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Mini Cooper as first car?

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For a first car for a fresh grad, how good a choice is the mini? Is it better to it buy new or used or lease?

Location: Seattle

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  • Boeing mSQV31
    Horrible reputation for reliability. If you really want to buy one, sell it when the warranty is over.

    I’ve owned many cars over the years and at this point I suggest buying Japanese. Having an unreliable car sucks. Japanese cars are very reliable and require little maintenance.
    Mar 85
    • New / Eng
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      Considering a mazda 3 as well.. Better deal I suppose?
      Mar 8
    • Boeing mSQV31
      The Mazda 3 is a great car if you’re wanting something sporty but still reasonably reliable.
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng
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      Now that we're here, which would you pick... A hatch like the mazda 3 or an suv like the mazda cx5? In terms of value for money, fuel efficiency, resale value, driving experience etc..
      Mar 8
    • Boeing mSQV31
      Are you hauling kids and like loads of groceries from Costco, or want to soon? If yes, go for the crossover. Otherwise go for the Mazda 3.
      Mar 8
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      Thanks mSQV31 (:
      Mar 8
  • Amazon prgsbfj
    Depends on your height and shape.
    Mar 85
    • New / Eng
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      I'm under 5ft..
      Mar 8
    • Visa FoffBoy
      hey prgsbfj do you see op? I think I heard them but I don't know where it came from
      Mar 8
    • OP could be a female. Don’t be so mean 😛
      Mar 8
    • Visa FoffBoy
      oh hey 🌾👩🏽‍🌾🌾 there you are, want to help us look for op?
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng
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      😂😂😂😂 Literally can't count the number of short people jokes I get.. But I guess fitting into a mini is a pretty solid bonus, no?
      Mar 8
  • Microsoft weirvhtd
    Great car, go for it.
    Make sure it is well inspected before buying. I would say anything <75000 miles should be ok
    Mar 85
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      Is buying a new one a horrible decision? 😅
      Mar 8
    • 1904labs pkjh35
      Yes they are ridiculously expensive for what they are
      Mar 8
    • Microsoft weirvhtd
      Nah, i had a used one, was not expensive, except for oil changes..
      Mar 8
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      @weirvhtd how old was it when you bought it and how long did you keep it?
      Mar 8
    • Microsoft weirvhtd
      Had 80k miles, had it for 4 years, 25k miles and sold it. Just did routine maintenance.
      Mar 9
  • New DNWELL
    depends what you want. for me, I need something that can do a little off-road , can fit a bike or two and need next to nothing maintenance. so I got a subaru
    Mar 80
  • Another +1 for Japanese cars. Live frugally it’ll pay off in the long run.
    Mar 80
  • Salesforce / Eng
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    If you like that style, I would go with a Golf GTI instead.
    More performance, more luxury, more reliable, and more practical as well.
    Mar 88
    • Boeing mSQV31
      Eh, VWs have some of the same reliability issues the Minis have. Maybe slightly more reliable, as long as you get a manual trans. Still expect to replace sensors all the time like any German car. Every VAG car I’ve owned ended up a nightmare.
      Mar 8
    • Salesforce / Eng
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      Honestly, I’ve never had an issue with German cars (being from Germany, most of family has cars that are actually made in Germany).
      It may be “German” cars made in factories in other countries that produce lemons, but the ones produced in Germany have been solid in my history.
      The GTI is made in Mexico, and I’ve had zero maintenance costs on it the last three years.
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng
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      I hear Japanese cars are the best when it comes to reliability..
      Mar 8
    • Salesforce / Eng
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      True. However, if you also want a taste of performance, luxury, and practicality, might be worth checking out some German brands.
      All up to how much money you’re willing to spend, and what you’re looking for.
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng
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      I'm honestly torn between a mini countryman for the luxury and fun-to-drive points and the mazda cx5 for all the other reasons including reliability, value for money etc..
      Mar 8
    • New / Eng
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      Growing up is tough.. Lol
      Mar 8
    • Boeing mSQV31
      You’re in Seattle, right? Get a nice higher trim Subaru like the rest of us. Haha. An Outback really is a perfect car for Washington, and you won’t grow out of it. And they can be spec’d out pretty lux.
      Mar 8
    • Salesforce / Eng
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      Or get a Golf R.
      Mar 8
  • New / Eng
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    Follow up question,

    Is the BMW x1 a better deal compared to a mini countryman?
    Mar 82
    • Facebook ¿
      Yes.
      Mar 8
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      Why? (:
      Mar 8
  • Microsoft / Engdevpapi
    Go with something larger like a honda crv. If you've been called short for so long feel slightly taller while you drive. Also, larger cars have a higher rate of saving your life in an accident. A mini cooper.....your decision.

    Also, roads in seattle are pretty bad. You will feel every bump on a smaller car.
    Mar 81
    • New / Eng
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      😂😂😂 Okay then. I'll choose a slightly bigger car to feel taller.

      I'm heavily considering the mazda cx5..
      Mar 8
  • New DNWELL
    is an overpriced over engineered small car with quite bad reliability reputation
    Mar 82
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      What car would you rather buy? (:
      Mar 8
    • Microsoft / EngDblDwnDave
      Audi TT. VW golf. Mazda mx-5.

      These are actually good budget sports cars
      Mar 10
  • Facebook ¿
    Owned 2. Least reliable car and just as expensive as a BMW.
    Mar 81
    • New / Eng
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      Hmmm. Okay..
      What car would you rather buy?
      Mar 8

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