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Randomjim

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Im seriously contemplating getting rid of my a4. Over 100k now and looking for something quicker, newer and more practical. Don't think there's any Audis in my price range that i want. So i'm gonna be making a some phone calls about a few mini cooper S's i've seen. Does anyone have any experience with them? And tuning possibilities... Thanks in advance
 

rodenal

Registered User
I've driven quite a few Cooper S's (i assume you dont mean the facelifted one) and to be honest i dont really rate them.

They feel very average in terms of power, certainly not what i'd call a fast car, easy to chuck around but to be honest i'd have a cooper as soon as a cooper S.

Drive a couple you should see what i mean, i do like the minis in general but they are a bit small.

What kind of price range are we talking?
 

Randomjim

Registered User
I've never really thought about them before but my mates girlfriends got one and i liked it. Yea im talking about the supercharged one. I've seen a grey one 40k miles, all the bits i want (i think) for £8999 trade. Hoping they might take mine in part exchange too.
 

rodenal

Registered User
I take it you've thought about all the usuals too....

Elise

Type R (civic or integra or accord)

S3

325 / 328

ST170

Ibiza / Leon Cupra R

Astra GSI

etc etc

As for tuning the Cooper S - either try and find a works version or they can be remapped to about 185bhp from memory, shouldnt cos more than the usual £4-500
 

Randomjim

Registered User
Elise - 22 so doubt i would get insured, plus can't imagine them being very reliable

Type R - My mate had one and it just wasn't for me

S3 - test drove an a3 1.8t and found i didn't like the driving position so i guess it's the same

325/328 - Only like the E46 shape coupe's and then it starts getting expensive

ST170 - Hate fords

Ibiza/ Leon Cupra - Thought about these two, but im not a huge fan of the looks or the interiors

Astra Gsi - Too much plastic
 

rodenal

Registered User

R14AYN

Driving like it was stolen
I can totally vouch for an Elise.

I had one when I was 21 (Full no claims insurance fully comp 1500) and it was brilliant, ran it for two years and didn't have one problem.

Servicing can be steap and I would steer clear of anything that has been near a track but for smile driving it can't be beaten!

Pop out for milk and I would be away for 3 hours!
 

marriedblonde

Registered User
I had a mini cooper S back in 2003 and didn;t get on with it. I'd say it depends what sort of driving you do. Do you need to carry anyone else in the car and if you use it for your commute how much stuff do you carry? A laptop bag and gym bag used to fill the boot in mine.

Coincidently I am in a mini cooper at the moment as my cars gone in for some body work. The latest mini is a lot better, nicer to drive, better interior, definateyl better screwed together.

Dirving my old MCS if I went down a bumby B-road giving it some beans the interior used to shake itself apart and trim would pop off.... Driving it was like driving with a 1000 mice in the car it squeak so much. And that was with a car that was brand new...

J.
 

Olly_K

Registered User
ever considered an evo ? 4 doors and all that !
 

Randomjim

Registered User
Not a big fan of jap cars to be honest. Plus i really don't need 4 doors. Rarely use the space the A4 gives me. So i think i should act my age and get something small and fun. Instead of my family car lol.

I'm gonna test out a cooper s on saturday and go from there. And i fit in them as a passenger perfectly so i would have thought driving it will be fine. But i'll find that out on saturday. Might make it a very easy decision if i don't fit in it lol.
 

Bong Water

In two minds
My mates Leon interior is very similar to my Audi? Leon 1.820VT Cupra are a bargain on around an 03/04 plate

Mini Cooper S dont do it for me, dont like the interior and far to small but can see the attraction to them, handle like they are on rails, I had a play with one in my 200sx and on the corners he left me dead but on the straights I caught up and overtook him like it was nothing, depends what you want really, they look like a fun car to own
 

Randomjim

Registered User
What about a R5GT?

How about no. But then i could get one of those sun strips like out of ali g lmao.

I don't know what it is about the leons. Just something i don't like about them. Maybe because it's a 5 door.

