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The Official MotoringFile JCW GP Q&A

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP Nov 16th, 2012 54 Comments

Today is GP day here in the US as the car is officially on-sale via a phone reservation system. However for most the remains a bit of a mystery. It’s toured the US (in faux GP form mind you) and the final car was only just driven by journalists (including us) last week. Unfortunately that means much of the knowledge of the car is locked up in our review and frankly in my head as I’m one of the few people on the planet that has had a chance to drive the car. So here’s your chance to ask any questions that didn’t get answered in previously published review on MF (which you can find here).

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Ask MF: Used R53 GP or a Used R56 JCW?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP, R53 (Coupe), R56 (Hatch) Nov 16th, 2012 16 Comments

As aptly pointed out by a reader both the first GP and early R56 JCWs are priced similarly in the mid-20s these days. So which one to get? The first question we’d have to ask – is this a daily driver? If so the more modern R56 (presumably with some options and nice to haves) would be the easy logical choice. However things get much more interesting when this isn’t about solving the problem of finding a daily driver. continued →

Ask MF: Sell Loaded JCW to Buy the GP?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile, JCW GP Nov 15th, 2012 47 Comments

With the GP going on pre-sale today for current or previous GP owners, more than a few of you are considering make a change. And with that in mind we bring you think week’s “Ask MF” from long time reader Karl:

My 5th and current MINI is a 2009 factory JCW – loaded with every package. You’ve written glowing reviews of the new GP. I’m on the fence and was wondering if you had a 2009 loaded JCW with 18K miles, would you hesitate to sell it and get the new GP? Is the new GP that much better?

Naturally the answer is a personal one. Let’s start with what you really value in a MINI. continued →

Ask MF: Is Running MotoringFile a Full-Time Job?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Aug 3rd, 2012 8 Comments

Today’s question comes from Shawn:

If you don’t mind my asking, is Motoring File a full-time or primary job for you guys? I have been reading your articles and listening to your podcasts for a couple years now, but I don’t recall the subject ever being discussed. I couldn’t help but wonder if MTTS was the worlds most awesome job assignment or if it was primarily for pleasure with a side of journalism.

As awesome as it would be to write about cars full time, all of us involved in MotoringFile and White Roof Radio have day jobs. We do this because we love doing it and because we have enthusiasm for the brand. Gabe started MF in the fall of 2002 out of an excitement and interest in the brand. The same could be said for Whiteroofradio and Todd and DB in 2004. Through those years of hard work lots of tireless coverage we’ve created the site you see today – the most influential MINI site in the world. And we’ve done this all while having “real lives”. continued →

Ask MF: Obsessed With MINIs, But Can’t Buy Yet

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile May 10th, 2012 23 Comments

This question comes to us from MotoringFile reader Shawn Brandt.

What do you recommend for someone who is hopelessly obsessed with MINI’s but one is currently out of financial reach — even a decent used one?

Like many Americans of my generation, my first exposure to MINI was the remake of the film “The Italian Job”. From that point on I was hooked. The more I learned, the more I desired. Not every car can appeal to, and sync up with, a personality in a way that MINIs do. continued →

Ask MF: Used MINI or Leased MINI?

MotoringFile Sections: Ask MotoringFile Feb 23rd, 2012 42 Comments

Today we have another great question from the MotoringFile inbox that we’d like to pose to the community. Tim is wondering which path to go down: buy a used MINI or lease a new one? It’s a question I know I’ve wrestled with myself, and while I have my own suggestions for Tim, we want to know what you think. Click through the break to see Tim’s full question and then leave your comments below. continued →

Ask MF: The Best New Hood Scoop

MotoringFile Sections: Accessories, Ask MotoringFile Feb 21st, 2012 19 Comments

It’s been too long since we featured some of the many questions we get here at MF. So this week we’re going to dust off the Ask MF feature and bring a few of them to you.

Today’s question comes from David in Texas:

“Yesterday a large rock/missile hit my hood scoop and broke it clean off! The pieces flew over my windshield, but at least the rock did not hit any other part of my 2009 S.  The little plastic pins that held the scoop are gone too!  Any ideas on replacements?  If I were to get a replacement would it come with the little plastic pins that hold the scoop on? I like the M7 Vortex scoop, but it is pricey. continued →

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