Rides Rough for a Base Model - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

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edited July 2015 in MINI
imageRides Rough for a Base Model - 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop Long-Term Road Test

Our 2014 Mini Cooper handles great, but you pay for it with a stiff ride that grows tiresome on rough city streets.

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  • yellowbalyellowbal Member Posts: 234
    The run-flat tires probably make the ride worse. Harder sidewalls and a heavier tire make for a rough time. If the car had Conti ExtremeContact DWs or Mich SuperSports, the ride and grip would be better.
  • tom_in_mntom_in_mn Member Posts: 61
    Run flats? Ug! Wait till you find you get half the mileage and they cost twice as much to replace. And if you ever do run flat you need a new tire or 4. Never again will I have run flats. I also found I had to bump the pressure to get even wear, which makes the ride even worse.
  • s197gts197gt Member Posts: 486
    those tires look pretty worn. impact harshness would certainly increase with a tire at the end of its life. i see it only has 16.5k miles, though. maybe the picture makes them look worse than they are?
  • throwbackthrowback Member Posts: 445
    Its the run flats. Awful tires, I swapped them off my 2003 cooper 6 miths after I bought car.
  • kirkhilles1kirkhilles1 Member Posts: 863
    In terms of the Runflats, if I were planning on selling the car at low mileage (or if it were a lease), I'd have them removed in the beginning and keep them for resale time. As others mentioned, definitely not worth driving on.
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