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?
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.
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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