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MINI Cooper Clubman - The Greenest Luxury Car?

A friend of mine from YouTube just asked me whether or not he should replace his totaled car with a MINI Cooper. This is actually something I think about quite a lot. Would it be better for me to just drive a very small car than to get a hybrid?

In general, the small cars can get great gas mileage without requiring much in the way of advanced technology. I am certainly in favor of advanced technology, and providing incentives for car companies to develop it. But in the near-term, it might be better just to get a more fuel efficient car that doesn't require all the extra nickel that has to be mined for a Prius.

BMW's MINI brand has always seemed exceptionally inefficient for how small they are. Mazda's Hybrid Tribute SUV actually gets better city mileage than the 37/28 Cooper Clubman. But that's because they're attempting to best way to use levitra strike a peculiar balance. While other small cars (like the Yaris) might get slightly better city mileage, the Cooper offers a far superior driving experience, front-seat comfort level, and even a convertible option.

Other small cars focus on thrift, as if the canadian levitra scam only people who want small cars are the ones who can't afford large ones. So while the Cooper's $19k base price buys you slightly lower city MPG than a $14K Yaris, it's actually a really fine car, with good acceleration, good handling, and superior style. Though I will say that the http://africa-info.org/purchase-levitra-in-canada Yaris has a much better (and cheaper) repair record.

So, for me, the MINI Cooper is sfachc.org green for two reasons. First, because it brings luxury to the small car, something no other company thought was even necessary...because rich people want big cars. But, second, because the Clubman has the highest non-hybrid highway mileage (37 mpg) of any US four-seater.

But, in my opinion, it won't be truly green until the tramadol cheap free overnight no rx 60 mpg Cooper D (currently only available in Europe) gets to America OR we just go ahead and electrify the thing.

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WOW!
written by Casey Cook, October 10, 2008
Hank,

I can't thank you enough for this article! Talk about On-Demand interwebs... ask and ye shall receive I guess!

Thanks for all the info, and I'll let you know if I get that new Cooper!

--c
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cooper as good as my honda civic hybrid
written by mike, October 10, 2008
well, my civic hybrid gets 43mpg in the city but in flat out hour after hour on the highway at 70mph it gets 38mpg (as promised)... it's more expensive than the cooper (but it's very comfortable and has a surprisingly big trunk... luxury it is not, however. but then we didn't buy it for luxury ;-)

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indeed
written by michelle, October 10, 2008
I have wanted a MINI for the longest time, but the very points you bring up here are what's left me just buying a cheaper mid-size car with only slightly less gas mileage (all the other small cars were a bit "too" small).

I've even contacted the company through their site about this matter and they informed me they had no intention of phizer viagra unemployed importing the diesel option they had available overseas. Um, hello? It's already a friggin import!! Don't get your hopes up for the D, apparently.

They were only looking to go hydrogen at the time, which just completely turned me off of seriously considering purchasing one of their cars (no plans for hybrid at all!).

It was a sad day...however if I stumble across a pile of cash, that electric-conversion is going home with me. :)
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Mini Cooper
written by Christine, October 11, 2008
:DIF i WERE TO GET A CAR, THIS WOULD BE THE ONE. a FRIEND HAD ONE, AND SHE LOVED IT. SO EVERYTIME i SEE ONE, i WISH IT WAS ME DRIVING IT.
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written by Magnulus, October 11, 2008
I hope that by the time I really need a car, there will be either an electric Mini or an electric Morgan (I'd have to be pretty well off for the latter, obviously). Those are the only two car brands I "care" about.
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Lame...
written by bbm, October 11, 2008
This is nothing more than redefining "Green" to be consistent with what you want to drive.

And most people end up getting the Cooper S, which has much lower gas mileage. The car is kind of pokey without the supercharger.

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written by Eric, October 11, 2008
Wouldn't the standard Mini Cooper be "greener" than the Clubman? The Clubman is bigger, after all.

The new Jetta TDI is quite nice - you can get nearly the same mileage out of it as you can from a Prius (shudder) yet it's a much, much nicer car to best viagra buy drive. On top of that, it's easy to run it on link for you how much does levitra cost biodiesel and you're not carting around a whole bunch of http://sws-bl.com/generic-cialis-in-canada toxic batteries.

