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What do you say to the god of death?

Not today...

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:49 pm
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JCW sport plate holder was a $500 option.
$10-$30 American

Some great choices for Max

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:wap: Where are these mangos?

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Irish wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:49 pm
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JCW sport plate holder was a $500 option.
$10-$30 American

Some great choices for Max

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My guess would be that Chris took some time off because he has read the dialogue on this page 1,345 times and decided to spend some of his free time doing something besides beating a horse to death.

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All in the same plaza, about 5 spaces apart.

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All in the same plaza, about 5 spaces apart.

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:impressive: a pooper and a jcw

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max225 wrote:
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All in the same plaza, about 5 spaces apart.
:impressive: a pooper and a jcw
Funny enough both had the front grille lights like yours. Your color combo is still my favorite.
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razr390 wrote:
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:impressive: a pooper and a jcw
Funny enough both had the front grille lights like yours. Your color combo is still my favorite.
It's pretty crazy those two cars you took pics off have one off graphics and are literally in polar opposite color schemes. So random.

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750 Mile update.
Got a second tank in the car... 28mpg, not great not terrible. We shall see how this progresses.

:whocares: but perhaps some of you will read this rant and it may help you make a car decision or indecision easier.

Have any of my feelings about the car changed ?

No, I still think it is at a unique intersection of fun/uniqueness/value. That is just nearly if not impossible to beat. I really do really LIKE driving this car, it handles great, and it has immense low end power that essentially lets you scoot through traffic, merge, accelerate on, on ramps with ease and downright joy.

It also has tons of "quirks and features" that make the car far more enjoyable to own than something made from a cookie cutter design. Changeable interior lights, a very engaging center light screen, that has 10+ features likes indicating when your turn is coming up, when you're too close to another car, how far your engine is revving etc. The stereo in this thing is also one of the best that I have ever had in a vehicle. A must have feature imo.

What do I still like about the car ?

1. Uniqueness, I will never lose it in a parking lot
2. Fun to drive, nothing comes close at this price, nothing.
3. Feature content is high, car has everything
4. Character, this car is just designed with one thing in mind.. fun, because no one in their right mind would blow 45k on a vehicle that seats 2, is FWD, and looks like a shoe. once you get behind the wheel of one of these... you begin to understand rather quickly. This is a standalone unique chassis, not some shared global platform that goes into minivans and giant earth destroying SUVS.
5. No gripes with the auto at all, I don't mind it, and I am not sure I would have enjoyed the manual more... I would love to actually have a manual and a auto in one household. Because they each have unique characters. :fullretard:

Is anything disappointing me ?

1. Mpg, while still far better than my prior cars, 28 isn't exactly great, especially considering how I drive the car and its size.
2. The vinyl is difficult to maintain and will need a refresher every few years, I think I need to redo the stripes on my car.
3. Value (see below)

Any surprises ?

1. How much the azn loves the car... weird...
2. The dealerships are all amazing, great buildings, amenities etc, they are also staffed with car people that really love the brand. That is not the status quo here.
3. The lights on this car are the best ones I have had in modern history (without the rally lights). They are better than any 3 series I have driven, C300, Acura TSX (all of which had the updated lights as well) etc.

Do I have any regrets?

:scrooge: ones but that's it. The final tally for the car post taxes etc was 26k. Which is certainly not cheap by any means, and used minis are completely worthless, so I certainly set a large amount of money on fire by having completed this purchase.
I think a 2013 mini cooper JCW at 11-13 k is a far better value if reliability remains on those. Looking at used mini listings R gens can be had for 4 figures in S trim all day long, and F gens can be had for low low teens all day long as well. I think they also present a better value, if I wasn't full on :wasteful: with this purchase, and had to give someone advice, I'd recommend a cooper S around 12-14k.
Also I do occasionally think about the Focus RS, as it would have been a bit more spacious inside, quicker and likely lower depreciating... but interior quality/feature content is far more entertaining in the mini. Hype R also crossed my mind because the lack of depreciation on that car and the fun to drive factor are really hard to beat.

So overall summary:
I highly recommend this vehicle (not the larger bulbous ones) to anyone looking for a fun DD that has a ton of character. I have very few/no regrets in making this purchase, and I really hope BMW continues investing in this brand/platform.

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Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:50 pm

:fuckyeah: Max! I hope you continue to enjoy the JCW for a long time! It is a really cool, unique vehicle.

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Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:53 pm

Nice write up, glad to hear you’re loving the car! It’s quite cool!

