• Sep 4, 2009
2009 Mini Cooper S Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

The fine folks over at MotoringFile say that the pricing on their favorite little cars will grow in 2010. A combination of higher shipping costs and more standard equipment (including runflat tires), results in a base price bump of $300 to $400 on every MINI model across the board.

The cheapest MINI, the R56 Cooper, now starts at $19,500 – $300 more than the '09 model. On the other end of the range, the R57 John Cooper Works MINI convertible also gets a $300 bump and starts at $34,700 before options. In between lies the R55 Clubman series, which carries a matching $300 bump to $21,150 to start and maxes out in JCW guise at $31,700.

MotoringFile has a list of other changes you'll see when ordering our new MINI, including Interchange Yellow replacing Mellow Yellow, fabric on the back of sport seats and some exterior colors available only with certain packages. The memos also make even more official BMW's decision to completely drop the limited slip differential option due to low interest.



[Source: MotoringFile]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      My 09 Mini convertible listed for under $27,000. We are not talking Enzo territory here folks.

      Yeah, I could have bought a Yaris, a Fit, a Mazda3, or something else for a lot less. If you think that is a good idea, no problem. I appreciate all of them (except the Yaris maybe).

      I don't, didn't, and probably never will, even look at any of the other dozens of highly practical reliable small snooze mobiles that offer much better value.

      I have a real car to use when I need one. The Mini is purely a fun to drive toy. I got a stick, not to save money (see fun comment).There may be no better car for throwing a couple soft suitcases in before heading off for a three day weekend. "Toy" is not a four letter word. The ability to buy toys is one of the reason I actually go to work 5 days most weeks.

      I could go on about all that extremely low depreciation stuff but honestly even I don't care. It is a very fun toy. I am happy with my purchase. Live with it.

      Just for the record, I vividly remember where I was when JFK was shot, and have a pair, so I really am not into "fashion statements" at this point in my life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the Clubman S I bought this week and 3-400 dollars bump would not stop me, it's not a unreasonable bump. Frankly, as I mentioned here yesterday, the build quality rivals many other cars I have driven and the fun factor is unique. Something about a Mini brings a smile to your face. Not an old Mini guy, never even considered one before, so I have no previous knowledge to compare to. I guess it is like Harley Davidson adding fuel injection, ABS brakes and even liquid cooling to their bikes. Everyone complained, then sales skyrocketed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the build quality a reason to own one just goes to show how delusional owners of these cars are. A $15k accent with a sporty package has a finer build quality. A sub subcompact thats over $20k is just a fashion accessory for snobs with more money than brains.

      If bmw could build these here(and considering the build quality they could) and slash $5k off the price top to bottom then it would be a good buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny you should mention the Accent. We should also point out that the typical countermarch loom is very well assembled; similarly your average stove pipe hat. They too are pointless for driving.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Hyundai Accent, are you serious? I am going to assume you have never driven a Mini, don't care about design, performance (what are you doing on this website?) and (wait for it) resale value. Take a look at used Hyundai prices vs. the Mini and try your "more money than brains" concept again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF? Dropping the limited slip diff?

      I almost bought a MINI and every single one I priced out pretty much HAD to have the LSD.

      How the hell are you supposed to drive a 200+ horsepower lightweight FWD car without simply turning one tire into smoke constantly? Using ABS is NOT the answer! Bah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, for those that care about such things, the aftermarket still offers both Quaife and Torsen diffs for the car. At least there's some hope, even if it means even more cost to buy and install it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        They probably dropped the LSD option because a lot of people ALMOST bought a mini with it, but very few actually dropped the cash.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, it's not that I bought a MINI and didn't get a LSD, I didn't buy a MINI at all because I ended up getting a used Volvo S60R. Had I bought a MINI (which lots of people were doing at the time; there were literally no new MINIs in stock at my local dealer) it would've had LSD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can this mini cabrio really carry four adults??? How? Its so damn tiny

      Just give me a 2010 Mazda Miata MX-5 with folding hard top for $25-27K. I sat in one the other day while my Mazda3 was in for service and it felt really nice. Great fit and finish and quality of materials but I did sit very low compared to my Mazda3.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, I bought a Mazda 3: Better car, less money. Not a fashion statement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Removal of LSD and installation of run-flats? I guess this is no longer a car for enthusiasts to take to the track for some fun. Shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's sad, at this point in time LSD should be standard on all cars. Using the brakes to control wheelspin will wear out your breaks much faster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We had a 2010 Mini Conv on order and cancelled it to by a 2009 that was on the lot to save the price increase and not have to wait. Plus we got some money off which is not usual. for 30K we got a very well equipped conv that gets great gas milage and is very stylish. The feel of the car is much more upscale then I would have expected.

      I think they are priced well for what you get.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Cooper S's always had runflats, so that's not quite right. But the deletion of the LSD is just dumb, I would imagine they are going to offer the electronic version that BMW uses in the 135i & new JCW MINIs. They have made the MINI constantly softer over the years, I guess to broaden :) it's appeal. Oh well. As for the price increases, $300 is hardly a big deal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think that the JCW is ridiculously overpriced. It's even pricier than the GTI, which is one of the priciest hot hatches out there. Just think of what you could do with a Cobalt SS coupe and the extra $7K or so you'd save versus the Mini. Or you could go rear-drive and get a 128i coupe with the sport pack and leather for roughly the same money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure you could get a 128 for that low $30's, if you could find a dealer that had a stripped one, but no BMW dealer will order in one. Try and find ANY BMW with vinyle interior instead of leather? And you think that the Mini is overpriced, you're right, but then again, so is any other decent car out there. Accent, or Corolla, give me a break.
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