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#61 JXC Mini GT

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:01 PM

I have owned 8 New MINI's since they were launched in 2001 up until last month when I traded my F56 JCW for an Audi, due to the need to carry grandchildren and my daughters wheelchair.

As has been previously mentioned it is not a fair comparison between Classic and New MINI as other than initially sharing a similar  shape (R53) and being front wheel drive, the New Mini is a modern car with all the luxuries and safety features we expect these days.

 

I took my 231 BHP JCW on the Top Gear track last year and was following a Classic Mini Sprint with a 1293 engine in it, there was very little difference in acceleration and cornering but the suspension and braking was the main difference with the JCW able to cope with the bumps better under braking and did not suffer from any brake fade.

 

I am a fan of both Mini and MINI but my option recently was either trade in the JCW or sell my GT, needless to say I still have my GT.



#62 DeanP

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:33 PM

Bought a band new F56 JCW three door two and half years ago. Goes like stink and is a lovely car to drive.

 

Sits nicely on the drive with the Mini 35. I wouldn't sell either of them.


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#63 Lukie-J

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:30 PM

If I had a garage, I'd have my old grey Mayfair back in a second. I think the r53 would be a good compromise and maybe scratch the itch for me. Nobody seems to have anything bad to say about them, apart from that they're not a classic, which I agree with. Glad this topic stayed opened as it is an interesting discussion to have.

#64 mab01uk

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Posted 27 February 2018 - 06:22 PM

Future Classic Friday: R50/53 BMW MINI

"So, emotions aside, is the R50/53 BMW MINI now a bona fide classic? Well, it's a car that has won hearts and minds, many of which belong to people too young to remember the passionate demise of MG Rover or the original Mini ever being sold as a new car. It's a terrific car to drive, with handling that, even today, is nigh on imposible to better. It has a huge following of enthusiastic owners, many of whom give their cars a name. Controversial, maybe. But a classic? Yes. Hands-down."

https://classics.hon...riday-bmw-mini/


Edited by mab01uk, 27 February 2018 - 06:23 PM.


#65 paul748

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Posted 04 March 2018 - 11:36 AM

Previously I was also of the opinion "that's not a real mini" and indeed they are different in many ways...bigger, heavier, airbags, ABS etc etc. But they are great cars in their own right.

I think the 1st gen MINIS  kept several design cues and quirks from classic. To be able to perform any reasonable maintenance tasks the whole front end has to be pulled off into 'front end service mode' :lol: . This is not vastly different from having to remove the classic's front grille to access most things. But of course takes a bit longer!

They also designed in the classic oil leaks, apparently the most common one being the crank position sensor O ring. Costs about 3 quid but is a pig to access!

IMO they are fantastic little cars, especially the Cooper S version. 170 BHP put of the box, great fun!

We recently bought this to replace the wife's Ford Puma....

 

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This one will be keeping the garage space though...

 

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Edited by paul748, 04 March 2018 - 11:43 AM.


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Posted 04 March 2018 - 04:26 PM

I don't own a Classic Mini, always been the dream and will become a reality.

 

I couldn't bare to get one that had to sit outside all the time, but now I have a house with a garage my hunt will be on once I have the funds in place. Because I wouldn't leave one outside I ended up getting a R56 Cooper S and I must say it hasn't been a disappointment at all. Lots of fun to drive, comfortable, reliable and pretty cheap to run. 

 

Danny 






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