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View Poll Results: which is a better car for wifey?
Mini Cooper 44 47.83%
Audi A3 45 48.91%
other (explain) 3 3.26%
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      10-04-2009, 12:11 PM   #23
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Id get an A3. Better looking, AWD, and more refined in and out.
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      10-04-2009, 03:44 PM   #26
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If its her car and shes driving it everyday, why would you get her an A3 if she likes the MINI?
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      10-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #27
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Be a good husband and ensure she stays alive. Children? The Mini rear seat has to be guaranteed death in a bad rear-end collision.
There's reasons for Nhtsa & Dot to make sure it passes collision tests to be driven on the road. If any car is involved in a bad rear collision, there is a high chance of guaranteed death.
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      10-04-2009, 04:30 PM   #28
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Have you shown her pictures of the new Golf?
yes...I love it but she doesn't care for it

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What about a Volvo C30?
I also recommended that but she doesn't care for it either

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If its her car and shes driving it everyday, why would you get her an A3 if she likes the MINI?
mostly safety, secondly practicality
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      10-04-2009, 05:57 PM   #29
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mostly safety, secondly practicality
I really think you should reconsider the Mini. The interior of that car is incredibly messy and unergonomic and while it is fun to drive, the ride is quite crashy. The new A3 TDi would give you incredibly high MPG (and residuals) with better NVH levels and also space.

Think you can wait for the 500 or the Alfa Mito?
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      10-04-2009, 07:35 PM   #30
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I plan to surprise her with a car at Christmas because I keep telling her "we can't afford another vehicle right now" but we did see an A3 on the road and she said "yeah, that is pretty nice"
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      10-04-2009, 07:54 PM   #31
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just keep pointing out the a3's on the road and eventually she'll like them.
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Time to get the wifey a car so she'll stop driving my beater grand cherokee. She really wants a mini cooper but I prefer the A3 2.0t. Besides the obvious "get her what she wants or you'll regret it" what advice do you folks have?
Without knowing the cost of either the Mini or A3 in your country it's difficut to give an opinion, if you are buying new and don't need the space then the mini is a really fun car and sadly the normal A3 isn't, but it is a quality product with other things equally as important to the everyday of ownership of a car.

So with that in mind why not combine both qualities of both cars, the fun of the mini with the quality and practicality of the A3 and just go out and buy a Mk6 Golf GTI, I got one for the wife and I can tell you that it's right up there with the mini to drive yet is far more comfortable and quieter on long journeys and it's probably as well put together as the Audi, plus it looks the business too and your wife will love you even more if you get my drift.
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      10-05-2009, 07:41 AM   #33
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My wife drives a 2009 Mini Cooper S and its really a great little car. We use it for everything. It gets great gas mileage, gets tons of compliments and doesn't take up too much room in the garage

I guess we are a 3 turbo family

Good Luck with your choice.

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If you're talking top of the line for both, it's a tough call. The A3 3.2 is very practical, but has a nice sportyness to it. The Mini will be less practical as a hauler, but more fun to drive. If you're stuck at the low end of the price range, well, the only advantage the A3 2.0 has is more rear storage space. I think the 2.0 turbo is lag city and as much as everyone says the Audi interior is high quality, it's also a complete snoozefest (do you want black or grey) compared to the options on the Mini. This really comes down to what kind of car are you looking for. Do you want fun, economy and character - go Mini. If you want a higher end (not high performing) hatchback with more cache, think about the Audi.
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I think VW got ranked dead last as far as maintenance and reliability. I honestly would never own a VW unless its a sirocco just because I don't dig that highschool hatch look, but I guess they are nice for the money.

I'd get her the JCW Mini S. You'll have so much fun driving it that you'll give her your BMW whenever you can, and thats much safer
I've driven the JCW, it's a very pointy little car, great fun on the track and will set the tail out at will but it's not the sort of thing most women would want to drive daily.

Surprised the VW has such a bad ranking on reliability. I've owned numerous VAG products throughout the years and never had any worse experiences than I have had with premier German brands. Possibly US dealers ability to deal with problems promptly and efficiently is the problem, I honestly don't know but as for the product itself I would place either Audi, BMW or Mercedes any better in terms of reliability.
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The rankings by VW weren't done taking into account how the dealers would deal with them lol.
If that is the case then I am at a lose as to how badly they performed because as I said I have owned numerous cars from VW through the years and never experienced anything different from what I would expect from the three big German names.

In fact the wife's last GTI which was only replaced that last month had covered 33000miles and 3 years old yet was only ever in the dealers for it's yearly service. My M3 had been in the dealers for small issues on three occasions with the first 6 months, so based on that I would reckon the GTI was better than the M3.
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Id get an A3. Better looking, AWD, and more refined in and out.
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What's there not to like. Also I can tell you that the 6disc indash unit with dynaudio setup is exceptionally good, thumping bass and good seperation. Plus the wife is averaging 33mpg at the moment.

If you like the Golf then best get her a GTI out on loan for a test drive and hand her the keys, I bet any money after 20mins she will have forgot all about the Mini or the A3.
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What's there not to like. Also I can tell you that the 6disc indash unit with dynaudio setup is exceptionally good, thumping bass and good seperation. Plus the wife is averaging 33mpg at the moment.

If you like the Golf then best get her a GTI out on loan for a test drive and hand her the keys, I bet any money after 20mins she will have forgot all about the Mini or the A3.
I had a similar convince with test drive thing and it failed.

My sister went car shopping for her first car and i championed the GTi MKV, my mother loved the way it looked too but on the test drive, both of them complained that it was way too noisy and the interior was a bit Hotwheels.

I liked it a lot. Especially the fantastic DSG gearbox and it did handle well (but not as good as the Cooper S) but they wouldn't be swayed.
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I had a similar convince with test drive thing and it failed.

My sister went car shopping for her first car and i championed the GTi MKV, my mother loved the way it looked too but on the test drive, both of them complained that it was way too noisy and the interior was a bit Hotwheels.

I liked it a lot. Especially the fantastic DSG gearbox and it did handle well (but not as good as the Cooper S) but they wouldn't be swayed.
The Mk6 has an eLSD now which makes it corner on rails in comparison plus it's way quieter than the Mk5 and more economical.

Either it or the Mini is a great drive but it is up to the good lady herself to choose which car she wants, I was only saying that I wouldn't have an A3 over a new Mk6 GTI, the Golf is a superior car.
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Your wife sounds like she has some strong opinions about her car choice so I would probably go with the Mini since that's what she prefers. The Mini is a fun car and it's relatively safe as well.

If you do get the A3 2.0T, get it flashed with APR software or something. Avoid the 3.2; Audi's V6 is lousy. I'm pretty sure an APR A3 2.0T will be faster than a Mini S...still might not be as fun unless you buy sway bars or maybe even a full coil over setup. Who knows if your wife would be interested in all that though!
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^ now that's what I'm talkin about...wifey doesn't care about how fast a car is or how well it handles though
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