
    Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof
    Leather Sport Wheel w/Multifunction
    Cold Weather Package $500
    Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets
    Heated Front Seats

    PERFORMANCE
    6-Speed Auto w/Agitronic Mode $1,250
    16" Bridge Spoke (Perf. Run Flats) $0
    Dynamic Stability Control STD
    Front Fog Lamps STD

    COCKPIT
    Leatherette: Black/Grey STD
    Interior Surface Piano Black $250
    Bluetooth and USB/iPod Adapter $500
    Interior Color: Carbon Black STD
    Sport Seats STD
    On-Board Computer STD
    6-spkr AM/FM CD Player STD

    TOTAL MSRP AS CONFIGURED* $26,850

    GENUINE MOTORING ACCESSORIES**
    MINI Portable Navigation System (installation not incl.) $399
    Cosmopolitan Floor Mats (4) (installation not incl.) $110

    TOTAL ACCESSORIES ** $509
    TOTAL MSRP AS CONFIGURED* $26,850

    TOTAL COMBINED $27,359

    Negotiated internet price $26,050 (including installation of navigation unit) Not including TTL.
  • g0thamiteg0thamite Posts: 4
    Did you ever make your purchase at Ray Catena MINI of Westchester? I'm also thinking of a MINI there. What was your experience? How was the financing? Good experience? Any info helpful and thank you in advance.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,782
    I actually crossed the MINI off of my short list. The staff at Ray Catena MINI was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The sales manager is a real car guy too.

    Being a BMW nut, I had EXTREMELY high expectations for the MINI. I thought the car was solid & comfortable. The brakes are close to perfect. It is deceptively quick, I found myself doing 75 on an on ramp in 4th gear (I honestly didn't realize). Visibility is very restricted. I found myself looking under the windshield at every red light. Rearward visibility was just OK. The clutch takeup was very abrupt. I found the ride to be too soft & a little isolated.

    I actually liked the car until I got back into my Prelude. It just has a much better feel for the road. After leaving the MINI dealer, I went to the Acura dealer and test drove a 2010 TSX. I'm pretty sure that's going to be our next car.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • mgannonmgannon Posts: 1
    I'm looking to buy a 2009 mini clubman s with premium and convenience packages in California very soon.. next week or so. The msrp is between 30,100 - 32,500 for the 2 I am considering. I am relocating from the east coast and want to do the deal before I arrive... I've already test driven and know what I want. I intend to buy it outright - cash in full. Is this at all advantageous for me, buying outright over the phone? Any strategies for getting the price down a bit? (Also CA dealers are doing .9% apr so the cars are kind of selling there...)
    thanks for any tips...
  • g0thamiteg0thamite Posts: 4
    Historically MINI's are not negotiable but I think there is some wiggle room in today's economy - I know that in my case $500 was knocked off the price. Also, the .9 % interest rate is only good through this Friday. It may extend into August, but you will not know that until the first of the month. Even the salespersons, I mean, Motoring Assistants, will not know till then. Good luck!
  • rockymtnhirockymtnhi Posts: 19
    I've owned a RSX Type S which I miss alot. So since I've owned Acura Integs and an Integ GSR . They discontinued making the RSX brand(big Mistake) So now after trying the BMW 1 which surprised me as it's fast and a fun ride ,I almost bought it. (you need to own a gas station though)
    However ,I went to the 2010 TSX and decided after I took it up to 70 Miles an hour in 3rd and went into 6th this was the car for my wife Rather than the BMW or Lexus IS. Acura's are bullet proof, never had a problem with any of them.
    How ever, I need a HB and I'm waitng on the TDI VW Golf. ( Iknow realiability) but I need a Home Depot car.
    Get the Acura. :shades:
  • rockymtnhirockymtnhi Posts: 19
    I've owned a RSX type S which I miss alot. So since I've owned Acura Integs and an Integ GSR . They discontinued making the RSX brand(big Mistake) So now after trying the BMW 1 which surprised me as it's fast and a fun ride ,I almost bought it. (you need to own a gas station though)
    However ,I went to the 2010 TSX and decided after I took it up to 70 Miles an hour in 3rd and went into 6th this was the car for my wife Rather than the BMW or Lexus IS. Acura's are bullet proof, never had a problem with any of them.
    How ever, I need a HB and I'm waitng on the TDI VW Golf. ( Iknow realiability) but I need a Home Depot car.
    Get the Acura. :shades:
  • Is anybody buying the convertible Cooper or Cooper S? I haven't seen anybody asking about it recently. Wondering if many people have purchased or leased one and how you like it!
    Thanks!!
  • I just (three weeks now) bought a Cooper S convertible. It has a few small issues - nothing major. But the fun of driving open or close has been immense. I am still finding excuses to run errands so that I can drive the car :)

    Let me know if you need any other information.
  • Thanks!
    What are the small issues?
    Did you buy or lease? What colors? :)
  • I bought a 09 Cooper S Cabrio - Chilli Red, Checkered Black interior, with Sports and Cold weather pakcage, Sports suspension, Multifunction steering wheel, Auto AC and a few other interior options.

