The Mini Cooper In A Nutshell

I just drove a Minicooper. Here’s my quick n’ dirty review of the experience:

Pros: Sweet torque horsepower to weight ratio and tight braking. It’s fun to zip around in, and really easy to park.
Cons: Cheap plastic interior. The controls feel flimsy and I was worried about breaking them. It was like fondling a fancy blender from Target.
Mixed Blessing: People kept looking at me.
Upshot: I’ll stick to my bicycle and renting the cheaper cars from Zipcar.

(Photo: sam.soneja)

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  1. Legal_Eagle_In_Training says:

    My husband and I have an ’04 Cooper S and the interior does seem to have taken a turn for the cheap in the newer models. Shame.

  2. jonathan. says:

    I would love to have a Mini Cooper.

    But it was “too extreme.” Stuck with a Hyundai Sonata 08. Which is cool I guess.

  3. SigmundTheSeaMonster says:

    I’d prefer a diesel Rabbit. If they made one. Again. (please oh please)

  4. howie_in_az says:

    Get your hands on an E30 BMW M3 coupe from the 80s. Amazingly fun to drive and they keep on running.

  5. A.W.E.S.O.M.-O says:

    I know I’m apparently the only person in America who feels this way, but god is that car ugly.

  6. quail says:

    Is it true what I’ve heard? The Mini is an expensive car to keep repaired?

  7. Asvetic says:

    @A.W.E.S.O.M.-O: Concur, along with the Cabrio, it’s the perfect little girlie car.

  8. pengajim says:

    @howie_in_az: Well the “M3″ version are acutally pricey to maintain. Fun and Fast, but pricey. Teh regular 325 of the same body style are cheap, very durable, and almost as much fun. Mine’s got 220,000 on it and I’m just breaking it in.

  9. Bladefist says:

    @A.W.E.S.O.M.-O: lol. No, I agree. I mean it was cute in the Italian Job, but I would never buy one.

  10. mgy says:

    Cheap plastic aside, if I could bring home one of these mini coopers, my fiance would never leave me.

  11. zigziggityzoo says:

    I’ve been wanting one for forever.

  12. zigziggityzoo says:

    Oh yeah, and Mini Cooper = two words.

  13. Canino says:

    When a nearby dealership finally got in a Cooper S, I went and drove it. It was like driving a go-cart. Very stiff. Fun for around town I guess but I can’t imagine spending hours on the highway in that thing.

    I agree the interior all looked nice from the pictures but in person it was so cheap looking and feeling. It was kind of like some kind of plastic display at a store, like a fake computer at a furniture store or something. Like it was a cheap, thin, fake plastic picture of a real car.

    The salesman didn’t understand what happened when I shifted without using the clutch. He thought I broke something. I assured him it was perfectly normal for the car to be able to do that, but after the drive he sent it to the shop to be checked out. Moron.

  14. smart! smart! smart!

    You can park sideways in a parallel parking spot with that thing. May not be legal, but you can. And there’s just something catchy about driving a clown car (even if early reports said the driving experience leaves much to be desired).

    EDIT: After rereading that, I admit now that’d I’d probably go with a Honda Fit.

  15. kaptainkk says:

    The Mini Cooper are great cars, you should buy one for each foot! I would never buy such a hideous car because of the very reason stated as a “mixed blessing”. Same goes for the Mazda Miata.

  16. BuddhaLite says:

    Nice car but for me the biggest drawback is the lack of room for a spare so you’re stuck with expensive run flat tires.

  17. Imaginary_Friend says:

    One of my best friends owns one. The car is only about 2 years old, but she’s already had to take it to the dealer at least 8 times (by my last count) for all kinds of stupid little repairs. Luckily, it’s still under warranty, but each trip to the dealer wastes one of her days off and the gas it takes to get there (45 minutes away). She’s going to be up a creek when the warranty runs out.

    And yes, it’s fun to drive, but it’s actually an uncomfortable ride on any trip longer than a few errands.

  18. Sherryness says:

    I saw an “authentic” Mini in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s in Bellevue a couple of weeks ago. It was older and had a Washington license plate screwed on over a long, yellow license plate, which was my first clue it wasn’t one of the newer varieties. When I looked closer, it was a convertible, white, with a red leather interior – it looked very nice, actually. I’d probably never own one, but it was cool to see one just at Trader Joe’s in the parking lot like that!

