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Boxer6

Another forum MINI - sort of.

Not sure if I've mentioned elsewhere, my daughter finally decided aged 22 it was time to learn to drive; thus it was that following discussions with chocy rocky (who also lives in Edinburgh) a driving school was chosen and lessons bought for a Christmas present.

So far, all is going well apparently, though she steadfastly refused to consider driving her boyfriends' car - a rather vintage (S-plated ~ suffix, that is!) Civic Coupe as she felt it was far too big.

Until now. The car's been scraping through MOT's for a while now, but due to the exhaust "falling off" plus a few other pricey items she couldn't recall, it has now gone to the big car park in the sky. The replacement, which they have put a deposit on and collect next weekend, is a 2007 MINI Cooper in silver.

And that's all I know about it! No idea of mileage, or even condition; such things are for 'him' to worry about apparently! I also suspect one reason she phoned is to lay claim to the plate I bought her years ago and had on my Fiesta/Alfa/GTI. All I need to do now i find the retention docs and transfer to her name . . .


Pics etc when I get any!!
Boxer6

Daughter and b/f finally picked up their new car yesterday and are very happy with it. Petrol Cooper, as I said, silver with black roof and mirrors; not the most attractive car to my eyes, but then, it's not mine! 57-plate with 62K miles and FSH to back that up.



I quite like the wheels on this one compared to some. Side view is the better of the two she sent me, showing the wheels off nicely. They had looked at a 'grey with stripes' version too,which was newer (and cheaper); however it was a late '58 with another 10K miles on for pretty much the same money - bit of a no-brainer really!



Hope to get to see it next time I'm through - I'll even let them take me for a spin in it!
Roadsterstu

Those are the smallest wheel option I think so at least the ride should be OK. I don't like silver on a MINI but the black roof lifts it a little.
I know of a couple of famines who have bought early MINIS for their kids and are finding them rather pricey in ongoing repairs as they get old. This is far newer than that, though.
Does she think the MINI is small? I bet it's as big as the Civic.
gonnabuildabuggy

Roadsterstu wrote:
Those are the smallest wheel option I think so at least the ride should be OK. I don't like silver on a MINI but the black roof lifts it a little.
I know of a couple of famines who have bought early MINIS for their kids and are finding them rather pricey in ongoing repairs as they get old. This is far newer than that, though.
Does she think the MINI is small? I bet it's as big as the Civic.


Early MINI's definitely good buy for your kids unless you are handy with spanners, but even then main failures are gearboxes and power steering so expensive even if you DIY.

They are tiny in the back, and one reason why big little GBB didn't even consider one (that and price), 4 6 foot lads don't fit in one, and no space for luggage/long boards.

Not a fan of silver, but the black lifts it nicely. The wheels I'm sure can be swapped for nicer ones, perhaps when a change of tyres is due. I picked up some mint wheels with virtually new winter tyres on for £300 last year.

The front arch trim looks like it might be slightly lose from the side on picture?
PR

Looks good. My mum had a 'One' very similar to that. It'll ride well on those 15s and decent tyres will be cheap. I seem to recall my mum's had some Pirellis at one point - P3000s I think - that were exceedingly noisy.
Martin

I've been told that the ex Mrs Martin is picking up a 2015 MINI Cooper D 3 door next week.  Not bad for someone who's just finished a college course and isn't looking for a job yet.
Boxer6

Roadsterstu wrote:
 Does she think the MINI is small? I bet it's as big as the Civic.


I think it is too, but she sat in it (not driven though obviously) a couple of times before they finally plumped for this one. I believe they did look at other cars, but she in particular wanted a MINI from the get-go, so here it is!

They've been down in that there Lunnon this week, so no comments about it one way or another yet.
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
I've been told that the ex Mrs Martin is picking up a 2015 MINI Cooper D 3 door next week.  Not bad for someone who's just finished a college course and isn't looking for a job yet.


Maintenance?

Fortunately Mrs. GBB thinks the opposite and has no desire ever to change cars. She's only owned 4 since she bought her first when she left Uni (so 4 in 27 yrs), and then it's been me suggesting change mainly.

1st Mini Metro 1.3S
2nd Renault 5 Campus, bought off my Gran as she was giving up driving and it was too good a deal to pass up.
3rd Escort 1.8LX, bought as the R5 felt a bit flimsy to be safe with 2 small kids in the back and we wanted aircon as well.
4th Honda FRV - I wanted something bigger we could use as main family car and fit grandparents in too.

I'm starting to think we'll end up with the FRV forever.
Martin

Oh yes, I'm paying for it really.  As long as she doesn't hassle me for more money and the boys are OK, then it's up to her how she spends it. She has rather long list of cars, her first was a brand new 205 that her parents bought for her so she's always had high expectations.

Lindsay's list is somewhat shorter
1st - Nova 1.2
2nd - Lanos 1.4 3 door (bought as a stop gap when the Nova expired and she ended up keeping it for 7 years)
3rd - Swift Sport
4th - Boxster
Bob Sacamano

Martin wrote:
Oh yes, I'm paying for it really.  As long as she doesn't hassle me for more money and the boys are OK, then it's up to her how she spends it. She has rather long list of cars, her first was a brand new 205 that her parents bought for her so she's always had high expectations.

Lindsay's list is somewhat shorter
1st - Nova 1.2
2nd - Lanos 1.4 3 door (bought as a stop gap when the Nova expired and she ended up keeping it for 7 years)
3rd - Swift Sport
4th - Boxster


I've plotted that trajectory on a graph and can predict that her next car will be a Bentley.
PhilD

Gold digger  
Martin

I'm not, but I do hope to be well looked after in my retirement  
Grampa

Roadsterstu wrote:
I know of a couple of famines who have bought early MINIS for their kids and are finding them rather pricey in ongoing repairs as they get old.


My daughter's 2001 Mini got to 140,000 miles and 14 years old with the only large expense being a set of new disks before she sold it.

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
The front arch trim looks like it might be slightly lose from the side on picture?


I think that's probably the gap between the arch trim and the bonnet - on the R56 Mini the trim is all one piece and not attached to the bonnet like it is on the R50.

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