Unless you have a brand new 2014 one it appears the clutches dont last all that long and the MPG so people complain is no where near what the manufacturers figures say it should be, apart from that brilliant.
i am exceeding all the us epa mileage estimates, city highway and combined ... the uk mileage estimates are wildly optimistic, but the us are realistic
as to options, first off, if you don't get it at build time, it will be VERY expensive if not impossible to add later! i am not speaking of mirror covers or strips, but things like the radio (std or HK), alarm system, connected, nav system
get into the configurator at MINIUSA.com and carefully go through the options ... if you don't understand, ask a sales rep, that is their job!
you should be able to see most options at a dealer
there are several "must haves":
the HID headlights are far better than the stock halogens
heated seats, if you live in a cold climate
alarm system ... i passed thinking i could get a better, cheaper alarm in the aftermarket ... wrong! i can't even find an aftermarket alarm, let alone anyone willing to install one on a mini
strong personal opinion here, but i would not own a countryman without the sport suspension ... my sister has an all4 with stock suspension and it rolls like a boat in hard corners, yet it does not ride any better than my all4 with sport suspension
strong personal opinion here, but i would not own a countryman with the sunroof ... it adds 80 pounds to the top of the car, rattles all the time, is very noisy when open and sooner or later, every sunroof turns into a leak... my sister has the sunroof ... it sucks!
2012 CM S All4 (03/12) | Abs Black w/White Roof/Mirrors/18" White Wheels | Cold Pkg | Sport Pkg | Xenon w/ Black Housings| Manual | Sport Susp| Anth Headliner | Flat Load Floor | Bluetooth | 2 Part Center Rail | Milltek downpipe back exhaust
The wife and I love our 09 HardTop but time to trade in, snow was to much in Quebec Canada (we go there alot) for our regular Mini. Build your Countryman or Paceman at the dealer and avoid all the packages you don't need or want we did.
Our dealer in Ramsey, NJ is great
We kept it simple and ordered a 2014 Countryman S All-4 with... Xenon lights ("bmwr606" is right there far superior at night), Automatic tranny, Cold Weather package (heated seats are the best ive had) and changed the color line of the door in the Interior to lighten it up a bit. Got a great price and they said it will take 2 months to get here, it's been 1month and 3 days so far and if you click the site below you will see where the ship is (Independence 2) that's our Countryman and it's brothers and sisters getting close to Bayone NJ Port off the tip of South Western Long Island, so 2 months is possible but we are ready for customs delays, weather etc etc You never know what is gonna happen!
My plain was to do the Cold Weather package (I live in Wisconsin) which will give me the heated leather seats.
HID lights are also on my list lights but was not considering the sport suspension, I will price it with the suspension and see where I end up.
As for the sunroof it's a must have for me, our summers are short and I LOVE being outside...I hope I don't regret going with it. GRRRRR
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