Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Emory, Tango X-Ray
I admit I have never driven a Mini, not a recent one anyway. And by now there is no point, since I bought the 500.
8400 miles on it now, and zero problems. It's fun to drive and solidly built. It's not a race car but can get out of it's own way just fine. No problems on the interstate, either. It has an alarm that beeps at 85 mph and I have heard it few times. The car feels much bigger than it is when you drive it on the highway. At highway speed it is well mannered, smooth, and not a bit darty, which you might expect in a short wheel base car. In town, though, it's like go kart. It turns on a dime and stops right freakin' now. You have to learn to be light on the brakes. It's very easy to park but I will say, it could use better visibility off the drivers outside shoulder.
The AC is bitter cold, arctic.
I would not have believed this even when I bought it but the back seat is pretty good. I would not want to ride in it for hours on end but around town, it's fine. It's not any more difficult to get in and out of than any other 2 door car.
If I had my choice, 20 or 30 more HP would be super! (hello tuners, where is my chip?) The Abarth model at 170HP or so will cure that and more, but at a much higher price.
6 speeds in the manual trans.
Sunvisors that still work if you swing them to the side windows.
I want it to come up in the Sport mode and not have to switch to it after start up. That may be a menu selection but I only went through them once quickly and I didn't see it.
This... is America. More cupholders. Get over it, world. It's just how we roll.
There's probably more things I'd change and I know there are a lot more things I like that I did not mention. The short of it is: This is a fun car while being real transportation for the world we live in today. I get better than the EPA mileage rating at 40.5 mpg and I get that without 118 lbs of Nickel Metal Hydride batteries that will have to be replaced in 5 or 6 years at an eye watering price, I am sure.
The is my car, it was built for me, it has my name on the window sticker, and I like it... a lot.
Next up, a new Alfa... in only two more years. oh yeah.
Larry and Belinda Smith
Emory, TX and Hartselle, AL
Director, Alabama Branch, Scuderia Non Originale
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