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I've built model cars with better looking and feeling interiors than the Mini's. No germanic style or feel whatsoever.
 

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i like how he is comparing the handling of an all-wheel drive supercharged vehicle to a turbo-charged fwd car without an lsd. of course its cornering isnt gonna be as good. my fiance wants a mini and i wont lie they are fun to drive but they are horrible as a daily driver. i dont care for the design as much and the interiors are just .... ewww. i like how he says something bad but then says its not that bad unless you had a mini... /rofl he can keep his mini and i will keep my fast happy!
 

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i like how he is comparing the handling of an all-wheel drive supercharged vehicle to a turbo-charged fwd car without an lsd. of course its cornering isnt gonna be as good. my fiance wants a mini and i wont lie they are fun to drive but they are horrible as a daily driver. i dont care for the design as much and the interiors are just .... ewww. i like how he says something bad but then says its not that bad unless you had a mini... /rofl he can keep his mini and i will keep my fast happy!
First, the Cooper S is not AWD, it's FWD just like the GTI. Second, the GTI does have a type of limited slip. It's no Detroit Locker, but it works pretty well on a small car.
 

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Mini's are fun to cruise around in when it's a convertible. But impractical other wise. At least my fast will consume a mountain bike or big box. Did I mention the price?

BMW is selling double what the hoped to. So it has definitely been a money maker for them. The novelty hasn't worn off yet either it appears since they have one of the best resale values.
 

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Yeah, the resale value is retarded.

My old roommate (flatmate?) had a Cooper for about a year before he decided to upgrade it to an S. The trade in value was $475 less than what he paid for it. In a year it depreciated in value just over the price of one month's car payment.

Crazy.
 

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Before making the proper decision and purchasing the VW, I was looking at used Mini's, and I was amazed at the resale value. Dr Jones is right - a year or two makes no tangible difference in depreciation. Bizzare.
 

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I was looking at used VWs and the resale values of those were pretty insane too. Most Jetta GLIs from the past couple years (MkIV) were still going for around $25K+.
 

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"I also felt that the DSG could have been tuned to be a bit more aggressive, especially in sport mode. I?m told that the German version of the car has just that. Why VW USA decided that we Americans deserve less is anyone?s guess. It certainly seems like an unfortunate trend though."

WTF is that guy talking about?!?! I live right here in America, and I definitely have sport mode.

*TIP* Look at the shifter. See that option below "D" that says "S"? FREAKING GO TO IT!
 

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GranTurismoInjection said:
"I also felt that the DSG could have been tuned to be a bit more aggressive, especially in sport mode. I?m told that the German version of the car has just that. Why VW USA decided that we Americans deserve less is anyone?s guess. It certainly seems like an unfortunate trend though."

WTF is that guy talking about?!?! I live right here in America, and I definitely have sport mode.

*TIP* Look at the shifter. See that option below "D" that says "S"? FREAKING GO TO IT!
I think what he means is that the Europeans Sport Mode is more aggressive then the American Sport Mode. And i was always under the impression a mini was an AWD guess i was wrong.
 

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I should be able to offer some objective viewpoints on this whole thing in a few weeks. My best friend just ordered his Cooper-S and it's on the boat over here right now. We'll be tossing around both our cars in New Hampshire the first week of August, so I'll let everyone know the nitty-gritty on the Mini after I've driven it in comparison to my Fast.
 

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I should be able to offer some objective viewpoints on this whole thing in a few weeks. My best friend just ordered his Cooper-S and it's on the boat over here right now. We'll be tossing around both our cars in New Hampshire the first week of August, so I'll let everyone know the nitty-gritty on the Mini after I've driven it in comparison to my Fast.
I see a Mini in your rear view mirror in the near future..... O0
 

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I should be able to offer some objective viewpoints on this whole thing in a few weeks. My best friend just ordered his Cooper-S and it's on the boat over here right now. We'll be tossing around both our cars in New Hampshire the first week of August, so I'll let everyone know the nitty-gritty on the Mini after I've driven it in comparison to my Fast.
NH has the best joy-ride roads out there. I used to live just south of NH, in Lowell, and I drove my Jetta up to NH on weekends sometimes, just to get lost on the country roads and drive for hours till I found my way back to MA or a major highway. One time I got all the way up to Bretton Woods before I found I-93 again. Oh, how I miss the days of cheap gas!
 

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Well that review shouldn't even be taken seriously, due to the heavy bias towards Mini, but a few points were made (most butchered), and I forgive him for bashing the GTI.
 

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New England is awesome for great roads period. I live in Rhode Island and love to get lost out here ;D
Who gets lost on RI?

I don't get lost in my back yard, and they're about the same size.
 
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