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Old 08-26-2007, 12:15 PM
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I wanna Mini-cooper S !! - what options are your fav's ?

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The wife & I saw a Mini-cooper S while on vacation. We have been tossing around a few different vehicles etc etc...

These are the cutest little things around & I would not need an arm twisting for a new puddle jumper, mainly for the wife's around town commutes.

I know how I love my iPod direct & Bluetooth kit on my M3, so those are "for sure" options

What options would you have to have on one of these ??

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Old 08-26-2007, 06:51 PM
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Well.....

The wife & I saw a Mini-cooper S while on vacation. We have been tossing around a few different vehicles etc etc...

These are the cutest little things around & I would not need an arm twisting for a new puddle jumper, mainly for the wife's around town commutes.

I know how I love my iPod direct & Bluetooth kit on my M3, so those are "for sure" options

What options would you have to have on one of these ??

The moonroof is nice.

Sport Package is also a nice package... 17" wheels, xenons, and DSC

If you are getting a manual, strongly consider the limited slip differential, a good buy at $500.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:59 AM
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Sport package is a must. I would have opted for LSD and comfort access if I had ordered my car. Sub-25k is easy with the Cooper S and you'll have options enthusiasts want.

I wouldn't touch the moonroof though. It adds weight, cost, makes the car hot inside and negatively impacts handling.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:30 AM
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Sport package is a must. I would have opted for LSD and comfort access if I had ordered my car. Sub-25k is easy with the Cooper S and you'll have options enthusiasts want.

I wouldn't touch the moonroof though. It adds weight, cost, makes the car hot inside and negatively impacts handling.
BG,

Thanks man !

I read your write-ups, very informative. I immediately agreed on the comfort access after I looked it up on the miniusa site, LSD for sure too.

The wife has to have the moonroof, I am fighting a tough battle to stay away from the convertible.
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:30 PM
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BG,

Thanks man !

I read your write-ups, very informative. I immediately agreed on the comfort access after I looked it up on the miniusa site, LSD for sure too.

The wife has to have the moonroof, I am fighting a tough battle to stay away from the convertible.
Yeah, avoid the convertible. Adding 400lbs to that car takes a toll.

You guys will enjoy it. I didn't drive my car this weekend - fiancee kept blocking me in with her A3. Got in the Mini this morning and my god I love the little bugger.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:58 AM
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Yeah, avoid the convertible. Adding 400lbs to that car takes a toll.

You guys will enjoy it. I didn't drive my car this weekend - fiancee kept blocking me in with her A3. Got in the Mini this morning and my god I love the little bugger.
BG,

We looked at the Mcoupe another mighty cool car . Just wanting a bit better gas mileage and the occasional use of back seats - for pups. Wife has wanted a cult classic of a car for awhile too.
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:53 PM
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Here's my two cents worth.

My wife has a 2007 Cooper S - Mellow Yellow / White Roof - btw an excellent color combo.
Picked it up in April.

Options we have:
Nav
Sports Pkg.
LSD
Convienence Pkg.
Cold Weather Pkg.
Multi-function steering wheel
Prem Sound
Auto A/C

Things I would definitely order again (NAV is nice w/ Real Time Traffic)
Sports Pkg.
LSD (if you order the Sports pkg)
Stereos good for a factory radio - don't know how the std one sounds though but its not a quite car so not sure how much sound matters.
My wife loves the comfort access (guess it makes sense if you keep your keys in your purse) as a guy I prefer to use a key.

Bluetooth is great if you have a compatible phone.

Overall the car is a great car.

Like BG, my daily drive is (his was) an 2004 330i ZHP (which I love). Both cars are fun to drive - just make sure you use the sport button in the Mini b/c otherwise the torque steer is annoying.
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Old 08-29-2007, 05:19 PM
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just make sure you use the sport button in the Mini b/c otherwise the torque steer is annoying.
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How does using the "sport button" reduce torque steer ?

Thanks for your feedback !
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:45 PM
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How does using the "sport button" reduce torque steer ?

Thanks for your feedback !
It tightens the steering rack, thus the wheel is not loose. It's night and day.

Also the throttle is remapped with the sport button, giving you more grunt. I wish there were a way to make the sport button default to the on position.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:45 AM
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It tightens the steering rack, thus the wheel is not loose. It's night and day.

Also the throttle is remapped with the sport button, giving you more grunt. I wish there were a way to make the sport button default to the on position.
Good info.

