Is a BINI too girlie?

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Easternlight

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2,358 posts

87 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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As the title really, I find myself drawn to a mini countryman cooper s.
But as a 50 year old male i'm a bit worried about the image, I know they are supposed to be all style over substance (are they?) and I know you should just have what you want and sod what other people think, but what's the PH opinion.

s3fella

10,522 posts

130 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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I think you've got something stuck to the bottom of your shoe, darling!

joebongo

1,511 posts

118 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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My two year old son saw a mini on a racing game and said it was a lady car.

Nuff said.

BFG TERRANO

2,143 posts

91 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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20 something female estate agents car.

fatboy69

7,709 posts

130 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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It's a girls car. Not for blokes & certainly not a good look for a 50 year old. Just not good for blokes.
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g3org3y

13,645 posts

134 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Whereas the MX5 is a paragon of masculinity.

Jon999

400 posts

91 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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I found my gf's Mini good fun to drive but yes it was girly.

It was also horrendously unreliable too to the point it went back to the dealership last week (over 10 months of ownership it spent 70+ days at the dealer!), if you buy one make sure it isn't CK60 GDX

Pig Skill

1,368 posts

146 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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They are poo and you will look like a mincer driving one

pops and bangs

670 posts

100 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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I don't think the countryman looks paticularly girly, but I think it's ugly, and I find all mini stuff seriously overpriced for what they are.

But that's just my opinion, I don't think you can like it that much and must have a little doubt in the back of your mind despite being drawn to it.

If you really loved it you would just go for it....

Mastodon2

12,841 posts

108 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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The Countryman is not only chintzy and designed for women, it's a blobby, oversized mess of a car, based off a smaller but not significantly better looking car.

Regardless of which Bini you buy, they all come with an incredibly naff, tacky interior so rest assured you will get the full Bini experience. As far as driver's cars go, I doubt the ryman is the best of the lot either.

blank

2,720 posts

131 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Why care what other people think?

They're cracking cars and a giggle to drive.


If you want one, buy one.

Easternlight

Original Poster:

2,358 posts

87 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Well 15 minutes in and I think I know the answer to my question!!!
Better go back to looking at RS6 avants now that's got to be a mans car all be it a bankrupt man.

Kolbenkopp

1,742 posts

94 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Would not really care about it having a "girlie" image or not. Always loved small cars (old Mini, Lupo, A112, Y10, A2...) most of them have a girlie image. Couldn't care less.

I just don't get the car itself, Countryman variant even less than the standard MINI. Might be good to drive, but for the money, room inside, size outside and the weight (around 1.4 tons!) I think there are better options. Part of the attraction is the image IMO, and if you have doubts about that then not sure if it is the right car.

You don't say why you need the van form factor. If you only need the room once in a while, perhaps an Abarth 500 + rented van when needed?




pops and bangs

670 posts

100 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Kolbenkopp said:
You don't say why you need the van form factor. If you only need the room once in a while, perhaps an Abarth 500 + rented van when needed?
Good suggestion, would take an abarth 500 over an mini "s", much rarer and personally much nicer to look at in my opinion.

The 500 is another car that most would call "girly" but I wouldn't care and would drive a 500 abarth with no hesitation.

Zyp

10,929 posts

132 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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I know of two rugby players employed by the RFU as school coaches/co-ordinators who have to drive around in white Countrymans plastered with RFU stickers.

s m

17,618 posts

146 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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blank said:
Why care what other people think?

They're cracking cars and a giggle to drive.


If you want one, buy one.
Exactly .... doesn't bother the myriad of MX5 drivers on here.

Drive the car you want.... Not what you think others should see you in

Manicminer

7,031 posts

140 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Easternlight said:
As the title really, I find myself drawn to a mini countryman cooper s.
But as a 50 year old male i'm a bit worried about the image, I know they are supposed to be all style over substance (are they?) and I know you should just have what you want and sod what other people think, but what's the PH opinion.
Not the car for you if you worry about what other people think.

I had a BMW MINI and loved it, still do as its with my brothers family now. The countryman is very very marmite in looks , do YOU like how it looks? If not forget it.

Personally I don't like the looks, too bloated. Sure they're fine to drive and sit in though.

edo

16,699 posts

208 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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I'm not a great fan of the mini - mostly ruined by when I lived in West London by Foxtons.

The ryman is just a mess.

SMGB

789 posts

82 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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g3org3y said:
Whereas the MX5 is a paragon of masculinity.
Early MX5s are a good enough car to make it worth while, Minis are not.

Fubar1977

849 posts

83 months

Saturday 27th October 2012
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Easternlight said:
Well 15 minutes in and I think I know the answer to my question!!!
Better go back to looking at RS6 avants now that's got to be a mans car all be it a bankrupt man.
That`s more like it biggrin