- Thinking of buying a Mini for Mrs R, should I
Yes! I bought the wife a new MINI Cooper earlier this year. She loves it and so do I. Seems well screwed together, performance is ok and handles really well, can really throw it around. On a negative there’s no space in the back and the boot is tiny but there’s only two of us and I have a large saloon car so troubles for us.
There are a few people who knock the car but have probably never driven one, I’ve nothing against the original one but wouldn’t like the idea of driving 200 miles in it or using it as a daily commuter.Posted 4 years agounklebuckSubscriber
Are you looking at new or used and if used how old?
My mechanical skills have come one in leaps and bounds since owning my 1st gen MINI, I certainly didn’t envisage replacing it’s gearbox on my driveway when I got it! The main reason for buying was it being more fun to drive than most of the similar cars I looked at at the time, but it’s not he most practical and the ride can be uncomfortable.
1st gen = poor economy, power steering pumps likely to fail, prone to high oil consumption, harsh ride, early 5 speed gearboxes suffer bearing failure and worse at relatively low mileage.
2nd gen = Timing chain issues, turbo engine in Cooper S prone to carbon build up in the inlet valves and rough running as a result.
We’ve used it to go on holiday with a 3 year old toddler and not had too much trouble fitting everything we needed in the boot and on the back seat. Rear leg room is non-existent if any of the front passengers have long legs.Posted 4 years agowingnutsMember
Mrs. W has had two. The first was a diesel One and pathetic. Ok mpg but lacked guts and didn’t do justice to the name. After a couple of years away from that she badgered me into releasing funds for another. This time we trotted off to BMW Mini and she picked out a couple…… based on colour. You have to understand that she will offer more than the asking price if it’s what she wants and I realised that I had to get her away quickly.Posted 4 years ago
With her out of the way I returned to the showroom and preceded to negotiate. I felt violated when I came away with only £500 off the screen price of £16k! Anyway it was a 1600 diesel in cooper trim/tune. So once we get past the chocolate body with candy bonnet stripes and toffee leather seats with vanilla piping it’s a really nice car……. if you are the driver.
Good build quality, handling and economy. But if you have low profile wheels/tyres the ride is rough in the extreme as a passenger. BMW are servicing pillagers and will suggest that you buy a new car rather than inflate the tyres to the correct pressure.
So in summary. A nicely built car with little rear space that is good fun to drive. Middling running costs if you resist main dealer pressure and yes I’m happy we got it. Is it worth 3 times my Alfa 159 ….. no way.JasonMember
My Mrs R has just got one. A Clubman Cooper S so a bit more room than a normal mini. Having spent the last few weeks looking at them there are a huge variety of cars out there. We were after an excellent condition car with as many extras as possible, having looked at a few price was no real indicator on what the car would be like. Worth holding out for the right car, there are some pampered cars out there, as well as some that have had a hard life. Look at as many as you can.
Pleased with it so far, fun to drive, plenty of space for what we use it for, our kids love the side door and back seats (although the novelty may wear off) Agree about the ride on low profile tyres, I am not sure 18″ alloys are the best for a comfy ride… Given the performance I was surprised at how cheap insurance is.
Strangely when the BMW Mini was first launched I never imagined I would own one, but this seems to suit what we wanted.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
You’re not going to win suggesting another car when it comes to trendy Mini’s and women so may as well just give in now and save your energy for the next time you want to justify a bike related purchase of significance. My wife had one. It is very small inside relative to the exterior size, but it is built well and has a quality feel about it and they drive well.
She had a One, I didn’t think it was worth the premium going for the Cooper as its the same engine just chipped and actually not that much quicker by the seat of the pants feel – forget on paper stats, rarely to they translate into real world noticeable performance. And who really tears away from the lights at the on-paper 0-60 acceleration?
She’s now got a Fiat 500 and the Mini is a far better car.Posted 4 years ago
Are we so dense that we need to ask which Mini? Did you really think Rochey was asking about the old Mini? Really? Every time someone mentions the modern Mini the same old tosh comes out.Posted 4 years ago
Whether you like it or not, a car called a Mini is being made in Cowley. Some people like’em and some people buy’em.loddrikMember
I’m flabbergasted that in this day and age this ‘I bought my wife a car’ thing still goes on….
Good to see modern man is alive and well. I wouldn’t ‘buy’ my wife a car, she has the means and the wherewithal to do it herself. And I certainly wouldn’t tell others I’d ‘bought’ her a car. That really sounds like something a Tory MP might do for ‘his’ wife.Posted 4 years agounknownSubscriber
My Mrs earns more than me but I still bought her car for her. Because she has zero knowledge or interest beyond it working and being easy to drive. She buys my shirts for me because I’m colour blind and would come home with rubbish. I’m confused, should be both be offended, just her, just me or neither of us?
And don’t buy a mini, they’re horrid.Posted 4 years ago
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