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View Poll Results: MINI Cooper
Sub Zero 1 0.97%
Cool 20 19.42%
Uncool 43 41.75%
Seriously Uncool 39 37.86%
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This time we have the reinvention of a classic. Not anymore as small as its name implies. It became a styling icon for some, and of hatred by others. Featured is the Mk1 MINI with the 1.6 liter engine.

Engine: DOHC I4
Displacement: 1,598 cc
Aspiration: Natural
Power: 114 bhp (85 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 110 lb·ft @ 4,500 rpm
Drive: Front-wheel drive
Weight: 1,050 kilo (2,315 lbs)
0 - 60 mph: 9.3 seconds
Top speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
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craking little car, but far from cool
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mrs v6 had one of these

like a go kart loadsa fun to drive. i even smashed into a post at about 30mph and all it needed was a new bumper
 
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As common as flies around a hound cable.

Seriously uncool.
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Words can't describe............ so uncool its boiling
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Words can't describe............ so uncool its boiling
The original is quite cool though, although I wouldn't want one myself.
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Unlike most former or current proper Mini owners, I quite like the BINI. It's not cool though. Too popular, too mainstream, trying too hard.
 
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it is probably brilliant, but it's phoney 'brit-pop' appeal makes me cringe, as does its 'bright lights! big wheels! stripey roof!' shouty-shoutyness. It's the car Big Brother participants like. Showy.
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It's too large outside, but too small inside. It's owned by everyone and their dog, so all pervasive. It's attempt at a retro look has just resulted in the shape not working at all, and added to all that [whispers] the car it's copied from was a steaming turd anyway, only beaten in the 'crappy old car which everyone seems to like for no discernable reason' stakes by the VW Beetle. [/whispers] [runs away].

It's uncool. In fact, it probably should have been seriously so, but I wasn't properly in the mood until I got on with that rant.

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According to a DDD that we know, he has still been delivering with a full double decked load regularly in spite of the recession. Now the original was very cool as loads of the time it spent off road with seized handbrake cables, clapped rear radius arm bushes, by-pass hose failure, timing chain replacement, clapped rubber doughnuts, and rotted rear subframes, and the not too infrequent gearbox mainshaft nut working loose to name but a few! And now, Vorsprung Durch Technik??
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Was cool 5 years ago.

Now too common and too many estate agents drive them.

Uncool.
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According to a DDD that we know, he has still been delivering with a full double decked load regularly in spite of the recession. Now the original was very cool as loads of the time it spent off road with seized handbrake cables, clapped rear radius arm bushes, by-pass hose failure, timing chain replacement, clapped rubber doughnuts, and rotted rear subframes, and the not too infrequent gearbox mainshaft nut working loose to name but a few! And now, Vorsprung Durch Technik??
Ahh, those were the days, changing rotten rear subframes and by-pass hoses..god i hated working on old BL stuff, but the BMW rehash great to sling around the back roads but i just can't like the car......Uncool
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Seriously uncool.
BMWs effort at destroying British motoring heritage with a bloated fat FWD hatchback with a plastic grille that vaguely resembles the original if you squint a bit and tilt your head sideways.

To me the likes of the SportKa and the Clio 182 embody the spirit of the original Mini Cooper better than this German effort.
 
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I never really 'got' the original, but this one's even worse. All the Union Jack roof, stupid big stripes sort of thing, bought by the, 'look at me, I'm just sooo totally crazy!' kind of people. Seriously uncool.
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Was cool for about 20 minutes 5 years ago - certainly not now.
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[whispers] the car it's copied from was a steaming turd anyway, only beaten in the 'crappy old car which everyone seems to like for no discernable reason' stakes by the VW Beetle. [/whispers] [runs away].
I heard you!

The Beetle, I agree, was crap. Air cooled rear engined cars were a technological dead end. Everyone except Porsche realised this 40 years ago and even they are getting it now. The Mini, on the other hand, was way ahead of it's time in terms of packaging. It is ironic that the original was notable for the large amount of space in such a small car whereas the new one is completely the opposite. However, when they were still flogging them in 2001 at ridiculous prices and people were still buying them, it got a bit silly.
 
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the original Mini is awesome, so cool (but thats for a different poll, *hint hint Ant *) but the new one cant hold a candle to it in terms of coolness
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Yeah lets start a poll for the cool classic mini.

Anyone who criticises the original mini knows nothing about cars in my opinion.

......Here we go.....
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Yeah lets start a poll for the cool classic mini.

Anyone who criticises the original mini knows nothing about cars in my opinion.

......Here we go.....
Oh dear god no. We'll have people from every Mini Owners Club on the planet joining up just to vote then declaring a fatwa on anyone who dares to say anything remotely negative.
 
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I like it, wish the interior was better though, I think they are cool little cars. A Cooper S wasn't having much trouble keeping up with me either.
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I heard you!

The Beetle, I agree, was crap. Air cooled rear engined cars were a technological dead end. Everyone except Porsche realised this 40 years ago and even they are getting it now. The Mini, on the other hand, was way ahead of it's time in terms of packaging. It is ironic that the original was notable for the large amount of space in such a small car whereas the new one is completely the opposite. However, when they were still flogging them in 2001 at ridiculous prices and people were still buying them, it got a bit silly.
I bought my 1997 Mini Cooper new for what will probably be considered silly money but it was the best new car purchase I have made. I have had new Alfas since which haven't topped it.
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The Beetle, I agree, was crap. Air cooled rear engined cars were a technological dead end. Everyone except Porsche realised this 40 years ago and even they are getting it now. The Mini, on the other hand, was way ahead of it's time in terms of packaging. It is ironic that the original was notable for the large amount of space in such a small car whereas the new one is completely the opposite. However, when they were still flogging them in 2001 at ridiculous prices and people were still buying them, it got a bit silly.
I think my age is the problem. I'm (just about) young enough that all the Minis I've ever seen are crappy old clapped out things. By the time I came along, there was no technological advantage there. Just a car that was too small, too rusty, had 6v electrics which didn't work, and had trouble getting up hills if there was more than one person in it.

Did I mention I don't really like small cars? That probably doesn't help.
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I bought my 1997 Mini Cooper new for what will probably be considered silly money but it was the best new car purchase I have made. I have had new Alfas since which haven't topped it.
I remember looking around one fo the last John Cooper Sport Pack 5's at a rover garage in keighley, it was a burnt orange colour with cream leather interior walnut dash all the options you could have and a price tag of somewhere between 16-18K If I remember correctly.

Ludicrous but still command a healthy premium 12 years on.

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Did I mention I don't really like small cars? That probably doesn't help.
That, I can relate to.

*goes back to his two-ton, too-big-for-England Yank Tank and drives over a couple of Minis*

(The Hummer is even bigger, mind you. )
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