Distinctive, fun to drive
By Fun to drive on Sunday, January 13, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Dexterity, reliability, fun, looks"
Cons: "Ride, computer/radio problem, paint"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Have put over 40,000 miles on it since I bought it used. Has been a real blast, especially with the front strut brace that was added by the original owner. Mine is the 2-door version, and I can't see that this model would in any way be anyone's choice as a family or primary vehicle. It's just not designed for that. Because of it's size, there are things that I can do in the Mini that I know I would not be able to do in ANY other car. There are just advantages to being in a car this small. Been very happy with performance. Although most sports sedans leave me in the dust in the straight-aways (and I have the "S" model), NO ONE can keep up with me in the turns. Been very reliable, and have had ZERO issues with brakes, power equipment, a/c, etc. One BIG problem was that at about 40,000 miles, the computer went loopy. I would come out in the morning to hear the radio on in the car. I passed it off as a minor glitch several times until I found my battery to be dead on a few occasions. Turned out that the entire radio/computer system had to be replaced, including the battery, and I know mine isn't the only one that's had this problem. BMW picked up a third of my tab, the dealer picked up a third of the tab, but I was out around $1,000 when all was said and done (I think the battery alone was $900!!) That's been the ONLY problem I've had with it so far. It can be a bumpy ride due to the sporty suspension -- not a road trip car. I own a convertible, and the top is still tight -- NO leaks, and the power top still works like a charm. What I love about the MC convertible design is that u can open the top partially for more of a sunroof effect when u don't want it down all the way. No other convertible can do this that I'm aware of. Paint is OK. I've seen the paint chip in places I would never expect. Very minor, but odd. Overall, I would buy another Mini, and in fact, am considering a JCW convertible. Despite my yearning for a more luxurious ride sometimes, I'm not sure I'll be able to sacrifice the value, looks and dexterity of a Mini Cooper."
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