Hi all - new poster here. Hope I can get some feedback from the car enthusiasts. I’ve always loved the look of a Mini and living in Philadelphia has gone from a nightmare to horrific bloody mess for parking. Getting a Mini (and going down about 4 feet in length from current vehicle) seems like a great idea. I’m not sold on the Smart/Fiat cars so this seems like the best option.
However, speaking with my mechanic (also a family friend and someone we trust greatly), when we called to talk with him about his views on the Mini, he was super glad we did. He said they don’t hold up at all on our streets (we have a major pothole problem) and it wouldn’t be a good buy. He thinks I’d do better sticking with a smaller Honda, Toyota, Kia, or Hyundai for both retaining value and less issues that might come up.
Can’t say I was particularly pleased with this feedback, so I’m looking for alternatives (and maybe someone to talk me out of listening to him )
I was looking at the Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Fit, Chevy Spark, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, et al – looking for suggestions on small cars folks may like. What really drives me nuts is I like the handling and look of the Mini. Some of these little buggers like the Yaris and the Fit look…not as appealing. But, this is a point A to point B vehicle for me. All I need is something that will hold up well, not require a ton of maintenance, and tiny enough to park on these awful city streets. I’m married…the look of my car is of less importance these days.
Thanks for your thoughts in advance!