Do I buy a mini......8 & 5yr old kids - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > All Models & Variants > General Discussion


General Discussion Use this forum to discuss MINI topics which are not related to other forums. Posts may be moved from here to alternative forums by the moderators without notice

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 06:57 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: stoke on trent
Posts: 153
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom Female View mini-millie-n-dan's Classified Ads
Do I buy a mini......8 & 5yr old kids

Hi everyone

Advice and encouragement needed. I'm in the market for a new (second-hand) car. Had 2 minis in the past R51 & R56, my children were younger then.

They are now 8 & 5, I am worried about legroom etc in the back. Has anyone else got kids of the same age?? I would be using the car for the school run, going to work and school holidays- my partner would have the sensible family car!

My other option is an Audi a3....but I really miss the fun of a mini!

HELP - need to decide this weekend

Thanks
Emma
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 07:10 PM
Mini Virgin
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: East Sussex, UK
Posts: 14
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom
Emma hun....ditch the kids and get the Minwah. XD
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 07:15 PM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Suffolk - UK
Posts: 448
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
Go for the Mini, the kids will love it. I have done a 100 mile round trip in the back of my mate's Mini Convertible, it wasn't that bad and I am nearly 6 foot so an 8 and 5 year old will go in the back of a normal Mini.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 08:12 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 59
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
As much as I want to say go for it, I'm going to be the voice of reason here. As much fun as it is, lets be honest it isn't the most practical car for a family.

The legroom is an issue, you can't get more than four in (so no room for any friends) and the boot is a bit tight for shopping etc.

People will say that they could manage for one journey, but the key here is can you manage on a day to day basis?

But, it is fun to drive!!


Sent from my iPhone using Autoguide.com App
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 08:22 PM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: stoke on trent
Posts: 153
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom Female View mini-millie-n-dan's Classified Ads
Thanks everyone

My heart says mini, head Audi A3!! I don't plan on using it for family outings as we would use my boyfriends car. Obviously an A3 would be cheaper on fuel, I have been using a 1.9tdi vw and using approx £100 per month on fuel and expect the mini to cost more

I can live with the small boot, my main worry is space in the back for the kids!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 09:18 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 20
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom
How about a Clubman?
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 09:50 PM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Suffolk - UK
Posts: 448
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
Get a diesel, free road tax and quite frugal on fuel.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old Nov 2nd, 2012, 10:59 PM
Caveman's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Stone Age
Posts: 2,028
Local Time: 02:06 PM
Estonia Male View Caveman's Classified Ads
Quote: Originally Posted by Mid Life Mini (original)
I have done a 100 mile round trip in the back of my mate's Mini Convertible, it wasn't that bad and I am nearly 6 foot ...

But how tall was the person sitting in front of you?
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 06:30 AM
MINI2 Senior
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Suffolk - UK
Posts: 448
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
United-Kingdom

Quote: Originally Posted by Caveman (original)
But how tall was the person sitting in front of you?

About 5 foot 10 - he did pull the seat forward slightly for me but he was still in a comfortable driving position.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 08:49 AM
MINI2 Regular
Offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: stoke on trent
Posts: 153
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom Female View mini-millie-n-dan's Classified Ads
Not keen on the clubmans (no offence)

My budget won't stretch to a diesel unfortunately
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 09:47 AM
MINI's are BANG TIDY
Offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 397
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom
Quote: Originally Posted by mini-millie-n-dan (original)
Not keen on the clubmans (no offence)

My budget won't stretch to a diesel unfortunately

They are an acquired taste or something that grows on you. They've grown on me.

Also depends on the driving you are doing I you go for a diesel. If its just school runs and shopping it's hardly worth the extra outlay on the diesel and the problems associated with not giving them a good run.


Sent from my iPhone using Autoguide.com App
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 10:11 AM
mab01uk's Avatar
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London
Posts: 5,659
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
I would go for a Clubman, test drive one, great fun to drive like all Mini's and practical with more rear leg room.....can't understand why some don't get the traditional Mini estate looks inherited from the classic Mini Traveller and Clubman Estates.