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Thanks brehs,

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Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:33 pm

Despite have an earlier R56, I agree with basically everything.

One thing - your recommendation for a 2013 JCW would mean R56 and they’re less car than the F56, but also slightly more fun. The engine is a gamble however, especially if it’s a <2013 JCW or <2011 Poop S with the even more poopy N14.
First MY F56 (2014) is also to be avoided so stick to 2015 or later.

At times I think I should have spent a few more and gotten myself a 2015 F56 S but all in all, I’m really happy with my 2013.
Perhaps I’ll upgrade to a F56 JCW when they drop even further in price. :scrooge:
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Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:13 pm

Fuck yeah Max
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Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:30 pm

I do love these things. Wish the cheez one worked out with Z. It was more than I wanted to spend but I knew I was getting a solid price and went with Z's recommendations. When it fell through I was legit :sad: And that was just a cheez yellow school bus 2 door Pooper S with sport pack and MT and HK audio. Would have been an awesome car.

Glad you're liking it man. I should look into these, maybe a 4 door would be a good car for me. Good engines, good transmissions, good size, easy to park, fun and quirky.

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I do love these things. Wish the cheez one worked out with Z. It was more than I wanted to spend but I knew I was getting a solid price and went with Z's recommendations. When it fell through I was legit :sad: And that was just a cheez yellow school bus 2 door Pooper S with sport pack and MT and HK audio. Would have been an awesome car.

Glad you're liking it man. I should look into these, maybe a 4 door would be a good car for me. Good engines, good transmissions, good size, easy to park, fun and quirky.
I really couldn't get past the looks of the 4 door. And the back seat is about as unusable as on the 2 door, so there is really no point. You get added weight/uglier looks, and very little if any beneshit.

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Despite have an earlier R56, I agree with basically everything.

One thing - your recommendation for a 2013 JCW would mean R56 and they’re less car than the F56, but also slightly more fun. The engine is a gamble however, especially if it’s a <2013 JCW or <2011 Poop S with the even more poopy N14.
First MY F56 (2014) is also to be avoided so stick to 2015 or later.

At times I think I should have spent a few more and gotten myself a 2015 F56 S but all in all, I’m really happy with my 2013.
Perhaps I’ll upgrade to a F56 JCW when they drop even further in price. :scrooge:
They are so similar looking, I am not 100% sure on what all the upgrades are on the F vs the R. Looks like I'll need to do some reading.

What are all your specs ? Options etc?

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I am really surprised that I don't miss the M3 much if at all, something about that car was just, not the best for DD'ing. I miss 2 things with that car, exhaust (about to be fixed), and back seat space... that's a real downside for me as I am currently in a clown car... Would be interesting to see how that evolves. My sister is coming from Germany for a week, and her + me + Azn should be an interesting combo in the mini. Azn is a midget so she should be able to sit in the back.

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:36 pm

You have a clown car and you are engayged to an Asian Midget.... you truly are the Soviet/Russian PT Barnum.... Cirque du Soleil has nuttin' on you...

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What do you say to the god of death?

Not today...

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I am really surprised that I don't miss the M3 much if at all, something about that car was just, not the best for DD'ing. I miss 2 things with that car, exhaust (about to be fixed), and back seat space... that's a real downside for me as I am currently in a clown car... Would be interesting to see how that evolves. My sister is coming from Germany for a week, and her + me + Azn should be an interesting combo in the mini. Azn is a midget so she should be able to sit in the back.
Sister cute? She need someone to help her get a green card? :hubba:
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max225 wrote:
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I am really surprised that I don't miss the M3 much if at all, something about that car was just, not the best for DD'ing. I miss 2 things with that car, exhaust (about to be fixed), and back seat space... that's a real downside for me as I am currently in a clown car... Would be interesting to see how that evolves. My sister is coming from Germany for a week, and her + me + Azn should be an interesting combo in the mini. Azn is a midget so she should be able to sit in the back.
Sister cute? She need someone to help her get a green card? :hubba:
Nah, she is older. Sorry boo, also doesn’t wanna get into the states .... she prefers Germany

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Sister cute? She need someone to help her get a green card? :hubba:
Nah, she is older. Sorry boo, also doesn’t wanna get into the states .... she prefers Germany
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Nah, she is older. Sorry boo, also doesn’t wanna get into the states .... she prefers Germany
:(
Why don't you go get suga momma'd in Germany. Weekly ring lap sessions etc

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:(
Why don't you go get suga momma'd in Germany. Weekly ring lap sessions etc
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Back to ze motherland!
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