  19. swedub says:

    @Canino: When I was a kid my friends father drove us once without using the clutch for shifting. The hardest part was getting into first. He would just shut the car off, wait for the green light, then turn it back on in gear. I thought is was pretty cool. I’ve done it here and there but never through all the gears. Now-a-days I just pop it out of gear without the clutch when coasting to a red light.

  20. @mgy: Wait, a mini can induce undying love (or at least prolonged attachment)? That’s quite a selling point.

  21. ElizabethD says:

    I saw such a pretty one yesterday — a dark metallic maroon with wide black racing stripes from hood to rear bumper. If I still lived in the city, I’d think about a Mini. But for highway driving: yikes, no thanks.

  22. friendlynerd says:

    I just drove a Mini Convertible from Zipcar this weekend. I liked everything about the car except the CVT transmission. It had a bothersome lag after hitting the gas before any power got transmitted to the wheels. It was also really hard to drive smoothly in slow or stop and go traffic.

    I think a manual would fix everything that bothered me about it though.

  23. A.W.E.S.O.M.-O says:

    @Canino: Maybe he sent it to the shop to see how much you’d worn off the synchromesh gear. Because of the synchros, anyone can shift without the clutch, but if the revs aren’t perfectly matched…well, I hope I’m not the one to buy that car afterwards.

  24. HIV 2 Elway says:

    @howie_in_az: E30′s are the greatest autos ever made. My family has three of them, one with an odometer that stopped years ago at 260,000.

  25. redwall_hp says:

    I prefer the Tesla Roadster.

  26. laserjobs says:

    @swedub: I had to do the same thing when my clutch cable broke on my old VW bug. Neutral then stop, turn off car, put it in first then start the car. Shifting between gears was not too hard without a clutch.

  27. katylostherart says:

    that’s kinda disappointing that bmw is putting plastic in some of the vehicles they’re responsible for manufacturing.

  28. B1663R says:

    what is this Jalopnik?

  29. Mozoltov, motherfucker says:

    That interior is way to busy. Stick with astheticallhy pleasing materials and shapes please would you MINI?

  30. Mozoltov, motherfucker says:

    *aesthetically

  31. temporaryscars says:

    Mazda Miata > Mini Cooper

    Ask anyone who has ever driven a Miata, and they’ll have nothing but good things to say about it.

  32. LAGirl says:

    i drive a 2006 MINI. i love it. drives great, gets great gas mileage. haven’t needed one repair since i bought it, new, in Feb ’07. i’ve never felt like the interior was ‘cheap’.

    i took it in for it’s annual tune-up, which was covered under warranty. all was well.

    the re-sale value is amazing. the best time to buy them is when i did, just as the new models are coming out at the beginning of the year.

  33. mike says:

    It was like fondling a fancy blender from Target.

    Why would you be fondling blenders from Target? Is that some sort of Fetish? Rule 34?

  34. battra92 says:

    I really liked the Coopers when they first came out and considered looking into them when I bought my new car but frankly, I just could not justify spending another $5K or so over what I paid for my Elantra.

    Heck, I really couldn’t justify that. Next time I’m buying used.

  35. number13 says:

    gotta say, i love my 2007 mini. i just celebrated one year with it, and none of the controls have broken. i do agree, they look cheap, but they are durable.

  36. nffcnnr says:

    Total.Chick.Car.

  37. astraelraen says:

    I’m fairly sure you can’t use the adjective “sweet torque” with the noun Mini Cooper, unless you are talking about the S model.

  38. anonairman says:

    Those things definitely look like clown cars… makes me love my Honda Fit even more… of course I only drive the Fit when the weather is bad… My Harley is my true love.

  39. alice_bunnie says:

    @temporaryscars:

    We had a Miata before we had 3 more children. A family of three can get away with having a two seater. A family of six, no way! :p We’re now considering a Mini, since it (kind of) has a back seat, but we’ll be buying used.

  40. TouchMyMonkey says:

    @Bladefist: It was cute in the third Austin Powers movie, too. Especially with Michael Caine driving it.

  41. Canino says:

    @A.W.E.S.O.M.-O: As long as you’re easy with it and listen to your engine, no problems. I’ve never had an issue anyway. You can’t yank on it like an old lady pulling a slot machine handle.

  42. JN2 says:

    I’ve driven a Miata for 10 years now. They last forever, are nimble as all hell and give me 30 mph all day long. Drive it like you are on a motorcycle and you will be fine.

