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Did "The Italian Job" make you want a Mini Cooper?

Did "The Italian Job" make you want a Mini Cooper?

Jul 31st, 2006, 12:13 AM
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Did "The Italian Job" make you want a Mini Cooper?

I'm a little overdue, but I finally watched "The Italian Job" last night. since I am in the market for a new car, my sensitivity was heightened in seeing all those Mini Coopers. I'm suddenly envisioning myself looking as sexy & hip as Charlize Theron driving a red Mini.....what do you think? do any of you own one, and do you love it? or should I go for a more proven, reliable car like the corolla?
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Jul 31st, 2006, 12:28 AM
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I liked them before I saw the movie, but after seeing them in The Italian Job, I was in love. A coworker has one and he really likes it. He has had it for 2-3 years now and not had any problems with it. Another friend bought one for racing - did a bunch of stuff to it and now it goes really fast
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Jul 31st, 2006, 12:29 AM
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Jul 31st, 2006, 12:34 AM
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Im not sure why you think the new Mini is unreliable and unproven. It is, after all, essentially a quality BMW product, albeit designed and manufactured in the UK. The success across Europe is no surprise, the production line has continually been expanded and more shifts introduced to keep up with demand; depreciation is far lower than many modern cars due to the high demand for second-hand models and residuals remain high.
Ive had one for three years now and not had a single problem with it and I know two other owners in my immediate close circle who have run one for a similar or longer period equally trouble free.

What I would comment on is; are you sure you want a small car? A Mini and a Toyota Corolla are not what Id consider equivalent vehicles.

Anyway - happy shopping!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 02:06 AM
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Haven't seen the Italian Job but I've wanted one for years. There are even a few down here.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 02:14 AM
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My brother-in-law living outside Boston has one--he commutes to work in it and loves it. His wife drives the family around in their Volvo wagon.
Here in the UK, we see them quite a bit and they're cute, but I don't want one. I don't mind that they're small, but I prefer a car with four doors. We're going car shopping this fall and while we have several small cars on the list, the Mini isn't one of them.
FYI, if you have one and you want to add a little Italian chic to the car, the Italian luggage company Mandarina Duck makes a line of suitcases specifically designed for the Mini.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 03:34 AM
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I find my Mini Cooper 'S' a fun car but has had annoying rattle in the sun-roof. Overheated once - repairs can only be done 100km from home which is a pain. I love my X5 more!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 03:42 AM
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Did Mr Bean drive some sort of "mini" or was that a Morris Minor????
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Jul 31st, 2006, 03:46 AM
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Mini Cooper! Every time I watch that movie I want a Mini Cooper! ...that and to look like Charlize Theron... have Mark Wahlberg as my boyfriend... but I digress.... ;-) Oh my gosh, how funny--I thought I was the only one! Would love to know what you decide!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 04:43 AM
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I've wanted one since I saw the original movie. When I saw an old one in Italy in '99 I was totally in love.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 04:52 AM
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Well it certainly made me NOT want a Ford Transit van...
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Jul 31st, 2006, 04:53 AM
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AnnMarie, PLEASE......there are a lot of men who do NOT want you to look like Charlize Theron, much less be in some sardine can car like a Mini...

Look like your wonderful sexy SELF and hop into my Ferrari!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 04:56 AM
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Yes!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 05:19 AM
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Have one.Bright red with Union Jack on roof. What a fun car. Love it! Love it! Love it!
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Jul 31st, 2006, 06:41 AM
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Yes, but a convertable one.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 06:43 AM
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I did my penance in college by owning and maintaining an English car, an MGB. I think I had to rebuild everything twice including the engine.

After years in a 12 step program I am now not allowed to own any British car. I have fallen a little and do have another sports car, a Fiat Spyder. Some people never learn.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 06:52 AM
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On our '03 trip to Italy they were advertising the Mini Diesel like mad.

I didn't see any on our last trip but i would've loved to see what kinda mileage you could pull.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 07:22 AM
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Drive around in a shoebox? No thanks.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 07:22 AM
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Dukey, that is so sweet.
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Jul 31st, 2006, 07:33 AM
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I had one when I lived in London years ago. Not the Cooper, just the plain old Mini with the small engine. LOVED it! Just the thing for U.K. traffic. Zip in and out, and parking was a snap.

When I married my British practice wife, I bought her one and had it shipped to San Francisco. It was wonderful for shopping and zipping around the Oakland hills.

Would love to have one of the new ones here in the States. I'd even consider a Smart Car, but would want to try them out in American traffic first. Anyone driven one of them?

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