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Mini — Very stable on curves, low consumption, parks practically anywhere, fits comfortably 4 persons, excellent price-quality ratio, noisy interior due to low isolation between the engine and the interior, no air conditionning, energetic on hills, very low compared to other cars, like a crate on ball bearing wheels, flashy and cute

Pros: Size

Cons: Noise

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Every One Should At Least Drive A Mini Once..just So They Know What There Missing Out On. — It doesnt matter what you drive youll not find anything more fun than a mini..runs on rails just like a go cart..in wet or dry weather. May only have a 1ltr engine but is still quite nippy one you do a bit of fiddling and put adjustable suspension on with some chunkyer wheels.. so easy to fix...Engines broken? jus replace it..a few hours later you could have it runnig again no problems...fantastic value for money..cheap parts..chep insurance..and will run off a thimble of petrol for a week

Pros: The most fun to drive...so easy to fix

Cons: Lacking in power at times and limited space but you cant complain with handling like that.

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1984 - Austin Mini Mayfair. — Performance – Well, lets be honest, standard factory min's aren't the fastest things on the road, nor do they have the best brakes, but as for coreners, they handle as if they are on rails. You could throw a mini into a corner and speeds far greater that similar cars of its age and come out the other side un-scathed. Build Quality – What car doesn't haev a little tin worm in it?? Appearance – I don't think i need to say anything here, the name does the talking. Cost of Ownership – They are relativly cheap, however they are now on the increase and i can't imainge them getting any cheaper. Buy buy buy. Fun Factor –Again, i'll let the name do the talking.

Pros: Looks, ride, Handling

Cons: Tin Worm

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Terrible Car — My first ever car was a Mini. It was a terrible car but it gave me some independence. Terrible brakes, manual choke but very easy to park.

Pros: Easy to park, cheap to maintain

Cons: Unreliable and very poor performance

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It Was Cheap...... — My friend Ken and I are of the firm belief that everyone should own a Mini at some stage [that’s a real Mini and not the new one]. Not because they are good cars but because they are so bad you appreciate REAL cars when you get one. Looks OK on the photograph doesn’t it? Leaked oil and when you broke hard it tried to turn you in the opposite direction [drum brakes all round!]. Also when you had three in the back seat, the clutch couldn’t cope and slipped more than Torvill and Dean. Me and my mate Clem serviced it once but I cross-threaded the sump bolt and it poured oil everywhere. This was not going to be the last time I ended up swearing under the bonnet of a car. The end for the Mini came only six month later when the sub frame needed welding and I sold it to my next door neighbour’s brother for Mini Cross racing rather than get it fixed. I liked the idea of this car ending its days being thrashed round a grass circuit; alas he repaired it and ran it on the road.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Unreliable, unsafe and leaked oil.

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Go-kart — so much fun to drive and corners like on rails. got fully adjustable suspension all round. engine upgrade, full exhaust system. k&n. reclining bucket seats, custom interior (includes seats, dash, and rear speaker board) full pioneer system (6x9's, 5.5", headunit, ipod connections) and full respray, new alloys and chrome work replaced.

Pros: cornering, fun feel good factor

Cons: space in the back

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Cute Like A Toy Car! — Unfortunatly mine (not in photo) was another forced sell as we moved so had no storage. Cool little motor though, not entirely practical, but who really worries about that?!

Pros: Good little project with loads of potential

Cons: Not suitable if you have limbs or like to move about!

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Great Fun But Not Practical — This was my first ever car and I regret ever selling it (as one week later it was destroyed by the new owner!). My dad used to race mini cooper's and helped me 'do' this up as a cooper lookalike. This involved adding 4 Hella spotlights, the white decals, alloys, chrome exhaust and a roll cage just in case! It was great looking but not practical at all (crap heater, useless boot, no leg room, shoddy winderwipers). I would love to own one again though!

Pros: A classic and fun car.

Cons: not practical

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Go-kart On The Road — mini 1000 with 10' wheels like a go-kart. NOT very fast but fun at every turn

Pros: good car

Cons: good car

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The Most You Can Have With Your Pants On! — It's a 1-litre HL automatic, 2-door saloon built by some magnificent Englishmen in 1980. It's rusty, unreliable, slow, cold and constantly needs fixing. BUT..... It's cheap, fun, makes you smile when you drive it and I love it.

Pros: Small, economical, fun with a proud heritage.

Cons: Unreliable.

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1979 Austin Mini Reviews

Mini All Year 1959-2000 By Steven

whats to dislike awsome car even better when modded even standard it goes like the clappers hard to keep up with on the bend, build quality is easy it british its buit to last , fun factor has to 10/1... Read More

1978 Austin Mini Reviews

My Forst Car, A Mini. By Tristan

I had a lot of fun with this car, and did a lot of bad things to it. I removed the front seat because my dad knew of 2 bucket seats, so I bolted them to the floor very badly. I removed the front of... Read More

Short & Sweet By Jérémo

Very fun to drive, except for the brakes too light. Not so muc power but added to the small weight, the car have a good capacity of acceleration ! The comfort does not exist on this car... It has a ve... Read More

1977 Austin Mini Reviews

Mini Clubman 1275 Gt By Jonas

Performance: It is surely fun to drive, the handling is similar to a go-kart. 59 bhp might not be a lot, but remember that this car weighs only about 600 kg! Build quality: If the car is well looked ... Read More

Austin Mini 1000 1977 By Michael

cheap to buy.. (at the time) easy to maintain .. fairly economical(lots more pwerfull and more frugal choice today) ..now expect to pay premium prices for a good one.. hard ride but fairly bullet pro... Read More

1976 Austin Mini Reviews

1976 Nz-import Mini, Totally Non-stock By Hugh

The quality depends on your ability with a wrench. Cornering is unbelievable -- 1500 lbs, wheels at the corners. It costs as much as you can afford to spend, plus 25%. Driving it is by far the most fu... Read More

Wifes Car By Gareth

Best drift car i ever owned. I tried to flip this car every time i drove it... did not succeed. Car was originally bought for my wife, she didnt like it. Became my weekend toy thereafter. Had tons of... Read More

1975 Austin Mini Reviews

Road Legal Karting By Kevin

Of course mine was gorgeous, im a painter :) and mine was one of the few cars i've had which have had the mini-rocketship preformance to go with the shiny paint :) Pace and fat wheels on such a small ... Read More

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