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Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
New car on 02/15/2013 12:48:53 MST Print View

Or Automobile, as you strange folk insist in calling the motor car.

So, Mini Cooper S, or the Citreon DS3 Sport?

They are European cars btw. :-)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: New car on 02/15/2013 13:21:14 MST Print View

Can I throw in another option?

Ford Focus RS.....

...and what have you got against the WRX?

GTi?

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Cool and fast. on 02/15/2013 13:29:34 MST Print View

I like small cars, Dave. Take a look at the average European street width and you would understand. Nothing against the models you mentioned, but most of the reviews make the Cooper S or JCW unbeatable on twisty roads.
What i'm looking for is twisty country road fun. Most of my driving is on narrow urban roads, and roller-coaster country roads.
I don't obey speed limits. :-)
Cool is a factor too, so i think the Mini Cooper S will win. Going for another test drive tomorrow.

Edited by MikefaeDundee on 02/15/2013 13:31:19 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Cool and fast. on 02/15/2013 13:34:17 MST Print View

In Canada, the Mini sells. The Cooper S does well as does the Countryman - given the AWD. My neighbour has a JC Works Cooper S and it goes like stink (get that one Mike!).

The reason why I suggested the Ford is that the one we get here will run circles around the Cooper S. It is considerably faster in a straight line (250+ HP) but where it really excels is through the corners. It will easily rotate the rear although it is a FWD car.

Are you looking for FWD? If you would consider RWD, the Subaru BR-Z or Toyota Twin is quick, almost perfectly balanced, has RWD, and looks like Ferrari made it (in 1975...). The best thing is that it should be cheaper than the Cooper S. Not trying to talk you out of it, just providing options (BTW, the VW GTi is just as good as the Cooper but rides worlds better).

I test drive a lot of cars....; )

samuel smillie
(sam_smillie) - F

Locale: central canada
coolness on 02/15/2013 13:39:55 MST Print View

BMW 3 series? basically the same car, same price but less gimmicky/cool. Having driven both I think I would go with a 3 series personally just because more back room and I prefer the interior but might not be small enough for what you want?

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Cooper S on 02/15/2013 13:44:38 MST Print View

The Mini has no overhang. Each wheel is at a corner. The handling is superb because of this.
Can you tell i'm leaning towards the Cooper S? I'm not keen on the look of the JCW, but you can get a Cooper S set up exactly the same, sports chassis. etc.C

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
BMW 3 on 02/15/2013 13:46:43 MST Print View

The BMW 3 drives nothing like a Mini, Samuel. :-)

samuel smillie
(sam_smillie) - F

Locale: central canada
Cooper S on 02/15/2013 13:47:35 MST Print View

Indeed, my english teacher 'back in the day' had the cooper S with the jcw package. I was jealous. haha

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
@ Dave on 02/15/2013 13:48:21 MST Print View

Yeah, FWD only mate. I like to let my arse hang out! :-)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: @ Dave on 02/15/2013 14:10:52 MST Print View

Hang your arse out, then you need RWD. FWD can't cope with turning and accelerating at the same time.

Unless you use the hand brake....heh, heh.

What colour are you getting?

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re Colour/Color on 02/15/2013 14:20:09 MST Print View

I'm leaning towards subtle Silver White, with Black roof, Black bonnet/hood stripes, mirrors and trim. Black 17" alloys, sports suspension and go like feck extras.
I'm not interested in the music side of driving.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re Colour/Color on 02/15/2013 14:23:55 MST Print View

"I'm not interested in the music side of driving."

I've never been a hood strips kinda guy. I made them remove mine when I bought one.

But no music. Dood. There's simply nothing like screaming along an excessively curvy road with the top down and blaring Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" - especially at night....

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
@Doug on 02/15/2013 14:31:29 MST Print View

What i was meaning was you could pay an extra $3000 for a 'Media' package. You get a better music system, and hands free USB phone/music/voice protocol. Bollocks.
I would rather pay the extra for a truer driving experience.
A snarling engine is sweet music.

Edited by MikefaeDundee on 02/15/2013 14:33:04 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re Colour/Color on 02/15/2013 14:33:44 MST Print View

Funny, we tend to say colour in Canucksville. Ironically, when I typed in color, my iPad auto corrected.

What about getting a Scottish flag painted on the roof. It is really the right thing to do.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
New car on 02/15/2013 14:39:31 MST Print View

This is the one :
http://www.fiat.com.au/abarth
Fiat 500 Abarth

Did you know that Enzo Ferrari used to drive a Mini Cooper ?

Edited by Franco on 02/15/2013 14:40:34 MST.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
@Dave on 02/15/2013 14:39:35 MST Print View

The Independence vote is coming up in 2014. Scotland has a nasty Unionist minority that would kill my car for sporting a Saltire.

Support Scotlands struggle for Independence! :-)

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
@Franco on 02/15/2013 14:44:43 MST Print View

It's an ugly fecker though Franco.
And it is more sheep than wolf.

I prefer the Wolf in Labrador Retriever clothing vibe.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
New car on 02/15/2013 14:58:35 MST Print View

Ugly ?
How about now ?
Black Abarth

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re How about now on 02/15/2013 15:02:11 MST Print View

Hey Franco, as an Ozzie, you must have heard of Beer Goggles?
Sometimes everything looks sweet from the back.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
New car on 02/15/2013 15:25:38 MST Print View

It's onl;y 9:20 AM here, so I won't have my third pint till 10.
Anyway I am not an Aussie, just a guest here due to FAMILY connections
Now buy that Abarth or else.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: New car on 02/15/2013 15:29:28 MST Print View

I came to the realization in my life, that for now, hot cars are a thing of my past.

