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Today I picked up a 2012 MINI Cooper S Hardtop, and just now have stopped driving it long enough to post here. I was originally planning on getting a used '06 R53, but even though I test drove one with only 23,000 miles on it, it still felt "loose" and rattly, and crashed over bumps. Not to mention, for only a few thousand more, I could get into a new one.
So I went and drove a new one. This one is an ex-service loaner, and had 2300 miles on it, since being put into service August '11. Here are the deets:
6-Speed Getrag Manual Transmission
Highclass Grey Metallic (a fairly rare, limited run color. It's a blueish grey) with white roof, mirrors
Carbon Black leatherette
Cold Weather Package (powerfold mirrors, heated seats, heated mirrors & washer jets)
Sport Suspension (stiffer springs & dampers, and thicker anti-sway bar)
17'' Conical Spoke alloys, black painted
Auto-dimming mirror with compass
Color Line Satellite Grey (interior highlights in a light grey)
Bluetooth and USB/iPod Adapter
All Season Tires (ContiProContact Runflats)
Without further delay, the pictars (yes, I know they're crap. My new cell phone (Galaxy Nexus) takes awful pics compared to my old one (Droid Incredible) so I'll have to take proper ones with my Canon tomorrow after a wash).
So far, it's been great. So much fun to drive. I'm still getting used to a manual, but only stalled once today in 70 miles of driving...leaving my driveway.
As far as future plans...definitely removal of the license plate frames :P (not that I had a bad dealer experience), and maybe an SCCA membership to get more auto-x experience. I autocrossed the Jetta once, it was probably the most fun thing I've done in my life. It was worth ripping up the tires.:thumbup:
I spend the summers near Chicago, but go to school down in Tennessee, so snow shouldn't be a problem. Shame this car had all seasons, I really don't need them.
In general, this car was very oddly equipped. From the factory it had these stupid (IMHO) graphics on the fenders, roof, and hatch. It also has sport suspension and 17'' wheels, but no sport package?
Any questions, comments, concerns, compliments?
edit: looks like I need to update my sig. As it says, I used to drive an '08 Jetta 2.0T DSG. Still in the family, my brother has it now.
Oh wow, that's pretty good. Yeah, I don't know how to drive a manual and need to get some seat time before I get my car. Has it been pretty easy so far in the MINI?
I just saw your sig and you car seems....delicious.
The MINI is great because it has a shorter pedal travel than most cars, and also the seating position is more upright, lending itself to easier clutch operation. That said, having shortly driven two R53s and two R56s, the R56 has a grabbier clutch, but then again the R53s were older and used.
My salesman let me drive around the lot with him for 30 mins while he taught me some technique...I'm sure they can do the same for you. They even offered to let me practice on a car that wasn't mine.
__________________ 2008 Cooper S - Custom Exhaust w/ Resonator and pre-cat delete,NM Eng ECU Flash, NM Eng Torque insert, NM Eng Short Shifter & Cover, NM Eng Discharge Pipe, Eibach Sport Springs,H-Sport Rear Sway Bar, Sprint Booster V2, AEM CAI, WMW Diverter Spring, M7 Carbon Fiber Shift Knob, DDM HIDS, Boston Acoustics Se35's, Alpine 500w amp powering an Alpine Type-R 8" sub
2013 Cooper hardtop LiB/B / Cold Weather / Xenon Headlamps with Retractable Washer Jets / White signal lights / MINI Connected with NAV / Front and Rear Fogs / Sport Seats / Toffee Color Line / English Oak / 16" S-Winders / Sirius XM My fuel economy: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/amancuso/cooper-2
Up next: (suggestions/advice appreciated)
-ALTA panel filter
-blackline taillamps if I can get a hold of them
-beltline blackout: I tried the outmotoring kit, total waste of money, it looked like crap. Difficult to install.
-plastidip headlight rings?
-aluminum e-brake handle?
-Hella 500 grille-mounted (VIP brackets) fog lamps?
-New tires at the end of the summer? (Kumho 4x)
I'm familiar with the area. I drive a truck for a living so I've been through there.
I will post some pics once I get it home. It's a seriously BASE equipped S model.
Midnight Black with matching roof/mirrors on Black Leatherette interior w/ the 16" ribspoke alloys. I wanted black wheels but 17's are too big and I didn't like the design of the 16" black ones MINI has. I will investigate aftermarket rims at some point in time in the future. I want to black it out.
I test drove a couple that had more options but I just wouldn't use them, so this one is as base as base gets.
If you're ever down in the south burbs, let me know, I've got a group of friends that I've known and hung around with for many years now that all have different kinds of cars that we're passionate about. Or if you're ever out cruising up by you I'm willing to come up there too.