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- Mini Cooper S; Dodge Dakota 4X4, Triumph TR6
Depends how far you want to go. The engine conversions are, of course, expensive. Then there's the disc brake and suspension mods, the thermostatically controlled heating system, AC, NAV, sound system, roof ladder, bike rack, awning, LED interior lighting, exterior lighting upgrades, new fridge/stove, window shades, transmission oil cooler, skid plates, custom cabinetry, body and paint work, custom bumpers, tints, underdash instrumentation, solar charging, inverter, fresh water tank, blah blah..it never ends.
Seeing this in an ad, all in CAPS, isn't a good sign: "GOOD/BAD/NO CREDIT NO PROBLEM!!"
Shoddy vinyl roof on this coupe.It's priceless. Too bad, I would have made them an offer on such a unique car.
"No credit? Do you have furniture in your home? Do you own your own pants? Are you legally dead? WE DON'T CARE! Everybody rides at Down the Road Motors! Call today!"
here's something different. Checks lots of boxes. small, top goes down (sorta), stick. Low price and low miles. Love the colors. Just not quite sure what my wife would do to me if I showed up at home with it.Cute! I wonder how many hundreds of miles it would last?
Gee, they only found 17 trouble spots? Slackers. These guys should call me. I know ALL the trouble spots.
so, pending seeing how nice the Accord is, my assumption now is I would get one of those instead of the TLX. But that could change when I compare them back to back.The Mini has been called by Consumer Reports one of the "Cars You'd Be Foolish to Buy":
I think the Mini is off the table, but I could have a flight of fancy there. My daughter thinks I am nuts, and wants no part of it!
"Worst used car: Mini Cooper S
When it comes to choosing a used car, you can put the odds on your side by choosing a model that performed well when new and has a great reliability track record. Of course, reliability hiccups can happen with any used car, but the Mini Cooper S has the worst history among all cars we have tracked over the past decade. Sure, the car is cute and delightfully entertaining, but year after year, the likelihood of having a problem that requires a repair is heartbreaking. And among the 17 trouble spots we track, engine major, engine minor, engine cooling, fuel system, body integrity, and body hardware have issues at an alarming rate. Although Consumer Reports often recommends skipping an extended warranty, the Mini Cooper S is a case where the investment would be a good hedge against potential problems. Joining the Mini Cooper S as among the worst used cars are the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T and Ford Fiesta—although these models have fewer model years to anchor their position among the worst of the worst."
I think in the "real world" 5.5 to 7.5 seconds is all anyone ever "needs". If one needs more power than that to beat some other slightly less powerful car to a lane merge, both of them need R&R from the public road and more track time.
Almost every day I see an exotic of one type or another doing the "accordion" dance---with bursts of speed and then extreme braking--again and again. It's a little sad, really.