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***Considering the Countryman***

Hi all!

New to the site and I do not own my MINI, yet! I test drove the 2014 Countryman ALL4 last week and fell in love!

Before I make this purchase can anyone provide me with some insight on what I should know and what's IMPORTANT to have in my car as I make my decision!

There are a gazzilion features/accessories that one can add on and I just want to make sure I do this right!

HELP...
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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.
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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!

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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!

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Best of luck on you decision, Mini is a great company!
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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 plan on going with the automatic, so I'm good there, as for the gas mileage I'll be getting MORE than what I'm getting in my current vehicle!

This is great info!

Thank you!!
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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 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!

good luck
WOW! this is all great information that I needed!

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

Thanks again!!
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White Cooper Mpg......

Our current Mini averages 30s mpg in town and upper 30s on trips. Ours is the non turbo manual 6 speed.

Kathy -n- I know we will loose a bit of MPG with Automatic, Turbo and the All-4system but still it's way better than my Ford F150 was getting.

It's all good once that engine loosens up a bit that MPG will get better on the Countryman. In the beginning it will stink on MPG readings
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