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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 11th, 2014, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Wales Roadster reliability issues

Hi. I'm new to this forum and my wife is seriously considering a roadster in pepper white with black (she's quite specific!!) wheels. I'd like to know if there are any serious issues/faults/reliability gremlins associated with this car. Any advice as to what variant to get (eg petrol/diesel/ auto/manual cooper/cooper s ) would also be much appreciated. I'd also like feedback on how dealerships care for their customers (we live in South Wales), real life mpg, performance on the basic cooper etc etc. Basically I want you owners out there to convince me to get this car for my wife! Your help on this would be massively appreciate because I'd like to take advantage of the low rate APR (1.9%) on the PCP deals currently on offer or would it be better to wait for the 'new' mini engine line up to be introduced to the roadster and coupe?
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The Roadster is just a hatchback Mini with a different roof (well, it's based on the Convertible actually) so has the same reliability as other Minis.

It looks unlikely (but not impossible) that the Roadster and Coupé will be replaced when they reach the end of their lifespan in a few years time. The new engine won't get put in them as that goes in a different floorpan. You can take your own pick about whether being a discontinued model will raise or lower resale prices when that day comes.
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Many thanks for the response. 'Er indoors has picked the car. Deposit paid, hope this is the start of a great new relationship with the Mini
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'Er indoors has picked the car. Deposit paid,
She cant blame you then when it all goes wrong, thats the best way to go about it
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My wife has done the same and ordered a roadster S - British racing green with black wheels for her. Due in twelve days so I'm told! Actually I'm looking forward to it too.
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Due in twelve days so I'm told! Actually I'm looking forward to it too.
Hmm should get her out of the house and leave you in peace I guess.
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I've had my '13 Roadster for 15 months now and still love it. Everywhere I go, especially with the top down, I get raves from onlookers. Just a fun car to drive!!! However, I don't think it's suitable for a "only" vehicle. Just too small for hauling extras around unless a person rents a bigger vehicle for those few times more space is needed.

I had an '05 convertible and wanted to replace it with a '13 S. When I stopped in at my dealer, I saw the Roadster and quickly forgot about getting the convertible. No regrets.
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The thing i hate most about our coupe sd is the noise from the road with run-flats, its horrendous . Crashy ride & loads and loads and loads of rattles in the boot area.. the rest is fine, we get about 57 - 60 mpg
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I have the Roadster S and love it! handles great - even in the snow (as long as it isn't deep)
The only issues I've found - voice command on the Nav system isn't great and there is a pretty bad blind spot when the top is up.

Buy it, you'll love it!
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