I'm not too bothered about the power because i can fiddle about an squeeze more out of it. At the moment i drive a tank with only 125bhp so it's gonna be a big step up. But they just seem like a lot of fun.
 

joost

Registered User
Plenty of French stuff for that price:

'05 Megane 225
05-55 Clio 182
05-55 206 GTI 180
06 C4 VTR+

Then there's Italian:

05 Stilo Abarth 2.4
06 147 2.0TS
 

marriedblonde

Registered User
You're too tall for a Mini Jim.

Nah they are massiv inside, I'm 6'2" and 17 stone and I fit in them no bother. Cant squeeze in the back very well but who the hell cares as Jim will be driving....
 

EssVier

There ain't no party like an S-Club Party.
Mini???? gay (sorry everyone)! Screams estate agent.
French - avoid! Nice handling, goes ok, but just not there! Cheap!
Italian? mad, then do it.
Old school - depends on what!
Spanish. I like LCR's. Go well, and look nice.

Once youve had an Audi, i think IMO there's no going back.
 

smitch

Registered User
I think the Mini is a cool car, for a bird.

I've had 3 of the original shape mini coopers and they were such a crack to drive with so much character.

For 8995, i'd get a 225 bhp TT.
 

Randomjim

Registered User
True true they are a bit of a girls car, but if i got one i'd make it look good. I thought about a TT aswell but isn't that worse? lol.


I will be coming back to audi but only when i can justify buying an S5 or an RS4. And when someone will insure me lol. For now i want something small, practical, fun and nippy.
 

joost

Registered User
Polo GTI? Still VAG and the later ones are 1.8T...
 

EssVier

There ain't no party like an S-Club Party.
Lupo GTi! Would outhandle alot of things on the road, look good, cheap(ish) to insure, good mpg!
 

Bong Water

In two minds
Yeah those 1.8T Polo GTI's look really really nice, dont see many on the road either
 

Randomjim

Registered User
I like the Lupo and Polo Gti's but i know if i get one of them i'll have it on coilovers and scraping the floor in no time. Which will mean i have to avoid speedbumps and multi storeys again. Plus i'm really liking the idea of a supercharger.

I'm 90% decided on a mini. Just need to drive one now to confirm it. Do you think a dealership would let me borrow one for a few days to get a better feel of it?
 

Caesium

My BM is fixed!
VCDS Map User
I had a john cooper works mini from work, hated it.
Was noisy and the seats were almost dead flat on the base so it was difficult to stay seated when giving it the beans around a corner.
Awful on long journeys as well, noisy and canes off fuel.

BTW the Evo is group 20 insurance....
 

alnes

Registered User
Hi, just a little note,my son had a new clutch in his "S" £1000 ooooooch:undwech:
 

Randomjim

Registered User
Decided i'm not gonna get one. The salesman was the biggest **** ever ha ha. He put me off them completely.

So the new plan is either a b6 sline 1.8t or a similar age a3. Gonna keep it audi.
 

DriveByShooters

Editor Audi-Sport.Net Magazine
Decided i'm not gonna get one. The salesman was the biggest **** ever ha ha. He put me off them completely.

So the new plan is either a b6 sline 1.8t or a similar age a3. Gonna keep it audi.

:applaus:Well done dude, good choice....after all, no non Audi allowed at Audimeets!:no:
 

PaulJC84

Owner
I quite like the cooper s. Handling is decent on the mini's.

What about a Golf GTI anniversary? They hold there value well, look nice and can get either the TDI or 1.8T engine.

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Nickynibbles

Damn it where's 7th gear when you need it?!
Not sure I like the poo-brown leather interior to be honest!
 

Randomjim

Registered User
Its baseball glove leather, very rare. Looks much better in the flesh.
 

karl7900

Registered User
Think I've seen this colour leather in the flesh too. Does look much better than in those photo's. Does it have the fancy stitching too?
 

Randomjim

Registered User
Yea i really like it too, plus i like that nimbus grey too. I know TT's are a bit of a posers car but with BBS Ch's and 300bhp i think it makes up for it.
 

smitch

Registered User
That is the best coluor combo. :o.k:

I used to hate TT's but they have definitely grown on me. I'd certainly consider one.

My mum has got a black TT roadster! :arco:
 

karl7900

Registered User
300bhp you say. Has it been err fettled in any way. Iirc standard is about 225bhp unless its a 3.2.
 
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