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bholleran

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361 posts

98 months

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As per title, very excited, I have ordered a new Mini Clubvan which should arrive mid November smile

I have attached a picture from the mini configurator web site.



Edited by bholleran on Friday 5th October 01:22


I drew on the bonnet stripes, as they are not available in the configuration, but got them as a dealer option.

Edited by bholleran on Friday 5th October 01:23

sad61t

489 posts

95 months

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Looks good, and well specced (by far the best wheels on the list at the moment in my opinion). The colour looks like a pale green, very retro.

What are you planning to use it for?

bholleran

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sad61t said:
Looks good, and well specced (by far the best wheels on the list at the moment in my opinion). The colour looks like a pale green, very retro.

What are you planning to use it for?
I am buying it through my company so I can claim 100% of the vat back and 100% of the cost of the van against corporation tax as it is a commercial vehicle if I only use it for business. It would be used as a car to commute to and from multiple clients sites.

I dont have a need for a van as such it is just much better from a business sense financially than a company car. smile

I also have the option of using it for personal mileage but I would then have benefit in kind issues to deal with.




118MINI

122 posts

81 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Looks great, and you're the first person I've seen who has ordered one biggrin

I have a Clubman, which is very practical, so the Clubvan should be great!

bholleran

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I think it will be one of the first in the country smile
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John Boy 616

127 posts

50 months

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I like the look of that. Good choice

lotus99t

86 posts

69 months

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bholleran

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lotus99t said:
Hi Chris,

I hope you are not offended, but can I ask you some questions about yours. Specifically as I was told that some options that you have are unavailable on the van.

1. Is yours a conversion from a clubman or has it been factory supplied as a clubvan?

The reason I ask is yours looks like it is silver in colour and the van is only available in blue, black, green and white.

The roof and rear quarters are a different colour from the body which is also not available on the van.


I have also been told that production does not begin for another 2 weeks.

If your has been supplied as seen from the factory then I am going to complain and see if I can get mine changed, there was some options from the clubman that I wanted but could not get.


All that said and done i really like the look of yours. Particularly the chequer board effect on the side,

Barry


Edited by bholleran on Sunday 4th November 21:28

118MINI

122 posts

81 months

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It looks like a Soho Clubman to me, which has just had the rear windows vinyl'd over smile

lotus99t

86 posts

69 months

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Sunday 4th November 2012 quote quote all
Hi all. Yes this is a Soho Clubman. I bought it in January the day before they announced the Clubvan. With the rear seats flat and a full boot liner hey presto a van ( at a fraction of the cost ) £ 15995 demo with 4000 miles on. It spends the summer in the BTCC paddock and gets lots of attention ( all good so far ). If you're not planning on carrying a lot then I can highly recommend one. Clubman with vinyl or Clubvan they are both a great piece of kit.

bholleran

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361 posts

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lotus99t said:
Hi all. Yes this is a Soho Clubman. I bought it in January the day before they announced the Clubvan. With the rear seats flat and a full boot liner hey presto a van ( at a fraction of the cost ) £ 15995 demo with 4000 miles on. It spends the summer in the BTCC paddock and gets lots of attention ( all good so far ). If you're not planning on carrying a lot then I can highly recommend one. Clubman with vinyl or Clubvan they are both a great piece of kit.
I thought about that but the problem was that because it still had the back seats (Even though they would not be used) it is not classed as a commercial vehicle. So i dont think it is possible to claim the cost back against corporation tax. You might be able to correct me on this?

I have just had a phone call from the dealer telling me it should be ready for delivery on week begining 26th November.

I would have liked to have gone to a dealer by now and seen one in the flesh, but it looks like the dealers are waiting on them as well frown



lotus99t

86 posts

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Monday 5th November 2012 quote quote all
[quote=bholleran]

I thought about that but the problem was that because it still had the back seats (Even though they would not be used) it is not classed as a commercial vehicle. So i dont think it is possible to claim the cost back against corporation tax. You might be able to correct me on this?

I have just had a phone call from the dealer telling me it should be ready for delivery on week begining 26th November.

I would have liked to have gone to a dealer by now and seen one in the flesh, but it looks like the dealers are waiting on them as well frown
Not sure on the corporation tax part but I claim for mine as I'm self employed. I have see a clubvan in the flesh and it's the same as mine. It's a tough call for me as for the money for the van you can get a cooper s clubman (used one).

benleeke

3 posts

140 months

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Saturday 29th December 2012 quote quote all
So.... Did you get your Clubvan? Whats it like? Which model did you go for? Petrol or D?

bholleran

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benleeke said:
So.... Did you get your Clubvan? Whats it like? Which model did you go for? Petrol or D?
Hi yes I got it and I love it.

