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      11-13-2008, 02:35 AM   #1
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Exclamation Are Mini Coopers... gay?

I was looking into buying one for my son, he is 16. Loves car. I mean I let him drive mine all the time, but the question is, because the Cooper S with the turbo motor is only $206 a month, it's really cheap and it's a product of BMW!

Is it a girly car? That's what my son thinks.

He wants something along the lines of a used WRX, 350z, Civic, etc. But financing those cost more money and plus to maintain them will cost extra knowing they are out of warranty.

Now, what would you guys do? Can he make it look like a sleeper? Can you get over the girly vibe with car?

He is 50/50 with the idea,

any thoughts you guys?
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      11-13-2008, 02:47 AM   #2
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Have him watch the Italian Job
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      11-13-2008, 03:00 AM   #3
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      11-13-2008, 03:02 AM   #4
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I think they can be pretty UNgirly if you get'em right! Like John cooper works editions - options or just make it look EVIL:



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      11-13-2008, 03:03 AM   #5
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Among most younger people, YES the Mini is a very gay, girly car.

Are you looking at going new?

I'd suggest not buying a 350z, as any younger guy I've known with one of those has wrapped them around trees and they have rather high insurance rates (my personal experience, not trying to generalize).

A WRX wouldn't be a bad option at all.
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      11-13-2008, 03:16 AM   #6
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I know 6 people that own them. They are all women, and yes, they are all the S model. Doesn't mean that they are gay, just all the people I know that own them are women. So in my eyes, they are a chick car. YMMV
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      11-13-2008, 03:29 AM   #7
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mini is a girly car and if your son is 16 than he needs something big and slow!
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I hope not. My last car was a Mini Cooper S
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      11-13-2008, 03:59 AM   #9
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Best alternative to the Mini Cooper S: the Mazdaspeed3.

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They can be ungirly if you get the right color. IMO that gunmetal grey looks pretty manly. Color with the Mini means everything. Honestly I'm not a fan of the exterior styling of the Mini, and I understand where he is coming from by wanting a 350z/evo/wrx.

If the Mini is a an almost absolute yes for you, then get him a color that isn't girly (grey/black/white if modded).
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      11-13-2008, 04:27 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. Well how much is a Mazdaspeed3?

Wait, i got internet too. nm. lol.

But okay, I thought WRX was a good idea too, but hard to find one for cheap nowadays, they keep their resale well.
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Enzo Ferrari drove a Mini Cooper. Enough said.
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i think his guy friends will be more envious of an evo, sti or 350z

the mini might help with the chicks but the guys will call him gay
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The Mini is definitely not gay. Far from it.

Tell your son that if he doesn't like the Mini, then he is gay....reverse psychology .
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This looks sick. I think the only thing possibly gay about it is the gauge clusters/navi.

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http://cms.mini-clubsport.com/

This company makes the world's most hardcore street MINIs. Nothing gay about these full roll cage 'ring missiles.
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I love mine and so do the women. The blues, yellow and even the chili red are too "colorful" for me. I went astro black with black roof lowered on Eibachs and have had many compliments on it. Silver, black and gray are the only colors I prefer. Just let him put the hotties in it and watch his friends go ask their parents for one.

I have taken many road trips in it and feel perfectly safe in the city and the Interstates. The seats can get a bit firm on the butt after about 2 hours. Resale is sick and so is the gas mileage.
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A Mini can be girly, but if modded correctly, it can look beastly! One of the most practical, best handling cars out there. It's a safe car too - my friend totaled his and walked away from the accident. Resale value is awesome as well. For $206 a month, I think it's a no-brainer! However, I do have a soft spot for the R53 with the s/c engine. The new R56 looks a little bubbly and from what I hear, is harder to do engine mods on.
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it's a product of BMW!


any thoughts you guys?
....yeah I have a couple....

its a product of bmw...so what...it doesnt feel and ride like the bmw and it sucks...the cars is just horrible...thats what I heard

and its tottaly girly and half gay
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....yeah I have a couple....

its a product of bmw...so what...it doesnt feel and ride like the bmw and it sucks...the cars is just horrible...thats what I heard
and its tottaly girly and half gay

Uh........have you even driven one to make such complimentary comments?

Seems to me you have a phobia.
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I know 6 people that own them. They are all women, and yes, they are all the S model. Doesn't mean that they are gay, just all the people I know that own them are women. So in my eyes, they are a chick car. YMMV
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