Anyone own a Cooper Mini ?

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Old 10-10-2019, 07:55 AM
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NOT a small dog or a small child named Cooper, I'm referring to the car.

What is your opinion? Not looking for suggestions on other vehicles, just your opinion if you own a COOPER MINI vehicle.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:17 AM
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I personally do not own one, but my neighbors wife runs one, and I know she loves it.
No idea about specs, but must say the are not nearly as 'mini' as the name suggests.
It is quite a reasonable sized small car, and Minis are now made by BMW.
I think it is quite nippy, as she has managed to get nicked twice for speeding in it!
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My wife had a Mini Cooper coupe- I had to drive it to Wesley Chapel for service,-scaryest car I ever drove--especially when along side an 18 wheeler on I-75- its ok for local driving in TV, but IMHO--its a death trap-kept it one year and went back to Benz--its a cute cult car-just like the Mazda Miata also, you have to use premium gas
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They are good little cars.


Now-a-day, they have a variety of sizes, doors, tops.


Fun car.


I would suggest purchasing one a couple years old and save a couple bucks.


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Although I haven't owned a Mini, I have owned several new BMWs in the last 10 years so I am familiar with the brand. If you google the Mini brand, you will see that BMW is struggling to keep the Mini alive in the US as is the case with a number of other small cars that can't compete in the SUV centric market. If BMW does pull the Mini out of the US, you will have an "orphaned" vehicle with dwindling parts and service support along with an accelerated depreciation rate as well.
I have known three friends/acquaintances that have owned new Minis, and all three cars were problematic for them. None of the three kept their Minis long due to service issues.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:16 AM
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NOT a small dog or a small child named Cooper, I'm referring to the car.

What is your opinion? Not looking for suggestions on other vehicles, just your opinion if you own a COOPER MINI vehicle.
We have had a whole lot of Mini's. We sold the ones I had before we moved here. We absolutely love them. The biggest problem we ever had was a Wiring Harness that controlled the driver's side window needed replacement. Go figure. The biggest problem was the last one we bought I added on the run-flat tires, lesson learned. That was a bad move.

The ones we owned were all purchased and built the way we wanted and new. Our kids had a lot of variations including one right-hand drive. Their cars were mostly bought used. The repairs I remember them making were water pumps, timing belts or chains? It was a while ago and they had problems with the brakes on the older models they had.

Overall for me, I think it was one of the Best Cars we ever owned. Do it. You will get confused between the Mini and the Golf Cart. Good Luck.

No Premium gas unless it is the S or John Cooper Works Model!
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I have helped a neighbor with one, they changed the after market brake pads for original pads, their words "big mistake", original pads created lots of brake dust. Also, the model they have has plastic receivers on the frame for the jack, one broke off.
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Old 10-10-2019, 10:31 AM
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I owned one for about a year recently. It was fun to drive but rather cramped with very poor storage room. It was very difficult for hubby to do simple repairs on due to basic engineering reasons, and my husband is an excellent mechanic. The run-flat tires concerned me and they don't have room for a spare. I just didn't like or trust it so we sold it. But it really was a kick to drive. Good luck in your search.
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Runflat tires are one of the biggest auto scams out there- imagine you're 400 miles from your destination on a Sun--you are stuck or even worse you're crossing from Mesa, Az-in the desert !! and a lot of auto shops can't change run flats-a person inTV that I knew had a BMW got a flat on a run flat had to wait 4 days till BMW got a replacement tire--my wife's SL has run flats --pure junk !!!
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:23 PM
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Thanks all. From what I have been reading the "Minis" get bigger every year which would be good. Also the 2019 just got on IIHS award for crash safety. If anything I'd be looking for a 1yr old model. It's still another 6 months off so by then the '19's will be my target. We put more miles on our "golf cart" than we put on our car since we moved down here 2 1/2 yrs ago. Our "cart" is street legal so it's used more than the average GC and it is just a bit smaller than a Mini so size doesn't scare me. I'd have to avoid the "S" as I don't want to have to use premium gas.
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