That was exactly my point for saying. The MINI has it in the twisties, and just about every other car, so the M3 is NOT the logical choice for all people. You can get a lot of cars that can beat the MINI in the straights, but not the turns. Of course, I am a huge BMW fanboy and the M3 is one of the best automobiles ever created, IMHO. But, still, even with money being no problem, the MINI has its strengths and distinctiveness set so high that it might dissuade someone from buying an M3 instead if the MINI's strengths matched what they were looking for. Or, just get both!Johnny225 said:The 330 and the M3 are in completely different leagues. Drive a ///M 3 and see for yourself. The second you tap that accelerator, you'll be in auto nirvana. It's an amazing car that can easily hold its own aganist Porsches and Ferraris. It'll eat the MINI for luch any day. The handling is very different. It handles extremely well, but it isn't as sharp as the MINIs(the ZCS perf. package rectifies that though). Like I said before, if you can shell out the money, go for the M3, if not, the MINI won't let you down either!
Well, would you rather have ONE house or TWO cars. Think about it. ONE vs. TWO.....ONE vs. TWO. It's a no-brainer to me!Rawhyde said:Getting both would be the ideal solution except for the minor detail of the tandem-axle dump truck load of cash that it'd cost....
justbob said:Here's what I've hauled around in my MCS so far:
1. 24 Happy Meals from McDonalds, with drinks--more difficult than you think, careful packing required.
2. Two different daughters to two different colleges. Suitcases, books, hair dryers, clothes 3x5 canvasses for art students, small refrigerators, microwaves, you get the picture.
3. Four kids and a wife with luggage for a two-week tour of seven states (okay, we took TWO Minis).
4. Lawnmower. Several times.
5. Dehumidifier for my basement.
6. 20 foot folding ladder.
7. 15 gallons of paint.
8. Groceries. For six. For two weeks. With two passengers.
9. Three college students travelling around the world, three full size back packs, three day packs. In the rain. On the Washingtion DC beltway. And beyond.
10. Giant Power Tools, e.g., a huge floor sander, a generator, chain saws, etc. (some of these took two people to lift in).
11. Giant Computer System with 24 inch monitor.
Two great points about the Mini and practicality:
1. You probably don't need to carry as much stuff as you think. The MINI enforces this.
2. If you do need to carry a lot of stuff, you should probably put some thought into how you're going to do it and what you need to bring. You can't just chuck it in the back.
So, it's been pretty practical so far.
Also, it's a GREAT commuter car--I'm never late for work.
10 year-old twins to boot?!?! Well, then, you are definitely perfect for a commercial! Call MINIUSA right now!!!justbob said:I feel more like I'm in a situation comedy than an advert!
But seriously, the MINI is a practical car--you can fit more than you think in it, especially if you have 10-year-old twins around to help you lift the heavy stuff into the hatch!
Then again, maybe that's the situation that leads to the comedy!