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      12-11-2011, 10:38 PM   #47
MikeinAlexandria
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Drives: 128i M Sport Convertible
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MINIs are great, I have owned two, and they were so much fun. Practical in terms of safety, economy and all weather handling as well. Safety-wise, MINIs should outperform most other cars because they are German-engineered. The other alternative in the sub $18000 range would be a used BMW with about 50,000 miles. Late 90's and early 2000's cars are lighter than the current models, and easily as fun as a new 1 Series. I had a 1992 3 series and a 1996 Z3, both of which were reliable, and great cars. The other car you might find in this range is a Z4, which is a little slower than the S2000, but spacious, efficient and quick. Good luck with your purchase. Take time to do some test drives!
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