: Buying a new Convertible
Jan 21st, 2008, 10:22 AM
Hello peoples!! :)
Having been without my ickle MINI One Convertible now for a few years while I've been working in the US, it's time to get back behind the wheel of my favourite little car :D
Unfortunately I had to sell mine to fund my accommodation Stateside, so I get to go MINI shopping all over again :)
Now, I realise the new model is not far away, but I really want one now (impatient girl aren't I?) :)
So, I'd like to spec myself a new One/Cooper, but my dealer wants me to go for a Sidewalk - which would you go for?
Thanks all :)
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:27 PM
Ohh MINI Shopping!! Im good at that :o
The Sidewalk is a really nice car, infact so nice I did consider a Black S Sidewalk before I ordered the Dooper :eek: But I couldnt bring enough courage to do it!! You can still spec other options on top if you wish, but it make the cost goup a fair bit :eek: :D
If you want to start from scratch spec your own and ignore the dealer ;)
Good luck MINI shopping ;) :D
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:34 PM
Thanks supa!! :)
I went into the dealers this morning, a ONE sidewalk with sports suspension, chrome exterior, visibility pk, heat seats, xenons and HK sound comes out at £18,400 :eek:
He thinks I'm mad to spend that on a ONE, but i love it, and can have it for middle of March!! :D
It does work out cheaper than putting those options on a normal ONE, I effectively get leather and heating seats for FREE - plus I lurrrve the wheels :D
I just need to convince myself that I like the dale winton seats :)
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:02 PM
Hi Heather and welcome back ! :D
When I was changing my One Convertible I did consider a Sidewalk but I really wanted the Recaro seats and you can't spec them on a Sidewalk so I ended up getting a used Cooper S Works instead :)
What colour's the Sidewalk by the way?
Jan 21st, 2008, 05:20 PM
Oh how lucky a MINI shopper.
A cabrio girl at that :D
I must say Heather I would be looking at the sidewalk now too, if it has everything you want on it then why not go for the special one.
How long have you been without a MINI?
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:26 AM
Thanks folks!! :)
Nicky - it would be Astro Black :) It suits the sidewalk wheels well - just not sure on that leather yet!
Wizgleeson - I've been without a MINI now for about 2.5 years. I got a contract working over the US, and the MINI had to go unfortunately :(
I'll have to pop into the dealer this afternoon and have another little look see
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:53 AM
have to admit, I'm not a huge Sidewalk fan :o so I'd spec from scratch and get exactly what you want :D
Ali @ Woodys
Jan 22nd, 2008, 10:38 AM
love the sidewalk wheels and am relieved they have also done a black option for the seats...
if you need any help let me know!! :)
Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:24 PM
Definetly get the sidewalk, its GORGEOUS, plus as it wont be available for a long amout of time, youll then have a very special and fabulous MINI, thats exactly how you want it.:D:D
Plus i wasnt to sure about the seats to start with, but i adore them now,and i may be mistaken here but from march cant you get them in either brown or black:confused:
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:19 PM
I too went through the shall I, shall I not sidewalk debate.
I have to say I am more than glad I sidewalk'ed
I love it. I am not a huge fan of astro black, so mine is PW with the malt interior and it looks FAB!
The cost was one thing, I got everything I wanted and more on the sidewalk for less than speccing it myself. I also love the wheels and the look amazing even after a few days hard driving, no major brake dust issues!
Not sure about an all black mini, with ( I aasume a black roof) and black interior. The Cab is pretty dark inside, and I doubt that in the UK you'll have the roof down everyday.
The malt brown really does grow on you and the leather is so soft and comfy!
I wanted recaros intially but with the amount of driving I do, I don't think they would have been suitable anyhow. I have spoken to a few people that have them and for long distances they wouldn't recommend.
TBH I am not a fan of special editions, it sort of takes away from the individuality of the MINI IMO, but I have some funky stripes on mine and it certainly stands out!
Anyhow, I love the Sidewalk if you hadn't have guessed and I really enjoy driving. I have only had good comments about the seats too, but I know that they are not to everyones taste!
Here are some pictures of a recent MINI adventure down the Great Ocean Road.
Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:58 AM
hehe I dunno about the sidewalk... its still growin on me... its just the seats in that browny colour altho I must admit it looks better with the white than the other colours available for the sidewalk! I think if I were to get it I'd prob go for the black interior :D