Civic verses Mini Cooper

  1. kg4fxg

    kg4fxg Senior Member

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    I thought I would post this for you all to see. I drive a Mini Cooper Coupe S 2013. That is the two seater, the one that the rear spoiler deploys up and down. So how does it compare? My wife has a Mini Cooper Countryman so I can compare both. Hers is not an S. (Meaning no Turbo).

    The Mini Cooper Coupe S is very rough riding. Of course it is small. That go cart feeling. Be careful you may end up with trips to the dentist every time you hit a bump. Wear a mouth guard. At speeds of say 70 the steering is very loose. Afraid you don't have control of the car or you think the lanes are too narrow. Hard to keep in the lane. Focus. 80 is even worse and they drive like that here. Speed or pick up is fast, better than a BMW 325. I had one in the past.

    The Countryman 2013 well. Nice. You feel the bumps but not as bad. At 35K leaking seals cost 2K. High maintenance. Drives nice. Maintenance even under maintenance contract??? Expensive.

    The Civic 2019 Hatchback Touring. Drives like a dream. I hardly felt the speed bumps. Was this a Civic or a Cadillac? Or, have I been in that go cart too long. Pickup was more than adequate. Dream ride. Amazing. Visibility was great.

    Sound System
    The Mini Coupe has the upgraded Harmon Kardon system. Not great. I brought a flash drive to test the Civic. Seemed great. Much better. I like good music but not much into ripping off door panels and changing out speakers. After market is better but! The Touring model was not that bad. I did not test a 50K car just for sound. I am impressed. Ride is good. Sound system is acceptable or better than the Mini.

    I could go on and on. Ask questions. Countryman stock audio. The Coupe fully loaded. Even rear fog lamps - really. Loaded.

    So what is the point!
    I want a car that rides nice. Great sound system. Maintenance is affordable. I drive 2 hours a day and runs the miles more than most. I compared other cars and come back to Civic.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I've always been curious about those little Mini Cooper 2 seaters... They look like fun. I've never driven or ridden in one. I would imagine they are expensive to maintain seeing as how they are a branch of BMW.

    Sounds like you enjoyed the hatch touring! I love my Si, it's got everything I need in a car. My little baby sport sedan :). You should test drive one and let us know what you think.
     
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    I'd say the Sport Touring hatch is a solid replacement for the Mini. Maintainance will obviously be a little easier to deal with and the Civic Hatch is a little more substantial than a 2 seater mini and will be super stable and comfortable for your 2 hour commute. If you liked how it drove when you took it for a test drive and are satisfied by the driving dynamics, sound system, and it's comfort then you pretty much can't go wrong with it.-
     
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    D8989707-6E1A-40B5-8421-B6797920546B-940x702.jpg My 1st car was a AUSTIN Mini Cooper S . Used 1965 model S. It seem great at the time.
    Don't know what the new modern Mini are like, but I cannot imagine they are nearly as much fun to drive as the SI

    Similar one was up for sale a year ago
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1965-austin-mini-cooper-s-2/

    Sold For $43,000 On 11/17/17 :doh:
     
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    Looking mostly for affordable maintenance. The newer Mini's don't get a great review. I sort of liked the center speedometer. That has gone and nice loaded ones stickers at almost 39,695! They use run flat tires so a set of those will run you over 1,200. Plus, I am sort of neat. My doors panels are white but the arm on the door is black as are the seats. Last time it was in for service the white door panel was covered in oil/grease.
     
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    The ORIGINAL Mini MK1 was very easy to service, and parts were easy to get back in those days. As an 18 year kid, I did the majority of the work on my car myself, including most of an engine rebuild. Car were so much simpler back in those days. No computers or CanBus -- just dedicated wires.
     
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    I cant really speak for maintenance as im currently leasing the car and it only has 4000 miles on it... however, if the maintenance minder is any indication, im expecting to pay for approx. 3 oil changes and tire rotations over the 3 years i have the car. Thats it.
     
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    Mini is gone and brought home a Black Civic Sport Touring Hatchback. I'm now official.
    Bill
     
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