    Need more room? Buy 2 or 3 of them! (like I have) :D

  43. kenoyer says:

    Just got back from a 400 mile road rip over the mountain pass. 37mpg in our Cooper S with a roof box. I’m 6’4″ and have to put the seat forward from it’s maximum to reach the pedals and steering wheel. Very comfortable for long drives. Hard to beat the handling, speed, and fuel economy. It gets cozy for 4 people but for 2 of us and the dog, there is plenty of room for 3 days of camping.

  44. kirschey says:

    @Ben

    For zip car stick with the Honda Fit, with flat folding seats or the Toyota Matrix, both with much more space inside. The Mini is small from the outside and from the interior, which is not a good thing. The Mini is fun the first time, but it is horrible in stop-and-go traffic like all of NYC. When I was on the FDR going 50, in 2 seconds the traffic would start to slow and I would press on the brake and stop short. The brakes are too tight.

  45. @mgy:

    Cheap plastic aside, if I could bring home one of these mini coopers, my fiance would never leave me.

    Worked beautifully for me. Girlfriend is now wife and gravid with child. Now, how well Jr. fits into said Mini remains to be seen, but the car certainly didn’t hurt in cementing the deal.

    Also, I’m not sure why everyone is calling the plastic cheap. Ours is one of the new style (w/ the new interior) and I’ve always been rather impressed by the quality of fit and finish. It’s incredibly light, I’ll give you that, but still sturdy and solid when in use. We’ve put ~18,000 miles on it in the last 11 months and it’s been pretty good. That said, when something does go wrong, it’ll be expensive to fix. I bought the whizz-bang extended warranty (at dealer cost, we’re friends w/ the finance manager there) because I’m sufficiently convinced that the car will require at least $1100 worth of repair before it hits 100,000 miles. That’s not because I expect it to be hugely unreliable, it’s because it’s intrinsically a little BMW and as anyone who’ve ever owned a BMW will tell you, parts for them have to be hand crafted out of sterling silver and gold filigree by tiny wizened little gnomes under a magic oak tree in Bavaria. Then after they’ve been shipped to the US, they can only be installed by the purest flaxen lock’d virgins at an hourly rate of at least $125 at your local dealer$hip. And you’ll need to make an appointment to have it done a couple weeks in advance.

    So far though, our only problem has been a faulty passenger airbag sensor in the passenger seat which was obviously fixed under warranty.

  46. Teira says:

    Think the mixed blessing of sidewalk stares might’ve come from the giant green zipcar logo on the side of the car? ’cause I’ve gotten them in one of the fleet civics and I know damn well those aren’t impressive at all.

  47. temporaryscars says:

    @alice_bunnie: Sorry to hear that. :( The good news is, when the kids are all grown up, you can buy another one. :D

    JN2, I assume you have an NA?

  48. cristiana says:

    @SigmundTheSeaMonster:
    VW Makes a diesel Rabbit (Golf, actually) , however it is not available in the US.

  49. @astraelraen:

    I’m fairly sure you can’t use the adjective “sweet torque” with the noun Mini Cooper, unless you are talking about the S model.

    Actually, for the size of engine, they feel remarkably torque-y. At low speeds, ours feels just about like a diesel to my finely calibrated European butt.

  50. backbroken says:

    A Mini Cooper? So the grocery shrink ray has struck again!?

  51. clnclarinet says:

    @Asvetic: Am I allowed to like the Cabrio if I’m a girl? :(

  52. Shark1998 says:

    I prefer the Toyota ScionXB…great gas mileage and I don’t look like a total tree hugging hipppie either.

  53. failurate says:

    @Canino: Not acceptable to do when it is not your car.
    You can also yank the e-brake to do a quick turn in snow or on loose gravel. But still, not acceptable in someone else’s car.

  54. warf0x0r says:

    My Civic is like that. It doesn’t bother me too much but the plastic joins can sometimes rattle if you hit a big bump which is obnoxious… but at avg 37MPG I really don’t have too many complaints.

    Plus it does look like a light bike from tron I’m waiting for an attachment that creates the walls behind me.

  55. Notsewfast says:

    @Shark1998:

    The only downside is that you have to drive around in a Scion.

  56. banmojo says:

    1. NOT cheap
    2. NOT fuel efficient (really? that would seem to be the entire point of driving such a small POS car)
    3. CHEAP interior as pointed out
    4. NOT a chick magnet. at least not for the kind of chicks I’d want to attract.
    5. NOT cheap.

    eofm.

