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Old 08-17-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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Made a HUGE mistake today...(Review)

As in driving a car I'd end up liking so much that I would choose it over the Camaro.................... before it even gets here. The car? None other than the MINI Clubman S. Yes, months after gawking at photos and the few cars I've seen out on the road I finally did the deed, and there may be no turning back now. I was in Santa Monica yesterday (a hot spot for hot cars, heck, I even spotted an R8 while I was there) and saw quite few Clubman S's and thought I should make a point to go in and take a drive today at the MINI dealer.

First off i'd like to say that this isn't some whimpy toy of a car, it's very much the opposite, in extreme; a hardcore hothatch/sportscar. It doesn't have anywhere near a small block V8 nor will it ever need an engine that comes close. It's plenty quick and has equally good measure of dynamic prowess. The sensation in the steering is bar none, the 135i I drove a few months ago doesn't even come CLOSE. You literally feel glued to the road, and though the suspension is quite taut the ride is never jarring, but instead is compliant and comfortable for long stints out on the open road.

Inside there's plenty of room for someone such as myself, yes even at 6'5". There's even room to throw in all my gear in the back for a trip up to Mammoth with the homies for a snowboarding getaway though I won't be carting around more than two friends, it's still plenty of room. It's ultra important for me to have a versatile car capable of making runs pretty much anywhere and everywhere since I'm out on the road quite a bit. On top of all this the car gets excellent gas mileage (23/32). This combination of versatility, handling, performance and economy is next to impossible to find anywhere else. After today I really do think I've found my next car.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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Grats on finding the car for you. I hope you enjoy it. And don't let that stop you from posting here.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:45 PM   #4
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You should be ashamed of yourself Kidding ofcourse. It sounds like you really like the feel of it. It's still a deathtrap I wouldn't be caught dead in no pun intended.. However it should get great mileage and looks roomy enough for a mini... I think you should still wait until the Camaro comes out so you can give it a test drive as well..
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:59 PM   #5
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Ehh. I've seen it, walked around one before. Didn't appeal to me at all, but then again, the Mini Cooper doesn't appeal to me at all either.

But to each his own.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:37 PM   #6
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Actually I like the clubman, but it has to be hot chocolate. With black stripes.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:24 PM   #7
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Actually I like the clubman, but it has to be hot chocolate. With black stripes.
FYI, BMW owns MINI.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:30 PM   #8
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FYI, BMW owns MINI.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:48 PM   #9
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YIt's still a deathtrap I wouldn't be caught dead in no pun intended.
If there's one thing BMW doesn't do is make "death traps". I've seen various totaled Mini's that have held their own, even in collisions with SUV's + trucks. They're safe cars without question.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:36 AM   #10
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You bought a MINI?

Itd be more cool if it was like your 2nd or 3rd car. But to choose it over the camaro
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:40 AM   #11
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:40 AM   #12
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:10 AM   #13
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well have fun
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:29 AM   #14
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That is the greatest smiley face-thingee EVER.........
Hey,congrats on the Mini,cool car! I want a blue one with the Union Jack on the roof.
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Old 08-18-2008, 01:57 AM   #15
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Grats on finding the car for you. I hope you enjoy it. And don't let that stop you from posting here.


Now everyone else STOP LOOKING AT OTHER CARS!!!

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Old 08-18-2008, 10:17 AM   #16
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I'm not going to bag on your car too much.

I drove the older Chrysler powered CooperS and found it to be like the Daihatsu Charade FROM HELL!!!!. All supercharged and serious stick where the Charade was weak and soft in the same size package.

My biggest problem with the current Minis?

Peugeot CitroŽn engine.

In the awe inspiring words of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, "Never, ever, buy a French car, unless you live in France."
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:35 AM   #17
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Personally I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing. I dont care if goes like a Lambo and sticks to the road like a sumo wrestler Hope you enjoy your new car. Still dont less this stop you from considering the Camaro.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:25 PM   #18
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Since when does a mini cooper become a "hot car".
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:30 PM   #19
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:13 PM   #20
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Since when does a mini cooper become a "hot car".
It's always been a fun car to drive, handles like a dream and is much cheaper than buying a v8 camaro. If you haven't driven one and are trying to compare it to your vette, please rethink your position in a lot of arguements

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Old 07-12-2009, 06:42 PM   #21
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It's always been a fun car to drive, handles like a dream and is much cheaper than buying a v8 camaro. If you haven't driven one and are trying to compare it to your vette, please rethink your position in a lot of arguements



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ive only heard good things about the mini...just not for me....but just cuz it isnt a vette or camaro doesnt mean it isnt fun to drive.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:44 PM   #22
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:10 PM   #23
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Yeah man, whatever fits you. Hell, you may drive a Camaro and feel that it's too heavy, or doesn't handle the way you like.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:36 PM   #24
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Congrats on finding the right one! Hope it treats you well!
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:40 PM   #25
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Mini coopers are awesome little cars. And they are pretty quick too As long as your happy with it. I love the camaro to man, but I really love the corvette as well. 5 bucks says after I test drive the two, I will come home with a caddilac CTS... You gotto get what you like man.
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