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Old 07-28-2011, 02:39 PM   #16
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Even given the problems we've had, the noises the engine makes, and the overall headache the car has been, we really enjoy it. It IS being replaced in the next year- the problem is that nobody makes a car that compares.
Sadly the more I read the more I am concerned. But like you said in the sub $30k price range there are no other new sporty cars that my wife likes other than the GTI and that seems to have even more problems than the Mini.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:30 PM   #17
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Have her drive a TDI sportswagon.
Seriously fun car to drive.
More room than a MINI.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:41 PM   #18
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Have her drive a TDI sportswagon.
Seriously fun car to drive.
More room than a MINI.
She didnt like the sportwagon, she really liked the CC but I am nervous of the 2.0t.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:48 PM   #19
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Sadly the more I read the more I am concerned. But like you said in the sub $30k price range there are no other new sporty cars that my wife likes other than the GTI and that seems to have even more problems than the Mini.
We're gonna pay attention to what you do- whatever you end up with will probably find a place on our short list.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:55 PM   #20
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We're gonna pay attention to what you do- whatever you end up with will probably find a place on our short list.
+1.

From what I read, and from folks i talk to, the base model does not have these issues. But, if someone has a suggestion for another kick in the pants car, I am all
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:41 PM   #21
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The countryman looks good, but it doesn't appeal to me performance wise. Once you start sacrificing agility, the Mini becomes less and less of a Mini.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #22
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it doesn't appeal to me performance wise
Really?

I'm being told it's a downright bargain, performance wise.

" Countryman S has a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which produces 181 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque."

I think my moderately tuned '84 GTI back in the day could give it a run for the $.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:37 AM   #23
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Sadly the more I read the more I am concerned. But like you said in the sub $30k price range there are no other new sporty cars that my wife likes other than the GTI and that seems to have even more problems than the Mini.
Huh? My 2008 GTI is approaching 30,000 miles and has never hiccuped.

However, I'm starting to get concerned that the Check Engine light doesn't work, because it never comes on.

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Old 07-29-2011, 06:08 AM   #24
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http://vtec.minimania.com/

Car & Driver Magazine: "The Mini Tec VTEC is one of the fastest, and, um, furious-est, drives south of a Z06. Just look at the numbers from the one we tested-1792 pounds and a claimed 220 horsepower. The Honda engine was originally for the Acura Integra Type R and was rated for 195 horsepower."

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:48 AM   #25
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I've had an 03 Cooper S, an 03 VW GTI VR6, and an 06 Audi A3 2.0T in that order. My absolute favorite was the A3. I'm in the process of looking for another A3 right now, but the TDI version this time.

My Mini came with run-flat tires (and no spare) which made the ride really rough. It was a fun car around town, but it was torture on my long commute to work every day.

Just my .02 and I'm sure the Mini's have come a long way since 2003.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:49 PM   #26
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As soon as my run-flats wore out on my '05 they got ditched for a pair of Yokohamas.

Made all the difference in the world in ride quality.

I bought it used/new (it had 1800 miles on it) for $19,000, and it had a few issues as well. Rear wiper wouldn't work right, thermostat housing developed a leak.

All fixed under the excellent warranty, though. In the four years that warranty was in effect, I paid $0 for any maintenance or repair. That's zero, zip, nada.

Once that warranty ran out though....holy crap! Now you pay BMW maintenance/repair level bills. That was the only drawback I had with an otherwise excellent car.

Now I drive a damned pickup truck, and where my commute was alot of fun it now sucks.

Thank goodness for the motorcycle.
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:18 PM   #27
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:35 PM   #28
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Golf R in December.
now you're talkin'.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:20 PM   #29
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Golf R in December.

She wants an automatic, I doubt the R will be available with one.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:54 PM   #30
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She wants an automatic, I doubt the R will be available with one.
DSG

The Golf R would be a seriously cool car to replace our Mini with- but it's just too expensive.
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