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Old 12-18-2006, 12:11 PM
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I am going to be in the market for a car next year. I need a car that I can put alot of miles on and that is reliable. Does anyone have experience with the Mini? I like the fuel economy on these cars but I am not sure about the longevity.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:20 PM
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I know nothing about the Mini except I sat in the back seat of one and almost couldn't get out. I think they are built/owned by BMW. In my experiance that would make them very expensive to maintain and fix. If you're looking at that type of car, have you thought of the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa or the Scion? Those Minis are kind of cool looking.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:31 PM
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VW Rabbit.
Bigger and cheaper.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:38 PM
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Put alot of miles and reliable - HONDA CIVIC

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Old 12-18-2006, 01:30 PM
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Test drove a few this past summer the "S" package and the standard. It was a really fun car to drive. It has a semi automatic 6 speed trans with shifters on the steering wheel. Felt like a little formula one car or something. But for highway driving you definitely would need the "S" imo because the RPM's are not bad at 70-80 mph. The non "S" with the smaller engine was winding out at highway speeds. In the end $32,000.00+ or so was a bit steep for a toy car. You can do a lot better for a fuel efficient car these days.
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Old 12-18-2006, 02:03 PM
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If reliability is a concern,don't look at European cars,look Jap.
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Old 12-18-2006, 02:34 PM
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Yes, theyre built by BMW. I know someone who has one, and I think shes put more than 70K miles on it in the last 3years. No problems that Im aware of...
 
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I had a PT Cruiser rental unit last month and was impressed with the
'get-up" and fuel economy. I'm 6' and had head room with my ball cap on.
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:41 PM
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Thanks guys. I am probably going to get a Japanese car but I am eying this mini cooper a bit.
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:55 PM
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I have a nissan altima with 180,000 miles on it and still starts with no smoke. Im happy
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:07 PM
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I have a 06 Honda Civic EX Coupe. I looked and drove a mini but the coupe just had more to offer at a much lower price.
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:58 PM
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Gmack - 12/18/2006 1:38 PM

Put alot of miles and reliable - HONDA CIVIC

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i beleive the new civic gets like 45mpg hwy, I have a 1996 Nissan maxima with 140k doesnt burn or leak any oil
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:23 PM
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GAY!
And I'm not saying that as a complement!

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Old 12-19-2006, 08:53 AM
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Scion xB. Paid right at $15k for it new a year ago. It's my "around town" car and gets 32-35 mpg in city driving. Tall body, lots of room for hauling, very comfortable seating front and rear. 13K miles of fun driving. Has Toyota reliability. Since buying this "box" have only put 3k miles on my MB.
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Old 12-19-2006, 10:02 PM
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Volkswagon has diesels in some of their stuff. Might be worth a look.???
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Old 12-20-2006, 05:23 AM
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The Mini is high on my list for a daily driver, wife does not want to drive her Corvette tooo many miles. I have heard nothing but good things on the Cooper, but from where I live the nearest dealer at this time is 75 miles away. I may buy her a Volkswagen Beetle Vert in perhaps a diesel if it is out there, the Volkswagon diesel will use the new low sulfur fuels, and get about 50 Mpg on the hwy and can get through a green lite without being honked at. I also really like the Honda CRV, I think it is called IMHO it is the best looking small suv out there. Looked at others from Toyota they are cute but seemed to lack something.
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:43 PM
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If you are buying a Mini, you need to be aware of this site!

www.counterfeitmini.org

It has all of the information needed to determine if the Mini you are looking at is a fake. Even has excellent videos to demonstrate what to look for
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:57 PM
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Beer can with wheels.
Walk through any wrecker yard and look at the cars.
The smaller the car the more dried blood and sometimes forgotten body parts inside.
I want something with some meat around me.
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:09 PM
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Look at the VW GTI with 2.0T. You can get the DSG (direct shift gearbox) with paddle shifters. My bet is that it is more fun than the mini S.

Also with just a simple software upgrade the car has been known to put out around 270bhp....
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