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Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
Hi, my name is Teresa
So, let's talk about Minis
The one thing that jumps out at me is the word investment
Hardly any cars other than Ferraris could be considered a good investment.....
however, as far as future resale goes
The Mini is better than most
good to know
I would personally avoid the first 2 years (02-03)
Lots of little problems that add up quickly
Yes, I was thinking a bit newer.
Just like the ipad, I am waiting for 3.
Ok, good. I would definitely lean towards the last generation Supercharged mini's, rather than the newer turbo minis
Can you explain the difference?
LOL...yes, lots of folks do that with electronics
Difference between the two forced induction systems? Meaning turbo rather than supercharged?
Ok, a supercharger is a belt-driven device that forces more air into your car's engine
A turbocharger is an exhaust-gas driven device that forces more air into your engine
That sounds efficient
Super = greener?
Considering that most non-forced-induction cars run at about 60% efficiency, and boosting them increases this by about 20 points, yes
However, greener? No, not exactly....
More air requires more fuel
So, it's more for power output
There is just no way to wean off the oil unless I buy electric.
pretty much. But in a global/gestalt sense, when you consider the number of old inefficient cars on the road, you going from a 30 mpg car to a 40 or 50, or electric....isn't really making a significant difference, if that makes any sense
Yes, it does. I commute 100 miles a day and currently drive a 2000 Toyota 4Runner, it is killing me!
Yep, understood. We've got 2 500 horsepower Audis in the family...I know well.
However, we also have a Miata to balance things out a bit
so, let's talk about the mini in particular
they're really hard to beat in the fun to drive department
and relatively inexpensive to repair
That is the best answer!
The inexpensive part
notice I said *relatively*
compared to a 500hp Audi, yes, compared to a Honda Civic, not so much
Yes, I noticed.
But it isn't like a Mercedes coupe, is it?
no....those are pretty pricey to fix also
I would recommend researching a good European independent shop as well
I would guess that to be true. Would you recommend manual or automatic?
Possibly Google: "european auto repair <zipcode>"
I have driven both.
I always recommend manual
but that's personal preference rather than anything cost-driven
Cheaper to repair or more efficent or what?
slightly more efficient, and again, more fun to drive
True, unless you are like me who tries to multi-task in the car. Having one arm taken up for driving could he a hindrance.
Really, just kidding...
I want to thank you for your time.
oh, my pleasure
and good luck with the search
It is almost time for Car Talk so I need to go.
I have a customer who is on there occasionally
Thanks again, Jason.
Really? I love those guys.
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Anyway, thank you. You were definitely worth the money!