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Dear Fellow Cooper S Enthusiasts:

After almost a year of research looking at pictures and reading articles - I finally sat in one and went over the whole car inch by inch. I'm very impressed and completely overjoyed with almost every detail of the car. I will definitely order the Cooper S even though I have never driven one. After all, it has to be an improvement on my VW GTI! I'm sure for some people the car will feel small - depends on what your used to driving. The overall fit and finish looked great. The seats and driver position felt very nice. The clutch and 6 speed felt tight with a short throw. The sunroof's) are excellent. The instruments are fun to look at. Even the mock gas cap was kind of cool - didn't bother me one bit. The rear cargo area makes my GTI's look like a blimp hanger - but that's ok, you can still get your golf shoes and a 12 pack in there without putting one of the seats down. The only thing that I don't like is the 17 in. wheels - I might even go with the standard 16 in. because they look so ugly. Besides that, the only thing I haven't made up my mind on is the color.
I'm thinking Indi Blue with black roof and standard interior (the leather interior pricing might be a little too expensive) but I have to say that even though I'm into having cars that are low profile or "Sleepers", the Yellow and Black with the racing stripes looked really cool.
The MINI reps all had the rehearsed response that pricing would be available at the Detroit show and that the MINI was "around $18,000 nicely equipped".
Sorry that I don't have any pictures -our digital camera blows, but there are some really nice ones already posted.
Looking forward to buying this car - simple as that.

Take Care,
Dave
 

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LMB

Sorry to bag on your 17 in. wheels - I may even end up with them myself if I can't work out something with the dealer.
I'd like to swap them for some 17 in. BBS wheels.

Spoolin

I can relate - did I forget to mention my GTI has 136,000 miles on it? It's getting close to being called a GTWHY.
Fortunately I've lived in Southern California for the last 20 years - but in Detroit I did have a 68' Bug that I used to take skiing and it had similar heating options as yours, one of which was the interior plastic ice scrapper combined with a BIC lighter option!

Take care guys
 
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