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Well, hmmmm

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Hello folks, I've been looking at the '05 MINI Cooper as one that I may want to purchase but am a little hesitant. Could I give you all a brief discription of my driving habits and let you, as owners and drivers of the car, give me some unbiased advise on whether the MINI would be right for me? (yeah Steve, come to a MINI owners forum for unbiased advise...right! :D )
The main reason I am hesitant is because I am looking to buy a car for a daily driver and not a weekend fun car, and the closest MINI dealer is over 100 miles away so reliability is of the essence. I am also a person who keeps my car until well after it is paid off, so I don't purchase very often and don't have the money to start doing so. I travel around 60 miles per work day from the country to the city and back, average around 100-150 miles during weekends and also like to travel occaisionally with my wife to the vast far reaches of South Carolina and as far as Florida, USA. I do have two teenage stepsons, but we already have a midsize sedan for travel that may include them or for extraordinarily long trips.
I've looked at pretty much every car in this price bracket and I must say that the Scion Tc is the most attractive to me in terms of the common sense's much less expensive, proven motor, more horses, more standard equip. The thing is, though, I keep coming back to the's got some sort of mystical power that keeps trying to pull me in!
I guess the reason I am here is to see if y'all could reassure me that the MINI would be there for me for years to come If I decided to get one. The several thousand dollar diffence between the scion and mini is looking pretty good in favor of the scion...convince me that it's worth it to go all out and get a MINI!

Thanks for listening to me rant!!
Steve Boland
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First, I've owned a 9/02 MCS for 2 years now as my daily driver and it's still the best car I've ever owned. When I'm not driving it I still glance longingly at it in the garage. I've been to the dealer twice for scheduled service, once for a leaky coolant bottle, and 4 times for MINI gatherings or just to look at the new features in person. I expect to keep my car for at least 10 years and then either give it to my daughter or throw a Works conversion on it and keep it myself (or maybe get a convertible?).
Second, I never look at the other cars that were on my list and say "what if", but I know I would look at MINIs that way if I hadn't gotten one. It's part of my family and we all love it and everything about the MINI "experience". I take my daughter to meets and my sons are familiar with all of the MINI variations. I take kids to school and daycare in my car and I've been told it's the coolest car in the parking lot at work. Catching a glimpse of myself in a window only confirms that I made the right choice.
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