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Subject: Mini Cooper
Category: Sports and Recreation > Automotive
Asked by: tomster1957-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 02 Nov 2005 13:07 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2005 13:07 PST
Question ID: 588120
I have an urge to purchase a Mini (mostly because of their looks). 
Could they be considered an economical car?  I believe they need
premium gas and this may offset any decent mpg ratings.

I currently drive a 2000 Subsru Forrester and drive about 20k an year.
How would they compare in costs?

How is the user satisfaction?

Subject: Re: Mini Cooper
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 02 Nov 2005 13:44 PST
Dear tomster1957-ga;

Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. Like
most people I like to refer to CONSUMER REPORT?s information because
have are multifaceted and viewed as a very reliable sources for

According to Consumer Report?s Ratings Snapshot of the 2005 Mini
Cooper Convertible S MT (one of the most popular versions of the car),
in terms of economy the car is rated ?very good? on a scale of:
Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor .

Consumer Report?s Ratings Snapshot of the 2005 Mini Cooper Convertible
On a scale of 1-10 experts ranked the car?s overall experience as an
8.5 while end users rated the car a solid 9.5 . The specific positive
characteristics were described as:

Best fuel economy among convertibles 
Novel sunroof/open roof design
Cute new convertible model 
Blast to drive 
Still trendy
While the negative aspects were described as:

Discounts unlikely 
Some cowl shake 
Back-bending exercise to see into trunk
Choppy ride 
Tiny back seat 
Small trunk

2005 MINI Cooper: Expert Reviews

You can read the full expert reviews here:

Ann Job's MINI Cooper Review

Dan Jedlicka's MINI Cooper Review

The real-world user reviews are shown here:

Where reliability is concerned Consumer Reports gave the Mini a thumbs
up in most every category:

As for mileage (a big factor for many consumers) the car proved to
consistently attain anywhere from 26-28 mpg (city) to 34-36 (highway):

Price? Well, depending on the type of Mini you buy and the options you
select, the price will vary. Consumer Report lists the base price
(MSRP) as $16,950
Bottom Line Price Range: $15,255 - $22,410

Consumer Report shows a base price (MSRP) of the Subaru Forrester as $21,795
Bottom Line Price Range: $19,523 - $25,597

Clearly, as you can see, according to this source, in terms of price
and economy the MINI Cooper is a more economical car statistically and
generally speaking. This of course is based in the comparison between
new cars and may differ somewhat if it were possible to compare new
vs. used, etc. As a rule, however it is not accurate, nor is it very
practical to compare used cars since reviews, other than unofficial
user reviews and testimonials, cease to be published once a car goes
off the new car inventory.

At any rate, I truly envy you. You are a driver after my own heart
because I sympathize with your urge to get a MINI. On a personal note,
in the throws of my somewhat bizarre mid-life crisis I?d dearly love
to give up my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a MINI Cooper any day, but
alas, I have a wife and I?d also like to keep her.

I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.

Best regards;
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher


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Subject: Re: Mini Cooper
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 03 Nov 2005 09:07 PST
Don't be too concerned if you need premium gas.  The price difference
is typically $.20 per gallon over regular gas.

You drive 20k miles per year and the mini gets 30 mpg.  That means
you'll use under 700 gallons of gas per year... 700 X $.20 = $140 per
year in extra costs due to the mini requiring premium gas.  Your
average yearly cost of owning a mini will be somewhere in the ballpark
of $4000 to $5000, so $140 isn't a big deal (3%).

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