So after 3 years, my wife has abandoned her Mini Cooper. It was fun for a while, but this last year has been one problem after another, and the most recent issue (over the last couple months) was the death blow–after numerous trips to the garage (always a certified Mini-dealership) trying to isolate some recurring problems, it turns out that the main computer in the car is fried…and that there may be even more issues with the car stemming from this failure (as well as their failure to notice it much sooner, as we’d expect). This’ll cost us well into the thousands. So, adios Mini!
Now that the car’s toast, we need a new one. The problem is that if we do a trade-in with the BMW/Mini dealership, we’ll get a much better deal than if we were to do it anywhere else. She has taken glances at their lot before, but never seriously, and after taking a longer look at their cars, she’s still not sure.
Part of her really misses her (now my) '93 Honda Civic hatchback. She’s been eyeing a Yaris and has a strong attachment to the hatchback-type models. She’d get a hybrid if she didn’t think they were all so ugly, so she’s really not sure what to do.
So, are there any BMWs out there that are more along a hatchback line of thinking/living? I’m not really sure if that question makes sense (I know zilchola about cars), but if she could find a BMW that will better suit her particular interest, than it’ll be easier for us in the long run with the trade-in. I guess it doesn’t have to be a hatchback per se, as long as it has a feel/functionality that leans more toward Practical than Posh.