  57. synergy says:

    I’ve actually seen 2 Smart cars in San Antonio. I fear for their lives, getting run over by the really bad drivers in the gigantic behemoths. Although I’m sure they’re zippy too, so if they stay on their toes, they can stay out from underfoot as the Behemoth trundles toward them in slow-motion.

  58. Blinden says:

    @A.W.E.S.O.M.-O:

    I was under the impression that synros would wear due to a great difference in RPM vs Speed/Gear you are going into, and nothing to do with the clutch. Do you have any details on this?

  59. ZaltanaGazelle says:

    No offense, but if you don’t even own a car, maybe you shouldn’t be writing reviews.

  60. StockBroker says:

    Until Mattel becomes our official highway agency, I will take a pass on this toy car.

  61. djhopscotch says:

    @Bevill:

    So why is there a space saver spare in the back of mine?

  62. Legal_Eagle_In_Training says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: That’s the thing about them – they’re still made by BMW, so going into it we expected to have a fair share of electrical issues. But everything has been under warranty so no money out of pocket except gas to and from the dealer.

    And I DEFINITELY agree with you on the long distance comfort. We have driven it to Chicago from DC and back, and after the first 3hrs it was just horrible. He averaged about 38+mpg during the trip though. We’re driving to Chicago next month – I told my husband we’re taking my Xterra, regardless of the gas savings the Mini would give us.

  63. krom says:

    I drove a Mini from Zip a couple months ago to go to the doctor’s office. I could not figure out the controls of that damn thing. It seems like they deliberately put everything in a non-standard place just because it would be cool to do so. I couldn’t figure out how to turn down the damn radio or change the station, though I could see the car’s current MPG. Great. And the parking attendant had to show me how to roll down the window.

    After that, it drove like any other 4-cylinder, except more jumpy, and the brakes have that seemingly common nowadays feather-touch-lay-rubber action to them that absolutely drives me nuts. In stop and go downtown traffic it didn’t really impress me and I wouldn’t buy one now, punchy or not, efficient or not.

  64. GearheadGeek says:

    @kirschey: Auto enthusiasts typically prefer cars capable of “stopping short.” The trick is to get used to the car so you can drive it properly, the amount of force and motion required for a stop varies widely between brands and models of cars. It’s better for the car to stop more quickly than you expect than for it to keep rolling (or skidding!) into the car in front.

  65. A.W.E.S.O.M.-O says:

    @Blinden: That’s technically correct, but indirectly, the clutch will affect it too. Normally, with the clutch disengaged, the synchro only has to synchronize the speed of the driveshaft and the gear. That will cause some wear itself, true. But when the clutch is still engaged and the engine is still connected to the transmission, the poor synchro has to synchronize the driveshaft with the gear AND the engine.

    Now, if you know your car well and you know the precise shift points to match the RPMs, you shouldn’t do a lot of damage. But lots of people think they are matching them when they’re really not and are actually just letting the synchros do the work.

  66. leprofie says:

    I have a 2006 Mini Cooper. Fun to drive, even on the highway. I’ve done 1000 mile (one way) trips in it. Comfortable for two. Great gas mileage! Combined city/hwy for me over the two years is 32 mpg plus. Up to around 40 hwy in the right conditions.

  67. thinwhiteduke says:

    Sweet review! I love it when people who don’t even own cars think they can review them.

    A German car priced in the low 20s with cheap plastic interior? Wow, I truly am shocked.

    Yawn.

  68. Savage says:

    Make mine a MINI Cooper Clubman! My next dream car.

  69. schiff says:

    Why is this worthy of a consumerist posting? I think your losing your direction.

  70. Turcicus says:

    @banmojo:
    1. True
    2. WRONG. The Cooper gets ~38 mpg, the Cooper S ~32.
    3. The interior only appears cheap in the new models (from ’07 to current). The ’02 to ’06 interiors are great.
    4. Already married, can’t say either way.
    5. See #1.

  71. Turcicus says:

    @Bevill: Run-flats are only on the Cooper S because the exhaust system leaves no room for a spare. The Cooper has a spare.

  72. darkryd says:

    @Bevill: Only the Cooper S comes without a spare. The regular Cooper has a nice solid spare underneath (which is why the exhaust pipe is off to one side).

    I’ve had my Cooper for 5 years and love it, even on long road trips (7 hour drive home on one tank of gas!) I plan to drive it until the steering wheel disintegrates.

