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  • Mini Cooper

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  • Neither, they're both crap.

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  1. #1

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    Default Car Advice: Mini Cooper or a VW Golf

    Hey Mactalkers

    I'm trying to decide between these two cars and was hoping that someone here owns (or owned) one of these and could share their experiences, good and bad. I'm looking at a late model (Automatic, 2003+) of either the Volkswagen Golf or Mini Cooper. I was pretty sold on the Golf but have always wanted a Mini but found them more expensive.

    Any advice apprecaited!

    Cheers

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    Never owned either but I would go the Golf, better resale value and better looking...

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    One of my concerns with the Mini is this:

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    Hard to say if I would get used to it or not!

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    Have a drive of both and take your first impressions to heart because they last and mean everything and if there's any doubt about either then don't go down that path.

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    My parents have a 1.6 auto golf, last shape and its a great little car, well built and finnished

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    For me it'd be the mini hands down... Haven't driven the new ones, but parents had one of the older ones as a bomb around car when I was growing up and I've always loved it.. Keep meaning to buy and old one and try to do it up.. one of these days..
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    Golf, hands down. Mini is for posers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishinthecity View Post
    ....parents had one of the older ones as a bomb around car when I was growing up and I've always loved it.. Keep meaning to buy and old one and try to do it up.. one of these days..
    My Dad has had a few old mini's too and they were awesome little beasts

    I think I'll be getting much more for my buck out of the Golf

    I love the Mini but I think I might feel like a poser if I drove one lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryano View Post
    My Dad has had a few old mini's too and they were awesome little beasts

    I think I'll be getting much more for my buck out of the Golf

    I love the Mini but I think I might feel like a poser if I drove one lol
    The one thing that made me consider a mini when they first came out was BMW offered a 5 year warranty and service cost of $1400 - a bargain for 5 years servicing and parts.

    I'm not sure if they do that still, or if they ever did it here.
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    My vote for the Golf.

    If I were in the market for a sensible small car the Golf is really the only option, imho.

    Luckily I'm not in the market for sensible cars just yet.

    In all seriousness the Golf is an awesome little car and economical to boot. Go nuts.
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    Golf without a doubt

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    The Mini Cooper!

    Trés Sexy!

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    Definitley the Mini Cooper if it's the Cooper S.
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    The golf is the sexiest looking small-med car on the planet.

    (The GTi version that is).
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    We have a 2.0l FSI Golf (2006 series V model) and it's a fantastic car. Very well built, well appointed, comfortable, economical, pretty spacious and powerful enough (although I would love a GTI). My boss owns a Mini (2005, I think) and likes it to drive but is very disappointed with the build quality, carrying capacity and general niggles.

    If space is an issue, the Golf kills the MIni. You can easily fit four adults into a Golf. It gets very squeezy in a Mini. You can fit a couple of good sized suitcases in the boot of a Golf but maybe a large briefcase in the boot of a Mini, without folding seats down. I can carry my mountain bike in the back of the Golf, with the seats down. No way in a Mini.

    Plus, the Mini seems to go back into the shop quite often whereas our Golf has had only one major issue, with the aircon dying last summer. Apart from that, it's just been regular servicing.

    When the time comes to upgrade our car, we'll definitely be looking at a new Golf. My boss has said he doesn't think he'd buy a Mini again.

    That said, we had a loan vehicle while the aircon was being fixed and that was a 1.6l Comfortline (the bottom of the range Golf) and it was as gutless as anything. So, if you go the Golf, at least get the 2.0l FSI (or the diesel TDI).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulltimecasual View Post
    The Mini Cooper!

    Trés Sexy!
    You don't even drive. You shouldn't be recommending cars on looks
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    Golf for sure.
    I have a 2007 Jetta which is a Golf with a boot.
    Fantastic cars...

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    Mini Cooper is a much more architecturally designed car imo, Golf is only a step above plain hatchback.
    Plus I reckon the Cooper could outrun the Golf without breakin a sweat..

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    Can you add a poll to this thread? I'm all for the VW Golf too.
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    I have a 2005 1.9l TDI, and it's a fantastic car. After 65,000kms, it has only cost me a few new tyres (which was my fault for not repairing a puncture), but so far the one complaint i have is the interior build quality.

    The centre console and window/door frames rattle quite badly, and even after they tightened everything up at my last service, it all just came loose again. It seems to be a general complaint with the South African made ones

    Even with saying that, Volkswagen ftw. Apparently, there is a new German made model coming out here?
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