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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 2008, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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I think I am going to buy a Mini Cooper D, but am finding myself intrigued by the Clubman.

1. Is it REALLY more practical in use?
2. Does it feel as much fun to drive?
3. Longer term will it retain its value?
4.What are the must have accessories
5. And does pepper white with silver trim look good?

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I think I am going to buy a Mini Cooper D, but am finding myself intrigued by the Clubman.

1. Is it REALLY more practical in use?
2. Does it feel as much fun to drive?
3. Longer term will it retain its value?
4.What are the must have accessories
5. And does pepper white with silver trim look good?

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yes
yes
who knows?
depends on the size of your wallet!
yes



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depends on the size of your wallet!
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Wot he sed.

But a well-specced Clubman D is going to be the wrong side of £21K so only you can decide if the convenience and all the other benefits are worth that. (I have no regrets at all, and am still in love with my BRG that I wouldn't swap for a white one - or anything else for that matter.)
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Pepper white and black Clubman will look the dogs danglies

Yes its as much fun to drive

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I think I am going to buy a Mini Cooper D, but am finding myself intrigued by the Clubman.

1. Is it REALLY more practical in use?
2. Does it feel as much fun to drive?
3. Longer term will it retain its value?
4.What are the must have accessories
5. And does pepper white with silver trim look good?

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Yes
Yes
Yes
Chilli pack
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Pepper White definitely better with black than silver on a Clubbie, here's ours:



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I think I am going to buy a Mini Cooper D, but am finding myself intrigued by the Clubman.

1. Is it REALLY more practical in use?
2. Does it feel as much fun to drive?
3. Longer term will it retain its value?
4.What are the must have accessories
5. And does pepper white with silver trim look good?

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1: yes
2: yes
3: i hope so
4: bigger wheels
5: prefer pepper/black ( was parked next to one today, looked really smart.. was actually my first choice till i saw the Hot cocolate Clubby in the showroom... )
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I think I am going to buy a Mini Cooper D, but am finding myself intrigued by the Clubman.

1. Is it REALLY more practical in use?
2. Does it feel as much fun to drive?
3. Longer term will it retain its value?
4.What are the must have accessories
5. And does pepper white with silver trim look good?

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1 Yes
2 Yes and a bit more oversteer to boot
3 Dont care only spent 16k on it
5 Sport button at least pepper pack and mmmmm heated seats
5 Prefer black
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Thanks all.

Is it true (see Auto Express this week) that "dealers are finding it hard to sell the concept of the Clubman to enough buyers"? Can one do better deals on Clubbies that Minis?

I like thes black wheels? What are they? And dlpruk - what a classy spec!
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Thanks all.

Is it true (see Auto Express this week) that "dealers are finding it hard to sell the concept of the Clubman to enough buyers"? Can one do better deals on Clubbies that Minis?
Depends on which market they're talking about?

In the US and Canada dealerships are sold out and you can only buy to order!


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Thanks all.

Is it true (see Auto Express this week) that "dealers are finding it hard to sell the concept of the Clubman to enough buyers"? Can one do better deals on Clubbies that Minis?

I like thes black wheels? What are they? And dlpruk - what a classy spec!
I haven't seen the article yet but are Auto Express saying that not enough people are buying the clubman or not many Mini buyers are sold on its "more practical mini with loads more room, useful clubdoor and rear doors for loading" spiel that they are being encouraged to spout?

Looking back at some internet reviews last year, it seems that Mini were being pretty conservative in how many clubmans they were expecting to sell anyway and so production figures were much smaller than the hatch - and those cars last year all sold very quickly. Personally, I think it's a bit of a "love it or hate it" car and I suspect that the hatch will always be more popular. My local dealer says that it is selling pretty well (although they would they say that anyway!!!) and certainly, the models in their showroom do not seem to hang around too long - although I'm still not seeing too many on the road. As for discounts, I doubt you would be able to get too much off any Mini whether it's a clubman or not - I searched with the fairly big car broker that I have used for previous cars and the very most they could offer me was £300 off a reasonably well specced Cooper S.

I am personally "stepping down" from a 4x4 to a more economical clubman - our second car is a Mini and we love it so I figured, why not have two Minis? We were lent a clubman as a courtesy car and although the boot isn't huge(but bigger than the hatch) and the clubdoor is a pretty useless gimmick, it does offer more rear legroom and overall is more practical than our hatch whilst retaining the same driving qualities. My local dealer says with the high fuel costs and road tax increases due next year, lots of people in my position are showing increasing interest in downsizing to a Mini. I have noticed used prices on the Range Rover brigade and big executive saloons have plumetted recently. In the face of that, I guess there is no reason for Mini dealers to discount - not that they ever really have done or needed to!

I too was looking at the Cooper D at first but as dlpruk says a decent spec one will set you back quite a lot of money. By the time I specced one up, it was close enough to a Cooper S that I went with the S - I went for pepper white and black like most people here too!
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Darth. Interesting. Funny - Clubman draws all sorts of views.

I saw one in pw with black wheels and thought it super cool. My wife saw a black with black one and thought it looked like a small hearse!
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We have not long had one and for us it wa the only choice - did not even consider the R56. Pepper white with black roof. However, the white with silver roof would be a rarer option and if that is what you like be bold. But go for it.
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I looked at several small cars and some medium sized but the MINI Clubman was best value.
No service costs, decent fuel economy and above all its a MINI.
It seems to me the love hate has been split more towards non Mini owners love it Mini owners (with exception) hate it.
As if its an affront to there super cool image as a Mini owner. Funny that these people have no issues with someone owning a Golf or an A3 or running a second giant car like an SUV or suchlike instead but the practicality the Clubman offers no way not allowed.
Put simply no Clubman = No Mini for me that would be a sad day as i have run minis for over 15years.
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I prefer the hatch, I more than happy with hatch, the clubmna S is too heavy driving sports other in moutains, hatch chassis is more player

I sold my R56 S but I regret purchasing the Clubman, I was wrong. I'm trying to sell it to buy a new hatch S R56.

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