My hubby and I bought ourselves a used MINI Cooper for Christmas. We've been longtime fans (we've been watching them for 15-plus years) and finally took a plunge at buying a used 2008 plain Cooper in BRG.
Similar to others on this forum, the gas for my 50-some mile daily commute was getting outrageous (driving a van getting 18 MPG is EXPENSIVE). I love driving it and I enjoy the control you get with manual transmission in our snowy part of the world (upstate NY). Hoping that it will hold its value as well as save us LOTS in gas $.
Attaching a photo of our Mini. We nicknamed him Chip because he looks like a chipmunk with the tail (antenna) sticking up while he "runs" and he's so tiny