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Okay Paul :),

For a little while know your sig has been:

"Enough of the small torque... I want an 'S'! (I think)"

You think?! :eek: :confused: Fess up! Are you just being coy until you actually get you hands on a Cooper S and thrash it about (in less then 2 weeks now :)), or are you really uncertain you'll like it? :rolleyes:

Hmmmm....? :p
 

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Well....

It's money.

Base UK Cooper S = £14,500. (Not I was saying £14,700 from early spring/early summer last year, close but no cigar!)

Anyway...

I've specced a Cooper up...

Base 11,600.
Solid colour (red and white) No cost
DSC £300
Head airbags front and rear £200
Remote alarm £200
Heated jets and mirrors £40
First aid riangle and kit £35
ISOFIX £20
Headlamp power wash £100
Manual Air Con £600
On board CPU £100
CD Player £70
Boost £135
CD Prep Free!
Chili pack £1000
TLC £100

= £14,530.

£30 more than a Cooper S, and all those creature comforts and goodies.......

It'll take a lot to persuad me the Cooper S is worth it for my average usage!

And yes, the trip to Portugal will probably be the decider!
 

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And yes, the trip to Portugal will probably be the decider!
Need anyone to carry your bags??? ;) ;) ;) :D :D :D

Ant
 

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The creature comforts are nice but in the end all I need is a little tred left on the tires when someone comes breathing up my exhaust pipe(s), ok maybe a good CD jamin on the H/K...:cool: :cool: :cool: Have fun deciding :p
 

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The cost thing was the main reason I ordered a ONE. I could have all the little extra's i wanted for just over the basic price of a Cooper. You have to conside the cost of Insurance too. Maybe a Cooper S in a few years :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
 

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Maybe a Cooper S in a few years
That's my plan! :D

Damn insurance companies :mad: ... (No offence ;) )

Ant
 

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Paul_Mullett said:
Well....

It's money.

Base UK Cooper S = £14,500. (Not I was saying £14,700 from early spring/early summer last year, close but no cigar!)

Anyway...

I've specced a Cooper up...

Base 11,600.
Solid colour (red and white) No cost
DSC £300
Head airbags front and rear £200
Remote alarm £200
Heated jets and mirrors £40
First aid riangle and kit £35
ISOFIX £20
Headlamp power wash £100
Manual Air Con £600
On board CPU £100
CD Player £70
Boost £135
CD Prep Free!
Chili pack £1000
TLC £100

= £14,530.

£30 more than a Cooper S, and all those creature comforts and goodies.......

It'll take a lot to persuad me the Cooper S is worth it for my average usage!

And yes, the trip to Portugal will probably be the decider!
You said it.........But It's ONLY Money !!.

Once driven, forever smitten....

Odds on you end up buying an S over the "loaded" Cooper.

:)

PS. Have you included your BMW Discount ?. If ANYONE deserves a cheaper MINI, it's got to be the owner of this site.
 

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Paul_Mullett said:


If anyone from MINI is reading this, take note...

It would be nice.

But unlikely me thinks.
I'd push for a FREE one Paul ;) I reckon you've done more than £14,000 worth of Market Research for them :D :D :D A discount is the LEAST you should expect, but I agree it is unlikely to happen, good luck :)

Plan B - just drive the 'S' home from Portugal... foot to the floor and don't look back :D ;)
 

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Paul, another concern might be operating costs, since petrol is not exactly cheap in the UK. Premium fuel is required and the S is going to get about 25% poorer mileage than the Cooper or One. "It's a performance car, not an economy car." If you drive it hard, the maintenance costs will be higher too. Not to mention the traffic coppers will come to know you on a first name basis. The S will probably cost more initially due to high demand and low supply. Given the MINI's track record thus far, you can expect the S to have some problems early on, so you might be wise to wait a bit anyway to give them time to sort out any problems with the supercharger. I realize they have done a lot of testing, but they tested the originals too. "Never buy the first model of anything."
 

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Wanted . . unpaid S tester

Paul_Mullett said:
. . . It would be nice . . . But unlikely me thinks.
Methinks that you couldn`t be bought that easily Paul ? . . . but you could be given a car as an unpaid longterm S tester.

That would surely be almost ideal (for you & BMW) - any problems with the S are going to be aired here at MINI2 above anywhere else in the World anyway so who better to run and post regular S reports directly to the factory?

If not, there`s always me of course, here for the UK . . mr.bill for the US (he`d give BMW`s `ears` a good bashing, Basil in Oz . . . . . . . ?

Seriously Paul you should request/negotiate a longterm user test deal - I dare BMW to do it!

Just tell them that we asked you to ask ! ;)
 

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I'm still not sure about the looks of the 'S'. I havent seen one in the flesh, but from pictures i've seen i'm not sure on the following:

1. Lack of Chrome.
2. Front Grill - especially the darker colours.
3. Rear exhaust - although i'm sure it's gonna sound sweet!
4. Petrol filler cap.

This is all of course, in my opinion. If it's the speed thing then wack a turbo on a Cooper, it'll p**s all over an 'S'!!!
 

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AV51HCC said:
I'm still not sure about the looks of the 'S'. I havent seen one in the flesh, but from pictures i've seen i'm not sure on the following:

1. Lack of Chrome.
2. Front Grill - especially the darker colours.
3. Rear exhaust - although i'm sure it's gonna sound sweet!
4. Petrol filler cap.

This is all of course, in my opinion. If it's the speed thing then wack a turbo on a Cooper, it'll p**s all over an 'S'!!!
I only agree with you about 3. & 4. both naff in my most humble opinion.
 

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I've attached this pic of a Cooper, i nicked it off someone on Mini2 (sorry, don't remember who!) & made it black, lowered it about 30mm and put two single exhausts on the back (paintshop pro). It's got the 'S' spokes on too. IMO i rekon that looks better than the 'S'. What do u think?
 

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Very nice picture and photoshop mods!!!!! That is one I took at the **** Lovett dealership in Bristol. Originally the car was Indi Blue, and that car is on the road as a demonstrater.

The twin exhausts look very nice! I agree that the S may be missing some of the nice chrome compared with the Cooper.

Cheers

Garry
 

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agreed...

I'd have to agree...

I honestly wouldn't be half as 'fired-up' about ordering my new S if it wasn't for this website, and this community.

A heavy discount for Mr Mullet would be well deserved, BMW.

And thanks Paul.

sixfoot6
 
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