Speaking of toxic batteries, I wonder how many of the older generation Prii are actually being properly disposed of. I imagine many of them have been sold second hand, and I'm willing to bet that the new owners probably don't know all the details about proper disposal of those huge battery packs.
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Beinga Mini Owner
written by HH, October 11, 2008
Good article. Being a Mini Owner for the last 4 years, I can tell you that it is a great car, not just for the mileage but for the change in my driving habits that help reduce my impact.

The car is great on gas, relatively. I don't think it's the best, but it gives that balance between a good drive (because I like to drive) and a reasonable expense at the pump (because I don't like to consume). It does take Premium gas though and because of the small engine (I drive a Cooper manual), I find regular gas kills the performance too much. So it doesn't feel like that much savings.

As for size, it's remarkably big and viagra dosage has a lot of trunk space. My wife and I go camping during the generic cialis in india summer and we can fit everything we would ever need into the back. It's tight, but it all fits.

The biggest change by owning this car was actually not the gas, but the change in why I was driving and who I was driving for.

I can't say no and so I was always the guy that 'picked' up everyone. Those extra 25 miles I put on regularly would be an added expense, and a pain in the ass. Why is it that even with cellphones, the person you are picking up is never waiting at the curb for you.

As for maintenance of the car, it is pretty expensive, the tires are Run Flats so they are more expensive, the engine is pretty tuned and so it needs regular repair. And I've had cooling problems with the car, but I suspect it is just because it has been getting hotter in the summers up here.

My next car will be a Mini Hybrid or Diesel. Unless someone comes up for a Mini Retrofit Program.
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Jetta TDI
written by bbm, October 11, 2008
On top of that, it's easy to run it on biodiesel and you're not carting around a whole bunch of toxic batteries.

I agree its a good car. but diesel exhaust is roguelephant.com pretty nasty, even Tier 2 Bin 5 compliant models.

Biodiesel is nice, but not available enough or scalable enough to be a general solution. Electrification is, though.

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written by Preston, October 12, 2008
Great article, but I am surprised the reviewer only got 37mpg. I bought a new Clubman (not diesel) in March, at which time it was indicating 31mpg. But by bit it crept up, and is now showing 46.4mpg. It takes time, apparently, to find it's actual average level.

The other huge advantage of brand levitra canada all MINIS is that when you come to sell, they retain a bigger trade-in value then any other car (here in England at any rate).
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MPG
written by Ben du Feu, October 12, 2008
Just a question,
i recently went to USA and thought all the cars had shockingly low MPG
(in compariosn to only now female herbal viagra a standard french car the renault scenic which will do over 90mpg in 5th at 35mph)
but saw on a urinal that US gallon is 3.8 litres and a UK gallon is 4.5, I know UK cars MPGs' are stadet per 4.54L/gallon. do US cars have MPG stated by 3.8 or 4.54??
incidently why the order tramadol next day shipping hell do u cialis mastercard need 3.8 litres to flush a urinal?
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Green Style
written by The Chic Ecologist, October 13, 2008
Its nice to see that small cars with good design are still getting attention. I do love hybrids, but in reality these small cars often do better for fuel economy. I would agree with the poster above (bbm) to some extent that this isn't really any kind of 'green' solution, but its a start.
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Luxury?
written by Kyle, October 15, 2008
I don't believe this car is a luxury car at all.. Would you put it in the same class as an LS460? Can the back seats recline?

Sure, it's sporty and cool; but luxurious? Come on.
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TDI
written by me, January 19, 2009
Jetta TDI gets around 40mpg. Under $25,000. Roomier and www.jubileecampaign.nl plenty of get-up-and-go with the diesel torque. Probably a better match for luxurious green machine.
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written by Mary, February 04, 2009
Luxury?
written by Kyle , October 15, 2008
"I don't believe this car is a luxury car at all.. Would you put it in the same class as an LS460? Can the back seats recline?

Sure, it's sporty and cool; but luxurious? Come on. "

Oh, come on Kyle, Lexus is made by Toyota..so can you really argue it is more luxurious than a Mini Cooper which is made by BMW?
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this is great side
written by Smart Car Care, June 16, 2010
the engine is pretty tuned and so it needs regular repair. And I've had cooling problems with the car, but I suspect it is just because it has been getting hotter in the summers up here.

Smart Car Care

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