Should I dump my Element for a Mini Cooper?
June 16, 2011 4:18 PM Subscribe
I've got a 2003 Honda Element, which I love and have recommended to others. But I miss good gas mileage and the fun of driving a sporty car.
posted by fivesavagepalms to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total)
I'm in no hurry to switch, but I've been intrigued by the Mini Cooper, loved the way they zipped around in that Italian Job movie, know they get good mileage and are fun to drive, and have even noticed online how many people (strangely!) narrow their car choices to Element vs. Cooper. Seems a weird pairing. But I'm looking for recommendations. I do use the Element a lot for hauling big plants and home-improvement stuff, so I'd have to re-think that. I'd be looking for a used Cooper of about the same value as my Element.
Is the Mini Cooper's fun and economy worth the sacrifice in space/hauling capacity? Can I still haul some stuff?
Is it true that earlier Coopers (2003-06) are somehow inferior to later ones?
How long can I expect a Cooper to last? (I'm now a pretty staid driver.)
If my Element has, say, 63,000 miles and I buy a Cooper with the same mileage at about the same price/value, am I screwing myself? (Assume I buy and sell with cash from/to private owners.)
What haven't I thought of?