Great car, outstanding sales experience
November 5, 2018
I traded a Jeep Wrangler for a 4 door hardtop SE at Herb Chambers Mini The first time I filled the gas tank I was delighted when I calculated the milage. (35 MPG combined!! ) I got about 21 MPG on the Jeep, and it barley had the power to get out of it???s own way. Some other things that I am not used to: Doing sharp curves at 50 MPM, awesome acceleration, excellent breaking, a tight shift pattern, and a comfortable sporty ride. I was concerned about the smaller luggage compartment until I went shopping and found that everything that fit in the Jeep luggage compartment also fit into the Mini. I am still amazed at how small the car looks from the outside, but how roomy it is inside. I like the gadgets and displays but don???t think that I have discovered all of the features yet. I seem to be finding something new every day. The onboard manual is a great innovation, and is very useful. My Motoring Advisor, David Lopez arranged to have my window mounted radar detector hardwired to the ignition. The dealership uses Sound in Motion, located nearby, to do jobs like this. They did a terrific wiring job job. The detector works great, and looks like something that was installed from the factory. The built in detector GPS works better than it did in the Jeep because the curvature of the windshield gives the antenna a clearer view of the sky. I was taking a curve at about 20 MPH over the speed limit, the radar detector went off, and I was able to slow down in time for the cop on the other side. The detector paid for itself again. Thanks to David, I saved time and money on the installation. David Lopez provided an outstanding sales experience. I appreciate that he took the time for two test drives. Based on prior research, I was most interested in the Countryman when I walked in, but then, I test drove the hardtop. :-) I wanted what seems to be an unpopular option set; standard transmission and NAV system. David was able to search multiple inventories to find me the exact car that I wanted. I had to wait several weeks to get it, but it was well worth the wait. Also, David kept me informed throughout the delivery process. What I liked best about the sales experience was all of the time that David spent with me on delivery day going over features of the new car. I have not had that kind of experience with any other dealer, and I have bought a few new cars in my day.