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Mini City 1000 1984 — Resprayed in Tahiti Blue with black cooper stripes and a black roof. Sportpack arches and white eightspoke weller wheels.

Pros: handles like a dream

Cons: Rust. exhaust never sat in the manifold for long.

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The Ultimate Small Car — Many have tried to follow it and few have succeded, especially those Germans who know very little about intimacy, chracter and style.

Pros: Everything, but most of all how you feel when driving it

Cons: Come on...

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The One And Only Mini — the new one just can't cut it, i have driven many of the old ones, they just have the character, they may not be fast, they may not be reliable- at all, but they are beautiful little cars, especially with the checkered flag on the roof

Pros: the best small car ever

Cons: most things mechanical about it

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Cant Wait To Get Another One Running — Such a cool, car, handled like a dream, after a few mods and a new engine it performed very well. A great head turner

Pros: Looked great, such fun to drive

Cons: Typical lucas electrics, not particularly reliable!

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Great Little Car — Great fun, handles wonderfully - how driving should be. A great little car - shame the BMW version can't be called the same!

Pros: Great fun, handles wonderfully

Cons: Its a old car now! Wouldn't fancy being in a crash in one!

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Pocket Sized Fun — What can i say I had three of these. Fom a 850 to my monster 1150. There is no statement that can come close to the experience of driving these. There cold, smell. break down loads, leak fluid all over the place and my 850 used to brake in a different direction every time you tried to stop. But the are full of character and none of the bad things matter. you can do so much with one it's ridiculous. and though ok my impreza would go round a corner faster i would have more confidence in the mini to try it at silly speed. Overall get one before all of them disapear and have a laugh

Pros: nipy and exciting to drive. very cheap even with a hot one

Cons: very small and zero boot space

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Austin Mini — Austin mini with 1330cc fast road engine, 6x12 wheels, bucket seats, rollcage etc.

Pros: Great fun

Cons: Rust

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It's A Lot Of Fun To Drive. — It's a lot of fun to drive. Actually, it's probably one of the most enjoyable cars to drive. You don't really need to go very fast to enjoy it. And of course, it's really nippy. Looks wise, it's a real classic, an icon. Personally, I love mine's color scheme: silver with black roof. It has no alloy wheels, only hubcaps, the original ones. I think they compliment the color scheme quite well and I'm unlikely to ever get it alloy wheels, particularly because I like to keep a car as "tidy" as this one as original as please.   Things that have gone wrong with it: . Engine oil hose got loose on the move and spilled oil all over the engine compartment. Fortunately, there was an instant black cloud of smoke on the rear view mirror, which caught my attention. It was easily fixed by reattaching the hose on the spot, followed by replacing the tightening strip around it and refilling with oil. . Accelerator pedal got stuck in full throttle . Turned out the accelerator cable (made of several intertwined wires) had a couple of damaged wires. With the help of a friendly driver/mechanic the cable was removed, we took out the damaged wires, re-installed the cable, and voilà - problem solved! . Odometer got stuck and stopped moving forward. You might not believe this but all I had to do was get it in reverse and drive for a while in a deserted road. That got the odometer loose and it's never happened since! I'll write some more as soon as I can. Some specifications: . Engine: 998cc inline 4-cylinder 8v . Power: 44 bhp @ 5250 rpm . Torque: 70 Nm @ 3000 rpm . Engine location/alignment: Front/Transverse . Drive: Front wheel drive . Layout: FF . Transmission: 4 speed manual . Weight: 625 kg . Power-to-weight ratio: 14.2 kg/bhp . Wheels: 145 SR 10 ZX - currently fitted with Marshall tires.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Fun to drive! Still looks cool and probably always will.
Relatively cheap to run.
Excellent all-round visibility - thin pillars from when security was just about having brakes.

Cons: Not very comfortable - not that it matters for how it's used.
You have to maintain it properly.

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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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