I have the heated seats and use them year round (winter use is obvious but in the summer it is great for relaxing sore back muscles on the way home from a hard day working) Front fogs work well but since I refuse to use them illegally (ie: in nonfoggy weather like the rice bois) I rarely get to use them.
If it is your toy, why penny pinch? Get the heated seats, you will LOVE them. Get the fogs as well. The front end looks odd with the empty spaces. I also highly reccomend the Rain sensing wipers and Auto dimming Rear-view mirror package. The wipers work perfectly. The dimming mirror is nice as well since the car sits so low. Honestly, if I were to do it again, I would save the money on the HK and put in an aftermarket on. That is the option I felt was least worth the money.
The fogs are retrofittable for very little more then they cost from the factory, the heated seats require replacing the seats for a very large sum of money.
If you're penny pinching, get the heated seats, and save on the fogs, but that goes against a good principle: 'get all the safety equiptment available in your car, and never need to use it.'
Since the fogs count as safety that's not very helpful, heated seats are certainly just a luxury, but neither of them cost very much compared to the car, what's $500 more on a $20K car? fogs and heated seats should also add to resale value...
If you're interested in HK, decide if a warm butt is more important then better sounding radio (I'll assume you've listened to both stereos at the dealer so you can compare) I would think for most people it isn't, but it may for you.
Magic 8-ball was correct. All be in awe of Magic 8 ball.
Me too! We also refuse to use them when not necessary,- cheers to that too, GMINI03!
The wife & I use the heated seats often for relaxation. She's always colder then me & these seats allow me to keep the fresh air rollin' in, while simultaneously keeping her warm. When winter kicks-in, it'll be wonderful to be defoggin' the windshield with cool air, yet remaining warm in the seats. This works quite well for longer trips too, keeping you awake with fresh air to the face, yet a warm tush! [MINI needs a heated steering wheel, though!]We didn't go for the HK system & can't imagine the stereo getting much better,- as the standard one is super, really! [...with the MFSW. ]
If you're tryin' to pinch pennies, - lease that puppy! 1) Pay NO taxes up front (maybe $22/mo. during) 2) Payments are much cheaper 3)Leasing Rules will never apply to you, as you will do much better to sell that puppy whenever you want for a near profit [MINI returns your approx. $250 "Lease Deposit" helping you sell it for minimal loss ] 4) MINI S residuals at last check were doing 15% better than the top Mercedes-Benz make 5) Want to keep it forever? Refinance anytime during (or at the end of) the lease & again net low payments, knowing you're getting a Fab car for next to nothing monthly 6) One usually needs to pay above MSRP for a $55k+ vehicle to get into such a deal!
Last edited by SugarBelly; Sep 25th, 2003 at 07:02 PM.
Not sure about leasing, MINI is offering to sell it with such low financing that it just seems smarter to buy. To each their own.
I don't get my MINI for a couple more weeks but if I ordered again, I would pass on the fogs. It was an impulse buy and on my previous two cars, they were almost never used. Plus, as mentioned earlier, they are an easy retrofit.
I have never had heated seats before but have been in other cars that had them and OH MAN, I loved it. I told myself that I would never buy another car without them. Obviously depends on where you live but here in Ohio, they should feel great in the winter. Add in an occasional sore back and the heated seats just sound great. Besides, where else can you get two heated seats, heated mirrors and heated wiper fluid for only $300?
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