Wife's daily driver was a 2003 E39 540i/6 before the 2010 Mini Cooper S. The Mini is still alot of fun to drive, very reliable, good gas mileage, good dogmobile, etc. It is a bit small so using it as a weekender car takes some planning. A 3 hour drive to the coast does feel just a little uncomfortable from the seating position, but that's just me - she doesn't experience this (and she's taller than me.) We use the truck for snow, or the E38 or truck when cargo space is an issue.
Biggest complaint she has? The 540i/6 had so much more power, comfort/space/luxury feel, and amazing handling – not that the Mini handles poorly. I don't think she expected to miss the E39, but she does just a little.
I wouldn't want the Mini to be our only vehicle... but it's definately a fun vehicle.
E38 2000 740iL Orient Blue
E91 2012 328xiT Alpine White
Passed on to new families:
E30 1987 325i Royal Blue
E39 2003 540i/6 Sterling Gray
R56 2010 Mini Cooper S British Racing Green
Last edited by M.Wong; 01-05-2012 at 05:17 AM.