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Old 06-08-2011, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I cant decide between a mini cooper or a jeep wrangler. I have till i get back from my deployment to decide. i love both vehicles. i dont need 4x4 all the time, but i love mudding and offroad. but the mini cooper is so fun to drive and gets better mpg. me and the wife already have a family car covered. no kids yet. after i get back im dropping 10 grand into the car payments and down payment. so MCB, lets hear your thoughts.
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My biggest automotive regret was selling my mini. Hands down the funnest car I have driven. There are a number of forums to check out and the online community is active with meet and greets all overl. (check out MINI COOPER :: North American Motoring)
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I was looking at car repair prices as well, I do most of my own work so im not worried about higher shop prices. to me every car is the same. they all have bolts to take stuff apart, and just about everything is easy when you get down to it with a little mechanical know how. i could get both for how much an older jeep cj costs. but i think its time to get a mini. i loved driving them, they are a blast.
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Vintage mini yes as some were rally cars new mini I would buy a jeep instead.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if i could find an original mini when i get back from afgan
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd go with a Mini, but I would make sure to get at least a Cooper S, or, even better a JCW (John Cooper Works) model. They have more of the go-fast goodies already installed...
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I was looking at car repair prices as well, I do most of my own work so im not worried about higher shop prices. to me every car is the same. they all have bolts to take stuff apart, and just about everything is easy when you get down to it with a little mechanical know how. i could get both for how much an older jeep cj costs. but i think its time to get a mini. i loved driving them, they are a blast.
IF you're buying the latest models, forget doing the work yourself and consider the shop prices again.

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have to say, I am not a mini guy....but I would go mini and find a cheap used mudding vehicle...jeep or something.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Of those 2, I'd chose the Wrangler. More versatile, larger variety, offroad capabilities trump the Mini 100:1. But if you don't ever plan on taking a kayak on top of your roof to a lake, or doing any real off roading but plan mostly for the concrete jungle... go with the Mini. Your wallet will thank ya down the road.
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