2008 MINI Cooper S [With Pics]

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Xyclone, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Xyclone

    Xyclone Lifer

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    I picked up a new 2008 MCS 6spd MT with convenience package and rear fog lights.

    It is a blast to drive, and it has so much low end power that keeping it within the break-in limit is very easy.

    Front
    Side
    Side Repeater
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    Side Top
    Shifter
    Bridgespoke Wheels
    Exhaust

    I can't wait until the 1200 mile break-in period is over.
     
  2. GTaudiophile

    GTaudiophile Lifer

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    Congrats. I would love one...

    I hope it's reliable for you.
     
  3. ponyo

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    :thumbsup: Be safe!
     
  4. Xyclone

    Xyclone Lifer

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    According to CR, the reliability of the new Cooper (R56, etc.) is well above average. The same can't be said about the older (supercharged R53) one, though.
     
  5. DivideBYZero

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    Works package. NOW.
     
  6. TheAudit

    TheAudit Diamond Member

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    Nice car.
    I love the MINI.
     
  7. Xyclone

    Xyclone Lifer

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    I'ts already plenty quick and handles like a dream. Any more power and I'm afraid there might be some torque steer (there is a tiny bit now just because it has so much power in the low revs [max tq at 1500 rpm]).
     
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    lookin' good!
     
  9. aphex

    aphex Moderator<br>All Things Apple
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    Good choice. The mini is a safe ass car. Someone T-Boned me going 45-50mph, directly in the side door.

    The mini gave its life for mine.
     
  10. evident

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    looks great! get that thing detailed, those rims look dirty!
     
  11. zoiks

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    Looks pretty awesome.
     
  12. DivideBYZero

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    I've driven the original Works (phase 1 with the phase 2 210hp upgrade) and it's really not a problem unless you keep trying to provoke it.
     
  13. Xyclone

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    I know! I was hoping no one would notice. :p Is it normal for brake dust to accumulate quickly during the tire/brake break-in period (first 300 miles)?

    And I'm the only one who will wash/detail my car. ;)
     
  14. Xyclone

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    And the R56 handles better, so that could be interesting. There is a factory JCW Cooper S starting from the 2009 MY.
     
  15. mb

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    Very nice!
    I love Minis. I always get carried away when I price them on their website.. usually end up around $35k with all the upgrades :eek:
     
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    Really wanted one a year back, but now it's too 'small' for me (not to mention expensive). I'd rather get a Yaris now:).
     
  17. JasonSix78

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    Sylar! :p

    Congrats, Minis are fun cars.

    <------Use to drive an Austin Mini

     
  18. Maximus96

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    sweet! my 09 cooper s won't be here till mid october...its supposed to finish production this wednesday...
     
  19. Ns1

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    i hate you guys so much.

     
  20. Imported

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    Haha, I do the same. :eek:
     
  21. Jumpem

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    What sort of mileage does a Cooper S get on the highway?
     
  22. Xyclone

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    With the new (2008 and up? EPA ratings), and manual transmission (like mine), the Cooper S gets 26 in the city and 34 on the highway.
     
  23. Maximus96

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    are you going to put stripes on it?
     
  24. Xyclone

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    The stripes come with the sports package, although you can get them as a standalone option. I was going to get aftermarket springs to lower the car and stiffen up the suspension. The MINI boards (and IamWiz, thanks for the advice :)) say that you can do better and cheaper aftermarket as far as suspension is concerned. I don't want to rice the car by putting stripes without changing the stock handling.

    Cliffs: I will put stripes once I modify the suspension.
     
  25. Maximus96

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    i'm looking at aftermarket as well. i don't care much for the stock angled stripes, and the "sport" stripes fall short of the front and rear bumper. let me know what you go with. I see on Mighty Stripes and Aesthetics Creations that a full stripe kit is about $240...very pricey for plain vinyl.

    is the stock handling not good enough? every review boast the "go-cart-like" handling.