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Old 08-21-2013, 10:58 PM
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Default Re: Thinking about a Mini Cooper

Not to hijack your thread, but if you're looking for a car with the following criteria:
- small car with decent gas mileage
- ability to haul some drums
- isn't super expensive to buy or maintain
- actually fun to drive

I can recommend the Mazda 3 hatchback with the 2.3 liter engine. If you want it to be really fun to drive, then get the 3SPEED version with the turbocharger.

I have owned the 4-door model since 2005 but I wish I had bought the hatchback. I have one friend with the hatchback and another with the SPEED hatchback. They both bought theirs after riding in mine.