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Old 03-09-2019, 08:42 AM
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I bought Bean because of my impending 124 mile a day trek to and from work and wanted something that got good gas mileage, had some personality and was fun to drive and the Mini ticked all those boxes.
Old 03-10-2019, 05:00 AM
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I bought my first Mini back in '04 for one simple reason: my parents never allowed me to have a go-kart.


Old 03-10-2019, 06:32 AM
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It was the mileage. I bought my 2005 MINI R52 S in 2015 with 3,648 original miles.
Old 03-10-2019, 07:23 AM
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I have always been a V8 guy. In my garage is a 91 Corvette, 87 Monte SS, and a 65 Malibu SS. At the time I bought this mini I was driving an 04 Caddy CTS-V and a supercharged 06 Saturn Ion Redline. I got T-boned with the Saturn and I needed to find a replacement. My wife could not drive stick, so I needed to find something automatic, good on gas, and something I would even want to drive. In came the thought for a Mini. Found this one and discovered that I loved driving it. Sold the Caddy, and began my modifications and personalized touches. I bought this with 37000 miles and I hit 209000 miles yesterday. I simply love this car and will keep it as long as I can!
Old 06-02-2019, 09:15 AM
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I have always wanted one. I really want a classic Mini, but they are so far outside my price range that I no longer consider them a possibility. A VTEC Mini is still tied for #1 on my bucket list, along side a SR20DET Datsun PL510. So why did I buy one now? Well, I previously could not justify it because it wouldn't pizza. The lack or reliability, expensive parts and need for premium gas meant that it would not be a good delivery vehicle. However, I recently exited the pizza business and was about to graduate college and to celebrate freedom from my 20+ years of pizza servitude I decided to get a commuter car I would want. I came up with a short list of cars I liked like the Honda Element, Scion XB and MINI and narrowed it down to the MINI after about 30 seconds of consideration. Back when BMW first brought the MINI brand back to the US, I had spec'd one out in color and options, so I wanted to find a similar car. I did my research and found that the 2005 and 2006 cars were the ones to get, and then I found this one. Low miles, lost of recent new parts, and the perfect color combination, along with the exact wheels I had wanted. The only thing different was that I had wanted a black with blue insert interior, and this one is Cordoba Beige (a better color for Florida anyhow!). It was broken but completely rust and accident free with original paint (needed a clutch at a minimum). I got it for $1900 and put it aside until I had finished my last semester. I finally got to drive it this week and although it is not completely back together (it's missing the fender liners so I can check for leaks during shakedown) and still needs some work, it's good enough to drive. It makes me feel happy to drive it and I love to look at it, so what more could I ask for?

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Old 06-10-2019, 07:20 PM
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Hi Nam Members,
Great Question, given the fact that I knew a Gen 1 Mini had a few problem areas.
As a young kid I liked small cars and I always remember hearing my Dad say buy a big car, Nope.
I did my research and found a like new 06 Mini Cooper S with 18,000 miles.
Not too many miles on it currently ( 42,000 ) as I don't like taking it for short trips; no winter snow driving either.
I've done a few upgrades and I think its just great.
My wife hates it and says it a girls car but I don't think so, given its history.

Old 06-11-2019, 05:50 PM
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It’s fun to drive.
Old 06-20-2019, 07:28 AM
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I always wanted a Mini and my brother got a 2014 Countryman S All4 with 23K miles on it and I made my move.
Old 06-21-2019, 06:29 AM
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Upright seating: I wanted something small, light, sporty and fun that you sit in more upright. It was a second car and I didn't want a used Porsche boxster where the seating was so low slung. Years ago I had a 1993 Corvette. You always felt like climbing down into it. I've since upgraded from my used 2008 Mini Cooper S rattlebucket to a 2019 JCW and there are too many thing to list that I've grown to like about MINI's now.
Old 06-25-2019, 12:33 PM
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:57 PM
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I was driving my 06 F150 Crew Cab 4x4 on my daily round trip commute of about 100 miles 5 days a week, then probably another 100 miles on the weekend on average. So I was looking at getting something newer and more economical. I also wanted something at a price range I could pay off in a year comfortably to help build up my credit. The Mini looked like the most fun car and best value on Carvana in my budget and fuel economy requirements; plus it was loaded with every option except comfort access and leather. Watched some YouTube videos and did some reading about the reliability. Decided I would give it a shot and ordered. I really like the car so far, it’s very fun and better fuel economy then expected. I only put a few hundred miles on my truck since I bought the Mini, mostly because it’s fun and and it holds way more then what you would think.
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