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Old 12-01-2013, 06:19 PM
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had an opportunity to drive an 08 Mini Cooper, 6 spd

Man what a fun little car. I was quite impressed. Anyone have any dealings with 'em? It is easy to see the BMW in it.

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:23 PM
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Never been in one. I'd probably love to have one, but I'd hate to get whacked in one by another vehicle. High potential for lots of injuries, rather easily I would imagine......
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:25 PM
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Never been in one. I'd probably love to have one, but I'd hate to get whacked in one by another vehicle. High potential for lots of injuries, rather easily I would imagine......
Still safer than a motorcycle.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:55 PM
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Still safer than a motorcycle.
And most likely the majority of vehicles over 10 years old.
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Old 12-01-2013, 06:57 PM
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I believe "The Don" owns one...
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:03 PM
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new minis are pretty safe. My cousin rolled one somehow and he was unhurt. Another cousin got T-boned by a big rig in a mazda 2. She had a few scrapes and bruises but she came out ok Pretty impressive really.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:04 PM
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Still safer than a motorcycle.
You beat me to it.

I drove a Mini Cooper once. It was a customer's car and I didn't get to push it, but it seemed enjoyable during tame driving.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:05 PM
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And most likely the majority of vehicles over 10 years old.
Not that I give a flying rip about safety. Though I'd go for a nerve-gas generator that activates if crash forces are beyond a certain amount -- I'd rather be dead than crippled for life or a veggie.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:11 PM
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Not that I give a flying rip about safety. Though I'd go for a nerve-gas generator that activates if crash forces are beyond a certain amount -- I'd rather be dead than crippled for life or a veggie.
You crack me up dude.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:37 PM
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Sell alot of them. Typical BMW. Easy to sell. Hard to keep the thing from breaking past the 30 day warranty period.

NOT a mechanic friendly car. Step 1 for just about everything is removing the entire nose.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:52 PM
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Sell alot of them. Typical BMW. Easy to sell. Hard to keep the thing from breaking past the 30 day warranty period.

NOT a mechanic friendly car. Step 1 for just about everything is removing the entire nose.
Ive heard that from a mechanic friend. he says that minis and r107 Sl's are awful to work on
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:21 PM
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Dig them, super fun to drive!

Even though they are owned by BMW, they are still plagued by British car issues... That magical smoke...
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:22 PM
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I believe "The Don" owns one...
I do, I have an '04 which is an R53 ( super charged). The SC is a lot more fun than the turbo cars plus it's fun to hear the SC spool with a reduction pulley. I like toying with drivers of modded rice Burners and others. It won't win a drag but it can pull away and out corner like a beast. Especially with the 17x8's I'm running on. I cannot wait to get my cold air intake, more whine!
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:24 PM
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Dig them, super fun to drive!

Even though they are owned by BMW, they are still plagued by British car issues... That magical smoke...
False, no Lucas electronics in these cars.

It did suck to replace the clutch but after that everything compared to it is cake. Only take me 10 mins to put the nose in service mode20 to pull the radiator.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:26 PM
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Sell alot of them. Typical BMW. Easy to sell. Hard to keep the thing from breaking past the 30 day warranty period.

NOT a mechanic friendly car. Step 1 for just about everything is removing the entire nose.
You must be selling some bet o. Crap coopers. Once I sorted mine out ( supercharger, clutch, starter, alternator, belt tensioner, coil and wires) its been trouble free. The issue is people don't take car of the car, they think it's will be fine with just oil changes, nope. Not at all. You need to pay attention to these cars

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