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      11-10-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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F56 Mini Cooper - BMW in disguise

Haven't posted here in awhile since I traded my 2015 M235i for a 2018 Camaro 2SS 1LE. The BMW and Camaro are both "fun" cars for me - in 3 years I only put 10,000 miles on the BMW and the Camaro now has 5,000 miles after almost 2 years. For the past 6 years my daily driver was a first generation 2003 R50 Mini Cooper 5-speed manual. I just replaced that with a 2015 F56 base model Mini 2-door hatchback with a 6-speed manual.

Picked up the 2015 Mini yesterday so it's only been a day, but my biggest surprise/takeaway is how similar it is to my BMW. On the outside, it's the same Pepper White paint and looks similar to the old Mini, but almost everything else is more like my BMW than the old Mini.

The 2015 has the Fully Loaded package with Navigation, which is the same iDrive system that was in my BMW, though it's called MINI Connected. Same start/stop functionality. Same leather seat and soft dash top material. Same configurable door chime sounds. Shutting the doors sounds the same. The B38 BMW turbo engine is pretty much the same engine as in my BMW, though it's half the cylinders and displacement. The engine compartment looks very similar.

The only downside so far is that the cost of the BMW refinement is the lack of driver connection to the car. The steering is more numb, and the sound isolation distances you from what's happening outside. The driving experience was that the first generation Mini was small, light, low to the ground, and always over 3500 rpms, so that it always felt like it was going faster than it really was. That was fun. The newer one obviously is a lot faster and more capable, but it just doesn't feel as fast. It's subjective and not really measurable, and I don't mean that it's not fun - it's just different, a little bigger, more refined, and more modern. More BMW-like, for better or worse.

That said, I am a fan of technology, and the F56 is going to be a much more pleasant commuter than the R50. And hopefully a lot more reliable.
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Fun cars. I recently sold my loaded F56S 6MT in Moonwalk Gray. Honestly couldn’t be beat for the price for a daily. Tons of fun with just enough refinement and decent gas mileage. Really my biggest complaint was the steering. Very numb and almost notchy. Doesn’t take much to get a significant amount of power out of it either. Good luck!
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I've had it a little over a week now and love it as a daily driver. I'm almost done with the first tank of gas and the computer is showing 33.1 mpg. The average mph is 28.3, so this is mostly non-highway driving. It's significantly better than the 27-28 mpg I averaged with my 2003 R50 Mini.

The climate system is the same as my ex-BMW M235i. Annoyingly does not sync between passenger and driver side (my Camaro has a separate sync button), but otherwise is terrific. Oddly, like both the BMW and Camaro, when the system is in Auto mode, the A/C button is lit. I don't think the A/C is actually on when it's sub-freezing temperatures, but the light is always on. Why is it like that?

Obviously I am an enthusiast, and would have preferred a Cooper S over the base Cooper, all else being equal. But the upgraded luxury interior, upgraded technology with iDrive/MINI Connected and Navigation, premium stereo, manual transmission, color, condition, and price were all what I was looking for. I first test drove it on Oct 5 and liked it, but continued to look in CarGurus and AutoTrader. When I didn't find anything better after a month of looking, I came back to this car and negotiated the price down $1500 and got the dealership to throw in a free Navigation map update (worth $500 according to them), and am very satisfied with this deal and the car. Like I said in the original post, it's like a BMW-lite.
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