I have always WANTED a Mini but being the designated driver for family outings and my daughter's endeavours, was never able to make the leap from the mini-VAN....until recently
That is 6 weeks ago to be precise....and I have not been out of it since I got it....Ok....so I HAVE been out of it, but I DO drive it everywhere!!
It's is an orange convertible (my DW wanted me to use it as this year's pumpkin
).....and it is without a doubt the most FUN car that I have ever driven....and with gas hitting $3 a gal around here, it seems that I may have gotten it at the right time (only wish my investing instincts were this good!!)
Used....2005 Mini Cooper Convertible - just under 39K miles....5 speed,new tires, new top (her grandkid had dropped a tonka toy car where it bent the frame....but the seller told me that even so, it cost her ZERO to have it fixed!).....I had it state inspected (even though it did not need it for 4 more months) and changed the oil and had it "gone over" and was happy to find that it needed NOTHING!
I love the way it handles....my teenage daughter enjoys the heated seats
....and I use the "sunroof" portion of the convertible top OFTEN.....for those that do not know, the top pulls back (fans back) about 30 inches to offer you a view without having to put the top totally down....
As you can tell, I am a delighted new owner and would recommend this car to anyone who can get in and out of it
.....which is another reason I decided to "get it now" at 53....not so sure how I'll be movin' at 63!
I wish that I could offer more personal guidance on upkeep and maintenance, but each of my clients (guess that should be former
clients as I have RE'd) that have owned them (some since 2000) offered few if any problems...one family even owns three of them!!
I should add here that I choose to drive "Mini-Me" (we had to name it something
) over my Toyota Sienna van or the BMW 325I every day....at least so far.....
I can only hope that you will enjoy yours (should it come to pass) half as much as I have enjoyed this one!!
PS....sounds like your Dad is a keeper!!