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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2014, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Dark Silver Mini Cooper on the Motorway?

Hi there.
I am considering buying a Second hand Mini Cooper (Park Lane model, 2005, 58K mileage) from a local garage and I have been looking at reviews online.
All the reviews say it is great fun to drive, and I am used to small cars, so I think it will suit me quite well - but a few reviews say it doesn't handle very well on motorways. I do a lot of motorway driving so this worries me.
This is from honestjohn.co.uk: "MINI Coopers don't like motorways. They get onto them quickly enough: down the slip-road, pick up speed, zip into place like lightning. Then it's all over because, though the gearing allows about 21 mph per 1,000 rpm, the thing drones like Victor Meldrew at cruising speeds and hops about like a pogo stick."
Can anyone comment on this and their experiences? Would you say this is true?
Thanks in advance if you can help.
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MINI is great on the motorways, in my opinion the only problem is that it can be pretty noisy, especially with hard lowered suspension and noisy tires. Handling wise the MINI is great. We have a Mercedes wagon and a MINI. For a motorway trip my favorite is the Mercedes. But for a small winding tarmac road, my favorite is our low-riding MINI.
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I do many motor way miles and love driving my 2002 mini cooper s, it will happily sit at around 70MPH at around 3,000 revs which is typical gear ratio for most cars.

Suggest you are concerned with this to them and I'm sure they will take you on the motorway to prove you that you need a mini in your life
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I do most of my driving on freeways and have always enjoyed driving my MINI on them.

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Whether they like motorways or not they still go on it, I saw one on it only last week.
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Well mine jumps about on all roads, it's the fun of driving a MINI
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Thanks for your comments. Only one way to find out I guess - Test drive booked for tomorrow!
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