    Issues are really small - a bit of rattle/hum from behind the driver's side door. It doesn't happen always and IMO caused by a combination of the stiffer sports suspension and bad roads where I live. Haven't taken it to the dealership yet. No other problems and 700 miles of happy driving (>13hours open top :D )
  • djsf1djsf1 Posts: 9
    Did you find someone to purchase the Mini from in the SF area? I'm finding it difficult to get down from sticker price....
    Thanks
  • Hey! I don't know if you've already purchased your MINI, but we are selling our 2008 Clubman S with the convenience, premium, sport, and cold weather packages. It's the Hot Chocolate color with the dual sunroof and tan leather interior and chrome accents. We are in Pittsburgh, PA. Car is perfect, nothing wrong! 15,500 miles. It's like it's brand new. Feel free to let me know if you are interested. It's listed on AutoTrader.com.
  • Made the following deal yesterday:

    2009 Cooper
    Yellow Mellow Color
    6 speed
    Convenience Pkg
    Premium Pkg
    Cold Weather pkg
    Sports pkg
    Xenon Lights
    Mini Hi Fi
    Piano Black Interior Surface

    MSRP 24950
    Invoice 22702
    Selling Price 23875 plus tax, title, delaer fee
    Also included "free" mirrors and sunroof graphics valued at about $450.00 so ends up being MSRP 25400 and selling price 23875.

    Judging from my prior experience of MSRP only, this is not too bad. Dealer initially offered MSRP plus $600 in "free" accessories; Ended up more like $1075 off MSRP plus $450 in "free" accessories.

    At the end I am happy, but wanted to share what is ou there. Car actually will be ordered - one of the last remaning 2009 production spots they say.
  • padolfpadolf Posts: 1
    I tried the Mountain View dealership in SF bay area, but they only offered MSRP. Has anyone tried negotiating at Pleasanton or SF?
  • thanks for sharing. out of curiosity, what dealership did you buy from? did you go for the 1.9% financing deal?
  • I dealt with New Country Mini in Hartford, CT

    Since car is being built and will likely be delivered in September, one can't lock in the current low financing rates since they are only valid through 8/31. Experience tells me rates will still be there next month too, but at this point it is a little bit of "who knows." Hopefully I will get that 1.9%
  • Agree on price over the phone 7/16
    Signed form in the mail 7/18
    Order submitted 7/20
    Goes into production 7/22
    Comes off the assembly line 7/31
    C4C runs out of $1B around here
    On the boat 8/4
    C4C adds $2B 8/6
    Arrives in Bayonne 8/13
    Arrives at dealership 8/18
    Pick up (My first time at the dealership) 8/21
    C4C ends 8/24 (8/21 at the dealership)

    MSRP 19.2K
    my price 18.5K
    C4C -4.5K
    -my beloved 87 RX7, no scrap value given
    net price 14K
    add back doc fee 239
    NJ sales tax on the entire 18.5K, thank you Corzine 1295
    title, transfer tags, NJ tire fee. 75
    OTD 15.6K

    Despite being completely stripped, it is quite well equipped. What more do you need? Pretty sweet deal in my book. Find a used MINI at this price. I'm loving it. :shades:
  • minookaminooka Posts: 6
    I think the base was ~26K (S with sunroof package and the $&(@** arm rest that isn't included but is a good think with a manual trans).

    Is ~1000K reasonable to ask them to knock off the MSRP?

    I'll buy via their financing so the % rate is locked in.

    Any other areas I can get them to knock some $$ off?

    No trade in (and I wouldn't negotiate it with the purchase deal).

    I'm going to ask the sales man to write up the contract and send it to me so I'm not wasting a Saturday looking at the finance person and listening to their pitch. Yawn!
  • mmeammea Posts: 2
    Hi!
    I'm about to shop around for a new Mini.

    What is usually the reduction that could be made below the msrp, especially that 2010 models will be soon aboard?

    Can somebody help me with the name of a dealer where good deals could be made in DC (or even NYC) area?
  • mmeammea Posts: 2
    Hi!
    I'm about to shop around for a new Mini.

    What is usually the reduction that could be made below the msrp, especially that 2010 models will be soon aboard?

    Can somebody help me with the name of a dealer where good deals could be made in DC (or even NYC) area? Has anybody tried with Passport MIni at Alexandria, Virginia?
  • Prestige Mini in Mahwah, NJ claims to have the largest inventory in the country - but last week told me that they had only 10 cars left (after cash for clunkers and a good sales month). They are awaiting information and delivery of their 2010 cars. There's also Westchester Mini in White Plains and Manhattan Mini. I've had a very good experience with Prestige.
  • Hi, Alex,
    Is your MINI a MINI S Cooper or a Cooper without Turbine engine? Tks.

    I am considering a MINI, but I am not sure how much difference it will be b/w MINI S or MINI. Do you have any comments?
  • I am considering a MINI.
    Is there any one who recently bought MINI in this area? Unfortunately, there is only one MINI deal in Memphis. I will consider dealers in TX or LA, if the price is better. Appreciate if any one could share experience from TN, TX, or LA?
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