  73. darkryd says:

    @banmojo:

    1. $16,000 starting. That’s pretty damn affordable.
    2. Gets killer gas mileage
    3. True, cheap interior just started to appear in newer models. Its a shame.
    4. Evidently you must go after rural girls who love trucks. Every city girl I know (and the many I’ve dated) LOVE my car.
    5. Again – see #1.

  74. darkryd says:

    @banmojo:

    banmojo said: 4. NOT a chick magnet. at least not for the kind of chicks I’d want to attract.

    ——

    You must be into rural girls who dig trucks. Every city girl I know (and the many I’ve dated) all LOVE my 04 Cooper.

  75. joellevand says:

    MINI owner here, so um I’d just like to say that I LOVE that freakin little car, especially on long trips! I’m going to have to assume that those who think it’d just be good for zipping around town have never actually driven one long haul. It’s got more head and leg room (and more comfortable seats) than my dad’s Chevy Corsica and is way more comfortable and easier to handle than either my mom’s Buick or my old Ford. (Yes, we are an American car family, which makes my MINI the black sheep. Hehe.) And it drives better than any of the SUVs I’ve ever driven and is more comfortable for long hauls.

    Hell, with the fold down seats, I’ve got more trunk space than I did in the damn Ford Taurus I drove for close to 10 years.

    Love my MINI. Love it.

  76. hwyengr says:

    @nffcnnr: No kidding. Chicks such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brock Yates just love their Minis.

  77. AngryEwok says:

    “The controls feel flimsy and I was worried about breaking them. It was like fondling a fancy blender from Target.”

    Our Mini Cooper doesn’t feel flimsy at all. I guess the newer models are downgrades, then?

  78. We drove a Cooper S, and we were amazed at how stiff and unpleasant the ride was–very go-cartesque. It was very disappointing. SO not worth the money.

    We now have a Scion xD and a Mazda 3 hatch, and we couldn’t be happier with both of them.

  79. AskCars says:

    Ben,
    If you want a job here at Cars.com just let me know.
    I wish I could write reviews this succinctly.

  80. chicagocooper says:

    MINI’s are definitely not for everyone, kind of a love it or hate it car. But I must say, I love my 03.

  81. jimconsumer says:

    OK, am I the only one who is completely annoyed and confused at putting gauges in the middle of the dash? What complete fucking tool thought this was a good idea? I mean, really?

    I can tell you I will never, never ever buy a car that requires you to look even further away from the road to see what’s going on with the engine. This is just asinine.

  82. weakdome says:

    The 3 minis that I test drove were noisy as hell. Engine noise, muffler noise, road noise. It was like sitting in a bumblebee.
    I’ll stick with my 3-series BMW, thanks. Cost less than the mini, and the interior doesn’t look like kids designed it in LEGOs and brushed aluminum.
    I had a smart car on reserve too, and that was better than the mini in every way EXCEPT for interior size. That was my sole reason for not getting one. Sad. When the Smart ForFour gets here, I’ll be on board.

  83. el_smurfo says:

    If you have access to a TSB list for the Mini, it’s good for a decent laugh. There are nearly 20 different items for squeek, rattle and other noise issues. Most fixes involve a piece of felt tape…

  84. Sherryness says:

    @friendlynerd: My Caliber has a CVT transmission, and it was really hard to get used to at first. I liken it to playing a trombone!

  85. ironchef says:

    BMW has a knack of ripping off mini cooper owners on maintenance.

    They won’t replace the brake pads like on most cars. They will insist on new pads AND a brand freaking new set of rotors…jacking up a $200 brake job into $1500 because that’s their “factory” spec.

    Fun to drive yes. But be prepared to be raped by BMW for maintenance.

  86. Like every BMW, they putter in first gear and inexplicably start to fly in second. Meaning: power when you don’t need it.

    Plus: premium gas? In a compact car? Hell no.

  87. htrout13 says:

    Well, I have 2 Cooper S’s… ’04 and ’05 and I love them both. Two very different transmissions, 2 different interiors and 2 different sets of features. When I first got into the ‘new’ 2007 models I was somewhat concerned…as the new interior layout is a bit too much; and the interior can look cheap. Thankfully there are many different interiors to choose from – and they don’t all look like cheap plastic!

    As for long car trips – I’ve never had problems. I regularly take my ’04 for long trips – all along the eastern seaboard. I also do stop and go daily in Philly and occasionally in DC or NYC. It has never bothered me.