More Clubman Pics here:
Post A Picture Of Your Clubman - totalMINI Forums
Reply With Quote
Thanks for this post from:
  #13 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 10:18 AM
MINI2 Premium Member
MINI2 Master
Offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 2,956
Local Time: 01:06 PM
United Kingdom Male
What about a MINI Countryman, 4 doors ideal for the family?
Or wait until next year and get a Paceman, that will give you a few weeks to save up the extra few quid?
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 04:40 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montreal
Posts: 18
Local Time: 08:06 AM
Canada Male
I wasn't a fan of the Clubman until a couple of months ago. That extra door on the side is practical and being a little longer is good for leg room in the back. I have 2 boys age 4.5 yo and 17 months and it's fine. The trunk is big enough for a big stroller and 2-3 bags. I rarely bring the stroller though. It might be challenging at Christmas when we have to bring the gifts back home, . It's been a month and people are always impressed when they see 2 big kids seats in the back.
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old Nov 3rd, 2012, 08:48 PM
Mini CooperD Conv ordered
Offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 35
Local Time: 12:06 PM
United Kingdom
I dont know about the kids i think they will agree to the mini been dropped off at school in the cool car street cred an all that jazz . but if yor honest im a big guy and soon to take delivery of my mini convertible and i have no intention on having my wife sat in the front seat with me its going to be my 5 year old and me up fron wife in the back and we have tried it out and she is a fair bit bigger than your average 8 yr old and she didnt mind it one bit plenty of room of course if you have the 8 year old up front they will be able to pull the seat a good way forward allowing plenty of room for the little one so i would always go for the mini over the Audi so many reasons why not many reasons not too. If you can strech to a Cooper d or One d you will save a heck of a lot of money well more than a A3
Happy hunting and post the pics if you end up with the best of the two THE MINI;-)
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

» Recent Threads
Mini One Decat?
Today 10:19 AM
by Giddzz
Last post by Giddzz
Today 10:19 AM
0 Replies, 47 Views
Brakes Binding
Yesterday 11:41 AM
by grahamj
Last post by grahamj
Today 09:41 AM
3 Replies, 176 Views
It's Here....
Mar 31st, 2014 12:19 PM
Last post by ALD0
Today 08:06 AM
9 Replies, 2,084 Views
Should I keep the run flats - recommendations?
Aug 19th, 2014 06:31 PM
Last post by ALD0
Today 08:05 AM
3 Replies, 282 Views
How much do you pay in insurance?
Jul 24th, 2010 03:01 PM
Last post by Jimmya
Today 08:04 AM
86 Replies, 30,485 Views
Black alloys
Aug 8th, 2014 06:55 AM
Last post by ALD0
Today 08:04 AM
4 Replies, 301 Views
New Cooper
May 31st, 2004 11:32 AM
Last post by ALD0
Today 08:03 AM
16 Replies, 1,179 Views
R50 Problems, how common?
Aug 10th, 2014 11:08 AM
by aypea
Last post by Frank.B
Today 07:21 AM
4 Replies, 512 Views
best price for wheel alignment
Today 06:47 AM
Last post by johnbrovo
Today 06:47 AM
0 Replies, 73 Views
$115 Buttonwillow Raceway August 30-31st
Today 06:29 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Today 06:29 AM
0 Replies, 57 Views
Vibration from steering wheel and braking
Yesterday 04:02 PM
by MiniBoi
Last post by cristo
Today 03:10 AM
1 Replies, 173 Views
Runflats?!
Aug 9th, 2014 09:29 AM
Last post by sjp3003
Today 01:18 AM
8 Replies, 796 Views
2007 mini - 2nd hand, has 3 error codes - please help
Today 01:04 AM
Last post by KiheiSun
Today 01:04 AM
0 Replies, 102 Views
Mini Cooper S + 400hp
May 30th, 2014 02:07 PM
by xarula
Last post by xarula
Today 12:22 AM
12 Replies, 1,553 Views
My new mini!
Aug 19th, 2014 11:30 PM
Last post by catzisme
Yesterday 11:00 PM
2 Replies, 249 Views
Central locking wires
Yesterday 10:05 PM
Last post by jamadant
Yesterday 10:05 PM
0 Replies, 101 Views
Mini Cooper S 2007 Disaster
Yesterday 06:57 PM
Last post by Colin RedGriff
Yesterday 09:43 PM
2 Replies, 211 Views
Which Cooper, and which suspension (stock/koni Ö ), for ride quality? (forum c2)
Aug 16th, 2014 01:44 PM
by rs10
Last post by rs10
Yesterday 09:12 PM
19 Replies, 716 Views
15 inch wheels - possible to use on Cooper S?
Jun 24th, 2014 09:58 PM
by rs10
Last post by rs10
Yesterday 09:00 PM
2 Replies, 463 Views
Cooper or S
Aug 4th, 2014 09:20 PM
Last post by holycow
Yesterday 08:38 PM
12 Replies, 999 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Ľ Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 12:06 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2