I went for the Cooper D with the following spec.

MINI Cooper D Clubvan 1.6
Ice Blue
Leather Lounge-Carbon Black
Media Pack
Voice Control
Visual Boost Radio
Full Bluetooth with USB.
MINI Connected
MINI navigation system
PEPPER Pack
Sport Steering Wheel
Chrome Line exterior
Floor mats, velour
Pass. seat height adjustment
Storage Compartment Pack
Foglights, front
Rain sensor with auto. headlight activation
Automatic Air Conditioning
On-Board Computer
Extended Interior Light Package
Towbar, detachable
Multi-function controls for s'wheel
17" Black star bullet alloys
Elec Fold Exterior Mirrors
Heated Mirrors/Washer Jets
Body colour lower C-Pillars
Chrome Line interior
Chromed Mirror Caps
Darkened rear glass
Auto dimming ext/int mirrors
Rear-view mirror, auto dimming with compass
Armrest - front, centre
Sport seats, front
Seat heating, front
Anthracite Roof Lining
Additional Decor Rings
Interior Trim Piano Black
Colour Line Polar Beige
Rear-view mirror with digital compass
Sport Button
Park Distance Control (PDC), rear
Telephone USB audio interface
White Indicator Lenses
Bonnet Stripes
Chrome Side scuttles
Chrome Cooper Filler cap
xenon headlights

Tony V12V

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bholleran said:
Hi yes I got it and I love it.

I went for the Cooper D with the following spec.

MINI Cooper D Clubvan 1.6
....nice spec
Just about to order a Cooper D van too in pretty much the same spec - but going for British Racing Green II with white 17" rims, white mirror caps and having the roof wrapped in white too. Have you looked into the Schnitzer power upgrade?

bholleran

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361 posts

98 months

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If you are anything like me you will already be excited. I have never heard of Schnitzer power upgrade. I am about to google.

pingu393

1,111 posts

90 months

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I was looking at getting one, but I couldn't justify the cost (even with ex-Forces discount).

I sometimes need to stop out overnight and the rear wasn't big enough to lie out straight. The rear doors don't open fully, so a forklift couldn't get close enough to load a pallet and there's a thick ridge at the rear of the loading bay. The inside is not utilitarian enough for me, I scuffed up the demo in the dealership just getting in and out of the back. It would be wrecked in a month.

A shame, really, as I would have liked one. Instead, I'm considering getting a 2nd hand clubman as a replacement for the 330 and the Smart.

bholleran

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pingu393 said:
I was looking at getting one, but I couldn't justify the cost (even with ex-Forces discount).

I sometimes need to stop out overnight and the rear wasn't big enough to lie out straight. The rear doors don't open fully, so a forklift couldn't get close enough to load a pallet and there's a thick ridge at the rear of the loading bay. The inside is not utilitarian enough for me, I scuffed up the demo in the dealership just getting in and out of the back. It would be wrecked in a month.

A shame, really, as I would have liked one. Instead, I'm considering getting a 2nd hand clubman as a replacement for the 330 and the Smart.
To be honest the "non utilitarian" look. Was the reason I went for it. 95% of the time I will just be using it for getting to customers sites. On the odd ocassion I may need to carry stuff but I would not dream of loading anything other that fairly light, non dirty, keep it looking nice stuff. If I ever really need anything more heavy duty in it, I will use the trailer (hence the reason for the tow bar)

I dont think it will cut it as a working van for most poeple uless it is light duty only.

Tony V12V

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bholleran said:
If you are anything like me you will already be excited. I have never heard of Schnitzer power upgrade. I am about to google.
http://www.ac-schnitzer.de/en/mini/

and the Mini D power upgrade is at:

http://preisliste.ac-schnitzer.de/acs_kpl/hp_kpl/m...

ACS are BMW type approved so warranty remains intact smile

My company has a close working relationship with ACS UK here in Norfolk so its a no-brainer for us when the new van arrives driving
Current delivery for a customer spec van is around March time so got to wait a little yet frown
But yes am excited really. My first car was actually a mini pick up with a 1275GT engine in it, then when I started my own car repair business in '87 my first van was.....A mini van !

pingu393

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Do the parts need to be supplied and fitted by a Schnitzer approved (and therefore BMW approved) agent to maintain the warranty?

Alpina warranty on BMWs is reduced from 3 to 2 years, does Schnitzer keep the 3yr/100,000 mile warranty?
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