    This car is designed for fun. You need it to be on the ‘stiff’ side to handle curves. If it is loose, you have to take the curves much slower – and that isn’t fun!

    It’s definitely a love it or hate it car – and the differences between model years is significant – but I love mine and am looking forward to my Clubman in another 3 years or so… At least 7 years on this one – and so far haven’t spent a fortune on upkeep (mods don’t count!)!

  88. htrout13 says:

    @krylonultraflat: oh – the S doesn’t putter in 1st – the straight Cooper – yes – but the S – no!

    And you don’t have to use premium gas – I haven’t in years, and I have friends who never have (going on 6 years and well over 150K). Cars today adjust to the gas you give them…

    (Please don’t start the gas rating discussion now!)

  89. oregongal says:

    The fun for today:

  90. oregongal says:

    grrrrrrr try again:

    [www.mini.ca]

  91. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @joellevand: Please pass what you’re smoking cause there’s no way you can really believe a Mini is more comfortable than an SUV on a long road trip. I’m about as big of an environut as they come, but even I’ll admit that most small cars suck when it comes to long-haul comfort.

    @Legal_Eagle_In_Training: Totally. We drove from California to Colorado a few weeks ago in a Highlander and enjoyed every gas-guzzling, luxurious minute.

    Environmentally, looks and style-wise, Mini Coopers are a step in the right direction, but there’s no way a car like that will conquer the American market until it addresses the comfort issue.

  92. TechnoDestructo says:

    @jimconsumer:

    The tach is in front of the driver. If you want to see what’s going on with the engine, you look there.

  93. 00447447 says:

    @Shark1998:
    Tree hugger hippie? I’m a MINI owner, and I’m about as far away from that as you can get. I kick trees, cut them down, piss on them and have them turn into copies of Atlas Shrugged and The Wealth of Nations.

    All that aside, the MINI is a great fun little car. My first car was a ’78 Cooper that I got on my 16th birthday nearly 15 years ago. It still runs. My current Cooper sits next to my 335 and is my daily driver. Gets me around LA/OC traffic with ease. Cheap interior? Go sit in a Honda, Toyota, VW or any other auto in the same price range and then call the MINI cheap.
    Hmm…I haven’t had any comfort issues. I’m 5’9″ though. The back seat is purely cosmetic I think.

    The consumerist would be wise to stick to reviewing credit cards and such. Leave the car reviews to people who know what they’re talking about.

  94. Meathamper says:

    I want one, but I’m currently stuck with a Cadillac SRX.

  95. SecureLocation says:

    Minis are made by BMW and parts are expensive. Reliability is so-so and the new ones seem a bit overpriced. You can usually find a low-mileage used one since a lot of people bought ‘em and then decided a Mini wasn’t for them.

  96. SecureLocation says:

    P.S. Checked out the Clubman at the NY Auto Show. Not really a lot of extra room and the rear doors are just weird.

  97. mariospants says:

    @pengajim: “Mine’s got 220,000 on it and I’m just breaking it in.”

    Shouldn’t have said that: something’s guaranteed to break now.

  98. GothGirl says:

    My roommate has a 2006 S raptop, she loves it. And after 33,000+ miles it has worked flawlessly. People stop her in traffic and ask her about it… it gets her back in forth to work everyday with no issues, is fun to drive.. and gets pretty good mileage. And try to go to your dealership right now and buy a Mini Cooper… there are zero to be had… they must be doing something right.

  99. battra92 says:

    @Turcicus: 5. See #1.

    Kanga never takes her eyes off Baby Roo except when he’s safely buttoned up in her pocket.

    @Michael Belisle: After rereading that, I admit now that’d I’d probably go with a Honda Fit.

    Well, at least the Mini is cute. The Fit is just … blegh!

  100. SJActress says:

    The mini sucks.

    I mean, you’re paying, roughly, $16 for actual CAR. Then there’s the $10,000 each for the B, the M, and the W. CRAP.

    The DEFINITELY need to bring back the diesel Rabbit! I put the WATER HOSE in the gas tank of ours when I was a kid, and the sumbitch still ran 5 years later!

  101. SJActress says:

    *They*

    WHERE IS OUR EDIT BUTTON, DANG IT?!

  102. 00447447 says:

    @SecureLocation:

    Actually-and you would have seen this yourself if you would have bothered to do a little research-the MINI’s resale value is excellent. Top in it’s class.

  103. Meathamper says:

    @SJActress: Try that with sugar.