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Shauny9
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   4th Mar 04 at 13:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I may be getting one of these in may, what do you reckon of them?

Performance figures:
0-60 - 9.2 seconds
top speed : 124mph
bhp- 115


What are these figures like in comparison to other hot hatches?

Thanks

shaun
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4th Mar 04 at 13:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

dont waste ur money.if u are wanting a fast car u dont want one of them.
stuyw
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4th Mar 04 at 13:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

if ur geting a mini, get the cooper s
Ryan L
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4th Mar 04 at 13:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

they are the figures for the cooper i take it, i think the cooper s has 160bhp so go for that
Shauny9
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4th Mar 04 at 14:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

im only 18, i cant afford the S, im not buying it cos of performance, i like the car itself, but in comparison to other cars how does it stand?
Ryan L
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4th Mar 04 at 14:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well whats the insurance group and we can tell u, my advise would be to get a few quotes for various cars you like including the cooper and compare

but in general the performance ain't too bad
Gambit
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4th Mar 04 at 14:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i think they look very hairdresser esque

though im sure it wont be long Phil321 comes on humping them about being the best road car ever because such & such mag had a wnk over it.

in the end its down to personal taste and i dont like them style wise
JayGemson
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4th Mar 04 at 14:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I suppose the performance is ok, but I mean you're gonna get p1ssed on by TDi rep-mobiles e.g. Passats, Golfs, Mondeos.

Plus you're gonna have everyone looking at you thinking you're a girl - I know that's the only reason I look at new Minis!
Bonzai
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4th Mar 04 at 14:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ive been in a mates Cooper S with hartge conversion and its well rapid. lovely car, id have one any day
Gambit
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4th Mar 04 at 14:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

the 1.6 one is group 5
the 1.6 cooper is group 8
the 1.6 cooper S is group 15
Phil321
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5th Mar 04 at 11:26   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Gambit
i think they look very hairdresser esque

though im sure it wont be long Phil321 comes on humping them about being the best road car ever because such & such mag had a wnk over it.

in the end its down to personal taste and i dont like them style wise


Best reasonable insurance hot hatch money can buy plus you don't get the boy racer image. Oh, and the ladies love em!
Gambit
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5th Mar 04 at 11:44   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yes you just get a nancy boy image instead
Ditch
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5th Mar 04 at 11:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

wank, handling is the only thing they have going for them.
Dr Pepper
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5th Mar 04 at 13:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

O.K Mate- im getting my cooper s some time in may and i was originally going to get a cooper, been on loads of test drives so i reckon i can give you an honest opinion.


The cooper is a nice car- the performancei s not particularly impressive in a straight line, but when you get the revs up and take it round some twisty stuff they are real fun to drive.

Build quality was poor to start with, from all the mini forums im on this seems to have been ironed out on the newer builds.


My big problem with the cooper was the performance, the cooper s is not much more expensive, in fact if you go for a cooper loaded with extras it is actually more expensive than a loaded s- cos you get most of the extras included in the price of an s.

Insurance will be expensive for you though on an s.....if you do get a cooper your gonna be able to sell it in a couple of years, upgrade to an s and you wont lose much money- resale value is incredibly high

Just go and book yourself a testdrive- dont rely on people on a corsa site for an honest opinion, or from magazines.....you might hate it when you drive it, personally i was hooked after spending a couple of hours in the car--its not the greatest hot hatch around, but people calling it 'wank' clearly have no clue.

OH- and at the end of the day dont listen to people saying its a girly car- if you like it go for it........corsas are hardly muscle cars are they?

[Edited on 05-03-2004 by Dr Pepper]
Marc
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5th Mar 04 at 13:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Performance figures:
0-60 - 9.2 seconds
top speed : 124mph
bhp- 115

Agreed hardly blistering performance, but its only a 1.6 16v and those figures almost mirror those of the m3/4 Golf GTi 2.0 8v. I cant see a VTS/106 GTi being much quicker top end.
Shauny9
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5th Mar 04 at 13:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

hey m8 cheers for your advice, im gonna go looking tommorow at some, u know to get an idea of them.

but il just have to wait & c how things go.

cheers for your advice.
wot u reckon of prices for second-hand cooper?
Dr Pepper
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5th Mar 04 at 13:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

The cooper is fun to drive definately--- I quickly realised that i was going to be dissapointed by the straight line acceleration
Dr Pepper
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5th Mar 04 at 13:47   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Shauny9
hey m8 cheers for your advice, im gonna go looking tommorow at some, u know to get an idea of them.

but il just have to wait & c how things go.

cheers for your advice.
wot u reckon of prices for second-hand cooper?



Second hand prices are very strong---cooper s are going for close to a new one due to the demand----ive been waiting 3 months on my s order- probably wont get it till end of may/start of june
colette
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5th Mar 04 at 13:50   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

absolutely gorgeous cars!!!
Shauny9
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5th Mar 04 at 13:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

well ive been looking around on the bmw website and coopers are up for 12, 13k thats 2 year old ones!
Ditch
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5th Mar 04 at 14:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Dr Pepper
people calling it 'wank' clearly have no clue.



driven my ex-girlfriends mini on a few occasions and the only thing it had going for it was a good solid feeling to it when you throw it into a bend.

been out in a standard cooper-s which was not as quick as i expected.

IN MY OPINION they are wank
Gambit
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5th Mar 04 at 14:04   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i would call it over-hyped
Andy
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5th Mar 04 at 14:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

They certainly handle well, but I doubt I could live with the limp-wristed acceleration and Noddy/Toytown interior
Dr Pepper
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5th Mar 04 at 14:31   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Andy
They certainly handle well, but I doubt I could live with the limp-wristed acceleration and Noddy/Toytown interior






I havnt got any complaints with the standard interior
Marc
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5th Mar 04 at 14:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

That isnt standard is it?

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