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    A 'Mini' adventure .. Italian Job-esque content inside!

    Since my A3 is in with Agnew Bodyshop getting the front grille and bumper repaired I was given this (quite big!) Mini.

    900 miles and just over a month old.

    First impressions are poor, first of all, its petrol. A 1.6, which will be doing 100 miles per day.

    Underneath its a BMW, which is also poor, I can't work the stupid radio, it took me 15 minutes to pair my phone and had to resort to the manual.

    Also the speedo reflects sunlight like nothing ordinary, plus the seats are rock solid, think I'll need a cushion tomorrow.

    And also its quite big, but surprisingly easy on petrol on my first journey of 50 miles all motorway - 45.9 mpg

    DAB radio seems to be standard, as does the extended interior lighting which you can change the colour of the lights

    Oh, and it has a sunglasses holder which actually fits sunglasses unlike Audi!

    Anyway, have this until Friday so will see how it fares over the next few days.

    Todays update -

    Today returned 40.4 mpg over 100 miles all motorway, not too bad for a 1.6 petrol I think.

    Oh and being petrol there is no toruqe hit like in a diesel, plus to get any movement out of it you had to be hitting 4000 rpm before shifting

    I saw 4 identical models today, one in white with black stripes and the rest just plain but with different wheels. They are more common than I thought for an ugly car.

    It's very ugly.

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    Hideous looking car. Mini it is not.

    I would expect a balaclava to come as part of the hire agreement, just in case I see anybody I know whilst out driving it.
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    I added this optional extra this afternoon!


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    goodbye ugly mini, hello shiny a3 :approve:

    new grille, new number plate and fully resprayed bumper and other scratches fixed around the car - before and after pics below

    a quick, prompt and professional service from agnew repair centre and done to oem spec -

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    Do they still have their repair centre in Mallusk as well? I used them about 10 years ago to fix an Audi A4 Avant and it was a big mistake. I insisted with the insurance company that it be fixed by Audi. Hopefully their service has improved since then.

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    That's an awful car. Both the interior and exterior are just awful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steamship View Post
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    Do they still have their repair centre in Mallusk as well? I used them about 10 years ago to fix an Audi A4 Avant and it was a big mistake. I insisted with the insurance company that it be fixed by Audi. Hopefully their service has improved since then.
    They're over in Boucher now, beside all the shops on Boucher Crescent.

    I've used them in the past and cannot fault their work, reasonable on price too.

    Audi use them as do the rest of the Agnew group for any damage done to customers cars (me being one of them) and again, top work and its always came back like factory.

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    That's an awful car. Both the interior and exterior are just awful.
    I agree, I'm just lucky it wasn't a Clubman they gave me!

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    Hmmm 1.6 petrol mini or a diesel a3? I'd have the mini all day long.

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    A 'Mini' adventure .. Italian Job-esque content inside!

    Diesel A3 all day long!

    That Mini was a hateful thing.

 

 

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