i went for anthracite because.. and this is not an attack on the silver people.. but i didnt think it looked as cheap and is much easier on the eye.. nice and subtle, and once you have been driving the car for a long time i think thats a good thing! or maybe im boring.. but happy!
I also have anthracite and like mark-tifosi I did so because I thought (and still think) the silver looks cheap. I've also seen a lot of pictures of scratched silver interiors and it's not pretty. I haven't seen any scratched anthracite interiors and so I think it may be more hardwearing.
My advice would be to see the real thing. The pictures in the MINI brochure make anthracite look dull and boring. I think it's the classier of the three options and I'd have it over alloy patina any day of the week.
Hey Smartypants - Anthracite is also standard on the Cooper.
Seriously though I chose silver to brighten the interior up a bit. The silver bits make a nice contrast to the black door panels, seats etc. The silver also matches up well with my PS car. I don't think the silver look scheap at all. Such a refreshing change to the acres of black trim in just about every other car on the road.
No scrapes on my silver bits yet !
Anthracite is nice too of course.
What's everyone's opinion on the Alumium patina which is standard on the S but now an option on all cars? I really liked it when I saw my first S.
I test drove a Cooper then Cooper S back-to-back. The absolute *first* thing I thought when I got into the S was "dang, that dash looks DIRTY." (I kid you not - I even reached over to the dash to wipe my finger across it to check).
For my MCS, I've ordered the silver, and for the same reason as KenL -- it brightens up the interior.
Door cases - They are both equal in durability.
Door case grab handles - Antharacite more durable (less prone to scratching)
Dashboard - They are both equal in durability.
Downtubes - Anthracite more durable (much less prone to scratching)
I have always found the paint finish on White silver downtubes to be exceptionally poor quality, and unacceptable in durability.
It's a fact that has not gone unnoticed by bmw as so many scratched White silver downtubes are replaced on just built cars.
In fact, when replacing a white silver downtube on the glovebox side of a mini, quite often the replacement gets scratched and you have to try again due to the replacement process.
Bmw actually incorporated a felt cover into the build process about 6 months ago to combat the huge amounts of scratched downtubes. This cover wraps around the down tubes to protect them from scratches in the factory.
Of course, once the cover is off and the car ships, the downtubes are still as vulnerable.
Only this time it's your fault if they get scratched.
Last edited by MiNiGuY; Mar 1st, 2003 at 04:37 PM.
You'd think that the amount of effort required by MINI and MINI dealers to replace downpipes would make them put a bit of lacquer on the downpipes.
That's the thing that annoys me about MINI. There are known problems with simple rectifications, but they just don't seem to feed these back into the build process so dealers end up fixing the same issues over and over again. Surely if they stop the problems happening in the first place everyone would be happier.
I was expecting silver and was surprised when my Cooper turned up with anthracite. I liked it better right from the start and now would definitely choose it again. Also so many manufacturers are now using silver in their dashes, it is just a fad and in a few years will look extremely dated (IMHO)
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