2007 Cooper S – $15,000 – White, 6-sp., Professor’s Car

Pepper white MINI Cooper “S” , 5-speed with 48,500 miles – one owner – driven by Smith College Professor (will be purchasing a 2011 MINI).

  • Remainder of MINI full bumper-to-bumper warranty until October, 2011 or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first);
  • Complete maintenance records (including 3 extra full synthetic oil changes over and above MINI service intervals);
  • Perfect mechanical condition – inspected by independent BMW specialist Luke Zbylut at 48,500 miles; inspected at New Country MINI at 48, 250 miles;
  • Clean Autocheck report (March 27, 2011) – one “stationary” reported parking accident (read about it here);

History. I custom ordered my MINI  (MINI of Peabody) and took possession in late September 2007.  I have taken very good care of it (extra oil changes, frequent car washes in winter) although in the first week of ownership, a car (young kid) backed out of a parking spot into the right side door panel (not the frame of the car) on Main St. in Northampton during the first snowfall of the year.  I reported the accident to the police to make sure he paid for the damage.  I have pictures, a copy of the police and insurance report and the repair invoice.  There is also currently a scratch or tiny dent (picture below) in the rear right panel (a van door opening carelessly in another parking lot, this time overnight?), which I will have repaired before delivering the car.

Pricing. I have sold my last two cars for the Edmund’s True Value Private Party Price to the first persons who came to check them out.  I find both the Kelley Blue Book ($17,405) and the NADA value ($18,375) to be overpriced  (the MINI Black Book lists $10,820 – 14,350 for a trade-in).

Options. As you can see from the original sticker, I ordered only three items for this already extremely well-equipped car:

  1. Panoramic sunroof (covers front & back seats).
  2. Factory alarm (in addition to standard kill switch).
  3. Sport suspension.  I like a firm, sporty ride, and this option makes the MINI rock solid in turns and on the highway at any speed.  Choosing a softer, touring passenger tire would definitely soften up the ride if you find it too harsh.
  4. Extended warranties that cover all components (except clutch and “wear” items) are available from MINI or Royal 66 – they must be purchased prior to the expiry of the Factory MINI warranty for the best price and terms (about $3500 for 100,000 miles or until Oct. 21, 2014).
  5. I am selling the car with the OE 16″ Bridgespokes and 195/55R16 All-Season Runflats that are in the pictures above Also available for purchase would be:
  • Winter tires – Michelin X-Ice 195/55R16s on 2002 Cooper “S” 16″ Webspokes (stained and scratched but MINI’s lightest – so most agile – OE wheel):
  • Summer All-Seasons –  All-Season 215/50R16 Falken Ziex ZE-912s on black Konig Feathers.

The price for each set will be between $250-300 depending on my final measurement of tread depth (which we can compare to the original to estimate tire life).

I bought this car because it was a safe, comfortable, low CO2 emissions hatchback with great gas mileage (I have gotten form 32 mpg in city to 40+ mpg at 55mph on highway) and plenty of power if you need it to pass on the highway.

For more information or to see the car call Tim at 413-330-8222 or email:  tbacon@smith.edu.

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