• Summary

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What does this car say about you?

    That I but good cars, not just nice-looking cars. People "in the know" will appreciate its qualities.

    What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?

    They love it. My wife drives it when she could easily use here much-newer car,.

    Would you buy this car again and why?

    Yes please! I've always preferred smaller cars and I've liked my wife's BMWs. Now I have a small car that feels like a BMW.

    What are you likely to buy next?

    Mini Cooper S.

  • Buying experience

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Type of dealer you bought from?

    Didn't buy from a dealer

    Did you buy this car new?


    What price did you pay?


    When did you buy the car?

    October 2014

    Did you get a good deal and why?

    Yes, I think so. I was low mileage and much cheaper than equivalent cars at dealers.

    Is there any special reason why you bought this car?

    What was the dealer like?

  • Driving it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    What's it like to drive?

    Simply brilliant. I've driven a few original 1960s/70s Mini Cooper Ss and it really capures the same "awe" without the bad bits. However, I found the DSC makes it weave across the road fairly violently.

    What's it like to park?

    No problem.

  • Living with it

    5 out of 5 5.0

    Have you had any problems with the car?

    The chrome (plastic) end piece of the handbrake lever was loose and then fell off completely. Apparently this is common. I bought a new handle kit for about £20 and just replace the chrome part. It's near the handbrake button so it's easy for your forefinger to rest here and put pressure on it and eventually it gives way.

    What's most practical about your car?

    Nothing stand out.

    Favourite gadget, option or accessory?

    The optional "chrome line" interior really lifts it. The optional web spoke split-rim alloy wheels would have looked nice when new but have all suffered from corrosion. Common problem on BMWs I've had with such wheels (328i Sport).