It seems there are quite a few people who buy Coopers and then, very soon after, think that perhaps they should have got the S; I know it happened to me after getting our Cooper in '04
I never test drove an S before buying our original Cooper as I knew it was too expensive anyway and it wouldn't be right for Eeyore who was meant to share driving the car Having taken delivery of the Cooper (and with Eeyore not driving it after all!), my thought was that I liked the Cooper so much that I was prepared to pay the extra now as I thought it would be "more of the same". I then took one out for a test drive and decided I preferred the Cooper anyway (relief!), it took nearly another 3 years to decide that the S was right for us after all!
Did you try the S before buying the Cooper? If so, why did you choose the Cooper in the first place?
What's made you decide that you would prefer the S after all?
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i originally went to order a cooper and he took me out in a test drive in a cooper S. thinking the cooper would not be much slower i ordered one but i miss the kick you get from the S and the push you back into the seat feeling. even in a ten minute test drive i was impressed with this. i think i will go see the salesman and get a figure for my cooper if i am going to lose too much its going be a no to this i think
I went to my local mini dealer and test drove the S, after that I didnt even bother to test the cooper because I knew it wouldnt be anything like it! Do the right thing and get the S, you cant enjoy driving properly without the whine of the supercharger!!!
BUY the "S"! before you lose more money on your Cooper!
I have (test)driven the Cooper and now i own the Cooper S (both R56 ofcourse). Believe me, i am glad i didn't buy the Cooper. The looks and the performance of the "S" leave the Cooper in the shadow. It's a lot of money but i'm sure you will be pleased. I only regret not having the satnav system because at the time i thought it wasn't worth the money.
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