Funny, I say the same thing about the sport button on my M3, I always have it on since I love the improved throttle response, wish BMW could make that happen.
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:56 AM
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I drove a friend's brand new Cooper S cabriolet a few weeks ago - a Mini, or New Beetle is on the list for my wife's grocery getting etc., in non-winter months.

It felt solid, quick and it looks great. However, it tramlined like a pig and I felt like I was getting pulled all over the road. I doubt that the NB is much better. Bummer that the roads get so rutted here due to studded winter tyre user/idiots.

Hertz here rents Minis, so I am going to surprise her and rent one for a weekend before the weather goes to hell. I will let her see what she thinks.

Good luck with your purchase, Mike.


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Old 08-30-2007, 08:22 AM
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I drove a friend's brand new Cooper S cabriolet a few weeks ago - a Mini, or New Beetle is on the list for my wife's grocery getting etc., in non-winter months.

It felt solid, quick and it looks great. However, it tramlined like a pig and I felt like I was getting pulled all over the road. I doubt that the NB is much better. Bummer that the roads get so rutted here due to studded winter tyre user/idiots.

Hertz here rents Minis, so I am going to surprise her and rent one for a weekend before the weather goes to hell. I will let her see what she thinks.

Good luck with your purchase, Mike.


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Patrick, actually the R56 - the new mini, which the convertibles aren't - is much better about handling road imperfections. On 16s the R56 car is far more comfortable than any R52/R53. It's amazing how much the new suspension and turbo have changed the character of the car.
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:14 AM
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Patrick, actually the R56 - the new mini, which the convertibles aren't - is much better about handling road imperfections. On 16s the R56 car is far more comfortable than any R52/R53. It's amazing how much the new suspension and turbo have changed the character of the car.
yep, about 1" of additional travel. Nice ride.... I'll stick with my 06 MCS. Nothing like the supercharger, and the burble.

Folks, no matter. The MINI is a hoot.
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Old 09-02-2007, 09:38 AM
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yep, about 1" of additional travel. Nice ride.... I'll stick with my 06 MCS. Nothing like the supercharger, and the burble.

Folks, no matter. The MINI is a hoot.
Both are nice cars, but driving both back to back quite regularly, the R56 Cooper S has a much better power band and it makes the car feel much faster, even though the difference is only 4 hp. It seems to take a while for the supercharged car to get going, while the turbo has plenty of low end power.

The answer will be the R56-based Cooper S convertible due out for MY09!
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Meh, MINI's with options are a waste....just get the color you want, then add the LSD, xenons, and sport suspension. You're good to go then.
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Old 09-08-2007, 02:39 PM
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Meh, MINI's with options are a waste....just get the color you want, then add the LSD, xenons, and sport suspension. You're good to go then.
We will probably end up with every available option.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:09 PM
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Well.....

The wife & I saw a Mini-cooper S while on vacation. We have been tossing around a few different vehicles etc etc...

These are the cutest little things around & I would not need an arm twisting for a new puddle jumper, mainly for the wife's around town commutes.

I know how I love my iPod direct & Bluetooth kit on my M3, so those are "for sure" options

What options would you have to have on one of these ??

We have good friends who have an 06 Mini S vert - it's got to be one of the most fun vehicles I've ever driven.

Only downside was bad visibility out the rear top up - worse then my E46, but there is a backup warning.

Wouldn't stop me from getting one, though.

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We have good friends who have an 06 Mini S vert - it's got to be one of the most fun vehicles I've ever driven.

Only downside was bad visibility out the rear top up - worse then my E46, but there is a backup warning.

Wouldn't stop me from getting one, though.

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The Gas mileage at 30ish mpg is still a step up for us, no real need for an SUV anymore, kids are about out.
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We will probably end up with every available option.

Thanks for the advice.
And that will put you in the low 30's for a econocar. Fun.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:28 PM
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And that will put you in the low 30's for a econocar. Fun.
Saving $$ is not the factor (in our case) for this purchase.
Thanks for your opinion anyway.

As I said, we'll probably load to the hilt.
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Saving $$ is not the factor (in our case) for this purchase.
Thanks for your opinion anyway.

As I said, we'll probably load to the hilt.
JCW?
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JCW?
For me, I would say

Since it is for her, it will be the "S" model, probably not the JCW stuff though.
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For me, I would say

Since it is for her, it will be the "S" model, probably not the JCW stuff though.
My wife insisted on the JCW kit
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