From TT to Mini
I'm new here, tomorrow my 2010 Clubman Cooper S arrives (I hope) and the driver takes my 2007 TT away. Both auto transmission.
It'll be a big change, partly prompted by an upcoming move to a house with a narrow passage entrance.
First I looked at an Abarth 500 as being easily narrow enough. Tiny but looked good. Was given a drive in a two year old auto convertible.
I hated just about everything about driving it; the ride was rigid, the auto gearbox jerky, it didn't go well and it didn't stop well. And the steering was weird, lots of artificial self centring. And though I'm short the steering wheel was miles away from me.
I wasn't thinking of a Mini, but the dealer was just a few yards away. A quick measurement showed it would fit the narrow entrance, and a test in a Cooper D over the same route as the Abarth had me smiling all the way.
I need a Clubman to get a large dog into, and my wife Liz wants an auto (and if it's a good auto, so do I). I went for the Cooper S as being not too much slower than the TT.
There aren't too many Cooper S Clubman autos for sale, but I found one with a main dealer at the other end of the country, 300 miles away. The spec was good, I liked the colour (red with red roof), the mileage was reasonable and the price looked OK.
The salesman did a personal video for me, taking me right around the car inside and out, and emailed the link - what a service. It looks brilliant. Liz wasn't sure, but the video convinced her.
They gave me a good price on my TT and are delivering the Mini and collecting my TT at no charge.
I'm just hoping this doesn't mean they're desperate to get rid of the car for some reason - I've never bought a car unseen before - but they came over as genuine and had only had the car a week. I'll find out tomorrow.
Bit of a long winded introduction, but I'll not post often, I mostly asked (and occasionally answered) questions on the TT forum.