A great sound system and 3 TV screens were legal, where as ball n' gags for my 3 kids were not. And the speakers mean I can blast my music and tune them out. Don't overlook hands free for mobile phones if you live where using a handset is illegal. It is worth the $$ and should be standard on all new vehicles.....I have had it in my last 2 vehicles.

Lol.....I'll just spend their inheritance in 10 years on a cool car once again ;-)

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
@ Franco on 02/15/2013 15:36:52 MST Print View

I know you want to tempt me with Italian style Franco, but a better bet would be the Alfa.
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/uk/#/models/mito/mito-sportiva

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Kids on 02/15/2013 15:40:46 MST Print View

My kids left home long ago.
Sometimes it's good to scare yourself whilst driving. Similar to backpacking over scary terrain. :-)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Kids on 02/15/2013 16:03:08 MST Print View

The Red Minis handle the bestest


mini

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Toyota FR-S on 02/15/2013 16:17:42 MST Print View

You sure you shouldn't test drive one of these, Mike?

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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
New car on 02/15/2013 16:24:39 MST Print View

Maybe I should let you know that I cannot drive a car.
not just the legal bit, it's the turning of the steering wheel and possible simultaneous use of pedals that gets me.
I am not one of those multitasking types.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: New car on 02/15/2013 16:27:29 MST Print View

"possible simultaneous use" ?

Sadly that is a current requirement. Although you would never know it where I drive.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Mmmm. on 02/15/2013 16:35:25 MST Print View

Mini Cooper S on a test track with other folk trying to have fun.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DlBQYBQA84

Real music.

Edited by MikefaeDundee on 02/15/2013 16:40:34 MST.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
New Car on 02/15/2013 17:58:24 MST Print View

Dave U says it all... 2013 Subaru BRZSubaru BRZ

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Cars on 02/15/2013 18:43:24 MST Print View

Doug's: Valkyrie car
dtyj


This one gets fantastic gas milage.

yi;


If you're willing to wait a few years and spend just a couple of dollars more, you get the Acura NSX:

rg



But the Subie BRZ is a slick little beast.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: New car on 02/16/2013 10:54:22 MST Print View

Lol...what? You can't drive a car while shifting, smoking AND holding a Super Gulp between your thighs - and steering with your knees?

Had a friend who drove like that. She was a school bus driver. Her driving was....ummmmm.....how the hell she had a CDL was beyond me!

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re on 02/16/2013 11:42:04 MST Print View

I know a guy that can drive fast over twisty country roads, whilst wearing fishing waders, and roll a smoke at the same time. :-)
In a manual gear shift car.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
New car on 02/16/2013 12:01:14 MST Print View

Sorry Franco, but I just can't think of a Fiat as a quality car. Too many memories of the 70s.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re on 02/16/2013 12:43:09 MST Print View

"I know a guy that can drive fast over twisty country roads, whilst wearing fishing waders, and roll a smoke at the same time. :-)
In a manual gear shift car."

I know a guy who can drive fast over twisty country roads, whilst wearing fishnet stockings, and assemble an ice bandage at the same time, in a manual gear shift car.

I told him to stay out of that redneck bar.....

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
New car on 02/16/2013 13:56:12 MST Print View

BTW, I really do not drive ...
"but I just can't think of a Fiat as a quality car. Too many memories of the 70s.'

Yes and I can't think of a Japanese camera as a quality camera , too many bad memories of the 40's...


Anyway . I would not buy a car based on my own suggestions given that cars have almost zero appeal to me.
I was adding a possible alternative , just for fun.

Edited by Franco on 02/16/2013 14:03:01 MST.

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
So, cars. on 03/02/2013 12:41:19 MST Print View

I'm 2 weeks into a 6-8 week wait for my Cooper S.
Does anyone else watch Youtube driving videos of cars, or am i a sad barsteward?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: So, cars. on 03/02/2013 13:29:29 MST Print View

"Does anyone else watch Youtube driving videos of cars, or am i a sad barsteward?"

I'm indecisive, so I'll choose both.....

Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Re cars on 03/02/2013 14:19:21 MST Print View

This ties in with my other thread.
I never bought the 'smokers package', so there is hope for me yet. :-)

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Yeah mini on 03/03/2013 18:52:49 MST Print View

I just sold my dark silver cooper S...black top and black stripes...so sad...

My bike is my ride now, but wow did I love that cooper!! Got me in a bit of trouble here in Chicago, tho..........who knew you could pass a city bus on a residential street at 70mph in one block??

And yes, it was a manual transmission. Automatics are for sissies.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Chicago on 03/03/2013 19:22:31 MST Print View

I hate driving in Chicago. I'd rather give myself an enema with a cactus.

And 70mph on a city block? Most of the time traffic is moving at 0.6 mph!

Fun city to take the train to, but driving in it is another story.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Chicago on 03/03/2013 19:48:32 MST Print View

"I hate driving in Chicago. I'd rather give myself an enema with a cactus."

I see you've put some thought into this.....

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Yeah mini on 03/03/2013 19:50:32 MST Print View

"I just sold my dark silver cooper S...black top and black stripes...so sad... ... And yes, it was a manual transmission. Automatics are for sissies."

You had a Cooper S, you're an out-of-this-world PT, you backpack, and you're fond of dogs.

How the hell are you single? :-)

And do you have a like-minded older sister!

Edited by idester on 03/03/2013 19:51:32 MST.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: Yeah mini on 03/03/2013 20:02:34 MST Print View

"How the hell are you single? :-)"

She's intellegent as well obviously.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Yeah mini on 03/03/2013 21:42:40 MST Print View

Nice name there, Socrates. ;)